Fri, May 24, 9:58pm by Mia Chapman
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:24pm
You’ll be heading back to the 1970’s when you play the Glitter Ball pokies. While these machines are fully up to date, the theme is very much the ‘Disco’ era. On the reels you will find vinyl record, animated dancing shows – and of course the giant balls made up of mirrored squares which no nightclub would have been without.
There are two interesting aspects to the game-play. One involves special record symbols on reel 5. The main bonus has signs above the reels, letting you know what will happen there the next time you get a glitter ball symbol in play. Here are the reasons to put on your flares, and take the Glitter Ball pokies for a spin:
You can’t miss the glitter ball symbols on the reels. Not only are these bigger than the other symbols, they have some serious sparkle. You need 3 of these, on reels 1, 3 and 5, to trigger the free spins bonus game.
Not only will the music get funky, glitter balls will now appear on all the reels. Each time one appears, there is an animation where light shoots from an arrow above each reel. Inside this arrow is what will happen. This can be one of 3 things:
Increasing the number of games can be very beneficial. If you already have a lot of locked wilds in play, then those additional spins could all have 5 of a kind wins involved.
This is a simple enough pokie feature, though it is certainly the most colourful I have seen in a long time. To trigger record respins, you’ll need to see the golden vinyl on reel 5.
When this happens the other reels all change into a band of bold colour. At random, reels turn wild. They will show the silhouette of a 1970’s dancer. With more than one reel wild, you could be looking at wins over all of the 30 win-lines once the spinning stops.
The record respins is a one-spin only feature, though certainly manages to add a lot of excitement to the spins when it does occur.
The reels of this game are curved to mimic the old mechanical games. There are 30 win-lines crossing the 5-reel by 3 row setup. As usual with Bally Technology pokies, this number is non-adjustable. Bets go up in increments of 30c, with a 10x multiplier the max bet available.
Your biggest wins come from a series of symbols related to the 1970’s. These include purple and gold dancing shoes, a keyboard a set of speakers. Playing card symbols are the fillers – though the bold colours of these do match the theme this time.
Regular wilds are in play, these will work alongside the wild reels during the record respins.
Glitter Ball makes many other pokies on the casino floor seem plain. The funky music (which gets even more intensive during the free spins bonus) certainly adds to this. I found this slot a mix of old and new ideas. The LCD display under the reels is a retro touch, though the animations within the symbols when you trigger wins are very detailed.
When you get the free spins, the top part of the cabinet comes into play. The line of extra benefits for each glitter ball will have you rooting for those balls to hit in certain spots!
I enjoyed this pokie, which has a different enough theme from regular games to feel refreshingly new. The game-play concept for the free spins is used in other games, including Code Red and Midnight Diamonds. Lively music, record respins with wild reels and regular wilds give the base-game enough interest to be worth a spin. When you get the free spins with locking wilds and cash awards, things get exciting fast!