Sat, May 4, 4:52am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:24pm
I expected this themed Michael Jackson pokie to include songs, dances and iconic images from the singer. What I was not prepared for was the depth of game-play and bonus features available. Each feature is themed around a song (or a dance in the case of the moonwalk wilds!). There is a bonus wheel, progressive jackpots and free spins bonuses to enjoy too.
You’ll hear complete songs while you spin the reels. If you are enjoying the Michael Jackson pokies in a live casino, the music will come via a specially designed surround-sound chair. Here are the key features to look out for:
On any spin in the base game, you might see Michael appear over the reels. One of these features sees him dancing and pointing upwards. Stacked wild symbols then appear on one or two of the reels – turning all 3 rows on them completely wild. The other reels spin as usual, hopefully creating some big wins!
Moonwalking wilds have a twist. First, you see Jackson moonwalk from right to left. He leaves behind several wilds on reels 2 through 5. These can be either regular wilds or double wilds – which have a 2x multiplier.
Oversized symbols showing the singer appear on reels 2, 3 and 4. If you get all 3, you get to spin a giant bonus wheel. Many of the segments on this show cash amounts. If you win one of these, you get to spin a second golden wheel, which gives you a multiplier of up to 5x.
What you’ll be rooting for is one of two themed bonus games. These are ‘Smooth Criminal’ free games and ‘Beat It’ free games.
Smooth Criminal free games starts with a clip of Michael Jackson entering a bar wearing a white suit. He throws a coin into the jukebox, at which point the song and bonus game starts. You get 5 free spins. Before each spin, Michael appears on the reels, and will turn 2 of them completely wild.
Beat It free games also starts with an intro video. This time you receive 10 free games. Wilds drop in as usual onto reels 2 through 5. In this feature, any wilds that land will remain in place for the remainder of your free spins. This can mean that your last spins have a lot of wilds in place – giving you plenty of big win potential.
The reels are set on a stage, and include many icons and ideas associated with the King of Pop. There are 5 reels, each with 3 rows of symbols – with 40 win-lines in play. If you are enjoying this pokie online, then auto-play can be used. This stops after any feature.
Higher paying symbols include the famous hat, gloves and sunglasses associated with Jackson. One high paying symbol shows him dancing on tip-toes, complete with white socks! Smaller wins come via playing card symbols. These have been given a glitzy make-over to fit with the theme.
Look out for special jackpot symbols, which show Michael’s eyes above the word ‘jackpot’. If you line up 5 of these, you will win a big progressive.
While you spin there are full songs playing in the background – a big change from the generic theme tunes for most pokies. These tunes change for the free spins bonus games too. This pokie is certainly bright enough to catch your eye. The stage behind the reels literally sparkles, and there is plenty of movement on the reels too.
Things get even livelier when Michael appears over the reels. You can watch him dance, and then enjoy any wild symbols left behind.
You might be surprised just how many Jackson songs you know after taking this pokie for a spin! This game is enjoyable enough to appeal to players who might not consider themselves hardcore fans – though of course the real fans will love it. With random wilds during the base game, and plenty of bonus features, there is plenty to keep you entertained. With the wheel bonus, you could be looking at a huge prize, or even a progressive jackpot!