Review of Michael Jackson King of Pop by Bally Games

Michael Jackson King of Pop Feature ImageWe present to you Michael Jackson King of Pop, now available as an online slot thanks to recent efforts from Bally Games. It was no wonder this was a hugely popular machine slot as its theme revolves around the late Michael Jackson – they just had to make it available online.

Now you can access it on your own screens! Prepare to be bedazzled by a theme of fame and glamour that almost emulates being in Las Vegas itself.

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Game Overview

Release Date  June 2016
Casino  Vera and John Casino
Software Provider  Bally Games
Slot type  Video Slot
Platform  Android App, iPhone App, Browser
Return to Player (RTP)  96.5%
Risk  Medium
Slot Reels/ Paylines  5 reels/ 25 paylines
Min/ Max Bets  40p – £80
Max Win  £25,000
Free Spins  Up to10 free spins
Features  Wild, Jackpot Scatters, Win Multipliers. Bonus game
Current Jackpot  N/A
Pros  Fun theme and bonus game, amazing audio visuals
Cons  Low payout amounts
Verdict three-half-stars

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The Michael Jackson King of Pop slot has 5 reels along 3 rows and a 25 fixed paylines. You’ll be off to an exciting start with an animated Michael Jackson performing in the background as his hit songs are played.

Michael Jackson King of Pop Normal Win

While the slot design is elaborate in line with its theme, it is also conveniently practical in terms of usability. The gameplay layout includes three discrete columns at the bottom of the screen tracking your Total Bet, Balance and Wins for easy monitoring.

Also, you need not worry if manually spinning starts to become time consuming for you, as there are Auto Play options. These are flexible too as they come in settings of multiples of 5, up to 25 times. You could also manually spin the reels if you like, with a standard Cash Bet range of a minimum of 40p and a maximum of £80.

Michael Jackson King of Pop Wild Small Win

To keep things interesting, Michael Jackson King of Pop has a whopping total of 19 different symbols. The special symbols include a “WILD” decked in glitter with a crown on top symbolizing the King of Pop, a Jackpot scatter and a Bonus scatter. These 3 can act as Double or Stacked Wilds: Double Wild, Double Jackpot Wild, Double Bonus Wild, Stacked Wild, Stacked Jackpot Wild and Stacked Bonus Wild.

We think that this slot takes the prize for coolest animations for Wilds because you either get Michael Jackson performing a moonwalk across your screen which can give you 2 to 5 wilds or a short clip from the music video “Bad” before a maximum of 2 reels are converted into stacked wilds.

Michael Jackson King of Pop Small Scatter Win

The rest of the symbols are basically components of Michael Jackson’s famous outfit: a diamond studded glove, a fedora hat, aviator sunglasses, Michael’s leather shoes, as well as the usual decked out Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10 and 9.

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As discussed earlier, the Moonwalk Wilds give 2 to 5 wilds on reels 2 to 5. Wilds consist of the Double Wild, Double Wild Bonus and Double Wild Jackpot symbols which also act as bonus and jackpot symbols simultaneously. Pay is doubled if this is part of a winning combo. There is also a stacked wilds feature as mentioned earlier that triggers the song “Bad” to play.

Michael Jackson King of Pop Wild Gameplay

To trigger the Jackpot feature you’ll need 5 Jackpot Scatter symbols which will give you 2.5 times the win. Bonus Scatters and Jackpot Scatters only appear during base gameplay and never during Free Spins.

Another great but limited feature that also only appears during base gameplay is the bonus wheel which you can trigger by getting a Bonus Scatter symbol on row 2 on reels 2, 3 or 4 or 3 bonus symbols on rows 2. 3 or 4 . By spinning you stand a chance to win Free Games (including Beat It and Smooth Criminal), Credits, or Credits with a Multiplier Wheel Spin ranging from  2x to 10x.

Michael Jackson King of Pop Bonus Gameplay with Wilds

The “Beat It” Free Game transitions to a different animated game screen where Michael Jackson is performing his song “Beat It”. Free games basically allow you free spins, so in this case you’ll be awarded 10. This free game features sticky wilds that remain for the rest of your free spins.

Let’s take a look at the “Smooth Criminal” Free Game instead which also comes with a separate animated screen of its own also featuring Michael Jackson. You get 5 free spins in this one and reels turn Wild on each spin starting from reel 5 to reel 1.

Michael Jackson King of Pop Music Pop Out
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The graphics of this slot are elaborate and eye catching – we need to give Bally Games credit where it’s due by successfully incorporating the works of Michael Jackson into the slot both visually and audibly. The timing and cues of the sound effects and song clips flowed smoothly and there was no visible lag while we played this slot.

Michael Jackson King of Pop Bonus Trigger
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Unique Features

One thing about this slot is the variety of bonus features it offers, even though they aren’t so easy to come by. 4 out of 20 possible places the wheel can land on are actually free spins. With a 20% chance of winning something it can be quite a challenge but then again, what’s a slot without a challenge?

Michael Jackson King of Pop Double Wilds

If you’re curious however, the highest paying symbol is the Jackpot Scatter (even its Double/Stacked Wild version) which offers a multiple of x2500, x500, x50 and x2. Since the slot’s gameplay is from left to right, two Jackpot Scatters are needed starting from reel 1 in order to win.

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Droid Slots' Stamp of ApprovalThe Michael Jackson King of Pop slot is also just a great excuse to listen to classic 80’s hits from the legend himself. One major difference between this online platform and the physical slot machine is the absence of the 1.000.000 progressive Top Jackpot feature.

Nevertheless, it’s a fair trade off for being able to play Michael Jackson King of Pop slot wherever you are across all devices on various platforms. With a diverse selection of bonuses you can also hope to get some credit and wilds in the base game too.

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