In the land based slots world, Bally is one of the kings of branded action. That dominance does not necessarily translate online and to mobile devices, but it is probably fair to say that they are not quite ahead of the curve when it comes to delivering mobile action. However, what they lack in quantity, they make up for in quality and there is no better choice for a developer to bring one of the greatest musicians of all time to the reels. We are expecting something big on Michael Jackson – King of Pop given all of the contributing factors, so let’s see whether we’re in for a Thriller… sorry.
What to Expect
We have mentioned several times in recent slot reviews that it would be somewhat surprising to find a game that was actually smaller than four rows and forty win lines. So, you can imagine the shock when one of the biggest names in gaming, and one of the biggest in music, comes together to boast just 25 lines and three rows of action. To be fair, Bally could well have been trying to keep things as accessible as possible, as the Michael Jackson name is one that is bound to draw in players whether it is on the casino floor or listed on a mobile casino menu.
There is plenty of wild action to enjoy on the game, and players may find Jacko moonwalking across the reels following any spin. He will drop between two and five wild cards in random positions on the board, and these symbols have the added benefit of doubling any wins that they work as part of. In another random feature, players will be treated to a music video clip to indicate that one or two reels are about to turn completely wild.
The surprises keep on coming with this game, as we are pretty used to free spins being the bonus at this point. However, those spins are sacrificed in favour of a bonus wheel, at least to an extent – although the free spins can potentially come later. A bonus symbol on reels two, three and four at the same time will trigger the wheel, and there are a few different prize possibilities. In its simplest form, it could be an instant win or a similar instant win with a multiplier of between two and ten times. Far more interesting, and generally more lucrative too, are the Beat It and Smooth Criminal free spin rounds. Rather than a direct link to the songs in question, they are actually pretty standard, but still exciting. In Beat It free games, players receive ten free spins with any wilds that appear on screen sticking in place until the round ends.
The Smooth Criminal free spins are a little more complex, but players will soon get the hang of them. Five spins are awarded in this case and there is a particular wild reel setup on each. Specifically, the first spin is pretty useless with the fifth reel being wild, but it is onwards and upwards from there. The second spin sees both reels four and five being wild, while the third makes use of wild reels on three and four. The fourth free spin guarantees a win with reels two and three being wild, and the bonus generally ends with a bang thanks to reels one and two being completely wild on the fifth spin.
The MobileCasino.net Verdict
Big fans of the artist like us might feel like there is a little something missing on Michael Jackson – King of Pop, only because the features, while adequately named, do little to elicit memories of the singer outside of his moonwalking across the screen. However, the soundtrack and video clips go a long way to making up for this and, in turn, making the theme worthwhile, and we can have few complaints overall. It is not the biggest Bally mobile slot around, but Michael Jackson – King of Pop is definitely one of the most accessible and we would have to suggest checking it out at one of our recommended Bally apps if you are a fan.