Launched on 25th May 2016 by SG Interactive, the Michael Jackson King of Pop video slot is the desktop and mobile version of the extremely popular land based game from Bally. Play this online slot and it won’t be long before you are moon walking, spinning and bopping along to some of his most famous songs whilst trying for a jackpot of 62,500 coins based on a penny per line.
The Michael Jackson King of Pop Slot by SG Interactive is a 5-reel, 3-row, 25 pay line online slot that has two types of free spins, two types of wilds and a bonus game to boot. All this is wrapped up in a glittering and sparkling game board with a mix of Billie Jean, Smooth Criminal and Beat It to name just a few of the iconic songs that help immerse you into the game.
How to play Michael Jackson – King of Pop Video Slot
The big and bold symbols of the 5 reels all sit on an animated background that has what looks like golden rain falling down onto a stage. The symbols include your standard card symbols which are 9, 10, J, Q, K and A all suitably styled with crowns and diamonds. Alongside these, you have Michael’s glittering shoes, his glove, his hat, his sunglasses and Wild symbols.
You already have a lot of symbols on the reels with this online slot but there is even more with a Michael Jackson Bonus symbol, Jackpot Symbol plus a double wild, double wild bonus and a double wild jackpot.
The first thing you should do before you start to play on this video slot is set your cost per spin. Now you should be aware that this game includes a cost for the bonus features besides the cost per pay line. Therefore, at a minimum of 1p per pay line, you would expect that your cost per spin would be 25p. However, the cost for the bonus features is 15 times your bet per line. In this case, it would be 15p bringing your cost per spin to 40p.
In total, there are 25 stake levels ranging from the minimum of 40p up to £80 per spin. For each increment, you are multiplying the number of coins you can win which will then be multiplied by the minimum 1p per line. This is therefore very much a penny video slot. You are paying to multiply the amount of coins per win. We always recommend that you set the cost per spin to a value you are comfortable with. To set your cost per spin just select the purple button on the bottom left of the game screen which has 2 chevron symbols on it.
To start playing the Michael Jackson King of Pop online slot you just need to select the large purple coloured button with the white arrow that is on the right-hand side of the game screen. Unlike other online slots, there is no auto-play feature or bet max button. You simply set your cost per spin and then spin the reels manually via the purple button.
As you play the game you will be looking to achieve your best wins by landing a bonus feature with 3 bonus symbols landing on reels 2,3 and 4. You will then be presented with one spin of the bonus wheel where you can win free games, credits, or credits with an additional spin of a multiplier wheel.
The bonus games include ‘Beat It’ free games (free spins) where you get 10 free games. During the free games, any WILD that appears on the reels remains for the remainder of the free games, increasing the chances of a big win. The other bonus game is the ‘Smooth Criminal’ free games where you are awarded 5 free games. During the 1st free game, reel 5 is wild. During the 2nd free game, the 4th and 5th reels are wild. During the 3rd free game, the 3rd and 4th reels are wild. During the 4th free game, the 2nd and 3rd reels are wild. During the 5th free game, the 1st and 2nd reels are wild.
Besides the bonus games, at any time during the base game, you can randomly be awarded a Moonwalk Wild where Michael Jackson will moonwalk across the reels laying down special wild symbols. This does not always guarantee you a win. You can also randomly be awarded stacked wilds that can appear on the reels. As you can see, there is plenty going on with the Michael Jackson King of Pop video slot.
Michael Jackson – King of Pop Video Slot Tips
Over on the left-hand side of the game screen you will see a small ‘i’ symbol. Selecting this will bring up a popup screen that gives you information about the game including the main game features as discussed above. You can also view the coin payout levels for the number of matching symbols on a pay line along with a grid view of each of the winning lines. These screens help familiarise you with the game and what you need to do to get the best wins possible.
If you are new to playing the Michael Jackson King of Pop video slot, then a good way to get familiar with the game is in Freeplay or demo mode. This means you can spin the reels as many times as you like for fun without having to spend your own cash. You will see how the gameplay works and then if you want to play for real you can switch from demo mode to real cash play at any time. If you would like to play Michael Jackson King of Pop slot for free then you can at Leo Vegas Casino and Mr Green Casino.
Is Michael Jackson – King of Pop the right video slot for you?
The Michael Jackson King of Pop video slot has a theoretical RTP (return to player) of 96.01% giving a house edge of 3.99%. On testing the game we found that although we never had a dry spell of no more than 7 spins without a win, the number of coins from these wins was quite small unless you got a few wilds together or a random feature of the main bonus feature.
We did achieve the bonus feature and played the Smooth Criminal Game and we were awarded a prize of £16, however as we were playing at £2 per spin it was still a small prize in comparison. The top jackpot prize for the Michael Jackson symbol is 2,500 coins but is multiplied by your stake settings but is still quite low in comparison to some other online slots. We would consider the Michael Jackson King of Pop slot to be a medium variance game. Even though the gameplay is enjoyable, especially with the soundtrack it may not be the best online slot for wagering through a free casino bonus.