Ghostbusters Slot Machine
Just look at the Ghostbusters slot machine. Yes, there’s a slot machine based on Ghost Busters, of all things. And, there’s a really good reason behind that, too. The premise of the classic movie is perfect for modeling a gaming experience that’s both memorable and, to some people, addictive.
Three offbeat parapsychologists hit New York City to start a ghost-catching businessâ€”and, eventually, save the world. That’s the premise of the 1984 supernatural comedy, Ghostbusters, which has since morphed into a worldwide phenomenon as a strong franchise.
The movie stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis as the eccentric parapsychologists who start a ghost-catching business in New York City. After they manage to get their business off the ground, strange supernatural activity starts emerging from an uptown high-rise apartment. Once learning the origin of the supernatural activity (from an ancient god), the crew does whatever it takes to save New York City and the rest of the world from the threat.
The movie was first released on June 8, 1984 to both critical and commercial success, amassing over $238 million in domestic sales at the time. Overseas, it did just well, selling over $291 million around the world. Today, Ghostbusters is still celebrated around the world, especially as its anniversary approaches this Juneâ€”though most people would say the thing they remember the most is that infectious theme song!
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The Slot Machine
International Gaming Technology paid close attention to this slot machine. They were tasked with creating a slot machine that replicated the Ghostbusters experience, while also being a pretty formidable slot machine in its own right. Did they succeed?
Of course! The Ghost Busters slot machine is probably one of the most popular slot machine among fans of the movie. It’s even entertaining enough for those who aren’t fans, and just know the movie in passing. That’s probably the most important part about designing a slot machine in the first place!
The machine brings fans and casual players back to the movie’s world, which is achieved through the game’s 55-inch LCD display. To get the most out of this blockbuster slot machine, players have the opportunity to take advantage of a whopping 30 pay lines. Each spin, however, is 50 credits. You can activate each pay line with as little as 20 credits. Don’t forget that this slot machine, much like other IGT slot machines, has a healthy set of bonus games and progressive jackpots.
Symbols and Features
When first time you lay your eyes on the Ghostbusters slot machine, you’ll immediately see the symbols. The characters Raymond Stantz, Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler, Louis Tully and Winston Zeddmore all appear on the reels, in addition to the movie’s iconic proton packs, their ‘legendary’ car and traps. Besides the Ghostbusters team and their tools, Slimer and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man appear to literally shake up the game.
Slimer stays around to walk players through all of the game’s features and, well, takes pleasure in mocking players whenever they earn credits, payouts or multipliers throughout the course of their play session. The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is the wild card, leaving behind wilds and multipliersâ€”in the form of marshmallow chunks.
This game is a five reel game, too, so you’ll have plenty of chances to win. There’s also, as mentioned, 30 pay lines to bet on. Throughout the course of the game, you control the Ghostbusters crew through a regular job, helping rid New York of pesky ghosts. The visuals, interaction and the soundtrack complete the entire experience and just simply make the game worth playing.
You can bet as little as 50 cents to as much as $5 (in coins) on any bet. The highest payout in this game is 500 credits, while the lowest is 250 credits. So, while you’re not going to get an epic payout, the payout’s still pretty big for a game of this caliber. If you want to keep playing without stopping to spin, the Ghostbusters slot machine has an auto-play feature that lets you do just that.
The bonus rounds of the Ghostbusters slot machine are pretty unique. They include the Psychic, Stay Puft, Paranormal Pick and Cash Award bonus rounds.
Stay Puft is the main bonus round, depicting marshmallows falling from the sky. When the marshmallows ‘stick’ to your icons on the screen, they act as multipliers. In other words, they’ll double your winnings when you qualify for a win. If you get the Pyschic bonus round, you’ll have to pick a card that matches one of Dr. Venkman’s cards to win.
Paranormal Pick gives you an opportunity to claim a progressive jackpot; you just need to choose from one of five ghastly green clouds (as presented by Slimer) to win. Cash Award does just that: Slimer awards ‘unwilling participants’ with a payout that are as least 50 to 1,000 times their original amount of your coin’s value, increasing your winnings to as much as 2X to 5X. Although some say that the winnings aren’t as big as they should be, they’re still pretty healthy.
The Ghostbusters slot machine is a memorable slot machine worthy of any fan’s or casino-goer’s attention. Even if you haven’t seen the movie, it’s worth it to give this slot machine a spin.