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Pop Culture Machines

16 April 2020

Pop culture themes have been part of the slot machine scene for decades, and game makers are ready with new, fun tie-ins for us once we can go back to live casinos.

Two of the latest are from Everi, which is rolling out The Karate Kid and The Mask for some silver screen excitement.

Let’s check them out, along with a couple of other new games we can hope to check out soon.

  • The Karate Kid: A five-reel, 30-line penny game features the Karate Tournament Bonus. One large wheel spins to lock in a progressive jackpot tier available to the player. You can win the jackpot by with a reel spin during which the 3 x 5 reel set contains only fist symbols and blank spaces.

Another feature is the Wild Strike Bonus which is initiated randomly during any spin. During the bonus, the reels split up to six times and add wild reels, giving players extra chances to win progressive jackpots.


  • The Mask: Movie thrills come through on this five-reel, 40-line penny slot. During the Free Games Bonus with Jackpot Wheel Spin, players can land full stack combinations to win instant credit prizes or the special combination to unlock a single spin of the jackpot wheel. The jackpot wheel guarantees a jackpot prize up to the progressive value.

In the Pick Bonus with Prize Jump, players who locate Milo, the Jack Russell terrier, advance up 10 possible levels to larger prizes with gold and silver keys instantly unlocking credit prizes. Steer clear of the cheese, because finding two cheesy symbols end the bonus.

  • Triple Wild Dragon and Triple Jackpot Gems: For high-denomination players, these three-reel, nine-line $1 games are new extensions of the Double Jackpot Gems game family.

Both games feature symbol-triggered progressives that hit when three jackpot symbols land on an active pay line. You win the top progressive when three jackpot symbols land on line 9.

With fixed multiplier symbols, three-times multiplying logos can combine for up to nine-times pay table wins. Those who love classic three-reel mechanical slots will appreciate the games’ clear pay tables, simple game play and familiar mechanics.


  • Wicked Wheel Panda and Wicked Wheel Fire Phoenix are the highly anticipated extensions of Everi’s award-winning Smokin’ Hot Stuff Wicked Wheel game on the new Empire Flex cabinet. Both are penny 243-ways-to-win games that feature progressive pick and wheel bonuses with random multipliers and nudges.

In a randomly triggered event, players pick to reveal either progressive symbols or the Panda or Phoenix. The Panda or Phoenix symbol removes the lowest progressive tier, leaving only bigger prizes available. Players matching three progressive symbols win the corresponding jackpot.

  • The Vault: You’re looking to empty the vault and fill your bankroll in a series of five-reel penny slots featuring three base games in 30- or 40-line configurations. All feature a bank-wide bonus feature and community-style play.

In an Empty the Vault respin bonus, gold from the vault can give a big boost to credit prizes that are locked on the screen. When triggered, reels will spin in a lock-and-respin fashion. For big rewards, you’ll want to see scatter symbols lock in place. When three scatter symbols are locked on the same column, treasure will fall from the top screen vault onto the locked reels.

In the bank-wide Diamond Rush bonus everyone tries to steal diamonds from other players. You’ll want your gems locked in lace to secure big wins during Diamond Heist time. The Heist is triggered during the Diamond Rush when a vault symbol reveals a diamond or a diamond plus credits.


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John Grochowski
John Grochowski is the best-selling author of The Craps Answer Book, The Slot Machine Answer Book and The Video Poker Answer Book. His weekly column is syndicated to newspapers and Web sites, and he contributes to many of the major magazines and newspapers in the gaming field, including Midwest Gaming and Travel, Slot Manager, Casino Journal, Strictly Slots and Casino Player.

Listen to John Grochowski's "Casino Answer Man" tips Tuesday through Friday at 5:18 p.m. on WLS-AM (890) in Chicago. Look for John Grochowski on Facebook and Twitter @GrochowskiJ.

John Grochowski Websites:

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Books by John Grochowski:

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John Grochowski
John Grochowski is the best-selling author of The Craps Answer Book, The Slot Machine Answer Book and The Video Poker Answer Book. His weekly column is syndicated to newspapers and Web sites, and he contributes to many of the major magazines and newspapers in the gaming field, including Midwest Gaming and Travel, Slot Manager, Casino Journal, Strictly Slots and Casino Player.

Listen to John Grochowski's "Casino Answer Man" tips Tuesday through Friday at 5:18 p.m. on WLS-AM (890) in Chicago. Look for John Grochowski on Facebook and Twitter @GrochowskiJ.

John Grochowski Websites:

www.casinoanswerman.com

Books by John Grochowski:

The Craps Answer Book

> More Books By John Grochowski