Who doesn’t love the nostalgia and tight-trousered fun of Grease, the ultimate in teen movie fun? If you don’t, or you have no idea what I’m talking about, then this homage to 70’s cult movies might just be lost on you! Well now this slice of state side teen drama, as American as apple pie and Coca Cola, can invite you in the join the fun of being part of all those high school shenanigans thanks to a new slot game from Playtech- those smart cookies behind Queen of Wands
and the Age of Egypt slot. I couldn’t wait to jump on this retro slot and see if I could find a new way to spend my “summer nights”.
All the money making action in Grease takes place against the backdrop of the 1950’s American teen’s favourite hangout, the diner. Behind the reels we find ourselves ready for the next instalment of teen tragedy of triumph surrounded by the distinctive chequered tiled floor, the high red leather stalls, the neon and most importantly; the glowing jukebox.
The reels themselves are adorned with the main characters of the adored 1978 cult classic and atop the reels are the two mega jackpots on offer to you, the Danny and Sandy jackpots with faces of the teens on show.
As you’d expect and want (if you’re a fan of the musical) are background sounds which are an instrumental musak versions of some of the movie’s classic tunes- they are recognisable but I think they could have gone a little more to town on these- after all they are as much a part of the movie as the cast themselves, although for the slightly less dedicated fans the subtlety of the music might just be a plus!
The high value icons on the reels are Danny (John Travolta) and Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) dressed to the nines in their movie finale outfits and they become stacked- whoopee! This pair of dreamboats can also appear as a joint icon, as a teeny couple which is the highest value icon to land. The other big boys and girls on the icons front are the rebel couple Kenickie (Jeff Conaway) and Rizzo (Stockard Channing). And there’s a Thunderbird car and ice cream for two on offer as well. The lower value icons are the Ace through Jack of the card deck done out nicely as vinyl record font.
The Scatter is a golden coin with “Grease” on it. The Grease Scatter is the key to entering the Jukebox Bonus as well.
At any point in the base game you can randomly trigger the Sweetheart Wilds element of this slot. The Sweetheart Wilds fall down onto the reels with up to eight of these cash making icons adding to the reel drama and rewards.
Re-spinning teen dreams
This 5 reel, 3 row and 20 pay lines trip into those halcyon teen days can be played across all devices. It has a pretty traditional feel about it like games like the Stampede slot from Eyecon- but that’s OK. We are talking 50’s nostalgia after all!
Land either Sandy or Danny on reel one and they will lock in place awarding Rock and Roll Re-spins where you are gifted three free spins with these icons locked in place to make for more winning combos. During this feature if you land the love heart Wild or the Danny/Sandy couple icon then these will also stick around to make more money for you. Now that is the “one that I want!”
If Lady Luck smiles on you, you might land the couple icon on reel one and when this occurs it means that any Wilds are locked in place for 3 free spins and any Danny or Sandy icons transform into the couple icon which also sticks in place to boost your winning chances considerably. I’ve got chills, they’re multiplying!
The big game in town in Grease is the Jukebox Bonus which you trigger by landing the Scatter on reels 1, 3 and 5. Once you’ve triggered this feature you have to choose from three different bonus games to make you a buck.
There’s the Summer Nights side game where lucky you is gifted 4 free spins with the heartily handy Sweetheart Wilds (up to 8 can be added to the reels) in action during this feature.
Or how about Better Shape Up with its generous 12 freebie spins where the reels only feature the girls and boy characters from the movie and where the stacked Danny and Sandy icons magically get it on by transforming into a high value couple!
And then there’s the totally over the top and nostalgic Rydell High Yearbook Bonus where you pick photos from the film to try to win a x 100 multiplier. There are 5 pages or stages of year book to look through to get you the increasingly valuable multipliers.
As if this mega celebration of the cult classic wasn’t enough to get your feet tapping and those reels spinning, there’s also a randomly triggered base game jackpot on offer. Maybe it really is time to “shape up” to get winning with the Greased Lighting jackpot! You will get a chance to pick 3 icons from boxes to reveal Danny or Sandy faces which will put you in the running one of the respective jackpots.
Not all movie themed slots are good but I had a great time on the Grease slot, as a fan of the movie. If you’re not a fan there is still plenty to get you multiplying your chills with those handy expanding icons, the sweetheart Wilds and the Jukebox Bonus which is packed with freebie spins and potential big wins. Ahhh those summer niiiiighhhts, tell me more!