INNOVATIONS/INSIGHTS: Movie madness
Grease is based on the iconic 1978 movie starring John Travolta (playing bad-boy Danny Zuko) and Olivia Newton-John (playing fresh-faced Sandy Olson) and includes several clips and songs from the film.
Players of all ages have undoubtedly seen the movie and will find the game as energetic and infectious as the movie musical ode to young love.
Grease is in the early stages of its North American launch and will continue to be installed in casinos throughout the spring and into early summer. But an April 2012 report by Roth Capital Partners shows the game’s initial performance to be impressive, stating, “Our recent round of channel checks indicates Bally’s Grease wide-area-progressive (WAP) product is off to a very good start with strong performance metrics through the first 45 days from its initial launch.”
“With all of its interactive features, many bonus events, and the thrill of a life-changing top award, the game truly delivers the entertainment that slot players are seeking,” said Laura Olson-Reyes, Bally Technologies’ senior director of corporate marketing and communications. “And the iconic Grease theme, well-known songs, and video clips from the film only add to the experience.”
Players can earn eight exciting bonuses on each five-reel game, plus a thrilling five-level progressive jackpot.
Grease is a penny progressive available with either linked wide-area or near-area progressive jackpots.
The life-changing top award is triggered by 10 scattered Grease symbols and is available only at max bet. The other four progressive jackpots are available at any bet level.
Most of the Grease bonuses are unlocked in the Yearbook Bonus, which is triggered by yearbook symbols on the second, third, and fourth reels of the game.
The player then uses Bally’s U-Spin play mechanic to “flip” through the Grease yearbook and is awarded one of many exciting bonuses.
The One That I Want Free Games bonus awards players five free games on both games, and includes the Wild Sweep play mechanic in which entire reels of wilds move from right to left with each spin. With each free spin, the wins pile up.
In Dance Off Free Games, players are awarded up to 15 free games. This bonus also gives players to chance to interact with the game using the trailblazing iDeck touch-screen button deck. Throughout the bonus, players have the opportunity to touch and choose their dance move and win either five times their total bet, a wild reel, or two additional free games.
The How Cool Are You bonus feature allows players to choose a Grease-themed car to drive. The car moves up levels to win credits or one of four progressive jackpots. Players cheer for their car to keep going!
Too Pure To Be Pink is a multi-level pick feature. Players receive three picks to get through three levels, selecting from wigs, accessories, and movie characters-winning credits every time they pick.
The Yearbook Bonus feature is not the only way Grease gives players exciting ways to win. Grease also features the T-Bird Mystery Wild, which occurs randomly in the base game. Characters from the Grease film appear on the game screen and award between two and five wild symbols on one or both games, up to 10 possible wilds, leading to more fun and more wins.
Favorite scenes from the move and hit songs like Grease, You’re The One That I Want, Hopelessly Devoted To You, and Sandy come alive through a 3-D sound-chair experience. Lots of ways to pick, choose, spin, and win-with seven electrifying bonus events, mystery wilds, and a five-level progressive jackpot with a huge top award.
Grease is the one your players want to play!
This article was reported and written by Bally Technologies, a Las Vegas, Nev.-based firm that designs, manufactures, operates, and distributes advanced technology-based gaming devices and systems worldwide, as well as interactive and mobile solutions. For more information, visit www.ballytech.com.