Reviews Bally’s Pawn Stars Slots Machine
“Pawn Stars” is the name of a popular reality television show which started airing on History Channel in 2009. It is shot in Las Vegas and revolves around the lives and of the owners of a family owned pawn shop called World Famous Gold and Silver Pawn Shop. There are four central characters in the show, and they are seen interacting with a number customers who come to their shop and try to sell items. The show enjoyed public attention and went on to become one of the highest rated reality television shows in 2011.
Slot machines sometimes incorporate movie- inspired themes to capture the attention of their audience. The Pawn Stars slot machine game uses the popularity of a famous reality television show of the same name and gives the player an experience unparalleled in the world of slot machine game-play. This game was created by a company called Bally.
How to Play the Game
The game begins by showing a photograph of the main characters of the television show and then goes directly to the game screen. The game screen has a photograph of the pawn shop from the television show in the background and the foreground shows five slots with three symbols in each slot. There are individual symbols for each character and a “History Channel” symbol, all of which have high value. The “Pawn Shop Sign” is a Wild symbol which takes the space of three symbols in a single slot. Then there are “Free Spin” symbols and “Pawn Bonus” symbols which are used to trigger the bonuses.
The graphics on the main game screen are simple and the soundtrack has a blues feel to it. On the main game screen, the only thing you can control is the betting amount before every spin. There are 30 winning lines in play for every spin and the betting amount is multiplied with that. You can bet a minimum of 0.30 credits and a maximum of 450.00 credits for every spin. The main game screen also displays the total bet, winnings and balance credits available.
The sound effects played for every line win keeps the player engaged and hopeful for a higher win in the next spin. The sound effects keep becoming increasingly more dramatic for more number of line wins.
Features of the Game
This game has some excellent content as bonus features which fans of the show will definitely enjoy. Instead of using footage from the television series in this game, Bally managed to shoot footage exclusively for this game. The player is rewarded with either “Free Spins” or a bonus negotiation round.
The free spins are activated by getting three “Free Spin” symbols on the first, third and last slot. You are then rewarded with ten free spins and a doubled winning amount, with one of the characters from the show cheering you on. This means for the next ten spins, your winning score will be doubled. During this bonus, you cannot trigger any more bonuses.
The negotiation round bonus is triggered by scoring three “Pawn Bonus” symbols on the middle three slots. These symbols, as all bonus symbols, are scatter symbols. The game screen changes and take you to an items list with the original soundtrack of the show playing in the background. One of the characters appears on screen and asks you to pick an item to sell from the list. You must then choose the item which you think must have the highest value. Once you select an item, the character offers an amount which you can either accept or challenge. If you challenge it, you may get a much higher price or a lower price which you cannot decline. It then goes back to the main game screen.
There are many great aspects of this game. Bally has specifically crafted this game to appeal to the fans of the series and it is hard not to get drawn into it. The symbols of characters of the show, the soundtrack from the show and he backdrop of the Pawn Shop from the show all create the same atmosphere of watching the show.
The brilliant negotiation bonus round complete with special footage of the characters make you believe that you’ve actually walked into the Pawn Shop. The video is engaging and the interactions are very much like the ones that happen on the show. The “Free Spins” bonus is also made very enjoyable with one of the most loved characters appearing on the screen and awarding you a multiplier.
The transitions between the bonus and the main game screens are a little slow, however. That is mostly caused by the time it takes to load the videos of the characters. The lack of flexibility in choosing the number of lines would also seem like a slight disadvantage.
Overall, this game is a winner. It wouldn’t appeal to the people who do not follow the television show, but that is not much of a problem as it happens to be extremely popular.