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NEWS 3 May 2016
Company Focus: Land-Based Hit Michael Jackson: King of Pop Comes to Desktop and Mobile
By Gambling Insider
 
The King of Pop slot theme from Scientific Games expands to desktop and mobile, launching on May 25 in 23 countries. The game, which is built around the music and visuals of Michael Jackson, the greatest entertainer of all time, features the unique opportunity for players to experience Michael as he dances across the reels of Michael Jackson: King of Pop, SG Interactive™’s slot theme featuring some of Michael’s most popular songs and footage of Michael performing some of his legendary moves. King of Pop captures is a truly engrossing entertainment experience, creating a slot theme as unique as Michael himself.

Michael Jackson: King of Pop is a five reel, three row game with 25 paylines. The game features symbols based on Michael Jackson’s fedora, sunglasses, gloves and crystal-covered socks. Each symbol includes a crown or a jewel for added flare, paying homage to Michael as pop music royalty.

Firing up the King of Pop base game immerses the player in the world of Michael Jackson’s music. “Dirty Diana” plays in the background, kicking off the game with subtle guitar and a gradual build to the easily recognizable refrain as the player continues to spin. Further enhancing the experience are five different bonuses, each providing a spin on a Michael Jackson song: Moonwalk Wilds, Smooth Criminal Free Games, Beat It Free Games, Platinum Bonus Spin Wheel, and Mystery Stacked™ wilds.

Landing the Platinum Bonus Spin Wheel gives players a chance at a big credit payout, a bonus multiplier, or one of two bonus opportunities based on a timeless Michael Jackson hit song: Beat It and Smooth Criminal Free Games. The bonus multiplier triggers an inner wheel with multipliers ranging from 2x to 10x, greatly increasing the player’s chance of a large payout.

The Smooth Criminal free games bonus launches with players joining Michael right outside the club in the “Smooth Criminal” music video as they watch him, in his white pin-striped suite, tip his hat and flick a quarter into the jukebox from across the room. As the reels spin, Michael materializes on screen, dancing across the symbols and summoning stacked wild symbols on the far right that move one reel to the left (when looking at the screen) with each spin. Seamlessly combining the “Smooth Criminal” video with big win opportunities creates a one-of-a-kind aesthetic befitting the King of Pop.

Beat It Free Games, an even bigger bonus round, is a real showstopper that features Michael in his famous red jacket as he dance on screen straight out of the music video, turning symbols into locking wilds as he points to them. Those wilds stay on screen until the free games end, allowing for huge wins accompanied by “Beat It,” one of Michael’s most beloved songs.

In the randomly-triggered mystery stacked wilds bonus, see Michael’s finger snaps from the “Bad” video on screen that set off a cascade of wilds symbols down each reel, building anticipation until two full reels of stacked wilds appear as Michael can be heard asking “Who’s bad?”

Moonwalk Wilds sees Michael moonwalk across the screen to “Billie Jean.” As he glides from right to the left on the screen, he leaves double wild symbols in his trail to increase potential wins.

King of Pop is packed to the brim with player-facing features. To ensure a high quality experience, we’ve developed new techniques that maximize the number of videos within the game while maintaining a fast load time. Our new technology keeps the player engaged with Michael as he can be seen moving across the screen and triggering your wins without any added load time!

Michael Jackson: King of Pop brings the game’s namesake to the forefront of every spin, giving players multiple opportunities for interactive bonuses, huge wins, and a chance to experience some of Michael’s most popular music. The game’s unique art, engaging play mechanics, and Michael Jackson’s incredible music ensure a dynamic experience for all players—especially Michael Jackson fans.

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