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[toc]With the brand new reboot of the original 1980s classic film due to be released this summer, what better way to get ready for Paul Feig’s new film than by enjoying a few spins with Slimer and Mr Stay Puft and co. on the superb Ghostbusters slot, available at Betfair online casino in New Jersey.
Who are you gonna call? Well in the 1980s, there was only one answer to that – Ghostbusters! And now you can recall all the highlights from the classic original, including all four Ghostbuster characters as high symbols in this exciting and feature-packed slot from IGT.
This is a 5×3 reel slot with 40 paylines and a host of features and bonus games including randomly triggered base game features, as well as free spins and several other pick-em bonus games that can offer the player a chance of a jackpot.
Who will the Ghostbusters slot appeal to?
If you are a fan of the original Ghostbusters film, then this is without doubt a New Jersey online slot that will appeal to you. The key characters from the film are all present as are a lot of the famous gadgets and gizmos they used.
Combine this with a new mix of the famous Ray Parker Jr. hit “Ghostbusters” as the background music for the slot and you are instantly hooked.
Although a nostalgic slot for the 80s child, it should also be noted that Ghostbusters is a feature-packed slot and there are a large number of bonus features which you can access from within the base game.
This combined with the chance to wager smaller or larger amounts on each bet, means it is a good slot for slot enthusiasts in general too.
What is pleasing with the Ghostbuster slot is that the gameplay is fast and fun. There’s lots of use of animation on the symbols on the reels and iconic moments from the film will play as you trigger various features and bonuses throughout the game.
This is a medium to low variance slot. When you play the base game, the wins are generally small, but do occur frequently. This is because the game does tend to see a lot of the Wild symbols (which is represented by the green ghost Slimer) land across the reels.
What really helps the base game rattle along, however, is that there are four Mystery Features that can be triggered after any base game spin.
This includes simple features, such as a Multiplier applied to any line win on the current spin (of between 2x and 5x your win) or a random cash award that can be between 50 to 1000 times your coin value.
However, there are two Ghostbusters-specific features that really can help land a big win. Occasionally when you land a Slimer Wild, it will turn reels 1 to 3 entirely Wild, which can help you land multiple wins. The other bonus is the Extra Wilds, which is when the library ghost from the opening scene in the film triggers between one and four extra Wilds across the reels.
The two other features are the Ballroom Busters feature and the Stay Puft free spins round. We’ll explain more on these features below.
Special features: Ghostbusters
Ballroom Busters feature
Land two bonus symbols with the Slimer Bonus symbol on the fourth reel and you trigger the Ballroom Busters bonus game. Here you have five blasts from your Proton Pack to uncover as many of the hidden ghosts in the ballroom as you can.
Some ghosts come with a cash amount with a multiplier and can offer much bigger wins. Once you have used all five blasts from your Proton Pack, your cash is added to your account and the game ends.
Stay Puft free spins
Land two bonus symbols with the Stay Puft bonus and you bring up a new set of reels for the Stay Puft free spins.
You receive 8 free spins and the Wilds are also stacked in this feature, offering you the chance to earn even more wins from a single spin. In this feature, you can also get Sticky Wilds from marshmallows tumbling down the screen and landing on selected symbols, which then remain for all further subsequent free spins.
The presentation of the slot is outstanding; indeed few slots at NJ online casinos offer the same level of quality when it comes to how the game looks and sounds.
Full marks, IGT.
Base game bonuses
We love the fact that there are so many base game bonus features that trigger as you spin the reels. This makes playing the base game quite enjoyable.
At every point in the Ghostbusters slot, your win can be increased by way of a multiplier, this gives the game real added value and helps bolster those smaller-than-stake wins.
Eight free spins
Although the free spins round has a few features which can ramp up your wins, including the Sticky Wilds, only eight free spins is a little miserly, especially for a rarely-triggered feature.
You’ll land the bonus scatter in the second reel often and sometimes in the third two, but don’t get too excited. Landing that crucial third bonus symbol takes time.
If you aren’t a fan of the song, then you’ll be hitting mute before too long as every click of the button starts it looping again.
Graphics and soundtrack: 5/5
If you love Ghostbusters, then you will love the soundtrack and graphics of this game.
Even if you aren’t a fan, the slot is engaging enough to draw you in and with so many features, you’ll appreciate the presentation a lot more.
Originality and creativity: 3.5/5
The bonus games aren’t anything groundbreaking with a free spins and a pick ’em bonus game, but the number of random features during the base game does add a spark of creativity.
Play value: 3/5
This is a medium to low variance machine but with so many features active, even the smaller base game wins can add up. Even smaller bankroll players can enjoy a session on the game without running out of cash too soon.
Jackpot potential: 1.5/5
Big wins are possible, but the vast majority of wins are small on this game and in truth, the chances of striking the bigger prizes seem to be relatively low. Also, the size of these prizes don’t compare too well with other slots.
Repeat play: 3/5
Given that it is packed with innovative features and its appeal for fans of the film, this is one slot that definitely will make you want to play again.
Total score: 15/25
A hugely enjoyable slot only stymied by a lack of bigger win options, but in terms of playability for the smaller stakes player in particular, this is a hugely enjoyable slot.