Two Casino Slot Games Based on the Iconic Sitcom
It has been over 25 years since the final episode of Cheers was screened. In its 11-year run, this comedy set in a bar produced 275 episodes. It became part of the cultural landscape in an era long before Netflix and binge-watching were even thought of.
There are now two casino slots based on the Cheers show. Both involve the characters from the series, and the instantly-familiar music. You’ll also get to see plenty of short clips, along with canned laughter and distinctly dated clothing!
This page covers both of the Cheers slots. There is the original and then the slightly newer ‘Cheers: Lucky Round’ versions.
Here are the key features:
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There are two bonus games on the original version, each with their own bonus symbols Norm appears in a postage stamp symbol – and triggers free games. This is a simple bonus round, with doubled wins and 15 free spins. You can retrigger, and multi-line wins are possible with a combination of stacked symbols and wilds.
Character symbols appear holding a big beer and trigger the bartender bonus game. You’ll see the 4 familiar bartenders, each behind a tap. All you need to do is pick one, which will show a clip and reveal a multiplier.
Next you get to spin the bonus wheel, by swiping the screen. This wheel has cash wins, with the biggest of them related to the different characters. Whatever award you hit gets multiplied by the amount under the bar tender you choose.
Again, there is a combination of free spins and wheel spin bonus. You’ll also get the piano-based theme tune playing while you spin.
To trigger the bonus wheel, you need at least 4 of the wheel symbols anywhere in view. The number of wheel symbols matters. If you get the maximum 9, you’ll be spinning for big money. 4 means your base amount will be small (at around the size of your spin bet).
On the wheel are multipliers and character symbols. Some of the multipliers are 100x, which means hand-pay wins are available via this bonus. If you get one of the characters, you get to spin again – this time with enhanced multipliers and a different coloured wheel.
Free spins tie in with the wheel bonus. To trigger 15 free spins, you need 3 special symbols (these simply say ‘free spins’. The wheel symbols still appear, though you don’t get to spin the wheel until the end. These accumulate during your free spins. For example, you
might hit 4 wheel symbols twice and 6 once. At the end of your spins, you spin with those accumulated ‘Cheers Credits’, which certainly raise your big win potential.
This newer Cheers slot also features progressive jackpots. These are unlocked via the wheel after the character upgrades.
Both slots use a 5×3 reel set, with 25 win-lines. You can spin for 25c and up – with big multipliers available in some casinos. The higher paying symbols are the characters from the show. These are stacked on the reels. When you get wins with groups of the same character, they will merge together and show a clip.
Wild symbols are plentiful – helping connect wins with the character symbols, drinks and lower paying playing cards.
The original Cheers slot has a faded look, adding the characters in small rectangles with brown and beige surrounds. This has a more authentic feel compared to the brighter, sharper design of the Lucky Round version. It is harder to follow wins on the original, with many of the symbols similar in colouring and shade.
Both games have clips, which appear over the reels when you hit big wins and bonus games. There are enough of these not to get repetitive. They are also short. You’ll get a quick laugh, and then straight on to the bonus game.
That instantly recognizable piano theme tune plays while you spin. You’ll also hear the ‘where everybody knows your name’, song during the bonus features.
Many of the TV-themed slots produced by WMS and other software houses are spectacular multi-media productions. By comparison, the two Cheers slots from WMS are sedate. What these games do have is a lot of charm. They will certainly appeal to fans of the original shows, though the clips and references might well go over the heads of the younger generation.