A TV Game Show Comes to Live in this Lively Casino Slot
There are several slots themed on the popular ‘The Price is Right’ TV gameshow. These include a brand-new game featuring a Plinko bonus round that was unveiled at G2E 2018. That 3-reel version is not yet available on casino floors. This review focuses on the original Price is Right Plinko slots – which are 5-reel video slots with plenty of bonus game action.
You’ll hear voice overs, see models from days gone by awarding you wins and enjoy lounge-style music while you spin.
Here are the features which make The Price is Right Plinko an entertaining choice:
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You only need one special symbol to trigger the Plinko bonus. This is a ball - and appears only on the right-side reel. When you hit this, you’ll hear a classic game show voice announcing the bonus - and see a ‘look up’ sign on the middle of the three screens.
Next, a number of multipliers and jackpots spin past horizontally at the bottom of a giant grid. These can include multipliers up to 10x, and some big progressives.
You then click to drop your ball into the top of the grid. It will move downwards at random, hitting pegs as it goes. In the middle are cash amounts, which change depending on how much you have bet. When the ball reaches the bottom, it will land on top of one of the entries which spun past at the start of the bonus. If you get a progressive jackpot, this is awarded in addition to the cash amount you won on the way down. Multipliers apply to whatever your win amount was.
At the end of each bonus, your wins (including the base game win) are totalled on a board – with a classic hostess standing smiling to award your win.
This bonus is a slot staple. This is triggered by hitting 3 scatter symbols which say ‘bonus’. You’ll be awarded 10 free spins and hear that lounge music while you play. The bonus symbols remain on the reels, as well as the Plinko bonus symbol.
With stacked winning symbols and plenty of wilds, you have a shot at a hostess appearing with that big win sign!
There are 50 win-lines crossing the reels, which are in a standard 5x4 format. You bet just 40 credits for all of these lines and the features. With a max bet of $2 at penny denomination.
Wilds show the game show logo and will appear in long stacks on every reel. These have the highest prize, in addition to connecting many other wins. They replace the regular symbols, though not the bonus symbols or the Plinko ball symbol.
Other symbols include prizes from the show. There is an impressive looking boat, a symbol saying aloha (representing vacation prizes), and a model behind the wheel of a new car. Between these prize style symbols, you’ll find the classic slot playing cards for smaller wins.
WMS has gone to great lengths to recreate the game-show atmosphere with this slot. These include the classic male voice-overs, making comments about your wins and introducing the bonus games. That lounge music, along with brass band effects adds to the atmosphere.
The reels are surrounded by pink and blue squares, and the higher paying symbols have gold surrounds. Design-wise these are functional, though not the latest detailed designs. With three screens, there is plenty of room for the bonus action.
Plinko takes place on a long thin top screen. While this is a quick bonus game, it does a good job of recreating the original game-show. While this game is not in play, you’ll see the different progressive jackpots listed at the very top of the screen.
Game show slots have a long history on the casino floor, and The Price is Right Plinko is an entertaining addition to the list. This is not the newest slot, with the graphics a little dated these days. What it does have is a lot of character – in a brash and almost cheesy way. If you enjoyed the TV show, then I’m sure the Plinko bonus will be a welcome addition. When you add the possibility of progressive jackpots – and free spins – you have an all-round entertaining theme.