Tim McGraw Slot Machine
The Tim McGraw slot machine was unveiled by pokies maker Aristocrat in the fall of 2016 became available on casino floors in the fall of 2017. Though it’s a rarity in the slots industry, Tim McGraw Slots is not the first slot game to feature one of the big stars of country music. That accolade goes to the Dolly Parton slot by IGT, which has been available for many years.
If you are a fan of McGraw, then the extensive concert footage, themed bonus games and many quotes from Tim you will hear while playing will be familiar to you. If you do not know McGraw’s music, then the huge curved screen, state of the art graphics and animations and choice of bonus rounds are impressive enough alone!
Time McGraw Slot Base Game and Wins
The base game features two sets of reels, which appear one on top of the other. Many of the symbols feature Tim, in different eras of his career – some at concerts. Sometimes these appear stacked, allowing you to trigger wins over many lines at once. As with most recent Aristocrat slot titles, this game uses an all-ways system for wins, rather than the traditional win-lines setup. You’ll find a cassette tape, cowboy hat an acoustic guitar among the other symbols.
Wild symbols are represented by a red plectrum. These substitute for all the regular symbols – though not the bonus symbols. There are also yellow plectrums in play. These are also wild (and stacked), and trigger a free spin during the base game. These are called ‘Encore’ wilds. When they hit, you’ll see a flaming effect, and receive a respin immediately. With wilds held in place this can sometimes trigger some bigger wins.
Multiple Bonus Games on the Tim McGraw Slot
When you hit 3 or more of the bonus symbols (gold colored, with the word ‘bonus’ on them) on a single set of reels, you trigger a wheel spin feature. This comes complete with Tim in the middle, along with some music. This wheel can trigger one of several bonus games, and could also give you access to the huge progressive jackpots.
Bonuses include ‘Growing Up Country’, based on one of this country star’s biggest hit records. This is a free spins bonus game, with a special twist. Each time the reels spin, the total area of the reels grows (upwards). This increases the number of win-lines in play, hugely increasing your potential for payouts.
Another bonus is based on the famous phrase ‘Truck Yeah!’. This involves seeing trucks skidding across the top area of the screen. Each time a one crosses the reels, wilds are added. With decent coverage of wilds, you could end up with a big win – known as a ‘Chart Topping Win’ to keep the music theme going.
These are not the only bonus game variations. One thing that they all have in common is that you’ll get songs and concert footage to entertain you while you win real-money. The inclusion of a progressive jackpot in this game – on the demo version this was more than half a million dollars – makes that winning potential even better! Again, the jackpots are tied in to Tim McGraw’s songs, with a ‘Like it’ (smaller) jackpot and ‘Love it’ bigger one.
Setup and Design
This slot machine is in the biggest curved screen cabinet from Aristocrat – the same immersive experience as the Walking Dead 2 slot. The chair includes speakers, which makes the songs and concert footage all the more intensive. The animations and overall visual effects are spectacular. While some of the symbols are fairly plain (there is only so much you can do with a hat or cassette tape), the concert footage and animations are excellent. Instead of a standard ‘flat’ wheel for the bonus game, you get a 3D effect, with the sides of the wheel appearing too big for the screen. Even the flaming effect for the encore free spins are impressive.
There is no doubt that this will be a big hit for fans of Tim McGraw and fans of country music in general. I also think that the game is impressive enough to appeal to slot fans looking for a different experience too. If you know and love the songs, you’ll find references to them throughout play – which will really add to the overall experience.
About Tim McGraw
Country music might not have the same publicity as pop or rock – though the numbers show that this is hugely popular. A recent survey by Billboard showed that 42% of the US population are country music fans.
Tim McGraw is as big as they come in the world of country. Over a career lasting for more than 25 years, McGraw has released 14 studio albums and topped the country charts multiple times with his singles. In addition to the 25 number ones, 3 of his singles were the top country songs in their respective years. These were ‘It’s Your Love’ in 1997, ‘Just to See You Smile’ in 1998, and ‘Live Like You Were Dying’ in 2004. The list of country music awards that this singer has received is equally impressive.
McGraw has talents outside of music, and has received a star on the Hollywood walk of fame. His roles range from small parts through to a lead role in the film Flicka, which was released in 2006. He has stated that, at some point down the line, he might run for public office.