ZZ Top Slot Machines from Bally
If ever there was a rock band which were just made for slots, it’s ZZ Top. Their over the top stage performances translate perfectly on to the casino floor, while the long beards of band members Dusty Hill and Billy Gibbons have long made the band iconic.
This Bally design is one of the most expansive and eye catching slots around, with great imagery throughout, including video clips of performances. The sounds will blow you away.
This game capitalizes on hit songs such as ‘Sharp Dressed Man’ and ‘Legs’. Besides the band tie-ins, the game-play is excellent too – with several different features.
Basics – Setup of the ZZ Top
The base game of this rock music inspired slot is played out on the almost standard 5×3 reel configuration and pays from left to right. On the reels you have a nice mix of symbols relating to the band and gambling in general. For example, you have the famous ZZ top car acting as the wild symbol, a ring with the ZZ top logo and the logo itself as a standalone symbol. Next to these you’ll find flaming sevens, a series of dice and a pile of poker chips. While the base game is enjoyable, this slot is all about the features, some of which are randomly awarded and others which are landed by the right combination of symbols. Three progressive jackpots can certainly give the bankroll a major boost if you manage to hit them.
ZZ Top Slot Random In-Play Features
The first bonus features are randomly awarded ones – perhaps the best of these is the ‘Just Got Paid’ feature. Here you’ll be presented with three symbols and you’ll simply pick one of the three. Two of the three symbols will usually uncover a credit win, while the other pick can take you to one of the other bonus features listed below. This feature can happen at any time during the game, after a winning spin or losing one.
‘Eliminator’ wilds see the famous ZZ Top car zooms across the reels leaving wilds in its wake. These wilds will appear on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5 and can make for some very profitable spins, ensuring those combinations line up and aiding in giving those big five in a row wins.
The final randomly awarded feature is the ‘VU Meter’ which will apply a multiplier to a spin, the multipliers being 2x, 3x or 5x. Hopefully, this random feature will be timely, with the 5x multiplier appearing after a big win.
Wheel Bonus and Free Games
‘The Wheel Bonus’ is activated by landing the bonus symbol on reels 2, 3 and 4. This now takes you to a Wheel of Fortune style bonus round. There is a nice extra in the design here – with the pointer for the wheel a guitar pick. On this wheel you’ll find a variety of prizes available, including entry into another bonus feature, a credit win or even access to the jackpot wheel. This jackpot wheel allows you to win one of the three progressive Jackpots in the game – you’ll be guaranteed to win one at this point.
There are two free games bonus rounds. The first of these gives you 8 free spins with ‘locking wilds’, meaning that any wild symbols will stay in place throughout the rest of the feature. This makes for a feature where the biggest winning opportunities come in the last few spins. The other free spins feature is more expansive. You’ll start with 10 free spins, but then you’ll enter another pick-em screen, where you’ll select items of clothing to wear, this feature called ‘Sharp Dressed Man’. You’ll have three picks at first and uncover extra spins, while also sometimes earning additional picks. You could find yourself earning as many as 30 free spins or more at times, making for a fantastic feature.
Big Beards and Big Sound – The ZZ Top Slot Design
This Bally designed slot is one of those that you can’t miss on the casino floor. The game is housed in the ALPHA Pro-Series V22/32 platform and players will enjoy the 5.1 surround sound which really brings the live concert experience to life. The top of the slot sees a rotating ZZ top symbol, which really makes it stand out. Add in the imagery on the reels and the live action concert footage and you’ve got the full-on multi-media experience.
Summary – Has the ZZ Top Slot Got Legs?
If you’re a fan of ZZ Top, there is little doubt that you’ll love this game. I feel this slot will have much wider appeal, as the range of features, randomly awarded bonuses and progressive jackpots will draw in all types of players. The slot offers a visual and audio treat throughout. If you like a game with great variety that is a little over the top in places – then this game should be on your hitlist next time you visit the casino.
About ZZ Top
ZZ Top is made up of three members – bassist and lead vocalist Dusty Hill, guitarist and other lead vocalist Billy Gibbons and drummer Frank Beard (who incidentally is the only band member who doesn’t have a beard). The band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas and released their first album in 1971, which was simply called ‘ZZ Top’s First Album’.
The band had relative success for a number of years, but their huge breakthrough came along in 1983 when they released the ‘Eliminator’ album. This album featured such iconic hits as ‘Gimme All Your Lovin’, ‘Legs’ and ‘Sharp Dressed Man’. The album would sell over 10 million copies, while the timing of the album coincided with the rise of MTV and a number of videos from the album would appear on rotation. This album was followed by ‘Afterburner’, which reached a higher chart position than its predecessor despite not selling as many copies.
ZZ Top are still going strong today and to date have recorded 15 studio albums, with the latest being ‘La Futura’ in 2012. Interestingly, their 2011 single ‘Flyin’ High’ made its debut in space, when astronaut Michael Fossum listened to it within the confines of the International Space Station.
In their career so far, ZZ Top have achieved four gold, three platinum and two multiple-platinum albums.