The Simpsons Slot Machine from WMS
The first ever episode of The Simpsons aired in December 1989 and the series has been a mainstay on TV ever since, being perhaps the most iconic animated series in the history of TV. In 2009, the program became the longest running scripted primetime TV series ever in the US and there is little danger of that run coming to an end any time soon, such is the popularity of The Simpsons. The program has seen many spin offs in that time, but what might be surprising is the fact that there has been no slot machine until now.
The Simpsons slot machine is played out on four large LCD screens, making it one of the most impressive displays you’ll find on the casino floor. The lay out sees the central game screen joined by two side screens, each showing added info, while a further screen above the main game screen is used for the bonus games.
The base game is played out on a slightly unusual 5×5 reel set up, a perfect square. On the Simpsons slot machine reels are a series of characters from the series, including Homer, Marge, Moe and Krusty the clown and the families’ various pets. Despite the unusual reel set up, wins are still triggered from left to right as usual.
Impressive Range of Bonus Features
As you might expect from such an impressive set up, the Simpsons slot machine game is full of different bonus features, the majority of which are triggered when you hit the same matching symbols in the four corners of the reels. Here is a run-down of each of the features:
The Homer Zone feature will give you a series of re-spins, where Homer features much more prominently on the reels than usual. The reels will spin and any Homer symbol that appears will remain sticky and the reels will respin every time he appears at least once. The first spin will see around 7 or 8 Homers added to the four already in place in each of the corners and you’ll hope subsequent spins will see him appear again and again. On the right-hand side, you’ll see a pay table based upon how many times the lead character appears, while an upgrade arrow can appear too, which will increase all of these pay out amounts.
One of the most impressive features is the free spins bonus round activated by landing the donut symbol in the four corners. You’ll now have to catch a series of donut sprinkles (this is a skill-based round where you’ll place your hand above a sensor and move it from left to right) and different colored sprinkles you catch can add spins, multipliers, sticky wilds and linked symbols. The linked symbols might be the most important sprinkles of all, as these symbols will remain on screen throughout the feature and being all linked together (either horizontally, vertically or diagonally), can produce some huge wins. A large donut will now spin until Homer takes a bite out of it and then your number of free spins will be revealed.
Another bonus feature sees you take a trip to Moe’s Tavern, where you will choose from a series of catchphrases that Bart will use form his latest prank call. The reels will now spin and you’ll be awarded a random multiplier on any win based upon which phrase you chose.
The final bonus feature in the game is a scratch card game, where you’ll use the motion sensor to scratch off the panels, hoping to reveal a series of matching symbols.
Iconic Simpsons Slot Design
The Simpsons Slot is one of the most impressive looking slots on the casino floor, the four screens being hosted in the ‘Gamescape’ cabinet which was specifically designed for this slot. The game has a ‘soundbar’ too, ensuring that sound hits you from all directions.
The game is a visual treat throughout, as the colorful action hits you from all sides. Throughout gameplay you’ll be entertained with clips from the series and you’ll find yourself in a range of different locations, the two side screens utilized brilliantly in setting the scene.
Gimmicks, or a Solid Slot? Simpsons Casino Slot Overview
It might be something of a surprise that players have had to wait for so long to enjoy a Simpsons based slot, but WMS has ensured that it was most definitely worth the wait. The game offers a great amount of variety throughout, with a range of brilliant bonus features. The free spins feature is the best of all, with the innovative use of the sensor bar to start off the round, while the rewards can be great throughout this feature. The pressure was on to create a slot worthy of the popular TV series and this slot delivers perfectly – this is a must play (although you might have to join a queue to get a game!)
The Simpsons was first developed in 1987 when a series of animated shorts first appeared as part of ‘The Tracey Ullman Show’. Such was the response that a full series was commissioned by Fox and it was an instant hit, becoming their first series to hit the top 30 in the ratings in its first season. Up to early 2017, there have been a total of 615 episodes of the series made and in 2007 a spin off movie was made which would gross $527 million worldwide.
The series is based around the Simpson family who live in Springfield. Homer, who works in the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant is married to Marge, and they have three children in Bart, Lisa and Maggie (who is the baby of the family). The characters have all remained at their original age throughout the series, as baby Maggie would be close to 30 years old by now!
This Fox produced series has won an amazing number of awards over the years, including 31 Primetime Emmy Awards, while Time magazine has named the series as the century’s best ever television series, while Bart Simpson was also named as one of the century’s most influential people in the same issue.