Born into poverty in Tupelo, Mississippi, in 1935, Elvis Presley found respite during his rough childhood by listening to gospel, country, pop and African American music. Combining these influences, he played in local bands until pressing his first successful record with “That’s All Right” in 1954. In 1956, Elvis scored his first Number One hit single with “Heartbreak Hotel.” What followed was arguably the most successful solo career in pop music history, with over one billion albums sold worldwide, 18 number one singles, 40 top tens, 33 starring film roles and an incalculable influence on American music and culture.
When adapting this larger-than-life personality into a video slot, WMS wisely scored Elvis: The King Lives with the man’s most familiar tunes. The reels’ symbols are packed with Elvis imagery, and the introductory video contains photos of Presley’s life.
Enjoy playing Elvis: The King Lives for free in its demo mode or spin the reels in its paid version. It is available to play on Flash-enabled mobile and desktop platforms.
Elvis: The King Lives slot machine runs on an adventurous 11-reel structure. Reels one through four are single fields grouped in a square, with each field spinning independently. Reels five through eight have the same structure, and are positioned below the first four reels. The ninth, tenth and eleventh reels each have six rows, and sit to the right of the first eight reels.
A jukebox on the left holds the gameplay controls. The game’s 80 paylines can be selected with the “Lines” arrows. The “Bet/2Lines” buttons adjust the coin value between 0.01 and 5.00. The red “Spin” button starts individual plays. A repeat icon starts a series of automatic spins. Gameplay information can be found by clicking the three-line menu button on the jukebox or the “?” button at the top of the screen.
Playing cards, J through A, are the most frequent and lowest paying symbols. Presley’s 1957 chart-topping hit “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear” is represented by a purple teddy bear. His 1956 number one single “Hound Dog” shows up on the reels as a top hat-wearing hound dog. A blue suede shoe icon references, yes, “Blue Suede Shoes”. The King’s guitar pays higher than the previous symbols. Purple Elvis and Green Elvis symbols pay the same as the guitar. The Blue and Red Elvis icons offer the highest payouts.
Three or more consecutive matching symbols need to align from left to right, starting from the leftmost reels, on a played payline in order for a win to occur.
The Red Elvis icon also functions as the game’s wild symbol. It stands in for any standard symbol on a winning payline.
A vinyl record symbol is the game’s scatter. It appears only on the last three reels and is one of two routes to starting the bonus game.
Matching symbols on reels one through four, or reels five through eight, will trigger the bonus game. Three scatter symbols in reels nine through eleven will do the same. Both of these methods deliver five bonus spins.
If matching symbols appear on reels one through four or five through eight AND three scatters land in nine through eleven, then twenty bonus spins are awarded as is a 100x total bet payout.
The first step in the bonus game is the Jukebox Feature. A series of rewards, including payouts and additional free spins, encircle a jukebox. One of these prizes is selected at random, then the free spins begin.
The free spin reels have the same payouts and general structure as the regular reels. The main exception is that reels one though four and five through eight land only one or two large symbols each rather than the usual four. An additional five spins are awarded when three scatters land during the bonus game.
Without a jackpot or lucrative symbols, Elvis: The King Lives slot machine offers its biggest potential payouts in the free spins bonus game. Meanwhile, the regular reels are loaded with great wins as well. The road to big standard payouts is through overlapping paylines and the stacked wilds that often appear in reels nine through eleven.
The absence of additional features might drive away some choosy advanced players. Casual gamers may need time to figure out how the reels work, so they are recommended to try the free mode first. Overall Elvis: The King Lives offers broad appeal with vivid graphics, boisterous gameplay, good music and Elvis.