This 5-reel online slot from MicroGaming is bold, brash and loud. The theme is deliberately upbeat, to bring out the vibe of a karaoke party. While many of us have put up with terrible song renditions and drunken antics, the symbols on this slot show beautiful people (presumably with beautiful voices!). You will not get to hear the singing – though electronic pop music plays while you spin.
There is only one bonus feature for this slot. Luckily this free spins game features both 15 free spins and a 3x multiplier on any wins. If you line up the right symbols during those spins, the wins could be substantial. You can also gamble any wins on the flip of a playing card if you wish.
This looks and feels like an older game. Like many first-generation online slots, Karaoke Party features only 9 win-lines crossing the 5 reels. This number can’t be adjusted. You can bet anything from 1c per line and up (a true penny slot). The pay table adjusts automatically depending on your bet size. With bets in multiples of 9, this does show some odd prize amounts. A basic auto-play option is available.
To keep things clear here, I have listed the prizes based on a 90c per spin bet.
The top prize by a long way is the colourful Karaoke Party logo. This is worth $1000 for 5 of a kind, and pays all the way down to 2 of a kind from the left-hand reel. This logo also acts as the wild symbol. It substitutes for everything except for the dice scatters, and will double any win that it is involved in.
Singers are the higher paying regular symbols. There is a lady holding her arms in the air at the top of this list. 5 of these are worth $75. Next comes a guy in a suit giving a peace sign. He is also worth $75 for 5. He comes second only because he has a smaller prize for the smallest 2 of a kind win. Groups of singers follow these. A couple (doing a love-heart sign with their arms), 3 guys (who might be a boy-band) and 3 ladies complete the bigger wins.
Playing cards aces down to 9’s make up the smaller wins. You need a minimum of 3 from the left for aces down to 10’s, and 2 for the 9’s.
I’m not sure what the connection between 5 dice and a Karaoke Party is – though these will be welcome on the reels while you play. They are scatters, which means the prize is triggered by the total number in view (regardless of position). You can win $450 for 5 on the reels.
The main benefit of the scatters is that 3 or more will trigger the free spins bonus game. The music changes to a more intensive dance number, and 15 free spins begin. During these a 3x multiplier is in play. This is applied to all wins, including those already doubled by the wild symbols and scatter wins.
If you hit 3+ scatters, you get an extra 15 spins added to your total.
MicroGaming went out of their way to bring out the party atmosphere with this slot. Around the reels is abstract purple design, which looks like blurry disco lights. The back of the reels are black, which makes the bright symbols stand out.
The main singers have small animations. These might have been good 15 years ago, though look basic now. For example, the orange lights behind the male singer will flicker when involved in a win. These animations do make the slot feel lively. Music plays throughout, with looping electronic pop in the base game, then a livelier tune in the free spins game.
If you find many slots these days a little too dark or subdued, then Karaoke Party could be for you. What this slot lacks in variety or depth, it makes up for with the party spirit. You’ll find wild multipliers in the base game, which can help bring in some bigger wins. The 3x multiplier on top of this in the free spins bonus round is the highlight. Lining up those beautiful singers can bring in the cash – though they might make your own karaoke parties seem dull by comparison.