The 1984 global hit about a group of people running a ghost removal service and their comic capers has been immortalized by IGT, if wasn’t already, with this iconic slot game. The movie had quirky, yet lovable characters, many memorable scenes, spooks, and quotable dialogues, all of which are creatively incorporated into the game. What remains a mystery is that while all the leading men are featured in the game, Sigourney Weaver is missing from the action.
Still, the slot provides a top-notch gaming experience with 5 reels, 3 rows and 30 paylines. Bets can be placed from GBP 0.05 to GBP 30; players require 50 credits for every spin, though paylines can be activated by wagering at least 20 credits. Ghostbusters slot offers lots of mystery features, wilds, free spins, bonus games, multipliers, cash prizes and loads and loads of slime. The Slimer is actually the main character in the game, though Marshmallow Man is also featured.
The game plays video clips of some of the more memorable scenes from the movie whenever a player wins a significant prize. The Slimer is particularly pesky and mocks any player who is awarded cash prizes or multipliers. Slot enthusiasts who were enthralled by the movie will definitely love this game. However, people who are have seen the movie, but are not regular slots players will also find the game riveting, since they can relate to the movie.
Admittedly, the game does not offer huge winning opportunities. Dan Aykroyd who played Dr. Raymund Stantz and Harold Ramis (Dr. Egon Spengler) are the highest paying icons of the game. They pay out 250 times the original bet if five of any one of them land simultaneously. The prize is 75 times for four icons and 25 times for three. The payouts are per pay line.
Bill Murray (Dr. Peter Venkman) and Ernie Hudson who played Winston Zeddmore pay the next highest. The pay outs are 200 times, 50 times, and 20 times the original wager per pay line for 5 of a kind, 4 of a kind and 3 of a kind respectively. Next is Rick Moranis (Louis Tully) who pays 150 times if 5 of him land together, 30 times when 4 of him appear, and 10 times the original bet for 3 of a kind.
Other icons are the vehicle and equipment used by the Ghostbusters. The Ghost Trap, the Ecto Mobile, and Proton Pack pay out 125 times per pay line, 25 times, and 5 times, for landings of 5, 4, and 3 of a kind respectively. If the PKE Meter or the Ecto Goggles land in similar configurations, the pay outs per line are 100 times, 20 times, and 5 times the original bet.
The 4 mystery feature is triggered at random during the course of the base game. Here is Slimer at his slimiest, hilarious best. The payouts can go up to 50,000 times the original stake, with a multiplier further increasing the win by 2 to 5 times. Here players can also turn up to 4 icons into wilds. The best part is the Wild Reels feature: Reels 1 and 3 become slimed wilds and can pay out spectacularly.
This is where you get to be a Ghostbuster. Strap on the proton pack and shoot all the hidden ghosts in the ballroom, never mind if it turns into rubble. Players get 5 opportunities to shoot the pernicious spirits with cash prizes paid out for every ghost busted. Some of them even payout in double and multiples.
This feature is activated when players obtain 2 bonus symbols on the second and third reels. The Stay Puft symbol falls on reel 4. This is a bonus game where marshmallows fall from the sky. The marshmallows become sticky wilds and also act as double multipliers. Players receive 8 free spin. In this feature, the paylines temporarily increase to 40.
Players are required to emulate Slimer and pick 5 abominable clouds, they kick off the progressives. If players capture three Ghostbusters logo on the center reel, they have a good chance of winning this bonus game and the jackpot. The jackpot pays out 500 coins.
IGT has fully-optimized the Ghostbusters slot to be enjoyed while on the move. The game is compatible with all mobile platforms like Android, Windows Phone, iOS, and Blackberry. Thus, any player with a Smartphone, iPhone, iPad, or iPod can enjoy this game and win from anywhere he or she chooses. The only other requirement is a stable internet connection.
The huge popularity of the movie even today gives the game a strong magnetism. The game is skillfully designed around all the elements, which made the movie phenomenal, including the characters, the ghosts and the ghostbusting paraphernalia including the Ecto Mobile. The periodic clips from the movie, along with the signature tune of ‘Who you gonna call?’, all provide a nostalgic attraction to the game.
Ghostbusters also has amusing and enjoyable game play. However, the game does not produce very large wins, even though there is a progressive jackpot. Players can play for a long time without enough wins to restore their balances. That said, the game still provides various opportunities to win significantly with the various random multipliers. The screen displays the return to player percentage between 92.50% and 94.50%, which is slightly lower than many slot games.