As we all know, ‘karaoke’ was a Japanese invention back in the 1990’s. A huge market for Western pop music that created little of its own, Japan filled this void with a machine which stripped out the lyrics from popular chart hits and allowed the person with the microphone in their hand to murder the song, in many cases even more brutally than the original artist. We still suffer this concept to this very day in ‘talent’ shows like the X-Factor. Regrettably this Karaoke Party migrated away from the inherently polite and good-natured Japanese youth to the Neanderthal Saturday night bar scene in the Western world whereby murder of the lyrics inevitably became vomit-splattered genocide. 20 years later Microgaming decided to theme a slot on this unofficial hobby for drunken vocalists.
Reels of lyrics
Karaoke Party slot has a standard 5-reel 3-row format with 9 paylines. There are the usual 9,10,J symbols for the lower pays with 9’s awarding you 5x stake for 5-of-a-kind (5OAK) and the highest-paying symbol is ‘the lady with the mike’ whose unnaturally large bosom squeezed into a strapless dress must be based on Lara Croft having a night on the tiles. Oh yeah, and she pays 83.33x stake for 5OAK. Wilds appear on all reels and multiply wins by 2 and should you get 5OAK Wilds you will have a smash hit yourself of 1111x stake!
Does the bonus hit the high notes?
5 scatters will pay you 500x stake but you only need 3 anywhere to trigger the bonus game. This consists of 15 free spins with a 3x multiplier which can be retriggered. Now you may understand the ‘odd’ win awards above – the lady with the mike’s 83.33x stake for 5OAK now becomes exactly 250 x stake or 500x stake with a wild! 5 wilds in these free spins will thus pay in excess of 3000x stake so we can see that this is a high-variance slot. When it’s bad it’ll have the hardest men ranging from baritone to falsetto before they even get to the chorus.
The format and variance of Karaoke Party is a proven winner and popular with players, but therein lies its downfall. Thunderstruck, Spring Break, Ladies Nite and Agent Jane Blonde are older slots and exactly the same so all Microgaming have done is copy an existing formula. Like a karaoke singer, Microgaming are belting out yet another cover version, but players may start putting their fingers in their ears.