Karaoke is very much like many things in life. There will be people who absolutely adore it and will take every available opportunity to grab the microphone and give the listening crowd a rendition of their favourite song, but there are an equal number of people who at the sight of a microphone will run away as fast as possible.
Sadly, I am more in the latter camp than the former, but I put my own personal lack of enthusiasm for karaoke in general to one side to take a closer look at Microgaming's exciting new release for August. The 9-payline, 5x3 reel Karaoke Party slot.
It is abundantly clear from the first moment that you see the slot that this is a Microgaming production. The same styling on Karaoke Party are found on a large number of other Microgaming slots. There's a handy Autoplay feature (especially useful for those longer sessions) as well as the options to increase or decrease your bet.
Speaking of which, you can play Karaoke Party from just 0.09 per spin, although you can also ramp up the action considerably to 45.00 per spin if you want to play for more money. That means that this is a game suited to all budgets from the lower stakes player, to those who prefer to play for more money on each spin.
The slot itself has the usual playing card low symbols on the reels (this time from nine through to ace) and the higher value symbols are the people who are ready to burst into song at the Karaoke Party. There are a number of these symbols including individual male and female singers, people doing a duet as well as groups of people who will at least be attempting to sing in harmony.
It's clear from the poses that the Party theme of the slot is as important as the Karaoke, with people enjoying a really good time belting out their favourite tune and this feeling is enhanced too by the cheerful accompanying music and sound effects that accompany you when you play.
Playing at the maximum 45.00, you can win up to 150,000 playing the game, although if you player for the lower stakes that jackpot size does diminish somewhat markedly as the prizes are scaled up and down based on your wager.
The two key symbols on the reels which will allow you access to the bigger wins in the game are the Karaoke Party Scatter symbol and the Karaoke Party Wild.
The Wild symbol substitutes for any of the high or low symbols on the reels, but not the scatter and can be used to create winning paylines, or multiple winning paylines on the same spin. The more Wilds you land across the reels on a single spin, the more chance you have of hitting a winning payline on at least one of the nine available.
Land five Wild symbols across the reels and you win the base game jackpot, which for a 0.09 stake is an impressive 100.00.
Every time you land a win using a Wild, the win is subject to a multiplier of 2x the stated amount, which is another good reason to hope you see plenty of wilds on the reel.
The Scatter symbol however is represented by a number of dice (how that fits in with the Karaoke Party theme were not quite sure, but we'll ignore that for the time being). Two scatters will award you a payout of 2x your stake, but three or more will award a bigger payout and also trigger the Free Spins round.
During free spins you receive 15 spins on the reels and every win is subject to a multiplier of 3x the usual amount. Better still, if you can hit three or more of the scatter symbols from within the free spin round, you can re-trigger an additional 15 free spins meaning you could earn as many as 30 free spins, all with the same 3x multiplier.
It therefore goes without saying that the bigger wins in this slot will come when you manage to hit some good combinations in the Free Spins round.
Karaoke Party is a simple, honest and enjoyable slot from Microgaming that has some basic features and which offers a relatively medium to low variance. It is not a slot where you win on every spin, but hit the right features at the right time and you could be singing a happy tune when you land that big payday.