Karaoke Party by Microgaming
It was only this week that we took the time to review NetEnt’s When Pigs Fly! game and we noted at the time that the summer is when the design teams at the major developers must always be on holiday. The reasoning behind that was that while the theme of When Pigs Fly! is brand new and pretty stunning, all of the gameplay mechanics and features have been lifted completely from their Reel Rush title. On that occasion, we had no problem at all as Reel Rush is pretty unique, but here on Karaoke Party it could be a completely different story. That all comes down to the fact that the game is not the first to be a clone of Thunderstruck and while the Norse themed game is an all-time classic, our first question concerns whether we need another version. Maybe the theme will be enough to allow this to stand out. Let’s find out in the full review below.
Nine Lines of Gaming Action
Karaoke Party kind of falls down pretty early on, as virtually every player is pretty much done with the idea of a brand new game with just nine lines of action. It was once the standard, but even the likes of Novomatic overhauled their most popular games into the Deluxe range, where nine lines rose to ten. We can accept that this game is true to the original Thunderstruck, but it is by no means enough to allow the title to stand out as being impressive as far as we’re concerned. Fortunately, we still have a way to go.
We do actually like the theme on the game and the themed symbols look pretty good. The playing card icons are as bland as ever but we can appreciate some of the visual stylings on this one. It did take us by surprise that Microgaming decided to release what would automatically become a music themed game and didn’t go out of their way to make up an impressive soundtrack – this title sounds just like your typical slot game to be honest!
Wilds, Scatters, Free Spins and Gambles
As noted, we’ve already got a decent idea of what to expect from the features but we always like to review games on their own merits, so let’s kick things off with the wild card. It is depicted by the Karaoke Party logo and can fill in for any other symbol on the board except for the scatter. Helpfully enough, it will also apply a two times multiplier to any prize that it forms part of.
The scatter itself is represented by a bunch of dice and while we cannot see what dice have to do with karaoke, we can allow it on the basis that these symbols are the only way to enter the bonus game. Specifically, three or more in view at the same time will take players into the free spins round, where fifteen free games are up for grabs and all prizes are worth three times as much as they would be within the base game.
In a true nod to Thunderstruck, the gamble game, which has become increasingly rare on new releases, makes its return here. Players can opt to gamble any win on the board whenever it lands. You could try to double your prize by guessing the colour of the next card, or can be particularly brave and attempt to quadruple it by guessing the exact suit. If you’re on a streak, you can gamble your prize up to five times but that’s something that we only try with the smallest of wins!
Karaoke Party Mobile
Microgaming’s release schedule dictates that not only will there be a new release each and every month, but that at least one of their new games will hit mobile devices too. As the only new release in August, Karaoke Party was inevitably added to the selection available across phones and tablets. It’s identical action with just a few modifications to the positions of control buttons and the like, and we do always appreciate the opportunity to take gaming action with us anywhere we go!
So, this is most definitely Thunderstruck in a different skin, and if we are being totally honest we don’t think the new visuals are quite enough to draw us away from the original game. With Thunderstruck being available online and on mobile devices already, this title feels a little redundant and more an attempt to keep Microgaming’s streak of monthly releases alive. We’ll hope for better next month but if you make a habit of getting involved with all of the latest games, you’re more than welcome to give this one a few spins, completely free of charge, right here on this page above the review.