Super Jackpot Party Slot Machine
The original Party Jackpot video slot machine was released by American casino game manufacturer WMS Industries in 1996 and the Super Jackpot Party sequel debuted in 2004.
Dating back to 1943 the company is known today as WMS Industries designed pinball machines and arcade games but in 1994 a shift to the reel spinning slot machine market. After launching the first Party Jackpot game two years later, the title became an instant classic within the industry.
By installing the slot with pinball and arcade game elements, WMS bucked the century old standard of using generic reel symbols like fruit and horseshoes, opting instead for a distinctive house party theme. The game also enticed players with its boisterous soundtrack, pumping contemporary musical tune directly to the casino floor.
The Super Jackpot Party sequel retains the fun filled spirit of its predecessor, offering players a glimpse into a party atmosphere that one would expect to enjoy on New Year's Eve. Catchy tunes set the mood immediately, with classics like "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang, and "Turn the Beat Around" by Vickie Sue Robinson standing out as highlights. The game's bright, bold color scheme is also fitting.
The title screen for Super Jackpot Party is actually a bit cartoonish in nature, featuring the title written out in blocky pink lettering. In the background of the title screen, you'll see a basic sunray pattern in alternating shades of light and dark blue. Behind the title wording, signifiers of the game's overall theme are included, such as traditional party favors like noisemaking blowers, confetti, ribbons, and stars.
During the actual game, the background screen for Super Jackpot Party is quite ordinary, depicting nothing more than a blue screen filled with various colored circles. These circles may represent balloons, or possibly the orbs of light cast by the disco balls which once dominated the party scene.
The reel symbols for Super Jackpot Party hew more closely to the game's theme. You'll find all of the following.
- Disco ball
- Gift box
- Dollar sign balloons
- Punch bowl
- Plastic cups
- Super Jackpot Party logo
- Three polka dotted Jackpot 7
- Green 7 & Purple 7
- Party favor Feature symbol
- Partygoer Feature symbol
As a staple of WMS Industries' slot machine lineup, the Party Jackpot theme has spawned several sequels over the years, but Super Jackpot Party has become the new standard bearer for the company. In fact, the company's online slot division is called Jackpot Party, and in 2013, an online version of Super Jackpot Party was added to the menu. The land based version of the game has aged a bit in the 12 years since it launched, but slot machine fans around the world still consider the game to be a bona fide classic.
Gameplay Features and Mechanics
Super Jackpot Party is a standard five reel, 20 pay line video slot machine. The game was initially launched in 9, 15, and 20 pay line editions, and while you may still see the occasional 9 or 15 pay line machine out there, the vast majority will offer the 20 pay line game.
With three rows per reel, the game includes 15 reel symbols on each spin.
As a true penny slot, coin denominations begin at just $0.01, but you really should be playing the maximum of 20 pay lines to truly enjoy Super Jackpot Party's bevy of in game features. Of course, you can always opt to lower the amount of activated pay lines, but doing so offers both lower line win payouts and reduced access to the game's bonus features. Playing the maximum of 20 pay lines puts the minimum cost to cover per spin at a reasonable $0.20, but players with bigger bankrolls can up the ante considerably if they choose.
The coin denominations for Super Jackpot Party run all the way from $0.01 to $5.00, so high rollers can top out at $100.00 per spin. For the most part, however, casual slot players stick to the $0.20 per spin level, or up the coin denomination to $0.05 for a $1.00 cost to cover per spin.
As a WMS Industries product, Super Jackpot Party includes the company's tried and true gameplay setup. That means you can expect to find wild symbols, scatter symbols, multipliers, bonus games, and other fun features. The land based version of the game isn't connected to any larger progressive jackpots, but with a 5,000 credit base game jackpot, big score hunters should still be satisfied. Online players can participate in the Jackpot Party network's progressive jackpot setup. A list of basic game specifications for Super Jackpot Party can be found below:
- Wilds: Yes, on second, third, fourth, and fifth reels
- Free Spins: No
- Multiplier: Yes, between 2x and 10x
- Bonus Game: Yes
- No for land based machines
- Yes for online version
- Return to Player: 94.88%
During the Super Jackpot Party base game players are shooting for their share of an extremely generous pay table, one which is made even more lucrative when you consider the game's low minimum cost to cover rate.
By landing five of the Super Jackpot Party logos on an activated pay line, you'll receive the game's largest base game payout of 5,000 credits. For penny slot players using a $0.20 per spin denomination, this equates to a cool $50.00 on a single lucky spin. Four of a kind in Super Jackpot Party logos pays out 500 credits while three of a kind offers a 100 credit reward.
Moving down the pay table, the next most lucrative symbol is the polka dotted 7 symbols, which pays out 1,000 credits for landing five of a kind. When you line up five of the green 7 symbol your payout will be 500 credits, and five of the purple 7 symbols brings back 400 credits.
As for the themed symbols, landing five of a kind in gift box symbols will pay out 200 credits, while five of the dollar sign balloon symbols returns 150 credits. Five of the punch bowl symbols pay out 100 credits, and five of the plastic cup symbols returns an 80 credit reward.
You can also score line wins by landing mixed arrangements of the colored 7 symbols on an activated pay line. Five of a kind in mixed 7s, or any five of the 7 symbols which aren't the same color scheme, pays out 60 credits, four of a kind is good for 15 credits, and three of a kind will net 5 credits.
During the Super Jackpot Party base game, the wild symbol is the disco ball symbol, which can substitute for any other symbol except the two Feature symbols. The wild disco ball symbol will only appear on the second, third, fourth, and fifth reels.
During the Super Party Jackpot base game, the scatter symbols are the partygoer Feature symbol and the party favor Feature symbol. These scatter symbols can create winning combinations from anywhere on the reels. Both the partygoer Feature and the party favor Feature scatter symbols will appear only on the first, third, and fifth reels. More importantly, however, these scatter symbols hold the key to entering Super Jackpot Party's entertaining bonus game rounds.
The Bonus Round
When you land three of either Feature scatter symbol on the first, third, and fifth reels, you'll trigger the game's bonus round.
You may also enter the bonus round after a spin reveals no Feature scatter symbols, and this randomly generated feature is known as the Surprise Party.
Unlike most WMS Industries slot machine titles and the majority of modern video slots for that matter, the bonus round in Super Jackpot Party isn't based on free spins. Instead, whether you've landed three scatter symbols or received a Surprise Party, the game will transport you to a side screen which includes 43 different gift boxes to choose from.
Your job is simply to click on the gift box of your choice and see what it has in store. The gift boxes may reveal a preset credit amount prize, a multiplier number which will be applied toward your next credit gift, a feature symbol which will take you to another bonus game, or a Party Pooper which will end the party bonus.
The credit amounts during the party bonus will depend on your total bet, but the amounts will always represent 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 10x, or 20x of the total bet amount. Of course, most of the gift boxes will contain the lower amounts while one box holds the 10x amount, and another box holds 20x your total bet.
When you open a gift box to reveal a Party Pooper, depicted as either a nerd, a nun, a cop, the boss, or an alien, the party bonus game will end, but not before giving you one last chance to earn free credits.
After choosing a Party Pooper, the center of the screen will direct you to "Select a Party Favor," and your job is to choose one of five party favors. Four of these will contain a small credit amount while the fifth will offer a Party Saver to get you back in the party bonus round.
The additional feature gift boxes include a single Let's Dance space, along with a single Whack a Pooper space.
Selecting the Let's Dance gift box brings on the game's party animal character, and he will occupy the center of the screen while busting a groove. While he dances, a meter will gradually increase showing the amount of credits you've won, and this will always range from 8x to 57x your total bet. When the party animal stops dancing, the credit meter stops climbing too.
Selecting the Whack a Pooper space brings up a simple arcade style Whack a Mole game, where you'll see three Party Poopers on screen. Choose one and whack him to reveal credit amounts equal to between 2x and 5x of your total bet. You'll get three whacks per round, but you can also hit the right Party Pooper to earn another whack. Finally, you can enter the Let's Dance bonus by whacking the right Party Pooper.
For fans of WMS Industries' video slot machine lineup, Super Jackpot Party represents everything the company does well. Boasting a low minimum cost to cover per spin, a relatively generous pay table, and a truly interactive bonus round which forgoes free spins for something more entertaining, this game offers a surprising amount of gameplay considering its age.
Overall, Super Jackpot Party has earned its status as a video slot machine classic, and it's no wonder the game occupies prime real estate in land based casinos all around the world.