Breakfast at Tiffany's Slots
Breakfast at Tiffany's Slots is a game from International Game Technologies (IGT). The 5-reel, 60-paylines licensed video slot machine has audio clips and music from the 1961 hit movie, Breakfast at Tiffany's. As always, Audrey Hepburn is the main attraction with the game. Her character in the film, Holly Golightly, is considered Hepburn's most iconic role.
This slot machine was released in 2011 by IGT. It offers five progressive jackpots, several free games, and wild symbols. Players can find Breakfast at Tiffany's slot machines in Las Vegas, Australia, and Macau. Online and mobile casino gamblers will find the game at any site which uses IGT Interactive software.
Find out more below about this slot game including the basics, the bonus features and a free version of the online game.
Basics of the Game
The coin denominations range between $0.01 and $20. The max bet on the game is 270 credits. Like many IGT slot machines, it works for a penny players, mid-stakes gamblers, or high rollers.
IGT designed this as a two-player Multi-Play base game. Players have the option to play either Holly's game or Paul's game. Paul Varjak is the character played by George Peppard in the film.
The scatter symbol on Breakfast at Tiffany's Slots is the red bow. If three or more red bows appears anywhere on the screen, it activates the bonus games. These games are tied to four of the game's five progressive jackpots, which I'll discuss below.
This game has a random wild symbol. When it appears, it turns any symbol into a wild icon. Holly Golightly's cat (played by "Orangey the Cat") is a key element of the movie. The cat acts as the signal for the random wild. When it appears and touches an icon, a random screen symbol becomes random. Pet the cat when it appears for more credits.
As a sidenote, Orangey was described by one studio executive as the "world's meanest cat", because he was known to bite and scratch actors. Orangey was prized for his acting talents, or his ability to stay put in scenes. Trained by Frank Inn, Orangey appeared in films like "Rhubarb" (1951), "The Incredible Shrinking Man" (1957), and "The Diary of Anne Frank" (1959). Orangey was versatile; he also played a female role in the TV show, "Our Miss Brooks" (1952-58), as Minerva.
In Paul's version of the game, the random wild is a picture of Paul. This has the same effect on the game as the cat symbol does in Holly's game. Paul was a writer in the movie. Tap his typewriter when it appears for more credits.
Alley Cat Bonus Feature
When the Alley Cat Bonus is triggered, the player is prompted to pick up a can and move it along. When this happens, the alley cat starts up the fire escape. It can stop at one of four flights of stairs, which correspond to four progressive jackpots. The progressive bonus game is determined by whichever apartment window the cat enters.
The Gold Progressive is the fourth tier of progressive jackpot on this game. It stands at $500 or more. This is the best game for players who use the Alley Cat Bonus Feature. This is not the big progressive jackpot.
The Silver Progressive Bonus is the third tier of progressive jackpot on Breakfast at Tiffany's Slots. It stands in the $100 to $150 range most of the time. Again, the alley cat needs to go in the window on this part of the balcony to activate this game.
The second bonus is "Holly's Party", which equates to a bonus payout and free spins. The accumulated jackpot on this game is more likely to be in the $20 to $25 range. Besides the bonus money, you also get free spins. The Holly's Party game mode ends when too many neighbors complain about the noise.
The Five-and-Dime Bonus Game is the lowest bonus. The payout might be $10 to $15. It also is one of the most likely bonus games you'll trigger.
Wide-Area Progressive Jackpot
Breakfast at Tiffany's Slots is linked to a wide-area progressive jackpot. This prize builds from a networked bank of slots over many locations. In brick-and-mortar gaming, this is likely to be dozens of land-based casinos.
At an online casino, the prize is linked to gamblers playing the game on that site.
The Truman Capote Novella
The movie was based on a Truman Capote novella published in 1958. It is about two tenants in an Upper East Side brownstone apartment in Manhattan. Holly Golightly is the protagonist of the story. Holly is a country girl transplanted to New York's cafe society.
She gets by on socializing with wealthy men, who give her money and expensive gifts, while taking her to high-priced restaurants and clubs. Her goal is to marry one of these men, while her tools are her beauty, charm, and ability to shock the sensibilities of her confidantes. In the novella, Truman Capote makes clear she is not a prostitute, but as he describes it, "an American geisha".
The other main character in the story is an unnamed narrator. Over the course of a year, the narrator gets to know Holly Golightly and her unconventional lifestyle. Many people have claimed to be the inspiration for the character - "the real Holly Golightly" - but Truman Capote said she was based on a number of women he knew in real life. Capote's biographer Gerard Clarke wrote "half the women he knew...claimed to be the model for his wacky heroine."
Breakfast at Tiffany's: The Movie
The Audrey Hepburn film based on the novella was different in tone. It was a sensation was it was released in 1961, garnering three Academy Award nominations. Though Audrey Hepburn was nominated for Best Actress, she lost the Oscar to Sophia Loren for her role in "Cesira". Despite that, it is widely considered to be Audrey Hepburn signature role.
Truman Capote was not happy with the choice. His description of the character was meant for Marilyn Monroe. Monroe was in talks to play the character, but her acting teacher, Lee Strasburg, convinced her to avoid the role. Strasburg said it would be bad for her career to play a call girl.
Many changes were made, mainly to suit the tastes of director Blake Edwards. Characters were added, including the main love interests, Paul Varjak (George Peppard), and Jose Luis de Vilallonga (Jose da Silva Pereira). While Capote's novella was a cautionary tale of a girl in a big city, the film was described as a "flight of fancy" by the New York Times (while giving it a positive review). Truman Capote seems to have hated the film, while his biographer claimed it was less authentic than the novella. Clarke wrote, "The movie is a confection--a sugar and spice confection."
Audrey Hepburn considered the role a challenge, because she was an introvert required to play an extravert. Also, a Dutch woman is not the most likely to be cast for a role as a Southern girl. To this day, the movie is controversial with some, because many believe Holly Golightly is a call girl. Mickey Rooney's role as the Asian comic relief, I. Y. Yunioshi, is seen as offensive in the 21st century. Despite such criticisms, the film is loved by many and has an 88% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Audrey Hepburn's first notable role was in the 1951 Broadway production, "Gigi". She quickly transitioned to film roles, playing opposite Gregory Peck in 1953's "Roman Holiday". In 1954, she starred with Humphrey Bogart and William Holden in "Sabrina".
Audrey Hepburn would go on to play a variety of waifs in 1950s and 1960s films. Her list of famous movies includes The Nun's Story (1959), Charade (1963), My Fair Lady (1964), and Wait Until Dark (1967). She starred in fewer movies as the years progressed, as she preferred to devote her time to UNICEF. Her desire to pursue humanitarian causes may have stemmed from her experiences as a Dutch refugee during World War II.
George Peppard's most notable other acting credits include the role of Howard Hughes in "The Carpetbaggers", the role of Thomas Banecek in the 1970s mystery series, Banecek, and the role of Col. Hannibal Smith in the 1980s action series, The A-Team.
Henry Mancini won the Academy Award for Best Original Score for the Breakfast at Tiffany's soundtrack. Mancini and Johnny Mercer (lyrics) won the award for Best Original Song, for the song "Moon River".
Breakfast at Tiffany's has produced several stage adaptations. The most significant was a 1996 Broadway production Mary Tyler Moore as Holly Golightly and Richard Chamberlain as Paul. Anna Friel starred in a 2009 performance of the play, while Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke played the role of Holly in a 2013 production at the Cort Theater.
An alternative band, Deep Blue Something, scored a Top 5 hit with their single "Breakfast at Tiffany's". The song peaked at #5 on the Billboard Top 100 in 1995, while it topped the charts in the UK. The band, which was from Denton, Texas, is considered a "one-hit wonder" due to the hit tune. Oddly enough, the song's lyrics are based on another Audrey Hepburn film, "Roman Holiday".
IGT is the best in the slot machine business when it comes to licensed slots. We can't imagine a better slot machine representation of the Breakfast of Tiffany's movie than this selection. That being said, if you aren't a fan of Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard, you're likely to wonder what all the fuss is about.
For casino patrons, the fuss is likely to be about the five progressive jackpots. Four of the progressives are a lot of show for prizes that typically range between $10 and $500. While it's nice to promote such prizes, all slot machines have similar prizes, whether they are fixed or accumulated.
We can't imagine playing the "Paul" Multi-Play game. We like George Peppard, but Paul's character was toned-down in order to make Holly Golightly shine even more. We see why the designers added the Paul Varjak version: they wanted men to play the game, too. My idea of entertainment is not to play Holly Golightly's somewhat dull boyfriend.
That being said, this game should appeal to Audrey Hepburn fans, as well as classic movie fans in general. Anyone who likes progressive jackpots is likely to enjoy the game.