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Ghostbusters series is one of the newly launched video slot machines by IGT based on the hit movie franchise. The slot features the famous characters – Slimer, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, and the team of Ghostbusters series, and brings the entire fantasy world of the movie to the player. With the new launch, the creators showcase their new Center Stage Duo model, a 55-inch liquid crystal display screen and a booming MEGAfx Surround Chairs sound system that will keep the player awestruck through the various rounds of the game.
Ghosts in the Casino World -Who Ya Gonna Call – Ghostbusters!
The character of Slimer featured in the slot machine leads the players through the game. He portrays the anchor, occasionally mocking and teasing the players while awarding credits, multipliers, and antics. The fictional Stay Puft Marshmallow Man makes an appearance in the game leaving marshmallow chunks as wilds and multipliers.
The additional graphics, background music, and sound effects create the experience of living in the movie as the player proceeds through the game. There are unforgettable clips from the movie that play during the game for the player to view as he makes his winnings.
Paranormal Activity – Big Wins Available in the Multiple Bonus Rounds
There are many bonus features in the game which keeps the player slide to bigger wins one after another.
Bust them! - In the Ballroom Buster Bonus, the player can strap on a proton pack as in the movie. The pack helps to fire at objects and blow up the room. The player has to find the hidden ghosts in five attempts. Each captured ghost will reward the player with credits. Sometimes, a lucky player can find a ghost with a multiplier to double the credits.
Look out for those marshmallows - Once the Stay Puft Free Games feature is activated, marshmallows shower from the sky. On sticking to the symbols on the screen, they transform into wild multiplier symbols. The wild multiplier symbols double the payouts for the winning combinations.
How Psychic are You? - The player needs to pick a card that matches with the one Dr. Venkman holds up on the screen to win the bonus prize rewards. This round is called the Psychic Bonus round.
Pick a Slime! - There are five levels of Paranormal Pick Bonus that enable the player to pick from green phantasm clouds for an opportunity to win a progressive jackpot. The player has to chase Slimer to pick one of the five bonus options. Each option will take the player into bonus rounds of paranormal progressives. On placing a maximum bet, the player will receive an assured reward.
A Unique Game Play - The slot has 30 paylines that require 50 credits for each spin. The base game needs 20 credits bet to enable the payline. The features of the game include three bonus games and five progressive jackpots. If three Ghostbuster symbols accumulate on the middle line, a player can get the chance for a bonus game and sometimes even a progressive jackpot.
The Haunting Call Bonus - The game also has the catchy theme song from the original series recorded by Ray Parker Jr .. The familiar line “Who ya gonna Call? Ghostbusters” plays through the surround sound system, bringing back memories of the time spent watching the series. The game also has the recorded voices of Bill Murray , Dan Aykroyd , and the other team members to make it realistic. The haunting sounds, ghostly apparitional, slime on the screen and make the experience surreal.
The Inception of Ghostbusters - The Movie & Games
Ghostbusters is an American supernatural comedy movie that was released in 1984(You can visit the official fan site here ). The plot of the movie includes three parapsychologists – Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, and Egon Spengler – who establish a ghost-catching business in New York City. They name their establishment as Ghostbusters and set up their office in an old unoccupied firehouse. After a few captures, they hire another member, Winston Zeddemore to assist them. Together, they investigate haunted places and catch ghosts. The success of the movie led to the making of a sequel, an animated series, and many video games based on the concept.
The first capture by the Ghostbusters was Slimer, a ghost known for gorging down anything he found edible. The character has evolved through the movie series, cartoons, and games and is now recognized for his mischievous ways. Another character, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, is assumed to be a large humanoid made of marshmallows and dressed in a sailor’s costume.
The movie grossed nearly $14 million on its opening weekend, thereby creating a record at that time. It received laurels and was considered to be one of the best-made films of the decade. In 2011, Sony Pictures re-released the movie in USA a few weeks before Halloween. An animated television series, The Real Ghostbusters, was produced as a spin-off from the movie and it was followed by a sequel, Extreme Ghostbusters. Both the series received high viewer ratings. A whole series of Ghostbusters video games were launched and they received positive reviews as well.
The Ghostbuster franchise also has comics associated with it. While the franchise has made its mark in every industry, the launch of slot machines based on the movie seems inevitable. The spooky sounds, imagery, and characters from the movie are used to bring a whole new perspective to the game.
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Ghostbusters slot review
When online slot developer IGT launched the Ghostbusters slot machine back in 2011, I couldn't help thinking that there might be uproar from the masses about the suitability of such a film as a theme for a wagering game. Despite my concerns, the slot has been a huge success for IGT, with no noticeable complaints.
IGT have since gone on to launch an online version of Ghostbusters slot. A smart move by the giant slot company who will know a whole generation of slot players will have fond memories of Slimer, The Stay Puft marshmallow man and the importance of not crossing the streams!
On the Reels...
The game itself is feature rich, with no fewer than four different bonuses and a variety of features. It has so many that it took forever to make the video for this game (see the 'Video' tab). Having spent a good session playing it I have to say that Ghostbusters slot is very entertaining. There are clips from the original movie, which made me feel very nostalgic. I recall fondly going to the movie theatre with my parents, brothers and friends to watch this classic movie back in the 80's, it was entertainment for the whole family.
However, the frequency of the wins in this slot game means that the volatility is low - as is often the case with the big branded slots. Examples being Microgaming's Dark Knight slot and Playtech's action-packed Cowboys and Aliens .
Earn 8 Free Spins in the Stay Puft Bonus
I won't go into too many details about all the bonuses in the Ghostbusters slot, as two of them are mainly based on gaining either extra Wilds or Wild reels. There are two main bonus rounds, with the most effective in my opinion being the Stay Puft bonus feature. This is triggered by landing two Ghostbuster scatter symbols on reels 2 and 3 and the Stay Puft symbol on reel 4. This releases 8 free spins, with held wilds when the falling marshmallows stick to a position on the reels. Sometimes this bonus can really go your way, especially if the wilds come in early during the feature.
Blast Slimer to Win Cash Prizes
It wouldn't be a Ghostbusters-themed slot if Slimer wasn't involved and he plays a major part in the the Ballroom Busters feature. You need to land the bonus scatter on reels 2, 3 like before, but with the Slimer bonus symbol on reel 4. You then go through to the Ballroom where you have 5 attempts to blast Slimers out from behind the decor. It is an instant cash prize for each ghost you capture and nothing if you miss him.
IGT's Ghostbusters slot is a lot of fun to play, especially considering that most people will be familiar with the film and the characters in it. I have a feeling that the games low volatility will lead the big win chasers looking elsewhere. If you like movie-themed slots, but prefer the big wins, then you could try Playtech's Iron Man 2 or the excellent Gladiator slot - also from Playtech .
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IGT Ghostbusters casino gaming series
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A series of Ghostbusters branded video slot machines are produced by IGT that began to see release in the fall of 2011 in North America. Another game in the series was shown at Louisiana Video Gaming Association event in late March 2023  .
- 1 List of Releases
- 2.1 Ghostbusters Video Slots Machine (2011)
- 2.2 Ghostbusters Video Slots Online Gaming (Late 2012)
- 2.3 Ghostbusters: Who Ya Gonna Call? Spinning Reel Slots Machine (2012)
- 2.4 Ghostbusters: Triple Slime Video Slots Machine (2014)
- 2.5 Ghostbusters: Back in Business Video Slots Machine (2016)
- 2.6 Ghostbusters: Slimers Gone Wild! Slots Machine (2017?)
- 2.7 Ghostbusters: Spectral Search Online Gaming (2017)
- 2.8 Ghostbusters: 4D Video Slots Machine (2018)
- 2.9 Ghostbusters: 3D Video Slots Machine (2019?)
- 2.10 Ghostbusters (Level Up) Plus Slots game (2019)
- 3 Development
- 5 External Links
- 6 References
- 8.1 Overall
- 8.2 Ghostbusters Video Slots (2011) images
- 8.3 Ghostbusters: Who Ya Gonna Call? Spinning Reel Slots Machine (2012) images
- 8.4 Ghostbusters: Triple Slime Video Slots (2014) images
- 8.5 Ghostbusters: Back in Business Video Slots Machine (2016) images
- 8.6 Ghostbusters: Spectral Search Online Gaming (2017) images
- 8.7 Ghostbusters: 4D/3D Video Slots Machine (2018)/(2019) images
- 8.8 Ghostbusters (Level Up) Plus Slots game (2019) images
- 8.9 Ghostbusters: Prized Possessions eInstants game (2023) images
- 8.10 Ghostbusters Slot Game featured for PeakSlant49 Machines (2023) images
List of Releases [ ]
Note that online casino games have been indicated by " (G) " and online lottery games are indicated by " (L) " .
- (G) Ghostbusters Video Slots Online Gaming (Late 2012)
- Ghostbusters: Who Ya Gonna Call? Spinning Reel Slots Machine (2012)
- (G) Ghostbusters: Triple Slime Slots Online Gaming
- Ghostbusters: Back in Business Video Slots Machine (2016)
- Ghostbusters: Slimers Gone Wild! Slots Machine (2017?)
- Ghostbusters: Who You Gonna Call? Free Games Video Slots Machine (2017) -Note this one is based on the 2016 movie and features different images and game play
- (G) Ghostbusters: Spectral Search Online Gaming (2017)
- Ghostbusters: 3D Video Slots Machine (2019?)
- (G) Ghostbusters (Level Up) Plus Slots game (2019)
- (L) Ghostbusters: Prized Possessions eInstants game (2023)
- Ghostbusters Slot Game featured for PeakSlant49 Machines (2023)
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Unless otherwise noted, information came from the official IGT website.
Ghostbusters Video Slots Machine (2011) [ ]
Information taken from PaysBig Website . Who ya gonna call for an ectoplasmic good time? The Ghostbusters slot machine, that's who! It's the newest addition to the casino floor and can be found on the Dreamcatcher side near the video poker machines. This classic '80s movie is brought to life in a highly interactive 1¢ slot machine, complete with memorable movie scenes and all your favorite characters. The game is played at 30 lines for 50 credits, and has three bonus games and five progressive jackpots to win. If you get three Ghostbuster symbols on reels 2, 3 and 4, you will enter the bonus game, including the chance at the paranormal progressives. In the bonus game, Slimer bounces around among the bonus symbols. When you press the button on the screen to capture him, the bonus indicated by the green light is awarded.
- Put on your proton pack and get ready to fire away in the Ballroom Busters bonus. You will have five attempts to find the ghosts. You will earn credits with each ghost captured. Some ghosts even have a multiplier with it.
- Are you psychic? This bonus allows you to try your hand at correctly matching a card to the image shown. Each correct match earns you credit and advances you to the next round.
- Stay Puft free games have some major molten marshmallow ground shaking action! Flaming marshmallows fall from the sky. If they stick to icons, you win lucky wilds or extra credit awards.
Ghostbusters Video Slots Online Gaming (Late 2012) [ ]
Information taken from VegasSlotsOnline . Ghostbusters is among the latest video slot games to be released by IGT. The game is themed around the famous movie franchise and features the popular characters such as Slimer, the Ghostbusters team, and the Marshmallow Man. The gaming experience is top notch and players are taken back to the movie’s fantasy world. The new screen with liquid crystal display is 55 inches big and ensures that players get the most out of the slot machine. There are thirty paylines in the game, and fifty credits are required for each spin. Paylines can be activated by betting at least twenty credits. The Ghostbusters slot machine also includes 3 bonus games as well as 5 progressive jackpots. The Slimer icon is the main character in this game. He is also the host who takes you through the various features of the game. The character represents the anchor and occasionally teases and mocks players when credits, antic, and multipliers are being awarded. The Marshmallow Man appears many times during the game as leaves behind multipliers and wilds in the form of marshmallow chunks. The quality of graphics, sound effects, and background music create a rare experience for players whilst bringing the movie to life. Popular clips from the motion picture also play from time to time when you win prizes. Theme of the Ghostbusters Slots Raymond Stantz, Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler, Louis Tully, and Winston Zeddmore all emerge on the reels when playing the Ghostbusters slot game. The librarian’s scary shrieks and Slimer’s hilarious antics are fine treats on offer as players relate the game to the movie series. The proton packs which the ghost busters carried in the movie can also be seen onscreen along with the legendary car and traps. All of the symbols in Ghostbusters slot are dynamic. They change appearances when the free spins are in progress. The quality of sound effects in this game is perhaps its best feature. Every time you engage in a spin, you will hear the renowned soundtrack “Who you gonna call?” Some of the popular catchphrases of each character also feature in the game to take players closer to the characters from the film. The game is audibly as well as visibly, simply spectacular. Gaming Experience Ray Parker’s catchy and popular theme song which featured in the original series also features in the Ghostbusters slots. The fantastic sound system plays the soundtrack and takes players on a joyful ride through memories of the series. Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray as well as other members from the Ghostbusters team have had their voices recorded so that it is just as real as the movies. The scary sounds of a haunted house and ghastly slime all over your screen are sure to offer a surreal experience. The betting denominations in this game start from 50 p and extend to $30 per spin. There are wild reels, wild icons, cash prizes, and multipliers to offer a truly amazing experience.
- Ballroom Buster is the bonus round where you will be able to have a proton pack strapped on similar to the ghost busters in the film. The pack aids in firing at elements and blowing up the room. You will have five attempts in which to spot the hidden spirits. The capture of each ghost will award you with credits. In case you are lucky, you may find ghosts with multipliers and double your rewards.
- Stay Puft is the bonus round wherein marshmallows are seen falling from the sky. When these marshmallows stick to the icons present onscreen, they assume the function of wild multiplier icons. These multipliers double your winnings when a combination qualifying for a victory is hit.
- The Psychic feature is a bonus game wherein you will have to choose a card and ensure that it matches Dr. Venkman’s – the one which he is seen holding up onscreen.
When playing Paranormal Pick – a bonus round that allows you to choose from green ghastly clouds, you can stand a chance to claim a progressive jackpot victory. All you that is required of you is to follow Slimer and choose one option from a selection of five. Regardless of which option is selected, players can stand a chance at winning paranormal progressives. A reward is guaranteed when you place the maximum bet. If you accumulate three Ghostbuster icons on your middle line, you stand a chance to win bonus games as well an opportunity to win a progressive. Cash Award is a feature in the game where Slimer treats players to a funny act before offering payouts that are fifty to thousand times the amount of your coin value. The multiplier feature in this game will increase your winnings by 2X or 5X, but these features do not offer much in terms of overall winnings. On the other hand, additional wild features are present to increase winnings. One to four icons in the game transform into wild icons during this feature. But if these icons share an edge or corner with original wilds, they transform into wilds themselves. One of the most exciting features – the Wild Reels – is where one to three reels will be ‘slimed’ before they transform into wild reels. This feature promises excellent returns and is one of the favorites of players across the world. Ghostbusters slots is a fantastic game for players who are also fans of the movie. Although wins are not too big, they materialize quickly, giving you the opportunity to have plenty of fun as well as claim some cool prizes.
Ghostbusters: Who Ya Gonna Call? Spinning Reel Slots Machine (2012) [ ]
Peter, Ray, Winston and Egon are back! Ghostly ghouls are running rampant on spinning reels and awarding big bonuses in the exciting 3D world of Ghostbusters™ Who Ya Gonna Call? Slots. Traditional 7 symbols are now covered in slime while a ghost trap awards random wilds and multipliers in both the base game and Firehouse Free Games bonus. At the start of the bonus rounds, Slimer spins the wheel to give players a try at six hauntingly interactive bonus events: Bag ‘em & Tag ‘em, Firehouse Free Games and four character-themed progressives where players match any two icons to win a jackpot. Innovative content combined with flashy, ghoulish graphics brings the Ghostbusters™ brand to life.
Ghostbusters: Triple Slime Video Slots Machine (2014) [ ]
- IGT’s popular MultiWay Xtra® with 720 Ways to Win and Stacked Wilds® create exciting game play and even more ways to win!
- This five reel game features 50 credit cost to cover and a 300-credit maximum bet
- Slimer Scatter Feature highlights a favorite GhostbustersTM character: Slimer
- This Ghostbusters star also has two exciting bonus events – Slimer Scatter Feature and the Triple Wheel Spin Bonus
- If three or more scatter symbols land in the base game they transform into mini wheels
- The mini wheels spin all at once for a new twist in fun
- When the wheels stop spinning, values are assigned and added together for big wins
- Up to seven scattered bonus symbols initiate the Wheel Bonus
- Once entered into the bonus, players are prompted to pick and trap ghosts
- Each pick awards pointers on either the green, red, or purple wheel which gives players credits and multipliers on the big wheels
- Once all the picks have been made, all eligible wheels spin simultaneously for extra excitement and wins!
- Exciting Ghostbusters packaging and design provides eye-catching merchandising on the casino floor
- Highly interactive game play and engaging bonus features
Ghostbusters: Back in Business Video Slots Machine (2016) [ ]
- Popular multiPLAY game featuring four base games on one interface, each with five reels and a 100-credit cost-to-cover
- The scattered wilds feature in the base game highlights a favorite Ghostbusters character: Slimer
- When five Stay Puft Marshmallow Man symbols appear in the basegame at maximum bet the jackpot is awarded, encouraging players to bet up
- When a bonus combination triggers on the base game the gateway bonus is initiated
- Spook Central Showdown: A four-round pick bonus with multipliers and a chance to blast the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man
- Fright at the Museum™ Free Spins: Five free spins are awarded and players select a ghost to capture for each spin to increase credit values
- Cleanin’ Up the Town Bonus: One-round pick bonus with a final pick opportunity, if players find their assigned ghost additional credits are awarded
Ghostbusters: Slimers Gone Wild! Slots Machine (2017?) [ ]
- Infuses entertaining game mechanics with a strong math model, increasing popularity among players and fans alike
- Slimer Free Games: Triggered by three scattered bonus symbols. Players are awarded 10 free games with possible retriggers and the Splat Wilds feature offering exciting big-win opportunities on every spin.
- Progressive Free Games: Triggered by three to five unique bonus symbols. Awards 10 to 25 free games in which five-of-a-kind line pays can award a progressive jackpot on each spin, giving players the chance to win multiple progressives in a single bonus event.
- Multiple bonuses and random base game features keep players entertained and coming back for more
- This five-reel game features 50 paylines, a 50-credit cost-to-cover with a configurable max bet and a three-level Multi-Level Progressive
- Highly interactive game play and engaging bonus features combine with a volatile math model and progressive jackpots to attract both incidental and repeat players
- Attractive standalone pricing model
- Continued theme suppport to help refresh your current G23 placements
- Exciting Ghostbusters™ packaging and design provides eye-catching merchandising on the casino floor, building on the success of previous Ghostbusters™ games
Ghostbusters: Spectral Search Online Gaming (2017) [ ]
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- With Ghostbusters making a comeback with a new movie mid last year, what a better idea than to introduce its fans to an online game which has Ghostbusters as a main theme. Ghostbusters Spectral Search game software by IGT is an Instant Win game has quite a unique gameplay. The player can play for free or play for real money and buy a ticket. Ticket prices cost a minimum of 1.00 and maximum of 10.00.
- This is an Instant Win game that we can play on our mobile devices and tablets. This game is mobile-optimised to play on our iPhone and Android devices. There is no download needed to play this game so you can get started on this spooky game. The player can win a maximum payout of 300,000.00. This fun game is very interesting and fun and has beautiful and creative graphics.
- Ghostbusters! The rules of this game are very simple. We enjoyed playing this fun game where we are met with instant wins. In this game, the player is on the search for ghosts. The player is asked to select how much they are willing to pay for a ticket (1.00 to 10.00). When the ticket price has been selected, the player can choose a location. There are 6 locations to choose from.
- On choosing the location to play, the player must then click on 5 cells in the 3x3 grid to reveal the ghosts hidden underneath. If the player manages to land a certain number of certain ghosts (defined in the pay table), the player receives a payout. The player has two locations to search and these ghost revelations are accumulated together. Maximum payout is 300,000.00.
- The background graphics of this free Ghostbusters Spectral Search game were stunning. They were dark but still very clear. We enjoyed being able to choose different locations which were all creatively designed. A green grid was displayed on top of the location image and the player must click 5 cells to reveal ghosts. In total, the player has 10 picks to make.
- The ghosts are a lot of fun and we enjoyed revealing them in the cells. There are 8 different ghost symbols where one of them is an Instant Win symbol. They were creative and a lot of fun. If the player gets one green ghost symbol, the player instantly wins a prize. For the other symbols, the player must get 2-4 of these symbols to win a prize, depending on the symbol.
- Sometimes the player might feel that the game might be a little too slow for their tastes. The player is presented with an Auto Search button, where the player can click this to let the computer / mobile play on their behalf. We enjoyed this option when we wanted to save a lot of time. The game chooses the location for us, and quickly continues to shoot its special ghost tool to reveal ghosts for us. We do wish that the player had the option to auto-play this free Ghostbusters Spectral Search game for more than one game at a time.
- In this review we have decided to compare this instant win and free Ghostbusters Spectral Search game to the online game, Esqueleto Explosivo by ThunderKick. Both of these games are free and they both allow the player to choose whether they want to play for free for play for real money. There is no download needed for either of these games.
- The min bet in Ghostbusters Spectral Search is 1.00 and the max bet is 10.00 whereas the min bet in Esqueleto Explosive is 0.10 and the max bet is 100.00. We believe that the graphics are much more amusing in Esqueleto Explosivo but the gameplay in Ghostbusters Spectral Search is a lot more interesting. Both games had interesting bonuses and we enjoyed playing these spooky and fun games.
- We felt that the free Ghostbusters Spectral Search game was a lot of fun and we really enjoyed the gameplay. It was very fun to choose our game locations from a selection of spooky locations. When the player chooses their location, we enjoyed choosing the cells to find the hidden ghosts and landing several of a certain ghost symbol to reveal prizes.
- We enjoyed being able to play this game for free and we even have a choice to play for real money. Playing for real money allowed the player to win some awesome payouts, as defined in the pay table in the left-hand side. The game was really beautifully designed and we really felt the spooky theme running through the game. We also won some really great prizes.
Ghostbusters: 4D Video Slots Machine (2018) [ ]
Aka: Ghostbusters True4D - Video Slot
- Ghostbusters 4D Video Slots is a five-level progressive game with 40 lines and a 400-credit maximum bet
- The Slimer Base Game Feature grants random wild symbols on top of game spin
- In the Ecto-1 Base Game Feature, low symbols on all positions spill out
- The Terror Dog Base Game Feature provides a multiplier on a line win
- During each spin, marshmallows fall over the reels making wilds that lock for the remaining free spins
- Players can create an energy beam with their fingers to spin reels faster and interact with the 3D marshmallows
- Slimer awards credit values when found
- Without touching the screen, players create energy beams with their fingers to overturn objects where Slimer may be hiding
- Correct picks move players up the prize ladder, while incorrect picks can end the bonus
- Highlights from the movie play in the Are You Psychic? Bonus
- When players point at the screen, the game turns dark and a flashlight cone emits from their finger to find hidden ghosts
- Drawing a circle in mid-air calls Slimer to jump through the loop and energize the reels
- If players draw a heart, Slimer shows them love by turning on a pink glowing fortune frame
- When an infinity symbol is created, the Terror-Dog tries to catch his “bone” while Slimer teases the player on the top screen
- Reels are electrified with a lightning-strike when players draw a triangle
Ghostbusters: 3D Video Slots Machine (2019?) [ ]
Aka: Ghostbusters 3D - Video Slot
- Ghostbusters™ 3D features a four-level progressive, a free games bonus, and 40 paylines with a 400-credit maximum bet
- The Slimer Feature grants random wild symbols on top of the current game
- In the Ecto-1 Feature, low-value symbols spill onto the reels to generate wins during non-winning games
- The Terror Dog Feature provides a multiplier on a payline win
- After each spin, marshmallows fall over the reels making wilds that lock for the remaining free games
- During the bonus, players can create an energy beam with their fingers to spin reels faster
- By touching the screen, players create energy beams with their fingers to overturn objects where Slimer may be hiding
- Correct picks move players up the prize ladder, while incorrect picks may end the bonus
- Highlights from the movie play during the bonus
Ghostbusters (Level Up) Plus Slots game (2019) [ ]
Information taken from PlayCanada . Note, this information is from a review.
- Engaging ghost battles: Fight the iconic ghosts from the original film and collect all sorts of bonuses in doing so.
- Progress through ten levels: Each time you capture a ghost, you unlock a new bonus feature, increase RTP, and gain new gameplay options.
- Numerous bonus features: Free spins, multiple unique wilds, and special bonuses with interactive games round out Ghostbusters Level Up Plus.
- Ghostbusters Level Up Plus is a 5×3 slot with a betting range of $0.25 to $50 and an RTP that starts at 93.99% RTP but grows as high as 98% as you level up by capturing ghosts. The heart of the game is playing rounds similarly to any other slot, but with the addition that you earn bonus features by battling ghosts after landing their symbol on the third reel. You can get the hang of it and see how you like the game by playing with the demo version on our website, which includes all features and allows unlimited free play. Once you’re satisfied, sign up with a regulated Canadian casino site to play for real money.
- Software: IGT
- RTP %: 93.99%-98%
- Volatility: Medium
- Min / Max Bet: $0.25 - $50
- Number of Pay-lines: 20
- Max Payout: x25,000
- Max Free Spins: 25
- Bonus Features: Free spins, level up, expanding wilds, multiplier wilds
- Theme: Ghostbusters
- Ghostbusters Level Up Plus centers on ghost battles and the level-up mechanic, which brings new rewards and increases RTP as you continue to play and progress. It’s great fun but also complex to the point of being a little intimidating.
- Ghost queue: Ghost battles result in you collecting wilds in the ghost queue, which might be expanding wilds, multiplier wilds, or multiple symbols in one. After completing the ghost battle and spinning again, your ghost queue wilds drop into the reels before win calculation to create the highest possible win for that round.
- Trigger a ghost battle
- Transform half or more of the card symbols into high-value character symbols
- Replace one or more of the card symbols with wilds
- Increased chance to trigger Zuul free spins
- Select the ghost that appears during ghost battles (available after capturing all ghosts)
- Zuul battle: The Zuul Battle effectively functions as the climax of the whole game, as he requires the most zaps to take down but is also the most rewarding ghost to fight. Completing the Zuul Battle entails winning numerous ghost wilds, with the potential of finding the x25 multiplier wild that only falls during this event. You also earn five free spins, with the potential of retriggering up to 25 total.
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On June 8, 2018, it was announced IGT's "revolutionary new Ghostbusters 4D Video Slots game" will be coming soon to casinos. 
- The Video Slots Machine appears on the Regular Cover of Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #8 behind Winston Zeddemore .
External Links [ ]
- IGT page: Ghostbusters™ Video Reel
- Proton Charging news: "IGT gets set to roll out Ghostbusters slot machine! Video demo!"
- Spook Central Facebook: Video Slots Gallery
- VegasNews.com: Dan Aykroyd Demos IGT’s New Ghostbusters Slot Machine (Ghostbusters Who Ya Gonna Call? Spinning Reel Slots) at Global Gaming Expo 2011 (October 5, 2011)
References [ ]
- ↑ IGT Gaming on Facebook: "Ectoplasmic excitement awaited attendees of Louisiana Video Gaming Association (LVGA) last week, where we unveiled Ghostbusters™! Attendees were able to explore the feature-rich mechanics and thrilling bonuses of this popular theme now available in Louisiana, and even got to take a picture with Slimer! Contact your Account Manager to bring the hair-raising excitement of Ghostbusters™ to your players." (April 06, 2023)
- ↑ Ghostbusters News "Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman Ghostbusters Day Announcement + Full Press Release 6/8/18
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The Ghostbusters slot is not your typical casino game . It has plenty of features that make it stand out from the rest. One of the most noticeable things about it is the 5×3 game board. It’s easy to master and provides ample space for up to fifteen symbols to be displayed during a single gameplay.
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Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! Yes, the same ghost-busting team from the classic 80s film has now been immortalized in an online slot game. The game is set against the iconic firehouse that served as the headquarters for these paranormal investigators in the movie. Even before you start playing, the game’s design gives you a feeling of being a part of the Ghostbusters team, ready to take on any ghost that stands in your way!
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If you’re a fan of Ghostbusters, you’re in for a treat with this slot game by IGT . This collaboration with the cult movie franchise brings the first movie to life on the reels, featuring familiar faces and objects from the film. You’ll see the likes of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis as the game symbols. But don’t worry, there are no ghostly apparitions trying to spook you out of your winnings here.
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What is Ghostbusters slot game?
Ghostbusters is a slot game inspired by the cult-classic movie that was released in 1984.
What are the technical features of the Ghostbusters slot game?
The Ghostbusters slot game has five reels and three horizontal lines that allow fifteen symbols to be seen in each gameplay. It has a Wild symbol that can replace other normal symbols and can also extend its function over the entire reel where it is located. Bonus symbols behave like Scatters, assigning the special function if at least three are found in a single gameplay.
What is the aesthetic component of the Ghostbusters slot game?
The Ghostbusters slot game is well-curated with regards to different references to the movie. The game board is presented against the background of the firehouse, headquarters of the ghostbusters, with some metallic details and yellow and black stripes inspired by the movie. The symbols include the faces of the protagonists of the first movie, the ECTO-1 car, and the famous objects invented by Egon for catching ghosts, among others.
What is the goal of IGT in creating the Ghostbusters slot game?
The goal of IGT is to create a fun and dynamic game even before obtaining the bonus mode so that the player can enjoy the title from start to finish, strengthened by a theme that they love so much.
What is the soundtrack of the Ghostbusters slot game?
The famous musical theme from the Ghostbusters movie is played as background music in the Ghostbusters slot game.
What is the Slimer symbol in the Ghostbusters slot game?
Slimer is a Wild symbol that can replace all other normal symbols in the Ghostbusters slot game, and can also extend its function over the entire reel where it is located.
What are Bonus symbols in the Ghostbusters slot game?
Bonus symbols behave like Scatters in the Ghostbusters slot game, assigning the special function if at least three are found in a single gameplay.
Are there other slot games similar to Ghostbusters?
Yes, there are other slot games similar to Ghostbusters that are also inspired by movies, such as Playtech ‘s Man of Steel, NetEnt ‘s Planet of the Apes , and Blueprint Gaming ‘s Ted.
What we like
- Rich and varied gameplay experience
- Collaboration with the Ghostbusters movie franchise
- Wild and Bonus symbols add to the excitement
- Fun and dynamic gaming experience
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Ghostbusters Slot Review
Last updated: December 04, 2023
Overview of Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters Slot is a 30-pay line video slot developed by IGT and runs on the IGT (WagerWorks) software platform. The actual theme of the game is based on the Ghostbusters movie released in 1984. As you enter the game, you will find five white reels set, and behind them is a cityscape background. Here popular movie characters have been displayed as the game’s main symbols. Every time you spin a reel, a soundtrack “Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!” will pop up, making it thrilling. Players can definitely try out Ghostbusters slots for free. They need to visit any IGT (WagerWorks) Casino to play for real money.
Before you dive into the slot world, you must set your bets first. You can regulate the coin size, ranging from 1 to 50. The slot offers 30 fixed pay lines for players to bet on. Once you are done, hit “Spin” and start the game. In this slot, you will encounter two types of Wild symbols, the Green Ghost and the Purple one. The Green Ghost is responsible for replacing the movie character symbols. On the other hand, the Purple Ghost symbol acts as a substitution for the regular symbols. You will find four features available in the game. They are Cash Award, Multiplier, Wild Reels, and Extra Wilds.
How to Play
Pros & cons.
Ghostbusters follows a traditional layout – 5 reels and three rows. The most striking feature of the game is the 30 fixed pay lines. This results in rare but larger wins. In terms of theme, you will find characters and other elements from the movie. You might notice that even though the graphics are a bit outdated, that does not cause much problem.
You get to experience a ‘retro’ vibe as you play the game. The game does not feature any Auto Play or Quick Spin options. The game’s pace is decent, and you will be entertained for hours. The game offers two different bonus levels to activate games. We will take a detailed look below.
At the GhostBusters slot, you will come across various symbols.
- Dan Aykroyd (Dr Raymund Stantz) and Harold Ramis (Dr Egon Spengler) are the highest-value symbols. By matching five symbols, you get paid 250 times per pay line, 75 times per pay line for matching four symbols, and 25 times per pay line for matching three symbols.
- The next highest symbols following them are Bill Murray (Dr Peter Venkman) and Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddmore). By matching five symbols, you are paid 200 times per pay line, 50 times per pay line if you match four symbols and 20 times per pay line for matching three symbols.
- The next symbol, Rick Moranis (Louis Tully), rewards you 150 times per pay line if you match five of them, 30 times per pay line for matching four and ten times per pay line for matching three of the symbols.
- The Ghost Trap, the Ecto Mobile, and the Proton Pack pay 125 times Per Pay Line for five-of-a-kind, 25 times Per Pay Line for four kinds, and five times Per Pay Line for three-of-a-kind.
- The PKE Meter and the Ecto Goggles are other symbols that reward you 100 times per pay line for matching five, 20 times per pay line for matching four, and five times per pay line for matching three.
- During the Stay Puft Free Spins bonus round, you will find that it utilises its own set of symbols. The basic symbols of the game feature a combination of colours. You will find them to be darker as compared to the Free Spins game symbols. Also, the characters are in blue coats.
- Like most games, you will find two Wild symbols: a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and a toasted Marshmallow. You will only find them appear as a result of a Mystery Feature. These two wild symbols are responsible for replacing the rest of the Free Spins game symbols.
- In terms of the rest of the symbols in the game, for using them, you are paid about half of what their basic game counterparts pay. The top four symbols of GhostBusters slots are Ray, Egon, Peter, and Winston.
- The low-value symbols are the Stay Puft logo, a Stay Puft marshmallow container, a Stay Puft man’s hat, a Proton Pack, a PKE Meter, and Ecto Goggles.
You can claim 1,000x your total stake by matching five logo wilds. Using the Venkman symbol rewards you with a 500x multiplier on your stake. For this, you need to match five on the reels.
Following it is Stanz, which rewards you with a 250x multiplier. On the other hand, Zeddmore and Spengler reward you with an overall 200x on your total bet. You need to bump into five of them while out hunting.
In terms of bets, you can bet as low as starting with coin sizes from 0.01. The maximum bet that you can place in the slot is US$30. Make the highest bet per line and claim the biggest prize the slots offer.
During the free spins round, special wilds are released by the demon dogs. This will help you activate more free spins if you add 25 more.
- Ghost Battle Feature:
Here every ten levels come with different Ghost symbols. On level 1, you will find Slimer, and on level 9+, you will come across the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. You can activate a battle where you must destroy the ghost multiple times if you find these symbols on reel 3. On each destruction, it will turn Ghost Wilds into the Ghost Queue. If it’s dead, it will level up your gameplay.
- The Ghost Queue:
Here you will find the ghost wilds that were dropped during a battle. As you spin the next time, the ghost wild present on the left will randomly drop on the next spin. Following this, the other ghosts will drop on the following spin. This will continue until there are no more spins.
- Types of Ghost Wilds:
You will only encounter some of the wilds on all levels. However, you will find the ones across your journey. All these wilds are used to replace other symbols to create a win.
- Multiplier wild:
This comes with a multiplier ranging from 3x to 25x.
- Expanding wild:
These wilds can expand horizontally, diagonally, horizontally and in all eight directions simultaneously.
- Extra wilds:
This will allow you to place +2 to +5 extra wilds on that spin.
- Equipment Feature:
Keep in mind that all these equipment features take time to be available. On Level 1, you will only come across the proton pack. They are used to activate random bonuses.
- Proton Pack:
They can substitute 2 to 4 royal symbols with the most common symbol on the reels.
- Ghost Sniffer:
It is responsible for disclosing the hidden Ghost symbol and activating a battle that will help you level up.
It replaces one of the royal symbols with wild symbols.
- Ecto Goggles:
If you match two scatters, one more will be revealed, which will help you activate the free spins.
- Psychogram helmet:
If you hit one scatter, two more get revealed, which will help you trigger the free spins.
- Tobin’s Spirit Guide (Level 9 only):
You are allowed to choose the ghost that will appear during Ghost Battles. The Royal symbols available in the game are J, Q, K or Ace.
- Zuul Free Spin Bonus:
By landing three scatter bonus symbols (the demon dogs) on reels 1, 3 and 5, you get to activate this bonus. For this, you need to tap on the demon dog five times. In this way, the dog will reward you with five different types of wild symbols.
After this, you need to play five spins. Each spin will get one of the special wilds. The bonus can be activated up to 25 free spins in total. You get to unlock all the ghost wilds during the bonus, irrespective of your present level.
The Ghostbusters slot doesn’t feature a progressive jackpot, but you still have a huge opportunity to grab a whopping 25,000 x your total stake.
By choosing the correct betting site, you can increase your bankroll massively. To have such luck, your reels must be filled with wilds which will activate the max multiplier.
Ghostbuster slot comes with a varying RTP on different platforms. Its RTP ranges somewhere between 95% and 96%. The number is decent per the industry norms, giving you a fair chance of winning. The medium variance level checks out whether your reels are forming regular winning combinations. This keeps the game exciting and will entertain you for hours.
- You are on a wild adventure with the team as you play this slot. You need to work your way hard to cross the ten levels of ghost-busting obstacles.
- The game comes with a theme of a video game style. You are surely going to be entertained and loaded for hours.
- Prepare yourself to fight ten different ghosts. You will encounter a new one on each level in the Ghost Battle Feature.
- The slot arrives with various wild features. You will frequently come across Extra Wilds, Expanding Wilds, and Multiplier Wilds on your reels.
If you are interested in playing the Ghostbusters slot, then don’t hesitate. Take a step and give it a try. Before you play the game for real money, you must take note of the following tips.
- Before you play for real money slots, it is advised to try out the demo version of Ghostbusters first. By playing the demo version, players have a chance to try out the game and get to know things so that they face no risk while playing for real money.
- Make sure to find a safe, secure, reliable, and trustworthy platform before you start playing for real money. A safe platform ensures that your private information is safe and secured.
- Slot games purely depend on luck; hence there are no chances for the players to cheat. The results are randomly generated, and there is no way to predict your win or loss. Therefore take your time and decide your preferred bet size for each round.
- Always bet money that you can afford to lose. Also, make sure to play responsibly to avoid risks.
- You get wide betting limits.
- There are high max winning symbols.
- The slot has a movie-themed design.
- It is a two-bonus game.
- No Progressive Jackpot.
- The Payout Rate is low.
Where to play Ghostbusters?
Ghostbuster slots are available at many UK casino sites. However, playing the slot at casinos that excel in many important factors is recommended. Check out the game contribution percentage, overall welcome bonus conditions, operator reputation and trustworthiness, mobile billing options, and others.
What is the RTP rate of Ghostbusters?
The RTP percentage of the Ghostbuster slot ranges between 94-96 %. This means it is one of the less-paying video slots released by IGT. The frequency of hitting high-paying symbols is much lower than the Ghostbusters paytable. But this game is perfect for high-stakes players.
Does the slot offer special bonus rounds?
Yes, you will find two bonus rounds at Ghostbusters, one of the game’s greatest advantages. The bonus rounds with free spins have proven more appealing as they are perfect for low-stakes players.
Who is the developer of Ghostbusters slots?
IGT has designed the slot. The slot was launched quite some time ago. Still, the site has done a great job impressing players with its high-quality symbols and numerous special features.
What are the betting options?
You can place a bet as low as coin sizes from 0.01 at the Ghostbusters slot. The maximum bet that you can place in the slot is US$30.
About the Author
Marilyn Chavez is an associate researcher at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, where she studied the mathematical probabilities and aspects of casino games like slot machines. She’s written several case studies which have been published by multiple problem-gaming institutions to help spread awareness about the dangers of online gambling and gambling addiction. She also presented a 2019 Ted talk on the topic of gambling among minors.
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Posted: January 11, 2024 | Last updated: January 11, 2024
Flashback: The #1 grossing film for January 2023 was "Avatar: The Way of Water." In January 2022, it was "Spider-Man: No Way Home." Both films were #1 on the last weekend of the month as well as the first.
Contrast that with "Wonka" (Warner Bros.) , which is a clear success headed for a worldwide gross of over $500 million - but isn't remotely in the same league. That explains why January is more than 20 percent below last year, but this month has a chance to succeed if it does something entirely different.
Yes, 2024 needs franchise titles and sequels to carry their weight; "Dune Part 2," "Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire," and "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire" all arrive in March. However, to rise above the year's grim $8 billion projection for domestic gross (down 12 percent from 2023), a whole slew of standalone titles must thrive.
Enter the weekend of January 12. The four-day Martin Luther King Day holiday traditionally boosts grosses, but this year features something very unusual. The period usually offers two new wide studio films and this year there's three: "Mean Girls" (Paramount), "The Beekeeper" (MGM Amazon ), and "The Book of Clarence" (Sony) . And they're all originals.
These plus holdovers (including the surging "Anyone but You," the top grossing film midweek) and expansions of more limited titles (led by MGM Amazon's "American Fiction") could equal the $106 million total of this period in 2022, even without despite a strong Christmas holdover.
That would be a shot in the arm for exhibitors and for studios' strategies. The three new films combined have a reported production cost under $125 million (the cost of "Wonka," a lower-end price tag for a major title). And "Mean Girls," the adaptation of Tina Fey's Broadway musical (based on the 2004 comedy), was originally slated to go straight to streaming on Paramount+. It suggest a real trend shift.
"Mean Girls" is expected to be #1, with a range of $25 million-$30 million projected for three days and Monday could add another 20 percent. That's on a reported budget of $36 million. Like "Barbie" (though on a much smaller scale), it is a rendering of a popular property and a comedy with strong female appeal.
The holiday weekend often sees the release of a male-oriented action film ("The Commuter," "xXx") and films centered around Black characters ("Ride Along," "The Upside"). Both slots are filled this year, with "The Beekeeper" with Jason Statham and "The Book of Clarence" with LaKeith Stanfield.
"The Beekeeper," the latest action film with a loner fighting for justice against forces of evil, is projected to gross over $15 million. "Clarence," a hybrid comedy-drama set in the time of Christ with the title character trying to reset his life by claiming to be an alternative messiah, should be closer to $10 million.
"American Fiction" will be the biggest expansion among previously limited titles. Cord Jefferson's SAG Best Ensemble Cast-nominated film will rise to 625 theaters from 110, with over $3 million grossed so far. It leads the charge of other titles (among them "Poor Things," "The Zone of Interest," "All of Us Strangers," "Origin," and the already wide "The Color Purple") that hope to thrive after Oscar nominations are announced on January 23. That will be another important test of improved fortunes and needed boosts for theaters.
Last year's award season saw numerous acclaimed contenders like "The Fabelmans," "The Whale," "The Banshees of Inisherin" fail to gross $20 million, with Best Picture nominees "Tár" and "Women Talking" under $7 million. This year, blockbusters "Oppenheimer" and "Barbie" are among prime contenders but their theatrical time has passed. It would help early box office 2024 prospects improve if there were a rebound in nomination impact.
With Bleecker Street's sci-fi thriller "I.S.S." the sole other wide release this month (January 19), it will be a struggle to reach last year's total of just under $600 million. But since more than a third of that came from "Avatar," coming close would reflect well on new offerings this month as well as the contributions of other smaller titles.
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