The first thing to be noted on Aristocrat’s new slot showcasing pop icon Britney Spears is the cabinet, the new Arc Double. The presentation uses a giant curved LCD monitor displaying two 42-inch vertical monitors. Considering that most portrait-style monitors on slots are single, 32-inch screens, the Arc Double display presents a striking vision.
Add in stereo surround-sound, and you have a perfect format to capture the sights and sounds of pop queen Spears, with video and audio of many of the singer’s top hits, including “Hit Me Baby One More Time, “Toxic,” “3,” “Crazy” and “Oops I Did It Again.”
The latter hit is the theme of two separate game features, one in the primary game and one triggered bonus event. The base game is a 60-line video slot with a single-site progressive jackpot resetting at $10,000. The oversized screen is used to expand the reels from four symbols to as high as 16 in two separate game features.
Each bonus feature is themed around a Spears hit, and the player is treated to booming audio and video footage of Spears performing the hit as the bonus plays out. There are two mystery bonus events in the primary game. In the “Oops I Did It Again Re-spin,” reels 1 through 4 are held and reel 5 is re-spun once, with that reel guaranteed to stop on a bonus-triggering scatter symbol. In the “Equalizer” feature, the reels dance to the music as they expand up to a maximum 16 rows high. Wins are re-evaluated, and all wins pay triple.
There are four main bonus events. There is a gateway bonus event that can award credits or lead to any of the other three events. When triggering the “Crazy Feature Gateway” picking sequence, the player goes through up to three rounds to reveal credit prizes, jackpots, the “Oops I Did It Again Free Games” feature, the “Toxic Picks” feature or the “Hit Me Baby One More Time Wheel Feature.”
Oops I Did It Again Free Games triggers six free games, with any “OOPS!” symbol expanding the reel set by two rows, up to a maximum of 16. Three trigger symbols award an additional two free spins. In Toxic Picks, the screen displays a collection of bottles. Players choose bottles to reveal credit prizes, multiplier increases or a special Britney award, continuing until revealing three stoppers. The Wheel Feature gives three spins on a video bonus wheel for credit prizes or extra wheel spins.
Manufacturer: Aristocrat Technologies
Platform: Arc Double
Format: Five-reel, 60-line video slot
Max Bet: 250, 500
Top Award: Progressive; $10,000 reset
Hit Frequency: Approximately 50%
Theoretical Hold: 4%-14%