This new branded IGT video slot is the first in a series of games based on the daytime talk show hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. The two initial games are The Ellen DeGeneres Show Featuring Ellen’s Dance Party and The Ellen DeGeneres Show Featuring 12 Days of Giveaways.
The names reflect the main bonus events of the games, one featuring the goofy dance through the audience the host does on the show and the other a prize giveaway from the show. Ellen’s Dance Party is a “ways to win” setup—no paylines, with wins from adjacent symbols. In this case there are 432 ways to win on each spin. The Giveaways game is available in 15-line and 30-line versions.
The games are housed on IGT’s impressive CrystalCore cabinet, featuring exceptional sound and visuals on a large vertical touch-screen display. The familiar Ellen theme song plays during primary game spins, and DeGeneres herself provided voice-overs to accompany the game events. Video footage from several of the most famous episodes is used in the bonus events.
The Ellen’s Dance Party Free Spin Bonus turns the game’s reels into a bonus round centered around the famous dance, as a cut-out of DeGeneres bops around to award wild symbols in a funny sequence.
Building upon the most-anticipated Ellen episodes each season, the 12 Days of Giveaways slot features a symbol set that includes many of the show’s most famous gift shop items, including Ellen-branded boxers, totes and mugs. A dedicated Free Spins bonus has players spinning reels full of holiday-themed symbols and picking from 12 on-screen gift boxes, each revealing multipliers that increase with each spin, up to 12X.
Two of The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s popular games are replicated in bonus rounds. The Know or Go Bonus has players picking prizes until they are eliminated. Ellen’s Wheel of Riches Bonus offers players the chance to give the touch-screen wheel a spin for bonus awards including one or two of the game’s progressive jackpot awards.
Manufacturer: International Game Technology
Format: Five-reel, ways-to-win, 15-line or 30-line video slot
Denomination: .01, .05
Max Bet: 150, 300
Top Award: 200,000, 500,000
Hit Frequency: Approximately 50%
Theoretical Hold: 4%-16.1%