Review of Beverly Hills 90210 Slots
Throughout university my friends and I had a ritual on Wednesday nights – we would gather at someone’s house, drink beer while watching Beverly Hills 90210, and then head off to the campus pub. I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t miss those days tremendously – they were tons of fun.
The show was simply amazing. Whether it was the characters, the storylines, the settings, or yes, even the acting, we were hanging on every scene of every episode. There are many people who hated 90210, but I think that they were just jealous of the lives of Dylan, Kelly, and the gang. Or they were jealous of how much the rest of us absolutely loved it. Regardless, no one can argue that one of the greatest teen dramas in the history of television is Beverly Hills 90210. Period.
Growing up thousands of miles away from Beverly Hills only heightened my interest in the show, as it literally seemed like another planet compared to where I’m from. Looking back at the show now, the whole series still seems crazy to me – how could fake teenagers live like that?!
So yes – this review of Beverly Hills 90210 Slots is going to be quite biased, but why shouldn’t it be? I don’t imagine that anyone reading this is going to mind!
As you can see from the screenshots below, this game is starting to look a little dated. Although it wouldn’t have exactly been referred to as “cutting edge” when it was first released, either. That said, all of your favorite characters are here, and the game delivers on that warm, fuzzy feeling you will no doubt be looking for.
How does one summarize the storyline of 10 seasons of Beverly Hills 90210 into two paragraphs? I think it’s safe to say that it can’t be, but I will try.
Brenda and Brandon move with their family from Minnesota to Beverly Hills, California, where they are fish out of water in their new school. They are quickly accepted by the cool kids and begin to encounter all of the problems of youth that you can imagine. The series takes us through their turbulent young adult lives, and all of the crossroads that they face, making many mistakes along the way.
Unfortunately, this game does not go into any of the specific plot lines from the television show, which would have easily put it into the Online Slots Hall of Fame, (if one actually existed). Whether they chose Brandon getting drugged at the rave, Dylan driving his car off of the cliff, or Andrea’s accidental pregnancy, added plot lines in the game would have been totally awesome, and very welcomed. The lack of a plot is one of its main weaknesses.
One wonders how long the discussion was in the boardroom of iSoftbet regarding which character was going to be the least valuable. 3 minutes? 1 minute? And if you didn’t immediately assume that the Steve Saunders symbol pays the least out of all the characters, I guess you never watched the show.
Now, where in the heck is the Joe E. Tata symbol?! Doesn’t he deserve to be featured in this game? And don’t even get me started about the ridiculous omission of Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, who actually became much more of a super villain than Brenda, (and ultimately a much more interesting character).
It should be noted that Gabrielle Carteris’ character of Andrea Zuckerman is featured in a background image but did not get her own game symbol. Ya – I didn’t think any of you would care either.
And don’t worry, Dylan and Brenda will finally appear in the game wrapped in a warm, loving embrace as a Stacked Wild during Free Games Mode. Awww!!
- J (Jack)
- Q (Queen)
- K (King)
- A (Ace)
- Steve Sanders (Ian Ziering)
- Donna Martin (Tori Spelling)
- David Silver (Brian Austin Green)
- Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth)
- Brandon Walsh (Jason Priestley)
- 90210 Logo (Scatter)
- Red Lambrogini (Wild)
It appears as if the game’s designers were fans and simply ranked the payouts of each character symbol according to their overall popularity. Therefore, Brandon pays out the most for 5 of a Kind with 2,500 coins, and is then followed by Kelly, David, Donna, and Steve who pay 1,500, 500, 300, and 250 coins respectively for five across the reels.
There are no Beverly Hills Slots jackpots, although the game does offer cash prizes of 2,500 coins per symbol. They can come randomly at any time so be ready.
Unfortunately, there aren’t any true bonus rounds in 90210 Slots and given the fact that they had 10 seasons worth of plot lines they could have drawn upon, this is very disappointing to say the least. It would have taken me less than five minutes to design a bonus round based on “Donna Martin graduates!”. To be serious though, I wasn’t expecting much since this is a 243 payline game and they never seem to have unique bonus features.
There is a “Transformer Mode” where you get a symbol that looks like a ticking time bomb that then changes the symbol next to it, transforming it to make a winning combination. This can actually lead to a nice sized win, so I shouldn’t make fun of it too much, but it does beg the question: was this game feature an homage to Dylan’s father faking his death with a car bomb in season 3? It’s confusing to say the least.
The game also has a special feature of “Both Ways Mode” which pays from right to left, in addition to left to right. I’m already confused enough whenever I play a 243 payline online slot game, so this only adds to the madness.
Like most other games, hitting three or more Scatter symbols will get you some 90210 Slots free spins, with different prizes available to be won. I’m happy to report that this title properly rewards you for what you hit, with three Scatters giving you 8 free spins with 5x your wager, four awarding you 15 free spins with 15x your wager, and five Scatters dishing out a whopping 25 free spins with 30x your wager.
When in Free Spins Mode you will be asked to choose between the boys and the girls. If you choose the boys they throw footballs at the lower-paying symbols and turn them into Wilds, occurring on a maximum of three of the reels.
If you select to play your free spins with the girls, they will throw kisses that change symbols on the reels into Wilds, with a maximum of five. This game feature isn’t groundbreaking, but it certainly is nice to mix things up a little during the free spins mode once you get in there.
The symbol animations in Beverly Hills 90210 are decent, but nothing to write home about. They’re basically just quick little videos of the characters from the television show when their symbol is used in a payline win – and when I say quick, I mean quick.
For example, you get 2.5 seconds of a bare chested Steve Saunders strolling down the beach for certain line combinations…and I think that we can all agree that a clip of such greatness should play for a little bit longer. However, the game mercifully only shows David pounding on his synthesizer for the same short amount of time, so I guess this balances things out.
The animations on the symbols include swelling and throbbing when they’re used in a payline win, with a lipstick silhouette kissing the coveted Wild symbol. Other effects include starbursts and shiny reflections.
Audio & Soundtrack
In regular game mode there is an unfamiliar 90s style guitar and synth song that I don’t remember whatsoever. Perhaps it’s from a band who played at the Peach Pit After Dark? If it was, I know for sure that it wasn’t from the time The Flaming Lips graced Nat’s stage, so maybe it is was someone else. It sounds like it might be an iSoftBet original jam led by a fuzz guitar and early 90s synth beat. Good times.
Thankfully, we are finally rewarded with the intro from the 90210 theme song when we hit 3 Scatter symbols and enter the bonus feature. However, it’s a total downer that it literally plays on a 15 second loop so we never get to hear the actual song in its entirety. Just a terrible soundtrack decision by the game’s creators.
All fans of the show, whether casual or rabid, will immediately get a smile on their face when playing 90210 Slots for the first time. Seeing all of those characters together again brings back a flood of emotions and memories, so what else could you really ask for?
The free spins mode is above average, but the lack of a bonus round is going to immediately turn off those who don’t know who Valarie Malone is. For the rest of us that grew up with these “kids”, there’s enough to like in the game to keep us playing for a while.
Bonus Video of Beverly Hills 90210
After all of this talk about the old days, we should probably have a proper look back at the intros from the show. Here’s a video with all of the intros from seasons 1 through to 8. Be warned: watching this will bring back a flood of memories both good and bad – have a tissue ready!