Review of Chuck Norris: Missing in Action Slots
If you were a kid in the 1980s you’ve seen a minimum of five Chuck Norris movies in your life. They were absolutely unavoidable between basic cable and the movie rental store, and for damn good reason: they were amazing! Now I realize that Chuck might not be everyone’s cup of tea but for a large group of us over-40 males, the Chuckster was one of the best dispensers of justice to evildoers around the world.
After gaining respect as a lead actor in Lone Wolf McQuade, Chuck threw a roundhouse into the executive elites of Hollywood and busted into theatres with the wildly popular Missing in Action in 1984. American audiences raved at the violent masterpiece and Chuck’s future in action films was secured as he went on to release hit after hit, well into the following decade.
Critics at the time accused the producers of Missing in Action of ripping off a movie that actually spawned a game quite similar to this one, Rambo: First Blood II Slots from iSoftBet. Many felt that Norris was just doing a bad impression of Stallone and the entire plot was lifted from the second Rambo film. Little did everyone know back then, but Missing in Action was in fact a rip off of James Cameron’s script for First Blood Part II and the producers even rushed to release the movie first so they wouldn’t be sued for plagiarism. Aren’t people in Hollywood just the worst?
When Chuck Norris was born he drove his mom home from the hospital.
This game looked really old when it was first released in 2013 and it’s getting worse by the day. Click on the images below to enlarge them and really enjoy the mid-80s design. Sensitive players should be warned that the middle screenshot shows dead soldiers from the bonus feature…and if you’re not down with gruesome scenes like that you’ll definitely want to move on to another game review immediately.
Chuck Norris can strangle you with a cordless phone.
Colonel James Braddock has seen some of the worst things that war has to offer thanks to being captured and held in a POW camp for seven long years deep in the Vietnamese jungle. He was fortunate to eventually bust out of his bamboo prison and make his way back to the States to enjoy 10 years of freedom – that’s when they pulled him back in.
Braddock is chosen to accompany an official delegation back to Nam to look into accusations that there are American POWs still being held by the North Vietnamese army. Once his BS Meter goes off the charts, Braddock rolls into Thailand and meets up with his old buddy Tuck, convincing him to team up with him to liberate the POWs from the evil General Trau. This is a mission that will define their lives.
This slot from Openbet attempts to recreate the violent, war-torn Vietnamese jungle with never-ending machine gun fire, exploding grenades, and a river of fresh blood. Sadly, just like the original movie, the storyline is the weakest part of this production – the plot to Missing in Action was thin, but somehow Openbet made it even thinner. Congrats, guys!
Chuck Norris can pick oranges from an apple tree and make the best lemonade you’ve ever tasted.
I’m sad to report that I think this game is going to lose a few of you due to it’s lack of fun unique symbols. Sure Braddock wreaked havoc with his bowie knife but did the knife really deserve its on symbol? I think we can all agree that Openbet could have figured out something better if they thought about it for five minutes.
And where in the hell are all the character symbols? Everyone’s going to be looking for M. Emmet Walsh as Tuck, David Tress as Sen. Porter, and Lenore Kasdorf as Ann. Not to mention the amazing James Hong as the evil General Trau. What a disappointment! Anyone who’s seen the movie knows that they all should have been included, so I’m not sure what else I can say. Here’s what we did get…
- J (Jack)
- Q (Queen)
- K (King)
- A (Ace)
- Bowie Knife
- M60 Machine Gun
- Army Jeep
- Army Raft
- Army Helicopter
- Braddock (Wild)
- Braddock with Binoculars (Free Spins)
If you thought that any symbol other than the Braddock Wild was going to be the highest paying in this game, Chuck Norris is going to fly directly to your house and chop you in the neck. He of course is the best by a long stretch, paying out 1,000 coins for 5 in a spin. The payouts then drop significantly with the Helicopter, Raft, and Jeep each paying 300, 200, and 125 coins respectively for Five of a Kind.
There is no theory of evolution, just a list of creatures Chuck Norris allows to live.
You think that you can follow Chuck Norris into the jungle and leave with a big cash prize? Are you crazy?! No. There isn’t a Missing in Action Slots jackpot and you’re lucky that he didn’t hear you asking about it.
Giraffes were created when Chuck Norris uppercutted a horse.
Bonus symbols on reels #1 and #5 will trigger the Missing in Action bonus round and it’s one of the most violent features I’ve ever come across in an online slot game. It’s called the P.O.W. Camp Bonus and you literally mow down Vietnamese enemies with a massive machine gun to reveal cash prizes as you make your way through the jungle. Buckets of blood spill from their chests as they hit the ground and their dead bodies lay lifeless in the grass until you move on from the gruesome scene.
Some players will enjoy the fact that they get to play executioner and choose who lives and dies – for the rest of us, this is just a necessity of war. The sound of Braddock cocking the hammer back on the machine gun before each slaying is the cherry on the bloody sundae.
During the bonus you are presented with seven jungle soldiers and you must decide which ones to execute, and you’d better make your choices wisely because each of these enemies is hiding cash prizes. Wow they’re sneaky! As you snuff each of them out with your weapon of death the prizes are added to your balance, and if you kill the right enemy you’ll advance to the next level, with each area having a unique battlefield. However, as we all know you can’t trust the enemy and one of them is booby trapped to end your round and send you back to the regular game. Keep that in mind as you’re filling their torsos with hot lead from your M60.
For those in search of even more pain and misery, Missing in Action allows you to gamble your wins from the regular game in their macho Gamble Feature. Here you will stake whatever you’ve just won on what the next card flipped over from the deck will be. If you select Red or Black and get it correct you will double your winnings, and if you guess the exact suit of the next card flipped you’ll receive 4x on the amount. However, if you choose incorrectly at any time the feature is immediately over, you lose all your cash, and you return to base with your head hanging low.
Chuck Norris counted to infinity. Twice.
Watch out for Chuck watching you, because 3 Braddock with Binoculars symbols that say “Free Spins” will trigger the free games mode, giving you a straight 15 freebies every time. While you’re freerolling you should be on the hunt for Wild symbols because they lock into place for multiple spins, with each having a counter displaying the number of spins that they’ll stick around for. The number decreases by one every time but usually there are multiple Wilds stuck on the board, all with different totals. These Sticky Wilds seem to fall quite liberally and often times you can win more money in this feature than in the other bonus round.
At the end of the round there’s a video clip of a bamboo base blowing up to symbolize the dominance that you’ve just asserted on the reels. Nice.
Chuck Norris can strangle you with a cordless phone.
Visually this game kind of looks like it was released in tandem with the film in 1984 and not 30 years later when it was actually launched. We can assume that this was intentional and that the designers at Openbet matched the vibe of the game with the vibe of the movie, and they hit the nail square on the head with their efforts.
In terms of animations, the bullets that get shot into playing card symbols involved in payline wins is basically “cartoon violence” as it’s more like a video game than reality. Mercifully OpenBet gave us a Skip button so we don’t have to sit through every bullet piercing the symbols, especially considering that this gets boring after about 30 seconds.
There are a few quick clips from the film that play depending on the symbols that are activated in a winning payline, and the classic shot of Chuck falling out of the bamboo hut never fails to bring a smile to my face. However, one of the main criticisms that fans of the movie are going to have with this slot is that overall, there is a shocking lack of footage from the original film. There are only a few short clips that play at certain times and they’re too fast to build any sort of drama – 3 seconds of Braddock walking through a jungle doesn’t do anything for me whatsoever. Although Chuck firing his machine gun above the “Congratulations” at the end of the bonus feature always makes me laugh.
The other graphics in the game can be described as “basic” but the visual of the grenade symbol having it’s pin pulled and exploding is always hilarious for some reason. The ball of fire that shoots toward the screen is menacing in a totally ridiculous way.
The only other visual of note is the unique background for the Free Spins Mode which is the Vietnamese jungle at night, with explosions bursting throughout the trees and choppers dotting the sky. A swirling body of water takes up the lower half of this image making the scene even more foreboding: darkness will soon arrive to blanket the enemy in shadows. Beware.
Once a cobra bit Chuck Norris’ leg. After five days of excruciating pain, the cobra died.
Audio & Soundtrack
Sadly, the soundtrack in Missing in Action Slots is very annoying due to the game’s designers deciding to commit the cardinal sin of having the song start and stop with every spin, so the flow of the game is entirely broken up and ruined. There are a few snippets of the original score written by Jay Chattaway in certain parts of the game but they end up tainted by the constant stoppage. The only silver lining is that when you spin the reels there are some cool audios of authoritative drum beats that make you feel like you’re marching into an epic battle.
The soundtrack’s highlight is the aggressive and menacing song in the POW Camp Bonus Round that’s filled with heavy metal guitars and a slow creepy lead solo that will increase your thirst for blood. It’s perfectly placed in the game and will immediately teleport you back to the action films of the 1980s.
As for the rest of the sounds in the game, it’s basically machine guns constantly firing because they’re used to highlight the different winning paylines for every spin. This is broken up occasionally by a sniper rifle that loudly blasts through the card symbols. Most of you will find that the audio of the knife slicing through the air both funny and ridiculous.
Lastly, the win audios get very annoying because they sound like someone is shaking loose change around in a mason jar. It’s a strange, unnecessary audio that will have you firing your M60 machine gun at the computer screen in rage. “The misfortunes of war!”
Chuck Norris doesn’t worry about high gas prices. His vehicles run on fear.
When you boil it all down, Missing in Action Slots was a solid effort from a smaller casino software company. They worked with what they had for source material but it does feel like they gave up at the end and didn’t make it as good as it could have been. It’s kind of a shame because the longer you play this game for the more it starts to be a guilty pleasure. You can only imagine the other ridiculous things that OpenBet could have put into this slot that would have kept players like me happy and spinning for longer stretches of time.
After playing MIA for a while you end up with a headache and feeling like you were just next to a jungle firefight with an unseen enemy: your ears are ringing and you’re confused about what’s going on. There’s too much gun play and too many bullets firing – even for a game starring Chuck Norris. This title is a 9/10 when you first start playing it but it drops down to a 5/10 soon after.
That all said, Missing in Action is definitely worth a try if you’re a fan of the original film or the Chuckster himself. It is effective in transporting you back to your youth and all of the feelings you used to have watching these types of action movies. Just make sure that you pull yourself out of the jungle before you get hurt.
Some kids piss their name in the snow. Chuck Norris can piss his name into concrete.
Bonus Video of Chuck Norris
There are tons of videos on the internet with Chuck Norris in them but this is definitely one of the better ones. Here he is with the “King of Late Night”, David Letterman in 1988 discussing his new book. What a time that was to be alive…