Review of Marilyn Monroe Slots
Marilyn Monroe is one of a kind and there simply hasn’t been a more iconic actress before or since. She was the first woman in Hollywood to break all of the rules and do things her way. She fought with a major movie studio and won. She fought with domineering boyfriends and won. She fought with the media and won. In short, Marilyn was one tough cookie.
In those days beautiful women weren’t supposed to be smart – they were just supposed to smile and be eye candy, and Marilyn was having none of it. Her goal was always to get more serious roles and not to be typecast as an airhead. From the early days she had her career path mapped out and it unfolded almost exactly as she had planned.
In addition to being a Hollywood maverick Marilyn also started her own production company, which was totally unheard of in those days. She was tired of getting terrible movie contracts from studio executives and decided to do something about it. Talk about taking matters into your own hands!
So am I coming into this review with a little bit of a bias? You better believe I am. Marilyn Monroe was one of the greats, and she’s at the top of the list of celebrities who were taken from us too soon. However, as you’ll see in the sections below, I keep a level head and criticize this game where it’s deserved. And to be honest, I think that Playtech could have done a much better job on this slot. Allow me to explain why…
Everyone is going to love how this game looks. With a bold and beautiful design, the game’s developers paid homage to its star by making it absolutely gorgeous. Soaked in pink and purple neon, this is a slot that you won’t get sick of looking at. Click on the screenshots below to see just how stunning it is.
Norma Jeane Mortenson was born on June 1st, 1926 in Los Angeles, California. Like many historic icons she came from humble beginnings, and even bounced around orphanages and foster homes until she was married at the age of 16. Her big break happened in 1944 when she was working at a munitions factory during WWII and met a photographer who helped propel her into a hot career as a pin-up model. She was extremely hard working and was one of the most successful models of the day, appearing on 33 covers in just two short years.
After her success as a model she signed a movie contract, took acting, dancing, and singing classes, and rubbed elbows with every powerful man in Hollywood at the time. “Marilyn Monroe” was born. By 1952 she was receiving top billing in every film and had many titles to her credit, and she even found time to date New York Yankee power hitter Joe DiMaggio.
From there Marilyn had an up and down career that included feuding with her movie studio, divorcing DiMaggio, opening up her own production company, dating Marlon Brando, and finally marrying Arthur Miller. She then caught her breath for a few years before divorcing Miller, then dating Frank Sinatra (and others), and engaging in more fights with production studios.
This slot from Playtech tries to capture Marilyn’s whirlwind life and take you back to the 1950s when everything was still a “different kind of cool”. Unfortunately, they chose not to focus on any major events in her life and therefore the storyline in this game is severely lacking. Sure it’s hard to make a slot that focuses on a celebrity, but there were numerous ways that they could have beefed up the plot in this game. Creating a proper bonus feature would have been a start.
The unique symbols in this game of course center on Marilyn and feature many different images of her, mixed in with a few other items from classic Hollywood. Unfortunately Playtech ran out of ideas and felt that they had to include a “9” in this game, which I think will leave most fans a little disappointed. Anything would have been better than a 9, and this is your first hint that the game’s developers might have gotten a little lazy on this one.
To be fair, they did choose fantastic photos of Marilyn, and all of her classics are in here.
- J (Jack)
- Q (Queen)
- K (King)
- A (Ace)
- Old Time Movie Projector
- Marilyn Monroe Magazines
- Marilyn Monroe’s Hollywood Star
- Marilyn Monroe in a Red Dress
- Marilyn Monroe in a White Dress
- Neon Marilyn Monroe Autograph (Scatter)
- Marilyn Monroe Laughing (Wild)
All of the various symbol payouts in this game are increased if a Marilyn Wild symbol is used to complete the winning combination, so these are the maximum payouts:
The biggest win comes with the Laughing Marilyn Wild which gives you 10,000 coins for 5 of a Kind. This is followed by both Marilyn in a red dress and Marilyn in a white dress, with each giving you 1,500x your line bet for five in a row. Finally, we have Marilyn’s Hollywood Star with 800 coins, and Marilyn Magazine Covers and the Camera which dish out 500 coins each.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a Marilyn Monroe Slots Jackpot available in this game. Don’t take it personally – she was never one to be upstaged on the set so she probably didn’t want a jackpot distracting you from her beautiful images.
Every player will agree that the saddest part of this game is that it doesn’t have a proper bonus round. As a result, it feels like the reels are forever spinning without a break, and there’s just no pause in the action to recharge and do something other than press the Spin button.
This was a huge disappoint for me the first time I played Marilyn Slots, so I hope that I just saved one of you the sadness of discovering it for yourselves. To be clear, the regular game is great, it’s just that no slot is strong enough to stand on its own without at least one bonus feature.
There is an extra area called the Backstage Bonus, which is basically a small Pick Em’ style game where you select photos of Marilyn that are taped to a makeup mirror. The photos hide free game amounts and multipliers for the Free Spins Mode you’re about to enter, so this isn’t a real bonus feature at all.
The free games in Marilyn Monroe Slots is triggered by 3 or more Scatter symbols anywhere on the reels and starts you off with 10 free spins and a 2x multiplier, which you will add to courtesy of the photos you flip over in the Backstage Bonus. You only get to pick a total of 2 photos so chose wisely. Each will reveal either more free spins, an increased multiplier, or a combination of the two.
You’ll want to see more Scatter symbols while you’re free-rolling because if you hit 3 or more you’ll get an extra 35 free spins, which is one of the highest amounts I’ve ever seen in an online slot game. The multiplier amount that you had when you triggered the windfall of spins will remain the same for the duration of the round.
Once all of your free spins are done you will see your total winnings which will be added to your balance as you are returned to the regular game.
The animations on the reels are of course amazing with Marilyn’s dress blowing, her jewels sparkling, and the neon glowing. Unfortunately, like I already complained about above, there aren’t any bonus areas or reel features to show off these graphics more.
All we really get is the visuals in the regular game and a few photos on a mirror. Don’t get me wrong, the photos are absolutely beautiful and everything looks fantastic, it’s just that it would have been nice if Playtech would have made the effort to take things up a notch.
Audio & Soundtrack
The main soundtrack for this game is a very sassy, swinging number that reminds me of a smokey jazz cafe in NYC in the summer of 1952. It has a great beat that is accompanied by a smooth saxophone and frisky piano.
The game slows it down when you’re in Info Mode and the piano player freestyles on the keys, which are accentuated with horn blasts whenever he takes a break from tickling the ivories. Audiophiles will be sad to learn that I am of the deep suspicion that the horns in this tune were actually played on a synthesizer.
Each spin is highlighted with a nonchalant drumroll that’s joined by a piano blast for every payline win, so you’ll want to hear that piano man rocking out as much as possible as you go. When you use the Stop button to stop the reels you get an audio that sounds like a record on a turntable coming to a scratching halt.
What can you say about Marilyn that hasn’t already been said? Not only was she the most beautiful blonde bombshell of all time, the first real American sex symbol, and the #1 desire of men and women around the world, she was also extremely intelligent, had great business sense, and fought hard to do things her way in a male-dominated industry. Marilyn was truly a pioneer.
So is Marilyn Monroe Slots going to appeal to everyone? No, of course it’s not, and I’m sure that some of you will be downright angry and frustrated with it. I know that I felt absolutely cheated by the lack of bonus features in a game that is otherwise stunning. It feels like they were 85% of the way finished with an amazing slot and then said, “Meh, good enough.” And we all know that “good enough” was never good enough for Marilyn.
However, she is a femme fatale who can boost your bankroll, and the game design is one of the best I’ve seen in years, so there is enough here for fans of Marilyn to enjoy themselves. It just might not be for that long, because without a proper break in the spins many of you may find yourselves getting a little bored.
That said, diamonds are a girl’s best friend and cold hard cash has to be a close second, and this game does give you tons of opportunities to win it thanks to the ever-flowing free spins it seems to pump out. So if you can look past the lack of reel features and bonus rounds, you’ll want to scratch that seven year itch and check out Marilyn Monroe Slots today.
I think I’ll stick to trying to figure out How to Marry a Millionaire…
Bonus Video of Marilyn Monroe
Here is a documentary called “Marilyn on Marilyn” that tells the story of her life in her own words given in interviews throughout the years. Her statements are played over photos and videos of her, and it all comes together in kind of a spooky way – like it’s a ghost talking.
Check it out and let me know if it made you feel the same way…