Dance Party by Pragmatic Play released on 18.03.2020 is a 5-reel & 3-row online slot with 243 ways to win and a 96.50% RTP. This is a Dance-themed game offering players a max win of up to 36450x their stake. Dance Party can be played on all devices from €0.20 to €100 per spin and is considered a high volatility game.
Design & Symbols
The action takes place in a funky discotheque which comes complete with brightly coloured neon images of men and women strutting their stuff, strobe lighting effects, and a catalogue of juicy tunes. The neon and the pizazz give an old school disco feel to the more modern imagery found in the background and in the symbols. The gameboard is framed by a bright neon tube light filled with tiny bulbs which contrasts nicely with the very dark blue reels. The symbols (apart from the wild and the scatter) are all constructed from neon tube lights.
Low value symbols are the standard royal playing card values J-A. High value symbols are single bars, double bars, red 7’s, and a DJ at the decks. The wild is the game’s logo and the scatter is a blue diamond.
Progressive Free Spins
5 or more diamond scatters awards Dance Party’s only feature, 15 Progressive Free Spins. Once triggered, the scene shifts to outside the club with neon signs stacked on either side of the road advertising bars, discos, hotels, and cocktail bars. The board remains the same although there is now a scrolling bar above the board displaying progressive multiplier amounts.
Depending on whether you triggered the bonus round with 5, 6, or 7 diamonds you start the 15 spins with a 1x, 2x, or 3x win multiplier. On each spin the win multiplier automatically increases by the amount it started on up to a maximum of 30x. 5 or more scatters landing in the bonus round awards 15 more free spins up to a maximum of 60.
Our Thoughts on Dance Party
There are a few minor differences between this and Extra Fruity (the max win is 36k rather than 60x the bet, the max multiplier is 30x not 60x, you get 15 free spins rather than 12, the multiplier can rise up to 3x a spin rather than 1x a spin, and more scatters are required to trigger free spins). However, these differences are really neither here nor there and for all intents and purposes, it plays the same as Extra Juicy. However, for once I have to say I think the change of theme improved my player experience. I know it’s only cosmetic, but I found that my experience of playing such a highly volatile game was enhanced by the high energy theme and soundtrack. Maybe I’m just in an odd mood?
That aside, Dance Party is an achingly simple game with very little to play for than the bonus round. And those free spins can be tough to hit. Even when you do trigger them, the free spins are quite capable of disappointing you. This is absolutely a game to be very wary of if you’re on a tight budget. In fact, if your funds are diminished, I’d steer well clear.
However, if you like your games with an extra helping of volatility and have the roll to survive some lengthy dry spells, then Dance Party has the ability to deliver huge. Get lucky with the diamonds and a retrigger and you could find yourself piling on 30x win after 30x win.
In conclusion I wouldn’t say there are any new tricks on display here, but I wholeheartedly approve of the revamp.