Dirty Dancing from Playtech: Slot Review - have the time of your life!

Take to the dancefloor with Johnny and Baby in Playtech's take on a classic love story.

If you are a fan of 80s movies, then you have surely encountered the popular dance movie Dirty Dancing at some point in your life. This classic love story was released into cinemas in 1987 and takes place during the 1960s. It is all about how Frances “Baby” Houseman falls in love with her instructor called Johnny Castle as he teaches her how to dance. These roles were played by Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze respectively and both went on to carve out successful careers in Hollywood after the movie became a global hit when it was released on the big screen. So get ready to show off your best dance moves and let’s see if this slot will fill up the dance floors or will it make everyone run for the exits?

Dirty Dancing is a 5 reel slot game with 40 paylines that includes Free Spins, Whirling Wilds, and 2 Progressive Jackpots.

Dirty Dancing Screenshot

Special Features

The Wild symbol is represented by an image of Johnny Castle. Like most Wild symbols, it substitutes for all other symbols except for the Scatter to help form winning combinations on the reels. This symbol is also the highest paying symbol in the game as if you manage to land 5 Johnny Castles on an active payline then you will be cutting up a rug in style with a fantastic payout of 5,000 coins!

Dirty Dancing contains a nice set of features which can be surprisingly triggered randomly at any time in the main game. The features are as follows:

  • Mambo Free Games: when this triggers you will get to spin a bonus wheel to win Free Spins, 2X Multipliers, and Dancing Wilds on every Free spin. You only stop spinning the wheel when you land on the ‘Collect’ segment which will give you 2 additional Free Spins. Dancing Wilds are highly significant as they are stacked Wilds that appear as 1 long symbol that stretch across 4 positions on the reels. These massive Wilds can really help boost your chances of landing a big payout and can appear on every Free Spin!
  • Whirling Wilds: when this bonus activates you will notice Johnny and Baby dance across the reels. As they dance, they will place between 2 to 6 Wild symbols randomly onto the reels to further increase your chances of landing a big win.
  • Dirty Dancing Bonus: this is a pick me style game where you need to find 3 matching symbols to win cash prizes and progress to the next level. Make it all the way to the final stage and you will get the chance to win one of two progressive jackpots that consist of a Johnny jackpot and a Baby jackpot. Just so you know the biggest jackpot to go for is the Johnny jackpot.

Theme and Graphics

The game is filled with bright glittery graphics and features a whole host of sparkle effects in the background and lots of stylish pink and purple shadows. The symbols are nicely detailed and consist of characters and props from the movie including Johnny, Baby, Penny, a Radio, a Car, Shoes, and the standard A-10 icons. The animations are pretty decent as symbols pop and enlarge when they are part of a winning combination on the reels. Players are also treated to small snippets of the movie when you activate the various bonus features which should appeal to fans of this classic love story.

The music is catchy and taken straight from the movie soundtrack. Needless to say, it ties in perfectly with the dance theme of the game.

Win lines, Payouts and Jackpots

The game has 40 paylines, a very low RTP of 94.99%, a jackpot of 5,000 coins and the chance to win from 2 progressive jackpots.

Below is a summary taken from the PayOut Table from the game. The amount won for each combination depends on the value of the bet when you spin the reels:

  • Johnny Castle Wild Symbol: 15 for 2X, 150 for 3X, 500 for 4X, 5,000 for 5X
  • Francis Houseman Symbol: 5 for 2X, 50 for 3X, 150 for 4X, 500 for 5X
  • Penny Johnson Symbol: 3 for 2X, 45 for 3X, 100 for 4X, 300 for 5X
  • Car Symbol: 40 for 3X, 70 for 4X, 200 for 5X
  • Shoes Symbol: 40 for 3X, 70 for 4X, 200 for 5X
  • Radio Symbol: 20 for 3X, 60 for 4X, 150 for 5X
  • Vinyl Symbol: 20 for 3X, 60 for 4X, 150 for 5X
  • A Symbol: 15 for 3X, 40 for 4X, 100 for 5X
  • K Symbol: 15 for 3X, 40 for 4X, 100 for 5X
  • Q Symbol: 10 for 3X, 20 for 4X, 70 for 5X
  • J Symbol: 10 for 3X, 20 for 4X, 70 for 5X
  • 10 Symbol: 10 for 3X, 20 for 4X, 70 for 5X

Our Verdict on Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing is made by Playtech and it is a fine adaptation of a classic 1980s movie. The game is superbly designed, really easy to play, and contains a wealth of great bonus features that will have players spinning the reels again and again. The most profitable bonus feature is Mambo Free Games due to the massive Dancing Wilds symbol that appear on each Free Spin and they really can boost your chances of landing a massive payday. I found this game to be of medium to high variance so be warned it will take some bankroll and patience before you start seeing a nice return when you play this game.

Take to the floor to win a fortune in Dirty Dancing!