Jimi Hendrix Slot
For a long time musician-themed slots seemed confined to the numerous Elvis slots that were rather popular at many land-based and online casinos that obviously connected the late crooner’s Vegas-style with the demand for Vegas slots.
Times have changed a little now, and it seems slot developers are waking up to the rich seam of themed slots possible if they can get the rights to ransack living and dead artists’ back catalogues. NetEnt clearly have spotted this opportunity with its Guns N Roses slot and now this tribute slot to the mighty Jimi Hendrix.
The Jimi Hendrix experience (did you see what we did there, pop fans?) starts with a basegame of five reels and twenty paylines, styled with a flat, psychedelic, cartoon style that reminded us of The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine film.
Predictably the whole affair is soundtracked by Jimi’s hits too, but that is not a problem in our opinion and certainly didn’t have us scrabbling for the mute button. We love Jimi, so this slot better be a fitting memorial!
As a Wildman of rock, Jimi naturally plays as this online slot’s Wild symbol, but two other feature symbols add some fire to the basegame. The first is the Purple Haze symbol, which blows the minds of all 10, J, Q, K and A in view if it lands on reel 1 making them Wild for that spin only.
The second is Jimi’s Red Guitar symbol, which you’ll be looking to see a quartet of in view, since this triggers the Red Guitar Respin feature. This feature locks the four Red Guitars (or Fender Stratocasters to be precise – told you we were Jimi fans) in place and respins the reels. Should new Red Strats show up, they lock in too and another respin is triggered.
The process continues until no new instances of the symbol turn up and then any wins are paid. Since the Red Strat is the second highest paying symbol in the paytable than can mean some stratospheric wins, if you’ll pardon the pun.
Beyond the basegame, the Jimi Hendrix slot can summon up its bonus Pick and Click feature if three of the Scatter symbol spin into view. This is an interim game, where clicking across the teetering set of speaker stacks you’re presented with reveals tokens relating to four different bonus awards.
Collecting three of the same token triggers that bonus, which can be an instant “Coin” win, or one of three free spin rounds. Each of the three free spin bonuses awards at least six free games, and each has a unique Wild feature in play to smoke as many wins out of your free ride as possible.
Like its Guns N’ Roses slot, NetEnt have played a blinder with its Jimi Hendrix slot by melding a rich set of features that keep the excitement levels up, with sound and visuals that rock.
Whether this slot can sustain its appeal as long as Mr Hendrix could sustain notes with feedback during his blistering rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock only time will tell, but we’re happy that this is another Jimi ‘Experience’ we really dig.