Tue, Aug 13, 6:28pm by William Brown
Last Updated Sat, Oct 5, 4:10am
NetEnt have several pokies based on rock bands. They include Guns N Roses, Motorhead – and 1960’s legend Jimi Hendrix. Fans of Hendrix get to enjoy full songs while spinning the slot reels, as well as bonus features themed around them. Pastel shades and psychedelic swirls make the design of this pokie as unique as the sounds. Hendrix appears in many of the symbol, with and without his guitar.
While big line hits are possible at any time, your biggest prizes will come via a long list of bonus features. Two separate extras appear during the base game. For the main bonuses, you’ll start picking from a rack of amplifiers to decide which one you’ll play. Here are the reasons that NetEnt’s medium variance Jimi Hendrix pokies make for a great experience:
Wild symbols show the classic Hendrix portrait, complete with a hazy purple background. These appear during the base game and the different free spins bonus. If you get a special ‘Purple Haze’ symbol on reel 1 in the main game – then you get a lot more wilds.
Bars of the song play, you get an animation on the left of the reels, and then random examples of the lower paying playing card symbols will turn into extra wilds. Results do vary, depending on how many regular wilds were in place on the triggering spin – and how well the higher paying symbols link up with them.
The other main game feature involves higher paying ‘Red Guitar’ symbols. If you get 5 or more on a single spin, they hold in place while the rest of the reels / symbols respin. If you add one or more extra red guitars, you continue respinning. Wins are calculated when you stop adding (or cover the entire reels).
Jimi playing a white guitar is the bonus symbol, you need 3+ to trigger a picks game which will decide your bonus. The screen changes to show a big rack of speakers, and you click them, revealing one of the 3 bonuses below, or a coin. You keep picking until you hit 3 of one type (coin wins skip the bonuses, though you get a consolation cash prize).
Here are the free spins features:
NetEnt have used their standard 5×3 grid with 20 win-lines for this pokie. You can bet from 20c per spins and up.
Two symbols share the top prize. These are the purple portrait wilds, and the well-used red guitar symbols. Each get you 400 coins for 5 – and pay from 2+ from the left. White guitars come next, followed by symbols with a 1960’s feel (peace sign, heart, record, flower and eye). Playing card symbols complete the line-up.
The scene around the reels shows a desert with blue flowers and musical instruments part buried in the sand. Pastel shades and lots of swirls are used, giving a psychedelic effect. While the symbols are not too detailed, there are plenty of touches bringing them to life while you spin. Each feature sees unique animations – and unique music.
You’ll hear a rotating selection of classic Hendrix tunes while you spin, and hear Jimi say ‘yeah’ whenever you hit a winning combination.
This solid pokie is available online, and will appeal to fans of complex, entertaining pokies as much as it will to Hendrix fans. There is plenty of action, with 2 separate extras keeping the base game interesting. With 3 different bonus features to be won (if you can avoid the disappointing cash award in the picks game), there is a lot of depth to this pokie. Those features are themed around famous songs – with animations and potentially profitable game play that ties into them.