Get ready for an encounter with the legendary rock star on the slot from NetEnt. Jimi Hendrix was the second in the trilogy of Rock slots which hit the casino lobbies throughout 2016, the year the game studio celebrated its 20th anniversary. Together with Guns N’ Roses and Motörhead, they chose three rock music giants that left a lasting impression on the music genre.
Jimi Hendrix spent only four years in the spotlight during the flower power era of the late 1960s before his untimely departure at just 27 years of age. Yet it was more than enough time to see him ascend to one of the most revered guitar players the rock music world has ever seen. Songs like “Purple Haze” and “Wild Thing” are as popular today as ever, a clear sign the legacy of the genius musician lives on. NetEnt certainly faced quite a challenge to create an authentic slot that not only conveys the spirit of that era but also embraces Jimi’s soul.
Jimi Hendrix is a branded online slot with five reels, three rows and 20 dixed pay lines. Wins are awarded for two to five matching symbols on a line from left to right only. You can enjoy Jimi’s most popular tracks on desktop or mobile from 0.20 to 200 credits per spin. The low-variance game has an RTP of 96.91%.
Soundtrack, graphics, features, animations, there is so much that needed to be taken into account to create an eloquent slot worthy of the name Jimi Hendrix. NetEnt went to great length to do just that. A flower power theme on a pastel martian background with winning combinations ornamented by floral arrangements are the main graphics, paying homage to the late 60s era. The legend comes alive in 3D animations during the features wile a selection of five hit songs blare from the speakers. I would call that a “Wild Thing”.
Open the game to find artistically crafted card royals from 10 through to A at the low end, paying 2.5x to 3.75x your stake for a single five of a kind. They are followed by distinct icons from Jimi’s era – eyes, flowers, vinyl discs, hearts, the global peace symbol as well as white and red guitars. Hit five on a line to win 4x to 20x your bet.
A stylish painting of Jimi himself acts as the wild symbol, awarding also 20x your stake for a 5OAK and substituting for all regular symbols. The legend on his guitar dressed in white is the scatter symbol, appearing on reels three, four and five only. A second icon where Jimi is dressed in red appears on reel one only and triggers one of the features.
One can only imaging the many hours the creative team at NetEnt spent on elaborating as to what kind of features should be included in the gameplay that will give it that authentic Jimi Hendrix feeling. They opted for two features for the base game and a bonus game where three free spin features and coins wins are up for grabs.
Land a Jimi icon dressed in red on reel one on any spin in the base game to trigger the Purpe Haze feature. All card royals in view as well as the Jimi icon will turn into wild symbols, providing good potential to score big wins.
Four or more Red Guitar symbols landing anywhere on a spin in the base game will trigger the Red Guitar Respin feature. All in view will be locked in place and a respin awarded. Any further landing will be locked in as well and another respin starts. This continues until no new red guitar symbols land on a respin or the entire screen is filled. The latter will pay a mega win of 400x your stake.
The Pick-and-Click bonus feature is triggered when three Jimi scatters land anywhere on reel three, four and five in on spin. The game will lead to a second screen with 15 stacked speakers. At the bottom is a display with meters for the three free spin feature and the coin win. Pick from the speakers until you fill one meter and win the respective prize.
The four years in the limelight were sufficient to make Jimi Hendrix an eternal legend. His legacy will live on for decades and centuries to come. The slot from NetEnt will contribute to that as it has been a players favourite ever since its release. The mix of authentic graphics with entertaining features and Jimi’s hit songs as main audio is well balanced and although it has a relatively low win potential it is nevertheless a slot everyone should consider giving a few spins.
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.” (Jimi Hendrix, 1967)