The soundtrack of slot machines doesn’t always have to be bells and whistles. Some of your favorite bands are featured on current online casino games here in Michigan.
NetEnt has created four games featuring popular musical acts that I tried out this week.
Guns N’ Roses, Motorhead, Jimi Hendrix and Ozzy Osbourne all get the honor of having their likeness on slot machines.
Does the musical enhancement improve the slot experience? Will it lead to a symphony of success? Are the games worth using your online casino bonus on? Here’s my experience.
*Games were played on a demo version to get a full experience of what they have to offer.
Ozzy Osbourne Video Slots
Ozzy Osbourne Video Slots had a darker feel to honor the “Prince of Darkness.”
The 5×3 grid of gothic icons and images of Ozzy offers up a total of 40 paylines.
You can play coin value of 1 cent to 50 cents, with five different levels of wagering. That means you can wager anywhere from 40 cents to $50 per spin. With the Bonus Bet feature, you double up your wager to a max of $100, but also increase your winnings.
You begin your play being welcomed to the song “Mr. Crowley”, not exactly uplifting or an indicator of success on the horizon.
However, Ozzy Osbourne slots does offer a variety of bonuses and multipliers that keep you entertained quickly.
If you’re lucky enough to hit a “Big Win,” which Ozzy yells in his Ozzy voice, you will see a bat fly into the screen and smash his face into a splattering of blood. It’s a nice touch.
When things get really nuts, you predictably hear “Crazy Train” as free spins and bonuses take you on your winning journey.
Return to player percentage sits at 96.3% on this game. It bumps up to 96.67% on the Bonus Bet feature.
I found Ozzy’s slots to keep me near even for quite a bit. While I had some slumps, I also got some big wins on the free spins to make up for it. It’s a game I can see playing again.
Guns N’ Roses Video Slots
Welcome to the Jungle, baby!
Well, maybe not so much.
Guns N’ Roses Video Slots is another 5×3 grid with 20 paylines. Coin value ranges from a penny to $1, with 10 levels of growth. That allows you to bet anywhere from 20 cents to $200 per spin.
Upon starting the game, a set list of five songs is available for your choosing. “Welcome To The Jungle,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Paradise City,” “November Rain,” and “Chinese Democracy” are included. You know, that legendary GNR hit “Chinese Democracy.”
The game offers plenty of bonuses and a few animated gifs of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan. Because, who doesn’t need more Duff McKagan in their gambling experience?
Similar to Ozzy, GNR Video Slots has a return to player rate of 96.3%. I didn’t find a lot of big wins playing this game, but steady small sums.
It does offer some neat bonus features and the soundtrack is enjoyable for the most part. If you’re a fan of the band, it’s definitely worth your time.
Jimi Hendrix Video Slots
This game was after my own heart when it opened with an intro video while the opening riff to “Voodoo Child” played.
However, the game itself was a bit of a letdown.
Featuring a 5×3 grid with 20 paylines to play, Jimi Hendrix Slots has a lot of flash and flare, but not much else.
Like GNR, this game has coin value ranges from a penny to $1, with 10 levels of growth. That puts the betting options anywhere from 20 cents to $200 per spin.
The soundtrack is quite limited. It opens with “Foxey Lady,” which is fine. However, anytime you get a moderate win, it resets the music back to “Foxey Lady.” I think I heard it about five times while playing for just 20 minutes.
Nobody needs to a hear a song that much unless its “Gridiron Heroes” during a Detroit Lions game.
The slots also feature animated Hendrix icons that make noise to make you think something big is happening, but then nothing does.
The return to player rate for this game is a strong 96.9%, but it just wasn’t hitting for me. Maybe it deserves a second chance.
If only I can bear hearing “Foxey Lady” another dozen times.
Motorhead Video Slots
If you’ve ever wanted to play slots and take part in a mosh pit at the same time, Motorhead Video Slots is for you.
It strayed from its peers with a different design. The game has five columns, but in a sideways pyramid format. It has a 3×2 to the left, a 4×2 in the middle, and a 5×1 on the end. That provides 76 paylines for users.
Coin value is from a penny to $1 with 10 levels of growth. You can wager from 20 cents to $200 per spin.
The slot has the option to play with or without Motorhead’s fast-paced rock in the background. But, what the heck were you playing a Motorhead slot machine for if you didn’t want to rock out?
This game has all the bells and whistles, with multipliers, bonus spins, and even Lemmy swearing at you from time-to-time.
Not surprisingly, when the free spins occur, you get baptized to “Ace of Spades” while racking up the money.
With a 96.68% return to player rate, this game is definitely worth a spin. The speed metal only accelerates your desire for another spin. Of the four games, this is the one I found myself consistently staying in the positive on.
If your heart can handle some speed metal while gambling, crank it up!