Guns N’ Roses Slots
This slot is very much themed around the rock band, Guns N Roses. Their music plays throughout, the images the musicians appear on the reels and video sequences from concerts and videos appear between the different features. You’ll find that the Guns N Roses slot is packed with features, some of them appear during the base game and others as break-out games. These include Legendary spins, Appetite for Destruction Wilds, Encore Free Spins and a Crowd Pleaser pick game. There are also bonuses which can add multipliers of up to 10x on your regular wins. As well as the intensive action and music, there are some nice design touches. For example, a crowd at the bottom of the slot will react to your wins!
How to Win on the Guns N Roses Slot
With so many features available, it is easy to forget that most of your wins will come from lining up symbols in the regular way. There are 20 win-lines on this 5-reel game which are set over a giant band logo.
The biggest paying regular symbol is Axl Rose, who appears in a red square. Lining up 5 of these on a win line is worth 750 coins, with 150 for 4 and 30 coins for just 3. Slash is worth 500 coins for 5 and the bass player just 300. A plectrum, which has newspaper headlines on comes next at 200 coins – with a second blue plectrum at 150. Smaller wins come from playing card symbols, which are gold with (you guessed it) roses on them.
There are wilds in play, which is a colorful GnR logo. When this hits it will expand to fill all 3 positions on the reels whenever it is possible to create a win.
Randomly while you play, Legendary Spins will be announced. This gives you 3 free spins, with different combinations of the stars of the band taking up entire reels as wild symbols. These can combine with the regular expanding wilds to create big win opportunities.
Wins will sometimes benefit from a ‘solo multiplier’. This is again randomly awarded and will give any regular type win a multiplier of between 2x and 10x.
More wilds can come in a cross shape, centered on the middle reel. This is the ‘Appetite for Destruction’ wild and is a cross with 5 skulls from the iconic album. You get a cross shape of wilds with this – again giving you the potential for a lot of wins.
Break Out Features
Bonus symbols, which look like vinyl records, appear on reels 1, 3 and 5. When you hit all 3 a giant wheel appears, and an old school record player arm with needle comes across to stop it. You can hit one of three types of segment, awarding coins, the Crowd Pleaser bonus or the Encore Free spins. You’ll get a video clip sequence whatever you win.
With the Encore Free Spins, you get 10 free spins with stacked wilds (the musicians) on every spin. Again these can combine with the regular logo wilds on occasion for some extra big wins.
The Crowd Pleaser is a pick-game, where you choose guitars. You can win cash or free spins or more picks (there are 3 levels in total). If you progress through all the levels, you can end this game with prizes and a free spins bonus.
Stadium Concert Design
Around the outside of the reels you will see a stage, with spotlights pointing outwards towards you and the crowd along the bottom of the screen. The symbols are plain rather than detailed, with the musicians looking like cartoon mascots of themselves. The rose-covered playing card symbols work really well with the design. This simple look is deceptive, as things really do spring into life once you start to play.
When you first play you’ll see a set list of 5 big hits pop up from the bottom left. These 5 songs will play on a loop, though you can select, skip of even turn them off if you prefer.
Once you start to play you’ll notice that this game is very fast – and that the animations for the different features are very frequent. You’ll see video clips of past concerts (with Axl Rose in particular looking very young!) between the break out bonus features.
20 Line Setup
Guns N Roses uses a very standard 20 fixed win-lines over a 5 by 3 grid. You can bet from 1c to $1 as your coin size, bet up to 10 coins per line if you wish. All the standard options are available including bet max and auto play.
My first impression based on the plain looking symbols was quickly set aside playing this NetEnt slot. The variety and easy to recognize songs combine to make this an excellent slot – if not one of the best ‘Rock’ slots around (and there are many!). The Encore Free spins is a highlight, with stacked wilds every spin, though there are plenty of smaller and more frequent features to keep you entertained while you are waiting for the big wins to come in.
About Guns N Roses
With more than 100 million albums sold around the world, Guns N Roses are one of the best-selling acts of all time. Their career was not without controversy – and during the peak years of the later 1980’s and early 1990’s the band was famed as one of the worst behaved of all.
Early Years: Guns N Roses had a short-lived initial line-up, forming in 1985 with Axl Rose and guitarist Tracii Guns (formerly of LA Guns) the key members. The name is thought to come from a combination of the names of Axl and Tracii – and their former bands (Axl Rose was with a band called Hollywood Rose).
When Guns and drummer Rob Gardner were unable to make a show, they were replaced by Slash and Steven Adler – who went on to be part of the most famous line-up of the band along with bassist Duff McKagan and rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin.
They produced an EP of their own ‘!?*@ Like a Suicide’ in 1986, and on the strength of that were signed to Geffen Records.
To say that their 1987 debut album – Appetite for Destruction – was a success would be an understatement. This is still the biggest selling debut album of all time. It contained hits including ‘Paradise City’, ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ and ‘Sweet Child O’Mine’.
The tours that followed were not without controversy, and the drug taking and drinking antics of the band were getting them some very bad press. This did not seem to deter the band, who went from strength to strength – playing all over the world, touring with Metallica, and releasing a second (partly acoustic) album – ‘Lies’ in 1988.
With drugs including heroin threatening the continuation of the band Adler was fired in 1990. After 2 years in the studio, the band’s double album ‘Use your Illusion’ parts 1 and 2 was released in 1991. This included more hits including ‘November Rain’ and ‘Don’t Cry’.
2 years of touring and more controversy later another album was released. The Spaghetti Incident included covers of punk and rock songs. This would be their last record before Slash quit the band in 1996 – citing the infamous ‘Musical Differences’.
Later Years to Now
Axl Rose continued the band, experimenting with many new line-ups and musicians as the new millennium came around. Thought there were some successful Vegas shows, the success of the original line-up was never matched.
In 2008 a new album was released called ‘Chinese Democracy’. This sold reasonably well, though not in comparison to earlier records (or to recoup all of the massive production costs).
Very recently, in 2016, it has been announced that Slash will rejoin Rose – though whether this will be for some shows or a permanent reunion is not yet known. In the meantime, Rose has taken the chance to replace Brian Johnson of rock legends AC/DC for a recent tour.