Jimi Hendrix from NetEnt Slots
Hot on the heels of the popular Guns N Roses slot, Net Entertainment have created one dedicated to the late guitar legend Jimi Hendrix. While you get to enjoy a lot of his music while you play, this slot has enough variety in the game play to have a wider appeal than just to hardcore Hendrix fans.
The overall look is very psychedelic, with a lot of guitars involved too.
There are on reel features including ‘red guitar respins’ and ‘purple haze’ extra wilds. The break out feature gives you 4 different outcomes, three of which are free spins games.
How to Win on the Jimi Hendrix Slot
Your biggest wins will come when you trigger multiples of the 20 win lines at once – rather than from a single win-line offering an out-sized prize. These multiple wins are helped by a wild symbol, which is an iconic portrait shot of Jimi. This will substitute for everything except the white guitar playing scatters. It is also the joint best paying symbol, worth 400 coins for 5 of a kind, 100 for 4, 20 for 3 and 2 coins for just 2. The other symbol with these same prizes is the red guitar, which also has the benefit of its own respins feature.
When you hit 4 or more of the scruffy looking red guitars anywhere on the reels, these stay in place while the remaining symbols all spin again. Any additional guitars trigger another spin, and so on until you either fill the screen with them, or a spin occurs where no more are added. This will sometimes bring a lot of wins – though other times you can miss completely.
Back to the regular symbols. A white guitar comes next at 200 coins for 2, and this is followed by a lot of 1960’s peace and love type symbols. These include a peace sign, heart, record, flower and an eye symbol. There are also playing card symbols, which have all been decorated to fit in with the theme.
Sometimes you’ll get a purple Hendrix playing a guitar during regular play. This is a special symbol, and triggers a couple of bars of the song ‘purple haze’ before giving you extra wilds at random on the reels.
3 Spins, Coins and the Pick and Click
Scatter symbols in the main game show Jimi playing a white guitar. These only appear on reels 3, 4 and 5. All 3 will trigger the Pick and Click game where you get to select a free spin round. This shows a screen full of speakers, and your task is to click on them to reveal a prize. You simply keep clicking until you hit 3 of the same type. You can win a coin prize for 3 coins, or one of 3 different free spins bonus games.
#1 Crosstown Traffic Free spins – here you get wild reels which cross the screen from right to left over 6 spins. The first spin has reel 5 wild, then 4 and 5 – then the pair move to the left with the last spin having just the first reel wild.
#2 Purple Haze Free Spins – This time all of the playing card symbols become wilds, you get between 6 and 12 spins to enjoy this.
#3 Little Wing Free Spins – For this bonus you get between 3 and 5 random wilds on the reels for each of between 6 and 12 free spins.
Psychedelic 60’s Setup and Design
While the music plays the most important role, the overall design of this slot does bring the 1960’s to mind. The look is fairly simple and even a little cartoon like in places, though the production with the animations and graphics do give it a professional feel. It is the small touches, like the win-lines becoming surrounded in flowers – which really make this slot. You’ll be treated to video animations, and full songs which play in the background while you play.
Things spring to life for the features, including respins in the base game as well as the different free spins games.
The setup is a very standard fixed 20 lines, with coin values starting at just 1c per line. You can up the stakes considerably, with $200 per spin possible at the top end. Max bet and auto-play are offered as standard.
With classic rock tunes playing and very engaging game play, there is little doubt for me that NetEnt’s Jimi Hendrix online slot will be a big hit. There is plenty of variety both in the base game and the break out features, with the Cross Town traffic free spins being my personal pick of the bonus games.
More About Jimi Hendrix
The influence and musical legacy of Jimi Hendrix is huge – and all the more surprising in that his fame only lasted for 4 short years until his death in 1970. Hendrix not only wrote memorable songs, he was a virtuoso guitarist – getting sounds from his instruments that were ground breaking at the time, and never quite emulated since.
Born Johnny Allen Hendrix on November the 27th, 1942 in Seattle, Washington – his early life was very disrupted. This involved frequent moves to live with different relatives, and only limited access to his mother. Hendrix’s father bought him an acoustic guitar when he was 15, and an electric a year later. This enabled him to form and perform with his first band, the Rocking Kings in 1959.
After a stint in the army (where he still played in bands), Hendrix worked as a session musician. He would play backing for some big names during this period, including rock legends like BB King and Little Richard. By this time, he was located in New York – and found the time to play in his own band when not backing the big names of the era.
The Famous Period
Jimi Hendrix was not well known until, in 1966 he moved to London and met with Mitch Mitchell (drums) and Noel Redding (bass) to form the now infamous Jimi Hendrix Experience. They were under the management of another musician – Chas Chandler – who was formerly the bass player in The Animals.
To say things exploded during this time would be a huge understatement. Singles such as ‘Hey Joe’, ‘Purple Haze’ and ‘The Wind Cries Mary’ were followed by 3 albums which all feature in the greatest 100 albums list of the Rolling Stone. These were ‘Are You Experienced?’, ‘Axis: Bold as Love’ and ‘Electric Ladyland’. During the peak of his career, Jimi’s fans were a who’s-who of rock royalty!
Shows at Woodstock (where he famously performed the ‘Star Spangled Banner’), and the Monterey Rock Festival soon cemented Hendrix’ status as a true rock legend. Setting your guitar on fire and playing with your teeth (among other tricks) wowed audiences around the world.
Unfortunately, Hendrix was cut off in his prime. In 1970 he died from accidental asphyxiation after taking barbiturates at the age of just 27.
Hendrix’ legacy lives on, in 1992 he (and the Jimi Hendrix Experience) was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His music and his influence has wowed millions over the years – and continues to be discovered by new generations right up to this day.