Review of Ghost Rider Slots
Have you ever been playing in an online casino and thought to yourself, “Geez – I wish there was a slot machine that had a demon who would whip me in the face with a bloody chain!“? If the answer to this is “yes”, boy do I have a game for you.
Now just because this game falls into the specific niche of “hell on earth”, that doesn’t mean that it’s not fun. I’ve been a casual fan of Ghost Rider since the 1980s, so of course I’m going to be a tad bit biased – but come on…who doesn’t love a motorbike-riding skeleton in leather who shoots hellfire out of his hands?
That said, Ghost Rider was never one of my favorite comic books, and Nicolas Cage’s portrayal pushed even the most diehard fans to their limits. So now that you know where I stand with this Marvel antihero, you know that I can focus on the game and only the game.
Given the subject matter of Ghost Rider Slots I expected a little more action during the regular game, but that’s not to say that it’s boring – far from it. However, they definitely could have spiced things up a bit with some extra unique symbols, or crazier animations. You’ll see what I mean in the screenshots below…
Johnny Blaze has a funny problem: whenever the sun goes down his flesh is engulfed by the fires of Hell and his head turns into a flaming skull. But I guess we all have our problems, right? This also happens whenever he is around evil – it’s like a “Spidey Sense” for demons.
Regardless of Mr.Blaze’s embarrassing condition, he does have a very interesting backstory. As a child Johnny sold his soul to Satan in exchange for him curing his father’s cancer, which the devil did, but unfortunately his father was killed in a motorcycle accident the very next day. Johnny didn’t take this ironic turn of events too well, and obviously feels that he was tricked by Beelzebub.
I won’t bore you with too many of the details, but it then turns out that Satan was really an arch-demon named Mephisto, Johnny had been possessed by the demon Zarathos, and his motorcycle had been injected with the “Spirit of Vengeance”. Things just got weird from there, so lets move on to the actual review of this slots game…
As I’m sure you can imagine, the symbols for Ghost Rider Slots are quite horrific, and contain graphic images that arrived straight from the bowels of hell. The content really doesn’t bother me, but I do take some issue with the symbols of this game from a purely design perspective.
They easily could have included more symbols from the movie or the original graphic novels. As this site’s loyal readers will know, as soon as we see a 9 being used in a game we immediately lose faith and start to search for what else is wrong. Nines are usually indicative of a lack of imagination by the game’s creators – they are basically the work of the devil himself.
Anyway, here are both the ghoulish and the bland symbols that you will find in Ghost Rider Slots.
- J (Jack)
- Q (Queen)
- K (King)
- A (Ace)
- Blood Stained Parchment
- Satanic Bible
- Flaming Motorbike
- Johnny Blaze
- Ghost Rider Logo (Scatter)
- Ghost Rider (Wild)
The Johnny Blaze symbol pays the most with 10,000 coins for 5 of a kind, but then there’s a huge drop in payouts as the next highest symbol is Mephisto who only pays 1,000. From there the Satanic Bible and Blood Stained Parchment only give you 250 coins for five in a row.
It should be noted that just like many other comic book themed games from Playtech, the Wild symbol in Ghost Rider only falls on reels 2, 3, and 4.
All Marvel Slots games that have been developed by Playtech are a part of the “Marvel Multi-Level Mystery Progressive Jackpot“, so you just knew that Ghost Rider was going to come along for the ride. The famous prize consists of four different jackpots of “Power“, “Extra Power“, “Super Power“, and “Ultimate Power“, with each having different cash amounts.
As many players have already learned, this jackpot can go off on any Marvel game at any time, so you have to be ready. Yes – you’ll literally want to be ready because there is a time limit in which you have to complete the bonus round or it will flip the tiles for you and determine your prize for you.
It is a Pick Em’ style board with 20 symbols that you select one at a time, with the first three jackpot symbols matched determining the size of your prize. If you’re auto-spinning and away from the computer it will just select the symbols on your behalf. Not fun.
As is the case with most newer Marvel slot games, Ghost Rider has a crazy bonus round that is taken straight from the pages of the graphic novels. The feature is called the “Ghost Hunt Bonus” and it gives you a minimum of 7 prizes that you receive by shooting the ghosts that are flying over your roaring motorbike. You can choose to let the ghosts fly by you as you speed along the highway if you would like to wait for a particular ghost due to superstitious reasons.
Sometimes when you shoot your hellfire at a ghost it misses and you don’t win anything, and that shot is removed from your total amount of attempts. Missing a ghost is the most frustrating aspect of this game – I have no idea if the misses are predetermined or if they depend on the timing of shooting your hellfire. After you have shot at a total of 10 ghosts your total prize winnings are tallied and you return to the regular game.
I think that some players might find this bonus round a little hard to play as it does requires timing a mouse click that shoots a fireball at a flying ghoul. I misfire all the time – and I used to play tons of video games as a youth. I feel that this is an important point because if you play a slot game your goal is to get into the bonus round, and if you don’t like what you find there, what’s the point in playing that game? In addition, if you are on a slower internet connection, you will find this bonus round quite frustrating because it will be hard for you to time your shots.
The Ghost Hunt Bonus round takes a bit of time to trigger because you have to hit a bonus symbol in the middle row of all 5 reels. This can obviously take some time depending on how the spins are going. The reel will light up with fire once it has been “activated”, but make sure that you don’t change your wager amount once a reel has been triggered because that will deactivate any reels that were already flaming and you will have to start all over again.
The Ghost Hunt Bonus cannot be active or triggered during Free Games Mode.
Three or more Ghost Rider Logo Scatter symbols anywhere on the reels wins you 10 free spins with a 3x multiplier on all prizes. During free games mode the Ghost Rider symbol becomes an Expanding Wild, with his flaming skull increasing your chances to win free cash prizes. You can also re-trigger free spins if you hit three or more Scatter symbols while freerolling, and you will be given 10 additional free spins which are simply added to your remaining total.
The first time I played this game it took me over 400 spins to get into the Free Game Mode, but after that it seemed to come more easily. Some may complain that there’s not enough excitement with this feature because the number of free spins and the amount of the multiplier is always the same, and I would wholeheartedly agree with this critique.
Many slot games from Marvel Comics have cool animated introductions which are basically like a mini movie. This game is no different and features Ghost Rider himself rolling on his chopper and swinging his chain at his foes. The theme of “whippings by chain” is prevalent throughout the game and is definitely this antihero’s go-to move.
The graphic for the Ghost Rider Expanding Wild symbol that occurs during the free games mode is quite good, with the chain dancing around in his hands like a snake. Other cool animations are the Johnny Blaze symbol morphing into a flaming skull when involved in a payline win during free spins, and Ghost Rider pulling donuts on his motorbike. In general, all of the rolling fire and burning brimstone add to the rock n’ roll feel of this game.
Finally, there’s one other small feature in Ghost Rider that I’d like to point out which I don’t think I’ve seen in other games. Whenever you hit a payline win you can immediately click on the “Info” button and the win will be highlighted and flashing in the paytable. It’s a great way to quickly get up to speed with the game and learn what the different winning combinations and payouts are.
Audio & Soundtrack
The main soundtrack in Info Mode is extremely creepy and is exactly what you would expect from an online slot machine that featured a hellacious bad boy like Ghost Rider. It mainly consists of a slightly erratic beat, eerie synthesizers, and an evil guitar being plucked for a few notes every 16 bars.
The song that pumps out during the Free Games Mode is pretty funny – it’s the total opposite of the regular game soundtrack. This jam is upbeat and is dominated by heavy guitar and a happy organ riff that will have you tapping your toes. I think that Playtech was going for a rollicking, highway cruising anthem, but the end result turned out more like a song that would play during a bar fight in a Chevy Chase comedy. The song in the Bonus Round is much better and will thankfully have you thinking more of Metallica, and less of Winger.
The sound effects of your free games winnings being added to your bankroll is surprisingly upbeat and happy as well. I guess even the creepiest of games needs a few bright spots.
Obviously Ghost Rider Slots is not going to be for everyone, with many players getting immediately turned off by the demons, violence, and irresponsible driving of a motorcycle without a helmet. However fans of the graphic novel, and/or fans of the movie, and/or those obsessed with the Devil and satanic imagery will all be quite pleased with this game.
This game has a lot going for it: the animations are fun without being distracting, the symbols stay true to the dark theme of the character, and the bonus round is packed with action. I’d say that most fans of Marvel Comics will want t0 spend a bit of time in Hell with Ghost Rider Slots, if for nothing else, just to see all of the violent images and get whipped in the face with a virtual chain.
For the rest of the diehard fans out there…put on your leather jacket, crank up the heavy metal, and get ready for the ride of your life.
Bonus Video of Ghost Rider
There’s only one proper way to end a review of Ghost Rider Slots, and that’s with the official theme song from the movie, “Ghost Riders in the Sky“. Although this song has been recorded by tons of different artists over the years, I think that this version by Spiderbait is one of the best ever.
And if you don’t know who Spiderbait are, please check them out immediately on your streaming service of choice – you won’t be disappointed. Yippie yi yay!