Review of Green Lantern Slots
In the interests of full disclosure, I have to admit that I had never heard of the Green Lantern until I saw him appear in the cartoon “Super Friends” in the early 1980s. My son told me that he was actually featured in The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure in the 1960s, but I don’t remember him in that. Although I guess I’m not the only person who doesn’t remember parts of the ’60s, right?
In all seriousness, I’ve never been a huge fan but now that I’ve learned more about him and read some of his comics from the ’80s, I understand that Green Lantern is not just one person, but is in fact a collection of different individuals. The whole story still seems a little odd to me, but I do like the fact that his all-powerful ring is fueled by willpower.
After reading some comics I of course watched the 2011 Green Lantern movie starring heartthrob Ryan Reynolds, so this basically makes me an expert on the subject, no? Ok, fine.
Anyway, with all due apologies to the rabid Green Lantern fans out there, I’m telling you right up front that this is going to be a totally objective game review, and as always, will be 100% honest with its findings.
Those who are keen of eye will immediately notice that the layout of both the controls and the reels in Green Lantern are identical to those in the Batman and Flash slot games, which are also from NextGen Gaming. Now don’t get me wrong – this isn’t a major problem or anything, it’s just that it takes a few points away from a game that was already weaker when compared to other DC Slots.
This game does have a cool look and feel with tons of action every spin, which the screenshots below clearly illustrate. Oh – there’s also lots and lots of green.
The character of Alan Scott was launched in 1940 to much fanfare, but was then yanked off of the shelves for many years as people grew tired of the science fiction based stories. Scott and the Green Lantern universe were re-launched in 1959 when people once again had returned to enjoying the genre. Over the years many different characters have filled the role of Green Lantern, and there’s way too many to list here.
The basic premise of the story is that the Green Lanterns battle evildoers across the universe as members of an intergalactic law enforcement group called the “Green Lantern Corps”. Each of them wears a special ring that gives them unique powers such as the ability to shrink or grow things, read people’s minds, or provide shields from enemy fire.
An interesting footnote to this character is that one time in the 1970s Green Lantern teamed up with Green Arrow and they released one of the most controversial comics of all time, “Snowbirds Don’t Fly”, which tackles the issue of heroin addiction straight on. This made it clear that there was no battle too big or small for this superhero to address.
This slot game follows Green Lantern’s travels through space and his clashes with Sinestro and other evil aliens. Its symbols and bonus round do a decent job of touching on many points of the overall story, and your mind should easily be transported to this corner of the DC Universe.
Those who have read my other reviews know that I’m not exactly the biggest fan of slots games relying on 10, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace symbols. And in the rare case of a game goes so far as to use a 9 as a symbol, I get pretty disappointed. Normally I would say that this made me “angry”, but as all good mothers know, if you really want to prove your point you should always be “disappointed” and not mad.
Anyway, there is never a shortage of symbols that branded slots games from any genre could use. Whether its movies, comic books, or television – if it was popular enough to deserve its own slot game, it has enough of a story to pull 13 symbols out of it.
Here are the symbols that NextGen has pulled from the Green Lantern Universe for this game:
- J (Jack)
- Q (Queen)
- K (King)
- A (Ace)
- Battery (White Fist)
- A Green Lantern
- Green Lantern with Activated Ring
- Green Lantern Himself (Wild)
- Power Ring (Scatter or Bonus)
In a strange choice, the game’s creators made Sinestro the highest paying symbol, dishing out 10,000 coins for 5 of a kind. Then with the symbol that most players would have assumed paid the best, The Power Ring comes in next, paying 5,000 coins for 5 across the reels in a spin. Ganthet rounds out the top three symbols by paying 2,000 coins for five in a row.
This game has a sweet Wild symbol that doubles your win amounts when hit in the regular game, and quadruples your win amounts during Free Spins Mode when Green Lantern himself is part of a winning payline. It should be noted that the Wild only appears on reels 2 and 4 and does not swap out for the Scatter Symbol, which is of course standard for all online slots games.
Like most other DC Comic slot games, Green Lantern does not have a jackpot. However, you could choose to consider 5 Sinestro symbols a mini-jackpot, since that gives you 10,000x your original bet amount.
Also, I suppose that you could try to create your own mini jackpot by boosting your bonus round winnings in the Double Up game, but I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s just too heartbreaking to lose free bonus cash over the flip of a card.
Green Lantern Slots has an adequate bonus round that is triggered by 3 or more Bonus Ring symbols anywhere on the reels. Here you have the chance of winning up to 100x your original wager by fighting Sinestro with your trusty Power Ring. And yup, you guessed it – this bonus round is called the “Ring Feature”.
The round goes by very quickly and only consists of Green Lantern locking rings with Sinestro somewhere in deep space. As the ring lasers get pushed back and forth towards the two of them the bonus multiplier changes accordingly. The closer it gets to Green Lantern, the lower the multiplier becomes, and vice versa. If you are successful in completely defeating Sinestro with your Power Ring you will win 50 times your original bet at the end of the round.
Those players searching for action may find the bonus round a little boring since you don’t need to touch a single button during the Ring Feature. You simply sit back and watch the battle unfold and the whole thing is over in about 20 seconds.
As is the case with all DC Slots games made by NextGen, in order to access the bonus round you must activate the “Bonus Bet” button which costs you an extra 10 coins per spin. However, it will also increase the theoretical Return to Player (RTP) percentage from 92.3% to 95.3%, for those of you who like to maximize your odds of winning.
Entering the Free Games Mode in Green Lantern Slots isn’t as simple as hitting three Scatter symbols anywhere on the reels – you actually have to get Green Lantern himself on reels 2 and 4, along with the Lantern symbol on reel 3. You get a nice side win in this situation because the Lantern also quadruples whatever your payline win was, as well.
During free spins every Lantern that falls on the board adds an extra Green Lantern symbol to reels 2 and 4 for the rest of the round. This is quite generous and leads to tons of bonus cash, so it’s definitely one of the best parts of the whole game. Your bankroll can get boosted quite quickly since they start you off with a whopping 24 free games.
Activating the Bonus Bet Feature not only enables you to access the bonus round, it also transports you from a grim image of an earth city crumbling, to a beautiful image of traveling through space. We get it guys – the world is a far better place if we activate the Bet Button.
In free games mode the Lantern has a cool glowing feature when it lands, and Green Lantern himself has a pretty funny dance routine when the Wild symbol falls. It looks like he’s trying to do the New Jack Swing but he can’t quite complete the full dance.
The game is of course covered in green and has intergalactic imagery throughout, so fans will feel like they’re on the planet Oa, home to the headquarters of the Green Lantern Corps.
Audio & Soundtrack
The audios and sound effects are successful in creating a “deep space” feel, with lasers, bleeps, and synthesizers throughout the game. However, I find that the introduction music sounds a lot like the beginning of the 1980s Bananarama hit, “I Heard a Rumour”. Does anyone else hear what I’m talking about? Maybe it’s just me. In any event, there are some heavy mid-80s guitar riffs playing over synthesizers in free games mode, so get yourself ready for some McGyver and Magnum P.I. flashbacks.
I really don’t like the fact that in this generation of DC slot games you can’t separately adjust the audio for the background soundtrack and the sound effects. This was a standard feature for slot games in the mid 2000s – why are we losing features as technology advances? So not to be overly picky, but the sound effects are much louder than they should be when compared to the background music. As a result, whenever a Bonus Ring symbol lands you are blasted out of your seat with a big “BARMP“.
On the flip side, the sound effect when a lot of payline wins are being added to your balance is very good, which is quite rare for online slot games – usually the effects get louder and more annoying the more your win. Here it’s like a symphony is playing just for you, with the music getting louder, quicker and more dramatic. It’s definitely a highlight of the game.
For all intensive purposes Green Lantern Slots uses the same “skin” as both Batman Slots and Flash Velocity Slots, with the controls being the same, and the layout and feel of the games identical. So if you are in the mood to play a DC Comic slot that has the Bonus Bet Feature, but with more symbols and cooler graphics, why not just play one of those other ones? (My personal favorite of the three is Batman).
So with all due respect to the Green Lantern fans out there, I think after a while most players will gravitate over to one of the other DC games simply because those games have a bit more action going on. That said, Green Lantern is beautifully designed and has a generous free games mode, as well as a decent bonus round, so diehard fans will probably embrace this game tightly.
Green Lantern can definitely be fun when you want to change things up a little and try a different comic book-themed slot, so I do recommend that casual fans give it a shot sometime. It is pretty interesting to see a full game devoted to the world of the Green Lanterns and Oa.
So both rabid followers and casual fans can start their journeys now…walk towards that green light, and repeat after me…
“Let those who have the daylight spurned, tread not where this green lamp has burned.”
Bonus Video of Green Lantern
Since I first discovered these videos from CinemaSins about everything wrong with a movie, I must admit that they’re starting to grow on me – even though I don’t agree with everything that they say. A lot of movies have mistakes, and I don’t usually like making fun of people, but I think that they’re doing it in a fun way. So with that said, here’s everything wrong with the Green Lantern movie in 7 minutes. Enjoy!