Review of Jimi Hendrix Slots
Well I stand up next to a mountain…and I chop it down with the edge of my hand… As a young teenager I remember being a little scared and confused by Jimi Hendrix’s music. It was nothing like the sweet sounds of the Monkees, who had become the musical darlings of America due to their simple, non-offensive songs. My entire world changed when I was old enough to understand Jimi’s ultimate question, “Are you experienced?”
From about the age of 16 until today I have enjoyed Hendrix and his sonic, psychedelic sound. It’s hard to believe that it was so many years ago, and that he was only alive long enough to release three studio albums. He, like Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison, were taken from us far too early, so we’re all left wondering just what he could have achieved musically if he had avoided the pitfalls of stardom.
Since this review is being written by someone who actually remembers the 1960s, you can darn well expect that I’m going to be showing some bias for one of the world’s greatest guitar players! The good news is that anyone else who was alive in the 1960s will know exactly where I’m coming from, and why I think this game is so fantastic. For all of you youngsters out there, I strongly recommend listening to some Jimi before playing this game. After all, he is one of the greatest guitarists of all time.
Get ready to be wowed by the graphics and images in the screenshots below. Jimi Hendrix Slots is absolutely stunning from a visual perspective, and these still images really don’t do justice to the effects that the game has to offer. I think it’s obvious that NetEnt did a terrific job of setting the tone of the game with the symbols, backgrounds, and colors, which all add up to that nostalgic feeling of “free love”.
What would have happened to the world of music if Jimi Hendrix had ended up having a successful military career after he enlisted as a paratrooper in 1961, instead of being discharged from the army a year later? Would anyone have discovered the musical benefits of distorted feedback, or utilized the wah-wah pedal to such great effect? Thank goodness we’ll never need to worry about the answers to these questions.
Jimi had been playing the guitar constantly since he was 15 years old, and when he was finally out of the army he was rewarded greatly by having the opportunity to play in the bands of popular acts like Little Richard, and The Isley Brothers. Hendrix then went on to form his own group, write his own music, and rocketed to the top of the bill for many major music festivals of the day. Sadly, fame and fortune finally took it’s toll on his psyche, and he died in 1970 after taking too many Vesparax sleeping pills in London, England.
The storyline for this slot game focuses on rocking out with Hendrix and his amazing catalog of songs, while floating through 1960s psychedelic imagery and colors. There is also a focus on “Flower Power”, but in order to truly appreciate it you’ll have to try the game out for yourself.
Normally I would take objection to the unique symbols in Jimi Hendrix Slots, but this game is so cool that I’m going to let it slide. Often I complain when newer slots games rely on 10s, Jacks, and Queens as symbols, but there are rare cases when I give that a pass due to the game’s overall design, and this is one of those times.
I suppose it could be suggested that NetEnt could have used some album covers and other iconic images of Jimi as symbols, but that might have actually taken away from this particular game and distracted players. There’s already a lot going on with the graphics in every spin.
I think that they did a great job of utilizing symbols that might not necessarily directly relate to Hendrix or his career, but that certainly add to the overall 60’s look and feel of the game.
- J with Guitar Strings (Jack)
- Q with a Feather (Queen)
- K with Jewelry (King)
- A with Stars and Stripes (Ace)
- Record Album
- Peace Symbol
- White Guitar
- Red Paisley Guitar
- Jimi Hendrix (Wild)
- Jimi Hendrix with White Guitar (Scatter)
The two highest paying symbols in the game are Jimi himself, and the red and white guitar, with both paying 400 coins for five of a kind. After that we have the white guitar paying 200 coins, the peace symbol paying 150, the heart paying 125, the record album paying 100, the flower paying 90 and the creepy eye paying 80, with all numbers based on hitting five of them in a row.
There isn’t a Jimi Hendrix Slots jackpot available to players but I don’t think that too many people will care. This game is so much fun that I would be shocked if anyone actually noticed. Perhaps one day NetEnt will link all of their music-themed slot games to a “musical progressive jackpot”, but for now there is nothing.
Those who don’t like overly-complicated features will be happy to know that the Jimi Hendrix bonus round is a no-nonsense, straight forward “Pick and Click” style of game. This is accessed when you hit three or more Scatter symbols on reels 3, 4, or 5, and you are then taken to a backstage bonus area where you click on guitar amplifiers until you have collected three of the same symbol, which will award you that prize.
There are four different bonus prizes on offer, with three of them being free games and the other one being a “Coin Win”. The coin win simply gives you a random multiplier of 8x to 30x on your original wager.
The bonus round in Jimi Hendrix Slots is going to be your main source of free spins in this game. There are three different free spin packages that can be won in the Pick and Click bonus round:
- Purple Haze Free Spins
- Crosstown Traffic Free Spins
- Little Wing Free Spins
These free games packages are similar, but they do have some differences. Purple Haze gives you 6 to 12 spins, with the 10, J, Q, K, and A all turning into Wilds for the duration of the bonus. Crosstown Traffic gives you a firm 6 free spins with Stacked Wilds covering different reels for each spin. And finally, the Little Wing bonus gives you 6 to 12 spins with 3, 4, or 5 random Overlay Wilds for every spin.
In addition to the above, there are two cool reel features that give you mini-bonuses. First is the “Purple Haze Feature” which occurs when the Purple Haze symbol appears on reel 1. This can then change any 10, J, Q, K or Ace symbols into Wilds for that spin result, and of course is a Wild symbol itself, which usually results in a huge payout for that spin.
The other instant reel feature is the “Red Guitar Re-Spin“, which occurs after four or more Red Guitar symbols fall anywhere on the reels during the regular game. This gives you one free spin or “re-spin”, but if more Red Guitars fall during that spin you will be given another one. This can happen many times in a row, (although I’ve only ever gotten three in a row myself). This is a nice little unexpected feature that adds to the fun of the game.
Not to overstate the facts, but the team at NetEnt should win awards for the design of this Jimi Hendrix release – it honestly feels like a slot game from the future (and the distant past). Payline wins are highlighted by flowers shooting over the symbols in an explosion of Flower Power, with the visuals transporting players directly to the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, (unfortunately in spirit only).
Also, when Album symbols are used in a payline win they start spinning and flip sideways so they look like the planet Saturn – which is quite “trippy”. When you have Eye symbols involved in a payline win they look from side to side and blink, which is kind of cool, but also kind of creepy. There’s just something about the way they look around that I find unsettling.
So whether it’s spinning symbols, psychedelic multi-armed Jimis, or jamming Jimis popping out of bunches of flowers and rocking out on a guitar, this game is going to have your full attention on its graphics.
Audio & Soundtrack
The way the audio works in this game is fantastic. Unlike some other music-themed slot games, in Jimi Hendrix the songs constantly play without stopping – even when you push the button to stop the reels. The tunes flow fluidly throughout the game play, and they’re even perfectly mixed into one another so there’s no dead air between songs.
The songs featured in the game are:
- Purple Haze
- Foxy Lady
- Voodoo Child
- Little Wing
- If 6 Was 9
- Third Stone from the Sun
The payline wins are accentuated with awesome guitar blasts from various Hendrix songs, and we even get an occasional “Yaa Yaa Yaaaa!” sample from Crosstown Traffic, and a “Look out baby!” from Purple Haze as each Scatter symbol falls onto the reels.
My son said that he was ecstatic with what NetEnt did for the Guns N’ Roses slot game, and I have to echo that praise for Jimi Hendrix. The game is not only cool and fun, it is respectful to his memory and doesn’t feel exploitative in any way. One wonders if his surviving relatives had the final say in how the game was presented, or if the game designers just knew exactly what fans would want.
Even if you are not a huge fan of Hendrix’s music, I would still suggest checking this slot out if only for it’s 60’s psychedelic imagery and graphics, and interesting game-play. I’d be shocked if this game didn’t appeal to slots players of all backgrounds and interests – it’s just that good. This is definitely a game that will have everyone feeling the “experience”.
Now… excuse me…while I kiss the sky…
Bonus Video of Jimi Hendrix
It took me a while to find the perfect Jimi Hendrix video to finish this review with, but my hard work paid off. Here is a fantastic live performance in Stockholm from 1969. The video and audio quality is pretty darn good for being so old. So sit back, grab a beverage, and enjoy some classic Hendrix jams…and dream of butterflies, zebras, moonbeams, and fairy tales…