Slots gaming was in its infancy back when Jimi Hendrix was establishing himself as the best guitarist that ever lived, and the idea of branded slots was a long way off. However, if you know the right people to talk to and have enough cash behind you, you can probably make a slot game based on just about anything that comes to mind, and that is just what NetEnt did as part of their Rock Tour. The man himself was a bit before our time, so we do not have quite the passion for this theme as we would on Motorhead and Guns ‘n’ Roses, but even if we had never heard of the man himself before, the notion of a new branded mobile slot from NetEnt would always be sufficient to pique our attention.
What to Expect
This game is potentially divisive right from the moment that it loads. We all know that NetEnt’s design team are masters of their craft when it comes to slots visuals and they have gone out of their way to make the look and feel of this game unbelievably authentic, with the whole atmosphere almost feeling drug induced! That makes for a cartoon style and psychedelic influences, and we get the impression that some players will not know what to make of it, to the point that it feels like this is a game that was designed for the hippy audience! Nevertheless, you will love it or hate it, and if you are in the former camp then it is well worth reading on.
The action on Jimi Hendrix Touch takes place over an easy to play twenty win lines, and the extras start coming with the wild symbol, depicted by a portrait of Jimi Hendrix himself. He is not alone in being a wild card, as there is a second one that shows him playing his instrument of choice. You will not expect to see it quite as often as the other one as it only lands on the first reel, but when it does so, all playing card icons on the board will turn wild too. It is rare to have a reason to want to see as many of these traditionally lower-value symbols as possible, but you will be willing them in when you see that wild on the first reel!
The first of the proper features on this game involves the red guitar, which just so happens to be the most valuable icon in the game. If you land four of them on the board at once, they will freeze in place while a number of respins play out in search of the elusive fifth and the vastly improved prizes that come with it.
The main event comes into play, unsurprisingly, when three of the main scatter symbols land on the board. It starts with a pick bonus using speakers, and players need to match three symbols. Whichever they match first will be the round that they are awarded. At the simplest level, it could just be an instant coin win, but there are then three different free spins bonuses to explore. The first of them is the Crosstown Traffic free spins, where six spins are awarded with wild reels that will randomly choose either one or two reels to cover on each spin.
Next up are the Purple Haze free spins – and we have actually heard of the song that inspired this one. We particularly like this bonus round as you don’t even need the Purple Haze wild in play for all of the lower value symbols to turn into wilds when they land. Finally, we come to the Little Wing free spins, which involve a randomly assigned number of spins between six and twelve, and then between three and five wilds being added to the board in random positions on each of them.
The MobileCasino.net Verdict
The official Jimi Hendrix mobile slot from NetEnt has not really done much to make us into fans of the man and his music, but we are definitely fans of this game. Between this, Motorhead and Guns ‘n’ Roses, this is probably the most complete series of branded games since the Marvel slots from Playtech, with every single game playing its part. There is variety and prize winning potential, and it never feels like you are stuck just spinning for long before a feature hits. That makes for an exciting game that even non-Hendrix fans will enjoy and it is definitely well worth checking out!