2016 is the year of Rock n' Roll at NetEntertainment, evidenced by their release of the 'NetEnt Rocks' 2016 series, a collection of multiple big-name rock band branded slots. The most prominent in this line of rock slot titles - unless you ask a Guns N' Roses fan - is the Jimi Hendrix slot game, announced at the ICE Totally Gaming 2016. Released in late April 2016, this slot encapsulates all that was the Flower Power generation of the 1960's.
Long-known as the greatest guitarist to ever live, Jimi Hendrix's life was tragically cut short at the tender age of 27. Following his death in 1970, thousands of companies, services, and organizations approached the Hendrix family in pursuit of permission to use the Jimi Hendrix brand with few finding much success. Fortunately for all music and slot loving fans, NetEnt was able to reach a mutual agreement with the Hendrix family to use the heralded musician's name and likeness for their newest pokie game.
NetEnt's Chief Product Officer, Simon Hammon, fully understands the responsibility that comes with representing an icon like Hendrix:
"Jimi Hendrix is indisputably one of the greatest rock stars that ever lived. It is an honor and a huge responsibility to be granted the rights to create a Jimi Hendrix branded product. Working together with the Hendrix family and their companies Experience Hendrix, L.L.C and Authentic Hendrix, LLC on this game will help make our NetEnt Rocks series one of the most desirable product offerings available."
This 5-reel, 20-line slot clearly has NetEnt's full range of resources behind it. The powerhouse software supplier pulled out all the bells and whistles for their latest installment to the 'NetEnt Rocks' slot series. Like the Guns N' Roses slot game, the initial slot in the series launched by NetEnt, the Jimi Hendrix slot features an unbelievable lineup of the artist's biggest hits including 'Crosstown Traffic' and 'Little Wing'.
To ensure the graphics used throughout the game had the authentic Jimi Hendrix-look, NetEnt implemented a ten morph target system capable of exhibiting hundreds of facial expressions. This implementation allowed for NetEnt to produce a fully 3D animated slot with a wealth of Jimi animations scattered through the gameplay.
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This slot title offers two special features outside of the typical symbols and bonuses familiar with most pokie games. The first of the two special features is the Red Guitar Re-Spin. This feature activates when a symbol displaying a guitar with a red pattern appears; then each of the red guitar symbols remains in place while the reels re-spin. This persists until all red guitars are gone from the screen, which in turn commences the winning calculations.
The second of the two unique features is the 'Pick and Click' feature. This feature is actually a side game added to allow players to chose speakers to win free spins or a lucrative payout. When the spins are triggered, players receive the prizes in three varieties, with each differing by the types of wild symbols that appear. The potential winnings from this feature cutoff at 80,000 coins.
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