What seems like only yesterday, when we reviewed the first of the NetEnt Rocks trilogy, namely the ‘Guns N Roses’ slot, we said that it was the final game, the Motorhead slot, which we were awaiting the most. I also predicted (yes patting oneself on the back is vain) that it would be better than the Jimi Hendrix slot. That last game met with disappointment in some quarters given the slightly off beat peace and love vibe and it would seem that (possibly as a result) the harder rock format is firmly back for the finale in this trilogy.
NetEnt are a smart manufacturer and them responding to the feedback on the first two games is no shock. What is very surprising, is the complete change in choice of format. Unlike the first two slots in the series, which had a 5x3 layout, for this new online slot, NetEnt have used the unique structure from the Dazzle Me game. The gameplay and features all unique however, which makes this very much a standalone game not only in the trio, but also in the NetEnt range overall.
Though Lemmy is no longer with us, as fans, we’d like to think that given Motorhead’s biggest ever record ‘The Ace of Spades’ had a distinctly gambling theme, that he would approve of being at the centre of a slot game based on the band. The video entrance sequence to this game is even better than the one on the GNR title, though it does go on for quite some time, you can disable it for future plays once you have had your fill. The pay icons range from the main man himself who offers the top pay-out, through stars, bells, sevens and lucky objects such as horseshoes and clover.
The game reels themselves are set on a rock stage, the win sequences are punctuated by flashing lights and strobes and there is a very generous amount of themed sound effects and bespoke animations. Fans are going to compare this to GNR, it’s inevitable, personally I think this is less over the top and as such, is a much more playable slot, it’s entertaining, not overwhelming. One note, there’s a few x rated audio soundbites on offer, which will likely amuse those familiar with the band, but aren’t really suitable for the easily offended.
The two stock features and the easiest to deal with are the scatter and the wild symbol, the wild is fixed and swaps out for all other symbols except the scatter. The scatter appears anywhere on reels 3,4 and 5 and activates 10 free spins. Much like the GNR slot the game has a raft of exclusive bonus feature on top of the standard game mechanics.
The first is the mystery reel feature, where, in both the base game and the free spins game 1 or more reels will spin in flames with a mystery icon in place. When the reels crash to a halt, the mystery reel or reels all become the same symbol. The potential to turn a dead spin into a massive win is a flip of a coin with this feature and when there are multiple mystery reels spinning in, the use of music in the background to increase anticipation is very effective.
Two downsides exist for the mystery reel feature, the first that it cannot produce scatters and the second that you can’t activate it during the bomber feature although, with the win potential that would generate, we can see why. The bomber feature is a random bonus, a bike engine roars, the lights dim and an air raid siren sounds to commence the game. As the reels spin around clusters of mystery icons hit the reels as bombs, they then reveal themselves when the reel comes to a halt. As this is spread across the rows rather than being one reel at a time as with the main mystery function, it really raises the possibility of 5 of a kind combination and a decent size win.
Despite the action packed reels, this is still a slot which could, in our opinion, do with a little more variance. I get why it doesn’t, there is a monstrously high RTP and this is an official slot, it’s there to be enjoyed for its play merits and features rather than heady gambling action much like other collaborations with big themes. That isn’t to say there aren’t big wins available, just like with the Guns N Roses slot it would be easy to dismiss the cash potential of the game because of the impact of the gameplay. If you catch a decent spins round or the mystery reels fall in your favour with a full screen win, you can clearly still rack up some coins on this game.
The big question from NetEnt fans will be which is the best game in the NetEnt rocks trilogy. I think most agree that the Jimi Hendrix slot sadly falls to the bottom of the pile, but which is better, Guns N Roses or Motorhead? Personally I’m a fan of both bands and it’s hard to choose based on theme, GNR has more features but it feels like a little less variance, as a gambler I want to see some potential and for me that’s what makes this the best of the triple play.