Guns N' Roses Basic Information:
There are two things that bring pokies to mind for me. The first is guns. The second is roses. Would it be possible, then, to combine these two concepts into a single game? Apparently so, as Guns N' Roses rocks up to the stage with this officially licensed pokie. Based off the band, whom you may have heard of, this is one of the rare pokies out there to include multiple officially licensed songs. Is the pokie itself worth the effort, or should Guns N' Roses have stuck to rock? Keep reading to find out…
This game operates under the use of the NetEnt gambling software system. The talented programmers and designers from NetEnt are well known for going the extra mile in their creations, and Guns N' Roses is no exception. This game was released on the 22nd of January, 2016.
The NetEnt system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from NetEnt.
Guns N' Roses comes with a total of 20 paylines over 5 reels in a 3×5 layout.
- The minimum coins bet sits at 20
- The maximum coins bet sits at 200
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
- Maximum coins size sits at 1.00
- The return to player offered by this game sits at around 96.98%, which towards the higher end of average.
By clicking on the spanner icon towards the lower left of the game screen the player can access the options menu. This is only a small menu consisting of a total of four options. These are listed below:
Enabling this option speeds up the spinning of the reels. This means that these is less time spent waiting around between the time you click spin and when the reels come to rest, speeding up the entire experience.
- Intro Screen
When toggled, this option disables the intro screen from appearing the next time the player starts the game.
- Intro Movie
Much like the Intro Screen option, this one disables the short intro movie from playing when the game is loaded up.
- Spacebar to Spin
When active this option allows the reels to be spun through the use of the spacebar, in addition to the regular methods.
Additional options can be accessed by clicking on the autoplay button. The basic options here allow the play to select from 10, 25, 50, 75, 100, 250, 500, 750 or 1000 autospins.
The player can also click on the advanced settings button to further customise when their autoplay will end. There are five different stopping scenarios to choose from here:
- On any win
- When Free Spins are won
- When a single win exceeds an entered amount
- If cash increases by an entered amount
- When cash decreases by an entered amount
Other Helpful Additions
Guns N' Roses also comes with question-mark and “i” icons. Both of these detail much the same thing, basic game and winning information, but the “i” button does this within the game and the question-mark opens a secondary text page. The page accessed by the “i” button also lists all payout information, paylines and bonus info.
Also on offer is the blue set list button towards the bottom left of the screen. When this is clicked it brings up a list of 5 songs from the GnR catalogue – here the player can simply choose one of these to set it as the backing music of the game. On offer are:
- Welcome to the Jungle
- Sweet Child O' Mine
- Paradise City
- November Rain
- Chinese Democracy
Gun's N' Roses, often shortened to GnR, is an American rock band which was formed in 1985. From their home state of California the band have produced a total of 6 studio albums, totalling over 100 million record sales worldwide.
The band itself includes legendary musicians Axel Rose and Slash. These guys have been working, on and off, since their inception. Of their creations the most popular remains Appetite for Destruction, was released in 1987. This album itself sold around 30 million copies, making it the 11th best-selling album in the United States of all time.
Over the years it was only natural that the band turned their band into a brand, allowing them to take up many more popular avenues of revenue generation. One of these, which you might have guessed, is the pokie which is the focus of this review.
Other Features and Bonuses
The wild symbol in Guns N' Roses comes in the form of the GnR logo set against a background of green. This can appear anywhere on the reels except reel 3 in the Appetite for Destruction Wild. It can substitute for any symbol except the bonus symbols.
The bonus symbol for this game comes in the form of a record with a golden ribbon with the word BONUS being placed in front. These can appear on reels 1,3 and 5. When 3 or more of these are gathered on a single spin the player is randomly awarded 1 of 3 different bonus games: Encore free spins, coin wins and the Crowd Pleaser bonus game. When coin wins are selected the player will need to click the button to stop a spinning roulette wheel. The other games are listed in the bonus games section below.
The Appetite for Destruction wild comes in the form of a cross. This can land on one of 3 possible positions. This substitutes for every symbol except for the bonus. No other features can be active at the same time as this wild.
The Legend Spins feature is activated randomly during regular play. This awards one stacked wild for the first spin. Following this another 2 re-spins are made with 2 stacked wild reels. One the first spin reel 3 is a stacked wild, on the second spin reels 1 and 5 are stacked wilds, and on the third spin reels 2 and 4 are stacked wilds.
There are two bonus games available from Guns N' Roses. Both of these can be accessed randomly when the player gains 3 bonus symbols in one spin.
The Crowd-Pleaser bonus game is a pick and click game – when this game is active the player must select symbols to randomly reveal rewards. This is separated into 3 different levels.
On the first level the player is given 3 clicks are awarded. When the player manages to gain 60 coins within this game they enter level 2.
In level 2 the player can advance to level 3 when the combined quantity of coins from levels 1 and 2 exceeds 300.
When the player manages to gain a total of 800 or more coins from levels 1,2 and 3 their wins will be multiplied by 2.
The Encore Free Spins is the other of the two bonus games available from the bonus symbols. When this is active the player is given a total of 10 free spins. During this game a band-member will appear on reel 2,3 or 4 during each spin. These count as stacked wilds. Additional free spins cannot be retriggered when within this game.
How to Play:
Basic play for Guns N' Roses is as simple as a player selecting a coin value and level and clicking spin. Alternatively the player can maximise their possible bet by simply clicking on the Max Bet button to the right of the spin icon.
Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins. From here the user can also click on the advanced settings button in order to manually select different stopping scenarios. These include on any win, when free spins are won, if a single win exceeds an entered amount, or if cash increased or decreases by an entered amount.
Overall Design and Usability:
There are many great games from NetEnt, and many of these work very well with their theme. Even among these Guns N' Roses stands as one of the best – the graphics here are stylised representations of both the players and various musical items. The background of the game itself appears as a concert, with crowds swaying to the music. Not only does the look stick closely to the attitude of the band, the music is great (if you like GnR). Being able to choose your own background music in pokies is very rare. Being able to choose from a selection of tracks from actual bands is even rarer.
When it comes to usability this is game which operates very well – all of the buttons and links within this game work well, and the game responds very quickly. There are only two areas where I feel the game is a little bit of a let down in this regard. The first is the lack of graphical options, which are always missed and very helpful. The second is the standard betting bar. This seems like a missed opportunity here to change the buttons to drums or anything else related to the band. Still, by keeping it simple they ensure the game is simple to understand, so its not all bad.
Where to find it:
NetEnt games stand with Microgaming as some of the most popular available. If you already have a favourite gambling website then check out if they offer NetEnt games, if they do then you might be able to find Guns N' Roses there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.
If you are a fan of GnR then this is not a game which you will want to miss. On the other hand if you can't stand GnR or their music then you should absolutely avoid this pokie. If you are somewhere in between then we can also recommend getting in on this game. This is a pokie which stands very well on its own feet. Guns and Roses is a great pokie with a fantastic selection of bonuses, so those bonus enthusiasts wont want to miss this one. Check it out and who knows, you might win enough to send yourself to the real paradise city.
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