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Game of the Year 2016: NetEnt's Guns N' Roses online slot game

Guns N Roses Online Slot Game from Netent

NetEnt is on a roll with their slots – in 2015 they took home the trophy for Game of the Year with Spiñata Grande, and this time the top game at annual EGR Operator Awards was their Guns N' Roses™ video slot.

Netent Rocks

Anyone who's played the GNR slot can tell that the game set a new standard for themed online slot games. Guns N' Roses Video Slots™ was released as a trailblazer for the NetEnt Rocks collection of slots in 2016 and the pyrotechnics sure did their job as even the extravagant Jimi Hendrix game and the snaggletoothed Motörhead slot seemed to pale in comparison next to the sheer raw energy of the Guns N' Roses™ slot.

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The Guns N' Roses™ slot game has 5 reels in three rows, with 20 paylines spread across them. In affiliation with Bravado International Group, NetEnt has come up with a winning combination of rugged hard rock, wild features and streamlined gaming with a 96.98% return to player ratio.

Rock on!

The audiovisual experience is a central part of the game, and the playlist in the game includes a best of-selection of their top hits: Welcome to the Jungle, Sweet Child O' Mine, Paradise City, November Rain and Chinese Democracy are all there, and not as bad cover versions – these are the real deal!

On launching the game it's time to forget about individual game characters doing airpunches as you win – on Guns N' Roses™ you've got an entire festival audience cheering for the highlights, which makes for electrifying win effects – if you hit a big win the crowd goes wild, the searchlights sweep the sky and the pyrotechnics go off as the win counter keeps on scrolling!

Features in the main game

Preview of Netents Guns N Roses Slot Game

The slot machine has several randomly activated features, including a multitude of Wilds from Expanding Wilds to Appetite for Destruction Wild. In addition to the above, Legend Spins can give you three rounds of stationary Wild Reels while Solo Multiplier can boost your win up to 10 times.

(Expanding) Wilds

Wild symbols appear frequently in the game and they substitute for any symbols in the game, the bonus symbol aside. Expanding Wilds are an even better version of the one-symbol wilds as they spread over an entire reel for the highest possible win.

Appetite for Destruction Wild

Familiar from the Paradise City album cover, the Wild cross can stay partially beyond the top or the bottom of the game screen, but ideally you want it stopping smack-bang in the middle of the reels for a mega-sized win.

Legend Spins

The randomly activated Legend Spins feature lasts for three spins during which Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan each make appearances. You get 1 Stacked Wild with the first spin, and two re-spins with two Wild reels. This is a feature that regularly pays out decent wins, so keep an eye on it!

Solo multiplier

You can score a 4x to 10x multiplier for a winning bet line where you have at least 3 matching symbols on your line win (this includes any Wild substitutions) and all bet line wins will then be multiplied by the Solo multiplier.

What's going on in the bonus game?

The reels are on fire as three Bonus Wheel symbols land on the game screen: the wheel is spinning with cash prizes, Encore Free Spins and a Crowd-Pleaser Bonus Game.

How do I get to the bonus game?

You'll need three bonus symbols appearing on reels 1, 3 and 5 to start the Bonus Wheel.

What's the bonus game about?

It's basically a Wheel of Fortune with a twist – stop the wheel and see which feature you get. The three alternatives are various coin wins, the Encore Free Spins or the Crowd-Pleaser Bonus Game.

What happens in the Crowd-Pleaser Bonus Game?

If the Bonus Wheel stops at Crowd-Pleaser Bonus Game, you first land at Level 1 and get to pick items for your dream line-up in order to score coin wins, Free Spins or extra picks.

You can make it from level 1 to level 2 if your wins from the feature total at least 60 and you run out of picks. Level 3 is a bit trickier: it is only activated if you collect at least 300 points from level 1 and 2 while you've either uncovered all available instruments or run out of picks. Level 3 gives you a chance to double your win if your points climb all the way up to 800.

Should you come across 3 Free Spins symbols during your time in the feature, you've got yourself 10 Free Spins.

What's the deal in Encore Free Spins?

You get 10 Free Spins with a Stacked Wild on every spin! A member of the band will make an appearance in the massive Wild symbol, and if there are any corresponding band member symbols elsewhere on the reels, they become extra wilds.

Who's got fun and games?

Guns N' Roses Video Slots™ can be found from most online casinos offering NetEnt games – top choices for reputable and entertaining casinos offering the game are Mr Green and Superlenny.

If you can't make it to the Not In This Lifetime tour, our tip is to load up Guns N' Roses Video Slots™, turn the volume up, keep your fingers crossed and enjoy the roar of the audience on the virtual Guns N' Roses™ gig as you play. Maybe a big win will bring pay for your VIP tickets for the big N' Roses™ reunion tour after all...? Even if that doesn't materialise, you'll have a great time rocking with this top-notch slot!

Did you know?

  • Welcome to the Jungle is about a homeless person's view of the city of Los Angeles
  • Slash hated Sweet Child O' Mine with a passion as it was just too popular
  • Axl Rose got his inspiration for Chinese Democracy from watching the movie Kundun
  • Lasting nearly 9 minutes, November Rain was the longest Top Ten song in chart history
  • The band was being driven from San Francisco in a rental van when they came up with the song Paradise City

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