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For the sake of keeping this brief, we’re going to assume that you already know who James Dean was and the details of his rather tragic end. Poster child for a million teenage rebels and millions more Hollywood wannabes, Dean was an icon of the 1950s and is still both revered and adored worldwide today. Which is why it’s hardly surprising that the folks at NextGen Gaming figured he’d be just the ticket for a stellar online slot experience…but were they right?
Well, James Dean is a relatively simple though highly polished five-reel slot with 25 fixed paylines. Some say it’s a slot that cashes in on Dean’s legacy – we prefer to look at it as something of a celebration of his life and accomplishments. A tribute, if you prefer. In any case, what you’re looking at is a well-presented slot built around the images and accessories made famous by Dean. Aviator sunglasses, motorbikes, sports cars and so on – all liberally garnishing images of the man himself.
Coin sizes start from 0.01 and go up to 2.00, which is then multiplied by 25 as the paylines are fixed. When the urge to rebel takes over, hit the button and you’re away.
Payout & bonus rounds
It’s the sports car symbol that’s waiting to speed you away to the top prize – five in a row and you’ll be scooping up a generous 5,000X you bet amount. The lowest payout comes in the form of three tens, which are good for 5X your wager.
The wild symbol takes the form of a blue James Dean image, which is limited to reels two, three and four and can replace any symbol apart from the Walk of Fame, clapperboard and purple James Dean symbols. Three wild symbols in any position results in three free spins being awarded, during which wins are increased 300%.
The Walk of Fame star is the scatter – two being good for a cash win and three or more landing you ten free spins and double wins during your free games. The clapperboard symbol will also win you free spins, though in the form of ‘legend’ spins where all wins are increased 500%. Hitting three purple James Dean symbols will give you the opportunity to choose just one, with each hiding a multiplier of anything from 150X to 750X.
And just to top it all off, there’s the option of gambling every win by way of a card-colour guessing game – the result of which will determine whether your win is doubled or you lose the whole thing.
With or without the James Dean theme, this is a slot that would still have a lot going for it. Plenty of features without being too complicated and a solid bonus system add up to a real winner for NextGen Gaming. Not legendary perhaps, but certainly a contender.
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