James Dean

James Dean Slot Review

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What is this mobile slot about?

NextGen Gaming have gone back to basic with this James Dean mobile slot providing big wins and multiple fun bonus features.

We love that NextGen generally try and do something a little bit different. It doesn’t always work (far too many features in the Spin Lab slot), but mostly they manage to balance nicely between crazy features, and fun, such as the sticky symbol re-spin in Cash Stampede.

What we weren’t expecting was for NextGen to go back to a classic flavour of video slot with this James Dean game. But what did we expect from a machine based on such a classic 21st century icon of a movie star?

The James Dean slot theme

You don’t need to know who James Dean was to enjoy what is, essentially, a movie slot theme. Fast cars, aviators, film reels, and the man himself staring broodily at the reels in beautifully rendered images make this easily one of the most beautiful NextGen slot games we’ve seen in a while.

We have a soft spot for the rebel without a cause, which is probably why we gave this game 5 stars. With its soft 1950s rock and roll, which increases in momentum during the free spins, you are transported back to a much cooler time.

That said, even if the theme was as poor as Venetian Rose, we’d still give this a solid 4 star for the features alone.

Bringing back a much loved feature

You have 3 main bonus features, all of which provide a chance for you to win huge amounts.

The main problem comes if, much like the movie star, you live fast and die young. Be careful with this James Dean slot game, sometimes you can’t go 20 spins without hitting a feature, other times you find nothing for 150 spins.

And the features are where this mobile video slot comes alive – whether by giving you expanded wilds with a 3x multiplier, or free spins with extra super spins and a 5x multiplier.

It’s an all or nothing machine, and one where you’ll rarely be bored, even whilst waiting for the bonus features to hit.

Fans of the Medusa slot will find this very familiar indeed, but you won’t hear us complaining. That’s one of our favourite NextGen mobile slots, and we suspect that James Dean has firmly joined those ranks.

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Mobile slot overview

Mobile Slot releasedNovember 2015
Slot typeVideo Slot
Slot reels / paylines5 Reels / 25 Paylines
House edge4.58%
Slot volatilityMedium/High
Coins range0.01 - 2.00
Min/Max bet0.25 / 50
Max win53,375
Free spinsStarts at 10 Free Spins / Up to 5x Multipliers
Bonus roundsRespins, Expanded Wilds, Multipliers, Click Me Feature
100% up to €£$200 + 11 Free Spins
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In-game bonus features

Wilds: James Dean on a blue background is the wild symbol and replaces all other symbols except James Dean purple, scattered star, or the movie clapper.

The wild symbol shows up on reels 2, 3 and 4 only.

Re-Spins Wild Feature: Not often seen, but if you manage to get 3 wild symbols anywhere over these 25 paylines, you trigger the re-spin feature.

Here, you'll be given anything from 1 to 3 fully expanded wild symbols on reel 2, 3 or 4, and you'll get 3 free spins with a 3x multiplier.

Mostly you'll be lucky to have 1 expanded wild for all 3 spins, but even with that we've had some decent results thanks to that multiplier.

We've also had some awful results, but that's the price you pay for a high variance slot machine.

Scatters and Free Spins: If you get 3 or more scattered Hollywood walk of fame stars on show, you trigger the free spins.

You start with 10 free spins, where all wins are doubled.

You also now get the movie clapper symbol, which if it shows up on reel 3, you start collecting 'Legend Spins'. The Clapper can give you anything from 1 to 4 legend spins.

After your 10 free spins are over, you then play the Legend Spins, where the only difference is that you get a 5x multiplier instead of 2x.

Hard to catch, but almost always worth the wait.

Pick Me Feature:Get 3 James Dean slot symbol on a purple background on reels 2, 3 and 4 and you start a simple click me game.

During the base game that usually just means getting a top up of 10x to 30x your bet - though you can win as much as 150x your bet.

Get this feature during the Legend Spins and things get very interesting indeed, as you can potentially win as much as 750 times your bet.

Closing thoughts

The James Dean mobile slot might not be particularly innovative, but it doesn't make it any less fun, as they bring together the 3 ingredients for success:

  • Big potential wins at any point during the game
  • Entertaining bonus features keeping you at the edge of your seat
  • A genuinely good, and worthy, theme for an iconic star

It's not without some danger, but then as the man himself said: "Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today".

This casino game is all about the big dreams for tomorrow, and the big risk to take today, playing on this James Dean video slot.

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Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: March 28, 2016 - Rating 5

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