Rumours have been flying, and we can finally confirm; NextGen Gaming are in the middle of creating the James Dean slot game, out November 2015.
We don’t know when in November, and NextGen Gaming like to play fast and loose with their game release; being unpredictable is part of their charm.
But, we’ve gotten a couple of snapshots, and some basic gameplay information, to pass on to you.
Yes this James Dean slot machine will be live on both mobile and online as soon as it’s released, and yes we’ve got a couple of ideas of where it will show up first.
The exciting part now is to look at some of the images and ask ourselves; are they doing justice to the soulful rebel without a cause?
James Dean is one of those cultural icons that, even if you haven’t seen any of the 3 movies that made him famous before he died tragically, you still recognise.
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He’s the ultimate teenage cool and rebellion, fighting the world for the sake of fighting.
Inside, we all wish we had just a little bit of James Dean when we were 14 and navigating the awkward years of school.
The point is, naysayers can say that this theme isn’t relevant, we’d say that there’s a reason this man is an icon.
And lets’ not forget what NextGen can do when motivated; we didn’t think we’d like the Holly Madison slot, as we didn’t like the star, but what a great game that turned out to be.
If the James Dean slot game is even half as good, there’s a small part of us that knows we’ll add a star to the mobile slot review, if only because of the theme.
After all, he’s part of the Americana heydays; where girls were swell, cars were fast, and we didn’t care about half the stuff we do today.
Simpler, cooler, times.
We’ve had a little sneak peak at the game (long enough to see a couple of wins, not long enough to give an opinion on the game play), and we can safely tell you that NextGen’s homage to this man works.
They’ve kept it simple. First you’ve got the man himself in three different poses, looking broody and soulful into the distance and, we suspect, triggering a number of bonus features.
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Then his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the cars and bikes he loved to race so much, aviator glasses, and a film reel, all as the higher paying symbol.
The 10 to Ace symbols are a little less interesting, but done well and fitting with the movie star theme.
Even if you have no idea who James Dean is, you can listen to the soft rock’n roll rift music and take a step back in time.
When you’ve got as pretty a boy as James Dean, it’s hard to create a bad looking slot machine.
The question, of course, is whether the features and wins will be worth playing for. Pretty doesn’t pay the bills, we want to be movie star rich damn it!
The good news is that, from nagging the gentle folk over at NextGen Gaming, they said one very promising thing to us: “Look, if you liked the Medusa slots, you’ll like James Dean, ok?”
We are going to agree to disagree with Jimmy here and say that it’s no fun playing if you don’t at least know that you could get good results.
And all those features we’ve written above sure sound interesting, don’t they? We gave the Medusa 2 slot review a healthy 4 stars, and that was based on the original Medusa slot machine that has a wonderful 5 stars.
The good news is that the James Dean mobile game, whilst similar to these two, is not a copy.
That means it will have it’s own personality, but take some of the best features we loved from the snake lady games.
Specifically; during the free spins you collect ‘super spins’, which you play with a higher multiplier, providing big wins, and plenty of excitement.
Then there’s that click me feature that has one of the highest payouts we’ve seen for a ‘secondary’ feature in a while.
Alas, much like the actors life, the worse that could happen here is that you might not survive to see your own notoriety grow.
James Dean died just after making the Rebel Without a Cause movie, and with one other film about to be released. His fame came, after he passed.
Which, if this slot is as high variance as, say, the DoublePlay SuperBet slot, might be how your wallet will end up. Burnt out with no fame, or glory.
But, if the action is lively, and you feel like you can just catch those glorious wins, this could be the next 5 star slot in our list. That’s our bet.
As all we know is that NextGen will be releasing this game sometime in November 2015, we can’t tell you when to look out for it. What we can say is that there’s no better time to get reacquainted with this game provider.
Medusa II makes sense, but if you want something a little newer, we highly recommend the African safari that is the Cash Stampede mobile slot. A little retro in design, but those sticky wilds and symbols gets us at the edge of our seat every time.
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