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Ozzy Osbourne – ordinary slot about the extraordinary person
Back In 2016, NetEnt launched the first slot from “NetEnt Rocks” series. Since that moment, the company has been releasing new projects in cooperation with Universal Music. The game series includes such slots like Jimi Hendrix, Motorhead and Guns‘n Roses. The last release, announced this February, is Ozzy Osbourne, known as the Prince of Darkness.
Even if you are not into heavy-metal music, you have heard Ozzy Osbourne’s name for sure. He is one of the pathbreakers of the rock music industry and started his career in the early ’70s in the Black Sabbath band.
Despite advanced age, the musician still has an army of fans around the globe, and his music is as relevant today as ever. The Gamblers from young MTV generation may know Ozzy as the best rock star dad from ‘The Osbournes’ TV-family.
The slot machine is dignities to the Black Sabbath band and Ozzy Osbourne himself, who brought such big hits, as “Mama, I’m Coming Home”, “Crazy Train” and “Mr Crowley”. Ozzy’s life has been and remains crazy and intense. This title offers the same craziness, with its random and re-spin features, Bonus Bet option, Free Spins and mind-blowing soundtrack.
The slot grid consists of classic 5 reels and 3 rows with 20 fixed pay lines. RTP of NetEnt’s Rock Slot varies from 96.3% to 96.67% (with the Bonus Bet activated) and the game has medium volatility, which is one of the deserved advantages.
As the provider claims, the max payout is 10,000x the initial stake. The betting range varies from €0.20 to €100 per single spin. Ozzy Osbourne Video Slot is optimized for mobile gaming (including HMTL5 technology) and available from November 21.
Symbols and Graphics
The slot is designed in the style of 80’s comic books. Everything is in dark shades: the game starts with Ozzy himself sitting on the throne and wearing a black-feather mantle. The grid is in front of the entrance of a spooky-looking stone castle, with two demons along the edges and with the Ozzy Osbourne logo at the top. This creepy gothic style has much in common with the rocker’s vibes.
At the background, Ozzy and Sabbath’s greatest hits are going throughout your game process, they are “Diary of a Madman” and “Bark at the Moon”, “Crazy Train” or “Mr Crowley”. Low-value symbols are roses, crucifixes, skulls, and ravens. If you get five of a kind on a line, the slot will award you from 5x to 7.5x your initial bet.
The 4 premiums are represented by Ozzy himself in different colors (blue, yellow, green and red) and styles. Five of a kind symbols award you from 12.5x to 50x your stake. The most valuable one is red, the bat-eating version that pays max 50 times. The wild symbol is a vampire bat substituting all the icons, except scatters. The scatter is Ozzy’s “Crazy Train” song. It appears on the reels 1, 3 and 5 only.
- Bonus Bet
- Symbol Charge Up
- Free Spins
Ozzy Osbourne video slot is packed with exciting game features. Before playing the game, it would be better to decide whether you want to play with the Bonus Bet option or not.
The bonus bet gives you some advantages: the RTP increases up to 96.67%, additional free spin and higher multipliers are awarded, you increase your chances to get a bonus. Instead of 2x and 3x multipliers, you get up to 5x and 7x. But the point is that you have to pay twice as much because your stake increases twofold.
Spinning the reels, keep an eye on scatters appearing on the reels 1,3, and 5. Get 2 of them during the base game and it sets into action the Re-Spin feature that activates the Charge Up feature.
In the upper left corner, the "Symbol Spinner" picks the symbol and the "Feature Spinner" box in the upper right corner generates the feature for this symbol. If the Symbol Spinner picks the Scatter, the Bat Head appears and starts Free Spins.
Symbol Charge Up
The Charge-Up feature is the central function of the slot. The Feature Spinner box can generate several symbols:
- Coin Win: Each symbol pays 3-of-a-kind;
- Symbol Multiplier: Each symbol has a multiplier of 2x or 3x. With Bonus Bet activated, the multiplier increases up to 5x or 7x (they can combine to 12x);
- Wild Transformation: All the selected symbols turn into wilds during the re-spin;
- Symbol Upgrade: All copies of the chosen symbol transform into more valuable ones.
There are 2 ways to get Free Spins: 3 scatters on reels 1, 3 and 5 in the base game or the Feature Spinner box with a scatter symbol during a Re-Spin.
Anyway, you receive 4 free spins (5 with Bonus Bet activated). The Symbol Charge Up feature triggers before each free spin. A feature is awarded to a matching icon and stays till the end of the bonus game. If the Symbol Spinner generates a scatter, one extra free spin is awarded, up to 7 in total.
NetEnt's branded title Ozzy Osbourne appeared to be quite an average slot. I am not into heavy metal, but the poor-represented theme is disappointed. The game is based on a world-famous rock-musician, who made a great number of hits and chewed bat heads on stage. NetEnt could have developed a theme and a character much better.
The slot machine also offers too many functions, which a player can get entangled with. One needs some time to understand the mechanics and features. With the features, the developers over-complicated the game.
If you are not an Ozzy Osbourne's fan, like me, the slot is not able to offer a lot to keep you interested. Winnings here are quite disappointing: as the provider claims, the max payout is 10,000x the initial stake, but don't expect to win more than 2,500x. When we played the slot, we didn't even get a 100x win. The Bonus Bet does not provide the benefits that are expected; thus, it makes the game less effective.
In my opinion, Ozzy Osbourne video slot does not pretend to be a distinguished title, it just remains one of the "NetEnt Rocks" games.
Engaging design and sounds;
Good mobile version.
Pretty difficult to get Free Spins (demands big bankroll);
Most of the winnings are meager;