Dream of beach parties somewhere on the coast where neon signs bursting with colors and you can dance all night through to hot music. Maybe the same was on the mind of developers from Play’n Go who released a new casino slot named Banana Rock in November 2018. In order to plunge into the atmosphere of beach parties, we lack only a glass of cold Pina Colada.
Design and layout
At present NetEnt is a leader in producing music-based slots, like Jimi Hendrix, Ozzy Osbourne, Guns’n Roses or Motörhead. These slot machines are based on the oeuvre of rock legends. Play’n Go went its own way and started its own rock-n-roll group. However, we may argue about the uniqueness of the band. We assume that the music group Gorillaz inspired Play’n Go developers. Members of the Gorillaz band look similar to those whom we meet on reels. The difference is that there are 6 members in Banana Rock and in Gorillaz only 4.
Fantasy-colored palm leaves adorn a background while all the fun is on reels. The game field is framed with blazing neon lights. Low-value symbols A, K, Q, and J are made of glowing lamps. Banana Rock members represent a group of premium symbols. Eye-catching pictures stand out against a dark background.
Among green-purple palm leaves, huge music speakers with a dazzling soundtrack are placed. When you get the Rock’n’Rolling wild on a reel, you can listen to a sweet voice of lead singer Simeon Chimpsky. Finally, this time, developers paid special attention to the soundtrack. You instantly want to put the sound up and tap to the rhythm. Some players are complaining that the soundtrack here is too loud, but it should be because we are at a rock’n’roll party!
If you compare Banana Rock layout with other “beach” slots like Beach Babes (Microgaming), Sam on the Beach (Elk Studios), or Beach Life (Playtech) the slot machine from Play’n Go wins at all points: interface, sound and visuals.
Banana Rock is a 5*3 video slot with 10 fixed pay lines. You may win up to 250.000 coins per spin. The minimum bet here is 0.10, the maximum 100. RTP (return to player) is standard for the majority of slots powered by Play’n Go – 96.6%.
Let us talk about some special features.
When two or more Rock’n’Rollin’ wilds land on reels 1-5 it triggers the Rock ‘N’ Rollin’ Re-Spin feature. The rightmost symbol moves to the leftmost across the game field (if there are more two wilds, they all are part of this bonus feature.) Because of this “movement,” you may benefit from a pay line.
On the first and fifth reel, you may get a symbol of this music band – scatter – a neon logo of Banana Rock. Once it lands on reels, 10 Free Spins get started. Each scatter, which appears during freebies, brings you one additional spin.
Free Spins features are not over. During free spins, you may get a multiplier on your stake. Above each reel, there is a scale, which indicates the current multiplier for each character. To win multiplier for a character you should get a stacked symbol (which covers the entire reel) of that band member. The maximum multiplier is 5x per reel for a specific band member.
When free spins are over, a player is guaranteed to be awarded the Encore Spin – only premium symbols appear on reels. A winning combo that you get during the Encore Spin, will be applied to a multiplier that you get during Free Spins (max. 25x). That is an interesting approach to bonus game features. Developers in Play’n Go use a “multilevel” bonus system rather often, e.g. in slots Battle Royal or Gunslinger: Reloaded.
Encore Spin a.k.a. the Win Spin™ feature guarantees a win to players after Free Spins are over. We have already seen Win Spin™ in slots Royal Masquerade and Pimped. Play’n’ Go creative kitchen is very proud of it, the feature is able to give players more wins and boost interest to the game, which forces them to return playing the slot repeatedly. However, it is worth mentioning that 25x multiplier in the Encore Spin is very difficult to earn, we managed to win only 11x.
In general, on the plus side are good optimization of the slot as well as a kickass soundtrack, it is playable across all devices and platforms.
We fully agree with the opinion of Play’n Go CEO Johan Törnqvist that it is not enough for a slot to be just ‘interesting.’ Detailed visuals coupled with exciting gameplay and a driving soundtrack – are elements of a high-quality product that could attract many punters. Surely, we shouldn’t forget about fascinating Re-Spins and Free Spins features.
This time developers focused on music and left graphics behind. Band members look charismatic, but it is not enough to rate the slot 10 out of 10. The idea of the game was cool, but the team should work out the kinks. Nevertheless, Banana Rock is a worthy slot from Play’n Go. I hope that the games’ quality will only increase.