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About This Slot
Kiss Reels of Rock is inspired by legendary rockers Kiss and developed by Swedish developer, Play n Go. It’s not the first game of its kind. Fellow Scandanavians, NetEnt produced a series of slots inspired by some of rock’s finest bands, including Guns n Roses, Hendrix and Motorhead. And of course, Big Time Gaming have been known to weave a few classic anthems into their own games like The Final Countdown, Lil Devil and Wild Flower. For their part, Play n Go have explored some of rocks darker corners in House of Doom and more recently in Alice Cooper and the Tome of Madness. So, it’s no surprise to find them exploring this particular avenue once more, this time with one of the most outlandish and over the top rock bands of all time, known for their crazy costumes, face painting, pyrotechnics and wild stage antics.
And this slot brings a similar energy as you will see when you load it up. The atmosphere is powerful with a live concert being the backdrop to the reels, complete with guitar -wielding musicians and a screaming audience, whilst golden speakers and flashing lights frame the action.
This 6-reel slot has rows laid out in a diamond shape, giving symbols in a 2,3,4,4,3,2 formation. You’ll find members of the band as the main symbols, along with high cards in a metallic design. There are 576 initial paylines with the chance to boost these up to 4,096 during the Encore Free Spins round where chasing down the big prizes happens.
RTP, Variance and Top Payout
The RTP here is an average 96.2% but with extreme volatility, in keeping with the out-there personalities of the band who inspired the game. That means it’s a risky play with lots of ups and downs in payouts and the uneven distribution of wins can burn through your balance quickly. We recommend starting at the lower end of the stake range which starts at just 10p per spin. The maximum payout here is very decent at 50,000x and can be achieved if all the bonus features work together for you during the Encore Free Spins round.
Symbols and Graphics
The symbols in Kiss Reels of Rock include the 4 members of the band, along with high cards which are designed to look like sheets of metal. The band members take up 2 positions each and are worth from 6x to 12x your bet when you hit 6 of a kind. The high cards award the lower payouts, which pay 1.5x to 4x stake for 6 matches.
You’ll also find Wild symbols, which can substitute for all the other symbols, except Scatters. The Wilds also award the best payouts with 15x stake available for 6 of a kind.
What We Like
Epic rock star and concert theme
6 reels with diamond formation
Free Spins with Locked Reels
Big 50,000x jackpot
What We Don't Like
Too volatile for some
Gameplay and Features
There are quite a few features in Kiss Reels of Rock, including two randomly activated base game ones and five free spins rounds all based in different locations, like a rock tour. The ultimate trip is to hit the Encore Free Spins bonus where the reels open up to 4,096 win ways and locking reels and multipliers come into play.
Drive Me Wild
The Drive Me Wild feature can trigger at any point to introduce a double-sized Wild symbol. It will replace a lower paying symbol but not a high-paying symbol or Scatter. The Wilds also award a 2x Multiplier.
Lock n Load
The Lock n Load feature can trigger at any time. When this happens, 2 reels will synchronise and display the same symbols. The synchronising reels could be reels 1 and 6, reels 2 and 4 or reels 3 and 4.
Landing 3 Scatters will trigger the Free Spins round. When this happens, you get to choose from 5 options to discover how many Free Spins and Encore Free Spins you receive. The 5 options are all themed on a world city and include:
- Johannesburg: 20 Free Spins + 1 Encore Free Spin
- Sydney: 16 Free Spins + 2 Encore Free Spins
- London: 12 Free Spins + 3 Encore Free Spins
- Rio de Janeiro: 8 Free Spins + 4 Encore Free Spins
- Tokyo: 4 Free Spins + 5 Encore Free Spins
The Free Spins include Lock n Load synchronised reels. If you manage to hit 3 Scatters on the last Free Spin, the Encore Free Spins will trigger for the relevant city. These play on a 6×4 grid with 4,096 paylines. The reels will synchronise on every spin and Wilds have a 2x Multiplier attached. The only negative aspect is the lack of Scatters, which means these Free Spins can’t be retriggered.
Kiss Reels of Rock is a raucous slot which works brilliantly with the glam rock theme and is one of Play n Go’s better games in this genre.
As far as visuals go, the 6 reels and 576 paylines make the game screen feel large, while it’s great to see the band members on the reels, along with the rock concert background and crowd scenes to create an epic atmosphere.
In terms of wins potential, the 50,000x stake top payout here is an excellent jackpot, although the extreme volatility makes this a difficult spinner for those with smaller balances, despite the welcome 10p minimum bet. We only really recommend this kind of game to those with experience playing high variance slots and the patience to sit through those long frustrating spells as you attempt to bust though the barrier to the Encore Free Spins. This is where the payouts can really mount up, especially if you manage to find good multiplier wilds along with high value locked-reels.
In summary, this slot has some powerful features and potentially strong payouts if everything comes together on the night. If you love extreme volatility and enjoy the glam rock theme, you can join Kiss on the slots stage on December 9th 2021.