James Dean Slot
James Dean is a 5-reel, fixed 25-pay line online slot from NextGen Gaming. As you very probably have already worked out, this slot is based on the legend that was James Dean – a movie super star and cultural icon of teen rebellion in the 1950s. Dean made an accomplished movie debut in 1955's 'East of Eden' in which he played disillusioned loner Cal Trask. His pivotal role came that same year when he portrayed rebellious teenager Jim Stark in 'Rebel Without a Cause'. The only other role he ever played was ranch hand Jeff Rink in Giant, which was released in 1956. Sadly, in September 1955 Dean was driving a Porsche 550 when he hit a Ford Tudor at an intersection just outside Los Angeles. While his passenger survived, Dean experienced multiple injuries, and he was pronounced DOA when he arrived at the nearest hospital.
The symbols used in this game all celebrate Dean's legend. There are iconic images of Dean himself, alongside sports cars, motorcycles, film reels and aviator sunglasses. Added to the reels are playing card values ten to ace all presented in a cinema countdown style. There are twenty five reels in this slot, and that total is fixed. You can choose the size of your coin from 0.01 to 2.00, and your total wager is this amount multiplied by twenty-five. When you're ready to rebel, hit the spin button.
Payout & bonus rounds
Payouts start at 5x your bet-per-line for three tens. The payout that will win you the Oscar is five sports cars at 5,000x your line bet.
The blue James Dean symbol appears as a wild symbol on the central three reels and substitutes for all other symbols aside from the purple James Dean symbol, the clapperboard symbol and the 'Walk of Fame' star symbol. If you land three wild symbols anywhere on the reels you win three re-spins in which all wins are tripled. For each spin reel 2, 3 or 4 will become an expanded wild.
The star symbol acts as a scatter. You win ten free games where all prizes are doubled if you land three or more star symbols anywhere on the reels, and you win a cash prize if you land at least two star symbols.
Whenever the clapperboard symbol appears you win legend spins in which all prizes are multiplied by five.
If you land three James Dean Pick Bonus (purple) symbols you get to select one of them – behind each is a mystery multiplier that could be worth up to 150x. This rises to 300x during free spins and 750x during legend spins.
All wins can be gambled – double-or-quits by guessing the colour of a concealed card, and quadruple-and-quits by guessing the suit of a concealed card.
James Dean's movie career was unfortunately short, but we don't think the slots career of this game will be quite so brief. However, we also don't think it will become a legend like the movie star it honours. All the features here can be found on other games, so there's nothing radical about this slot. It plays well, and for James Dean fans, it will undoubtedly become a real star.