Black Mamba Slot Review
Black Mamba is a video slot with five reels and, more unusually, five rows but without pay-lines. This is an entertaining game, although perhaps there is just a little too much about it for anyone to truly get their heads around.
When you hear the term ‘Black Mamba’ you will probably think of snakes. Indeed, a black mamba is one of the most venomous snakes on the planet, but if you have a fear of snakes then this new slot from Play’n Go should hold no fears for you as the snake-influence is kept to a minimum.
There are other uses of ‘Black Mamba’ of course. Black Mamba is a supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe. It’s also been the nickname of several esteemed sports people throughout the years, as well as the name of a roller coaster in Germany.
Here though, in this excellent Play’n Go slot, ‘Black Mamba’ is the name of a virtually-unknown Italian rock group. It’s the fourth in a series of rock-based slots from Sweden’s second-biggest online casino software provider, the others being House of Doom, Sabaton and Demon. It does seem a bizarre idea to base a slot on a group that’s had fewer hits then you grannie (unless your grannie is Cher or something), but who are we to argue?
How to Play
Black Mamba is a video slot with five reels and, more unusually, five rows but without pay-lines. Instead of pay lines you have to land at least three identical symbols in a row either horizontally or vertically. The ‘reels’ do not roll as perhaps you are used to. Instead, symbols fall into the grid from above.
Instead of choosing your coin size you select your bet per spin. This can be anything from £0.20 to £100. All payouts are paid as multiples of your bet size.
- The ‘Black Mamba’ symbol is wild and substitutes for all other symbols.
- 5x Black Mamba symbols = 25 coins (max £2,500)
- 5x Martine symbols = 50 coins (max £5,000)
- 5x Fred symbols = 5 coins (max £500)
- 5x Cecilia symbols = 5 coins (max £500)
- 5x Alexandra symbols = 5 coins (max £500)
- 5x any band member symbols = 5 coins (max £300)
- 5 x cymbal symbols = 1.5 coins (max £150)
- 5 x plectrum symbols = 1.5 coins (max £150)
- 5 x headphone symbols = 1 coin (max £100)
- 5 x microphone symbols = 1 coin (max £100)
This slot does not have a progressive jackpot attached. The maximum prize that can be awarded is 5,000 coins (max £500,000) which is achieved by clearing the entire grid during the free spins bonus round.
Each band member has a special feature that can be triggered randomly on any non-winning spin during the base game and every non-winning spin during free spins.
- Alexandra – two sets of any symbol are destroyed
- Cecilia – Up to two wilds can appear
- Fred – One set of symbols is transformed into another symbol
- Martina – The bottom row is destroyed, and a Martina symbol might be created
Each time you land 4 or 5 symbols in a row of Alexandra, Cecilia or Fred you start up Concert mode. The members of the band will take turns in performing their associated solo feature.
Winning combinations disappear when they land, and new symbols can appear, creating new winning combos. If you manage to clear the entire grid, then you earn yourself some free spins.
During free spins, the multiplier is carried over to free spins and reset to that value upon every spin.
Each band member’s solo plays on every non-winning spin during free spins, and Martina’s solo plays on each and every spin.
Graphics and Sounds
You can hear the band’s most popular tunes upon every spin during the game. How you feel about this depends upon your preferences for Italian rock music! We don’t think it sounds much different from any other rock music, and at least it’ll give something for Black Mamba’s dozens of loyal fans to listen to while they play this slot.
The graphics are decent enough. The band members jump off the slots now and again and perform their solo on the side of the screen, and the symbols are nicely animated as they slide down the playing field.
We have no idea why Play’n GO have chosen an obscure Italian rock band to be the subject of their latest slot release, and we’ll probably never find out their reasoning, so we’re just going to leave it at that. Perhaps Black Mamba will one day be as big as The Beatles, but we think we’d be better off wagering on this game as opposed to betting on Black Mamba eventually eclipsing John, Paul, George & Ringo.
This is an entertaining game, although perhaps there is just a little too much about it for anyone to truly get their heads around. At times it’s a bit tough to understand what is happening, and the ‘random’ features do not seem to be triggered on any kind of a frequent basis.
So, while you are waiting for Black Mamba to take over the musical world, this game should at least give you something to do!