UnPhiltered Slot Review: Punk Rocker by No Limit City
No Limit City (NLC) has really come a long way in the last 18 months. From games like the beautifully entitled “Kitchen Drama: Barbeque Frenzy,” the world has changed for them, and only for the better. Most of their recent releases have gone down very well, Tombstone with some huge volatility and clever bonus dynamics, Thor and his magical Hammer was fun, then the conception of Xways with Pirates vs Pixies and their more recent things. I am a fan of their games and find them one of the most inventive and innovative providers on the market (This is not a paid-for advertisement!)
Their newest release, “Punk Rocker”, is a homage to 1970’s London, using theming and symbolism to create a slot that should do well in the UK market. It’s well themed, but it’s not a pretty game. The banner at the top advertising “243 win ways” is just a green stripe, which looks ugly as hell and simple afterthoughts to the game. That being said the animations and sounds are good. The pop up when you get 2 wild reels missing a win saying “Bollocks” is hugely entertaining and actually made me laugh out loud. Nice work.
In the base game, this slot seems pretty volatile. You have a mix of things going on, possibly too much for a casual player to enjoy it, but for serious slot nerds, this is a fun game to play. Its a 5 reel base game, with a 6th reel unlocking for a 2 bonus symbol trigger for one spin to offer bigger wins, a “Riot respin”. This is a good way of rewarding a bonus tease that missed. On top of this, there is Xways dynamic, adding a specific number of random symbols to a reel, creating the opportunity for some immense ways and hits. With up to 15,000x on offer in the base game alone, it’s impressive to get that level of volatility on a standard 243-way slot. Even more “rad” is the expanding wilds which fill the reel vertically from its landing position. So all in all you are gonna take a couple of hundred spins to figure this slot out.
Free spins are achieved with 3 or 4 bonus London underground scatter symbols landing. 3 symbols give you the “Anarchy” spins, but 4 gives you the “Civil War” spins. In Anarchy free spins the scatters you hit become wilds, floating around the screen randomly per spin, the extra 6th reel opens up, and an extra sliding bar above the reels gives enhancement features. Still, confused? Me too. They can multiply your wilds, add extra ways, more free spins, expand the reel set, add another wild, or miss and give you nothing extra and make you feel like a dick. For me usually the latter. The Anarchy free spins I’ve had were incredibly volatile and variant, with wins from 10x up to way over 500x. In the Civil War, you get the same setup, same 8 free spins, but the 4 floating wilds seem to really give the potential a boost. The one time I managed these spins I won a whopping 45x stake. Which was a shame from what you can see the potential is? You really need to be landing extra wilds and connecting with some Xways hits for this bonus to go insane on the big wins. The big win music though is pretty awesome.
Legal – RTP is 96.01%. The game does have 2 bonus buy options. Anarchy Free spins at 80x stake (96.54% RTP) and Civil War spins at 238x stake (96.44% RTP). Personally, I hate bonus buy options over 100x stake, it promotes irresponsible gambling. The base game is fun enough to not need a bonus buy option too so the UK market should be happy.
Score – The review is quite serious for once. As there is too much going on in this slot to spend half of it making Johnny Rotten jokes. Theming wise the game works well, musically also. The Xways on NLC games always adds a huge win possibility which is enjoyable, and the bonuses are quite unique. It’s another good original game from a company who specialises in just that. Quality-wise is it good enough? Early signs point to yes, but the theming could be a bit divisive in some markets or fans who avoid rock-themed games. The bonus buy for 238x is the biggest negative for me, and the game does seem weighted on the volatility towards very seldom monster wins (2,000x+) over slightly more frequent very large wins (1000x ish). I tried a few bonuses buys to see what happens on the max stake and have hit just one set that paid profit, and it came from the grid expansion to 6×6 reels, so hitting that seems vital., but that should just show the possibility of life-changing wins. Most of all the game is different and fun, and that alone makes it worth of future plays.