Ozzy Osbourne Slot (NetEnt): Overview
Even if you're not a metalhead, it's unlikely you've never heard of Ozzy Osbourne. To most, he's known as a heavy metal pioneer with a career spanning four decades and whose music remains as relevant today as ever. To others, he's best known as the confused rock star dad from the reality show The Osbournes. Gambling degenerates might also know him as the face of Metal Casino. Already involved in the casino industry, it's not all that surprising to see him appear in a slot of his own that sees NetEnt further expand its portfolio of branded rock-themed slots that also includes titles such as Guns n' Roses, Jimi Hendrix and Motörhead.
Having been shrouded in great secrecy by NetEnt, we had no idea what to expect when booting up the slot for the first time. Fans of Ozzy will undoubtedly get a kick out of the splash screen in which The Prince of Darkness can be seen sitting on his throne whilst the hit track Mr. Crowley can be heard blasting from the speakers. Mechanically, it's not quite as exciting, but the foundation on which the game is built is solid. Glued together by 20 fixed paylines, the classic 5-reel, 3-row layout almost stands as a testament to the resilience of Ozzy himself. Playable from 0.20 to €/£100 per spin, the Ozzy Osbourne video slot is a medium variance offering that comes with two RTP settings. More on that further below.
The game is nicely designed in 1980s comic book style, reminding us a bit of Red Tiger's 2019 release Devil's Number. Dark, sinister and gloomy, the reels are set against the entrance of a temple flanked by two demons and with the Ozzy Osbourne logo positioned at the top. Of course, you'll also hear various guitar licks and clips of original Ozzy tracks playing throughout the session such as Diary of a Madman and Bark at the Moon. Spinning on the reels you'll see 4 lower value symbols in the form of roses, crucifixes, skulls, and ravens. The 4 premiums are all portrayed by Ozzy himself with the bat-eating version of him being the most rewarding, giving you 50 times your stake for a combination of five on a full payline. The devil bat is the wild, it substitutes for all symbols bar the scatter and appears on all reels.
Ozzy Osbourne Slot (NetEnt): Features
The Ozzy Osbourne video slot comes packed to the brim with features. Before you start playing, however, it can probably be a good idea to decide whether you want to play with the Bonus Bet option enabled or not. Activating it will cost you twice as much playing (i.e. a bet size of €1 will increase to €2), but in turn you get to play with several significant benefits - hit frequency, bonus frequency, and multiplier values will all increase as well as giving you one extra free spin when triggered. Keep reading for more details.
Moving on to the features, keep an eye out for the scatter symbol which appears on reels 1, 3, and 5. If you land two during the base game, the Re-Spin feature comes into play whilst also activating the Charge Up feature. In the upper left corner, the Symbol Spinner box defines the symbol. Next, the Feature Spinner box in the upper right corner defines the feature that is applied to this chosen symbol for the Re-Spin. If a scatter symbol appears on the Symbol Spinner, the Bat Head appears on the Feature Spinner, prompting the Free Spins to trigger after the Re-Spin feature.
You can also activate the Free Spins feature the traditional way by landing 3 scatter symbols on reels 1, 3, and 5 simultaneously. Now, if you have activated the Bonus Bet, you get 5 free spins. Otherwise, you only get 4. Once in, you'll benefit from the Symbol Charge-Up feature triggering on every spin. Again; first, the Symbol Spinner defines the symbol while the Feature Spinner defines the feature that is applied to the chosen symbol until the end of the feature. If the Symbol Spinner reveals a scatter symbol during the free spins feature, one extra free spin is awarded up to a total of 7.
Central to the action in the Ozzy Osbourne video slot is the Symbol Charge-Up feature. These are the features that can be revealed in the Feature Spinner box:
- Coin Win - Each chosen symbol that appears in view awards a coin prize equal to a 3 of a kind win
- Symbol Multiplier - All winning combinations with the chosen symbol receive a multiplier boost by the awarded multiplier. With the Bonus Bet option enabled, the multiplier values are 5x and 7x (which can combine to 12x) as opposed to 2x and 3x when deactivated.
- Wild - All instances of the chosen symbol are transformed into wilds.
- Upgrade - All instances of the chosen symbol will transform into the next premium symbol in the paytable for increased wins.
Ozzy Osbourne Slot (NetEnt): Verdict
Like many of NetEnt's branded titles, Ozzy Osbourne is quite an average slot. For a game that's based on an artist that became known for chewing on bat heads on stage, the slot is disappointingly tame. Moreover, with the features being so confusing, we can't help but feel that the developers have over-complicated the game a bit. It's certainly not a slot that you'll understand from the get-go. For most players, it will take quite a few spins before things start to make any sense.
Unless you're a fan of Ozzy, there isn't that much here to get you on the hook. Even the payouts are quite disappointing. Although NetEnt's data sheet seems to imply that the game theoretically should be able to reward wins of over 10,000x, this was never achieved during a cycle of over 9 billion spins. Realistically speaking, don't expect to see wins of over 2,500x here.
In the free spins feature, expect most returns to be around 40-100x. Moreover, activating the Bonus Bet option has a dramatic effect on the gameplay as it allocates significantly more RTP to the free spins feature instead of the base game. The free spins frequency also increases quite significantly.
The Ozzy Osbourne slot comes across as more of a show-off product for NetEnt than anything else. Yes, fans of Ozzy will probably like it for the familiar imagery and music, and some might like the style of the game, but the majority of players will move on once the novelty wears off - which shouldn't take too long.
If you're a fan of branded slots we suggest you also look into NetEnt's 2020 release Street Fighter 2. Based on the iconic 1991 arcade video game, the Street Fighter 2 slot utilises NetEnt's Avalanche and cluster pays system.