James Dean

This Next Gen Gaming design is a nostalgic homage to the great 1950s Hollywood star. The rebel without a cause himself is of course centre stage on this title, with the reel symbols also full of other nostalgic totems of the era. These include a film reel, a pair of stylish sunglasses, a vintage motorcycle and a convertible sports car. These are supplemented by a selection of high playing card values. This is a great game to play whichever type of device you choose to use. Indeed, its bright and clear reel symbols are ideally suited to on the go play on your mobile or tablet. Fans of the full widescreen Hollywood effect may well prefer to experience this title on the bigger display of course.

Game Play

This game features 25 possible winning lines, and you can set your stake at a range of values, varying from as little as 25p up to £50 per spin. The Scatter symbol is James’ Walk of Fame Star. Get three or more anywhere on your reels to trigger ten free spins. All prizes are doubled during these spins. The star of the great movie The Wild One could not have anticipated being truly a Wild on a slot game, but on this game the Wild symbol is indeed James Dean himself, set against a blue neon background. He can appear on reels 2, 3 and 4, substituting for any of the other regular symbols but not the special James Dean feature characters or the Scatter. Get all three and yet more free re-spins are awarded. In fact, you get an additional three. Not only this, but any of the three reels can become an expanded Wild, and all winning prizes are tripled. The maximum possible line win is awarded if you manage to get all five sports cars on your winning line. Achieve this and you really have won the jackpot, with your prize amounting to a whopping 5000 x your original stake.

Special Features

In the James Dean Pick Bonus Feature, you need to get three of the purple James Dean portraits anywhere on your reels. You then get the chance to pick from a selection of options, with the potential to win up to 150 x your original bet. You may also be rewarded with a chance to pick again, or even a “Win All” award. Even better, if you achieve these purple symbols during your free Spins, you can win up to 300 x your original stake. Get them during your Legends spins to win up to 750 x the triggering bet.

During the Free Spins Feature, look out for the Clapper Board, which can appear on reel 3. Getting one of these awards you up to three additional Legend free spins. These are accumulated and played after your original ten free spins, with Legends prizes multiplied by five.

You also get the chance to gamble any line wins with the game’s gamble feature. Guess the correct colour to double your win, while guessing the right suit will quadruple your prize. You can repeat this process up to five times, but always remember, the first time you guess wrong, you lose the lot.


This is a well-designed tribute, which will entertain James Dean fans and film buffs eager for 50s nostalgia across the globe. The innovative special features add to the excitement and offer the opportunity for lots of extra spins for your money, plus the potential for some handsome prizes. The theoretical Return to Player rate (RTP) is over 95%.