We have to admit that before to Play’n GO announcing this title, we had never heard of the rock band Demon. After doing some research, we realize that most of you probably haven’t either (at least if you don’t reside in the UK). The band’s list of former members on Wikipedia is longer than the actual page, and while they do appear to have some devoted followers on Spotify, their activity is hardly noteworthy. While we’re in a bad mood, we have to question whether Play’n GO really employed a random number generator to choose this as their second branded slot machine if this is the best they could come up with.
So who precisely are Demon? To save you the trouble of clicking over to Wikipedia, we’ll inform you that the band was founded in 1979 by two people named Dave Holl and Mal Spooner in England. They are also said to be a significant band in the new wave of British heavy metal (a claim made in the article without any supporting evidence). No matter the circumstances, as a branded slot it is unlikely to generate as much interest as Sabaton.
The 5 by 3 reels and 30 paylines offer about as much excitement as the band’s most recent record. The standard 96.51% RTP provided by Play’n GO is excellent, but players should steer clear of the 94.51% variant that certain casinos may be tempted to provide. Extremely erratic, it has a characteristic that may change any singing symbol into a wild. It’s also possible to retrigger the free spins feature, at which point Hell Spins will be activated and you’ll receive a random win multiplier. Play Demon for as little as 30 cents per spin all the way up to 90€.
Demon’s aesthetics are dark and sinister. There’s a pentagram carved into a stone wall at the entrance of Hades, and beyond that, an army of demons has been summoned to rock out to the band’s biggest songs. The game’s jukebox has seven songs, one of which, “The Devil Rides Out,” was written and produced especially for this slot machine and is unlocked once 100 spins are played for real money.
How about a salary scale, then? The standard royal values from 10 to A appear on the reels in a heavy metal style. You’ll also see more rewarded lady stone sculptures, masked devils, gargoyles, and crosses. The singer himself is much more lucrative, paying out 10 times your bet for a combination of five. Baphomet acts as a wild, replacing ordinary icons (apart from the scatter) if he appears on reel 3.
Features of the Demon (Play’n GO)
If you’re looking for a slot machine worthy of a heavy metal band, look no further; this one delivers in spades. Central to the action is the Wild Mask feature – it appears on the middle reel alone and will change any occurrences of the vocalist symbol in view into wilds when it hits. Sadly, that’s it as far as the main game goes.
The Demon Free Spins bonus round is the game’s main attraction. It activates when the wild mask appears on reel 3 alongside the wild amulets on reels 1 and 5. If the wild mask lands in the middle position of the reel, you’ll receive 11 free games; otherwise, you’ll receive just 6. During this feature, any wins will be multiplied by either 2, 3, 5, or 8 times, depending on the random number generator.
Furthermore, the Hell Spins feature may be activated by landing both wild amulets on reels 1 and 5. During the Hell Spins, the win multiplier is fixed at the value chosen for the triggering spin and the number of spins ranges from 4 to 8. Now, between 6 and 10 free games are granted at random if the wild mask appears on the middle reel. If the Hell Spins feature is triggered or retriggered when the wild mask appears in the center position on reel 3, the win multiplier will be doubled for the remainder of the game’s remaining spins. While the maximum payout is 5,000 times your wager, you should set your expectations far lower considering that such a win only occurs once every 500,000,000 spins.
Case Closed on the Demon (Play n’ Go)
Game reviews with a sales pitch tone have been appearing online since the day Demon was launched, all promising the moon and praising the game as if it were the greatest thing since sliced bread. Not at all. The slot is basically a typical Play’n GO release, with high risk and not much return, even if you like the band. For such a volatile slot (highest Play’n GO volatility), the max win is shockingly modest. We can only hope that the arithmetic behind it guarantees more frequent payouts of 500x or more.
Demon is mechanically similar to Legacy of Egypt, which was based on Montezuma, a classic slot machine by WMS. Overall, it’s not nearly as impressive as Sabaton and feels like an afterthought. If you’re a fan of the band, you should listen to it at least a few times. If, like us, you’ve never ever heard of Demon, don’t bother.