Rocky theme and graphics
If you were a fan of the Rocky slot movie franchise, then you’ll already be familiar with the characters that appear across the reels of this online slots game. But even if you weren’t a great fan, you’ll still almost certainly be aware of Sylvester Stallone’s iconic fighter, who was prepared to battle the odds as he battled to become a world-class boxer.
The Rocky online slots game uses photographs, stills, cut scenes and music from the movie, making it instantly familiar to scores of fans. This is the tale of one man battling to become an All-American hero, and there’s plenty of images of the stars and stripes across the reels. Rather than relying on the traditional playing card symbols to fill out the reels, Playtech opted for using the letters that make up the word Rocky slot games instead, which is particularly innovative. And by including the extra bonus payout for spelling the word ROCKY across the reels, they’ve even managed to squeeze in an extra element of fun into the mix.
The Rocky movies have been around for a long time now, so it’s not surprising that the screenshots look a little dated – just look at how young Sylvester Stallone looks! In fact, with all things retro enjoying a moment in the sun, this is an ideal time to dust off your old video tapes and revisit the boxing matches that saw the Italian Stallion rise to the top of the pile.
Winning symbols result in short scenes from the movies themselves, and there are oddments of the soundtrack that crop up too. However, the musical backing can quickly become tiresome, so players will probably want to acquaint themselves with the ‘mute’ button if planning an extended gaming session (you’ll find this at the top right-hand side of your screen).
Where to Play
Just as you don’t have to go to the theater to watch the Rocky movies, you also don’t have to go anywhere to play the game. Just grab your mobile and tablet and enjoy the nostalgic game at home for free in order to bring the movie alive in a whole new way. You can test out the features and enjoy the characters you hold dear.
Rocky RTP and volatility
If you’re a newbie player, you probably assume that one online slot game is much like any other, but this is actually far from the case. Seasoned players know that there are two important aspects of any online slots game that you need to establish before you start playing, so that you can make sure that you are playing games that chime with your own personal attitude towards risk.
The first thing to check, before playing any slots game, is its RTP. This is short for Return To Player, and it indicates the amount of money that a game actually pays out to its players. In the case of Rocky, the RTP is stated as being 95. But you need to be very careful when assessing this figure. Some pundits will claim that this means that if you spend 100. In terms of volatility, Rocky slot is a low/medium variance online slot.
How to play Rocky
Even if you’ve never played a single online slots game before, Rocky has been so well designed that it shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes to get to grips with the controls. This is where playing the game for free comes in so useful, as you can familiarise yourself with the gameplay and controls before ever committing any of your hard-earned cash to the outcome of a single spin.
The first thing to know about the game is that it offers 25 variable paylines. This means that you don’t have to play with all 25 active if you don’t want to. You pay your stake per line, so the fewer lines you choose to include with each spin, the lower the amount of your wager. This is great for someone on a small budget, but it’s important to keep in mind that, the fewer lines you play with, the less likelihood there is of your achieving a win. Once again, playing for free gives you licence to experiment with your wagering strategy and the paylines, to find the combination that works best for you.
Now you need to establish how much to wager per payline for every spin of the reels. The options range from a modest 0. If you look just below the third reel of the game, you’ll find the Total Bet window just below the Win window, so you can keep track of your overall wager.
How to win at Rocky
There are no great surprises in the winning mechanics for Rocky. The aim of the game is to line up three or more matching symbols across one of the active paylines, but this has to be done in a specific way. The first instance of the symbol must occur on the first reel, to the left-hand side of the screen. Subsequent winning symbols must appear on adjacent reels, moving from left to right across the screen, and they must conform to the payline structure to qualify.
Not all symbols offer the same level of financial rewards. Usually it’s the playing card symbols that deliver the lowest returns, but in this game it’s the letters that make up the word ROCKY that act as the low-paying symbols. They operate in reverse order, with the letter Y offering the lowest returns, followed by the K, C, O and R.
The character symbols pay out better financial rewards, but it’s Rocky himself who offers the biggest returns. He’s also the game’s Wild, so he’ll help you to achieve winning lines by substituting for most of the other symbols in the game too, apart from the Scatter and Bonus symbols. And unusually for an online slots game, there’s a Scatter Pays mechanic too, with just two Scatters paying out a modest cash prize. Spin up three or more though, and you’ll receive a bigger cash prize, as well as benefitting from Free Spins!
Rocky bonus features and Free Spins
All keen slots fans know that no matter how exciting and immersive an online slots game might be, it’s the bonus features that take it to the next level. Playtech is well aware of this fact, and the software developer has made sure that there are plenty of features that will hook players in and add extra levels of fun and excitement to the base game.
We’ve already mentioned the Rocky Wild, featuring Sylvester Stallone as the eponymous hero. He will substitute for any other symbol, apart from the Scatter and Bonus, so your chances of winning a cash prize are greatly enhanced whenever he makes an appearance across the reels. He also comes with the most generous paytable too, so prepare to celebrate if you manage to spin up five of a kind featuring the hero of the film franchise.
Unlike all the other symbols in the game, which start paying out for matching up three of a kind across an active payline, the Scatter symbol, featuring the Italian Stallion logo, starts paying out when you spin up just two of them anywhere across the reels. And if you’re lucky enough to spin up three or more Scatters, then you’ll benefit from a selection of free spins. Achieving three, four or five Scatters, in any position on the reels – they don’t have to appear on an active payline – will award you 15, 20 or 25 free spins respectively. And as if that’s not tempting enough, throughout the free spins a 2x Multiplier comes into play, greatly increasing any cash awards that you win during the feature.
But there’s still more to discover! Rocky also includes a fun bonus game, which is triggered by the Bonus symbols. Spin up a white boxing glove on the first reel at the same time as spinning up a red boxing glove on the fifth reel, and you’ll be awarded the Knockout Bonus. Select your opponent, and Rocky will battle with him through up to 10 rounds of boxing. You’ll win a cash prize every time Rocky wins a bout, and if he manages to achieve a knockout before the tenth round, you’ll be awarded a cash prize for the remaining bouts too!
And still the developers have managed to squeeze in a further bit of excitement. Every letter that makes up the word ROCKY can award cash prizes for matching three or more of a kind. But if you manage to spell out the word ROCKY in order, with one letter appearing on each reel in sequence, then you’ll benefit from a 5x Multiplier on your current stake. It’s not a huge sum of money, but it’s an added bit of fun, and it greatly enhances the overall gameplay.
Disclaimer: Rocky trademark / license is owned by Playtech.