Rednex K.O, a new slot title from Green Jade Games, produced in collaboration with Wundermachine, is based on the popular 90s country crossover hit ‘Cotton Eye Joe’ by Swedish group Rednex.
The game has an instant impact, if not for the cartoon-style visual design, then definitely thanks to the audio, which evokes mid-1990s fun with Cotton Eye Joe on repeat. Be warned, you will be humming ‘where did you come from, where did you go’ all day.
Complete with trademark Green Jade Games’ mechanics, this slot transports players to the late-night barn dances in the deep south.
With that in mind, it seems fitting that the backdrop for the game is a barn, revamped to present a music stage with a pile of speakers to the right of the stage/grid.
The low-value symbols within the slot come in the form of wooden crates with the A-J symbols accompanying it. Alongside these are an animal skull, can of beer, banjo and a gap-toothed hillbilly. The highest value symbol in the game is the cowgirl who pays up to 60-times the total stake, depending on how many land on a payline.
During a base game spin, a pair of cowboy boots become special dancing wilds that can appear anywhere apart from reel one. Upon landing, the Dancing Wilds feature is activated while awarding a respin.
As that respin commences, the dancing wild moves one reel to the right, with each shift to the right adding a 1x multiplier. The respins continue until the dancing wilds drop off the right side of the reel.
The game also comes with Suitcase symbols. If the player lands three of these in a horizontal line, it will award them with an instant cash prize. But if the player lands four or more, the Knock Out feature will be triggered.
Within this feature, there will be a stack of thumping speakers made up of 10 chargeable lights. Within every cycle of five spins, one of the lights will be illuminated and turn green. When all the lights turn green, the player will activate the Smash feature. This feature allows the player to smash symbols in order to try and create a line or horizontal suitcases.
Furthermore, players can activate the Dynamite Fishing Bonus feature by landing four, five or six suitcases on a horizontal line. Once activated, they will be directed to a new screen where you lob sticks of dynamite into a lake.
Each fish that floats to the surface comes with a cash prize attached. The more suitcases from the trigger, the more dynamite you get to throw.
Following the overpowering introduction, does the game continue at the same energy level? No. Is this a bad thing? Not at all.
The high-energy music, while on loop, is perfectly palpable once lowered. The sound effects are rich, with Green Jade fully embracing the theme and the Rednex vibe.
While playing the base game and awaiting the feature trigger, the Dancing Wilds introduced a nice sense of excitement and, during this road test at least, appeared more frequently than one might expect.
Respins and increasing multipliers will also keep players engaged during the base game, while they wait for the features to be triggered.
The Dynamite Fishing feature, while visually different from other typical features, doesn’t quite deliver the thrills one might expect, considering the difficulty in activating it.
Overall though, Rednex K.O. should be hailed a success. Branded slots can sometimes deliver cautious gaming experiences – but Green Jade Games should be congratulated in being bold in their execution.
While diehard Rednex fans will be drawn in by the game theme, there is more than enough on offer to satisfy the casual slots player.