Hands up for those who ever heard of the band Black Mamba?
It doesn’t matter. We had never heard of this Italian pop-rock band, either.
The band truly exists, and although the name of the group might suggest that they produce heavy music, it is not the case.
Black Mamba is a grid slot, a type of slot Play’n GO has been very successful with in the past.
In terms of game mechanics, Black Mamba is very similar to Moon Princess. It has the same setup, paylines and way of activating free spins. Fortunately, it is not an exact copy: there are enough differences, so it’s all fresh and new.
What are the theoretical RTP, the variance and the maximum win of the Black Mamba slot?
The default theoretical payout percentage is 96.5%. It sounds great. Please note, though, that there are also versions of this slot with an RTP of only 94.50%. That makes quite a difference. Please check the game rules of your online casino. Can’t you find the 96.5%? Then go find yourself a better online casino.
The maximum win is 5,000 x the total bet. It is a cap, which is typical for Play’n GO and wins of such magnitude will be sporadic.
Play’n GO qualifies this slot as a “very high variance” slot. We are however a bit sceptical, as Play’n GO tends to rate (almost) all her slots as (very) high variance slots. We need to be stricter (to distinguish the real, volatile slots) and therefore qualify this slot as a medium to high variance slot.
The top payouts will typically be around 500 x to 1,000 x the bet.
Gameplay and features of the Black Mamba slot
Black Mamba is played on a playing field of 5 x 5 symbols. Winning combinations are created by making vertical or horizontal combinations of 3 or more of the same symbols or band members.
Winning combinations disappear, making way for other symbols to drop from higher positions on the grid. With each winning combination, the multiplier is increased by +1.
In a winning combination of 3 symbols (horizontal or vertical), the middle symbol changes into a sticky wild, which helps you to make new winning combinations.
You can bet from $€0,20 to $€100 per spin.
Symbols and payouts
The band members are the premium symbols. You may play combinations of identical band members, but if you (only) get a mix of band members, you also get a payout.
Singer Martina is the most lucrative symbol and yields a win of 50 x the bet for a 5-of-a-kind on the same row or column.
The other band members (Fred, Cecilia and Alexandra) give you a win of 5x the bet if you manage to get 5 of them on the same row or column.
The low symbols consist of guitar picks, drumsticks, headphones and microphones.
The Black Mamba itself is the wild symbol and gives you 25x the total bet for 5 of them.
There is a multiplier active. After each winning combi in the same spin, the multiplier increases by +1.
After each non-winning spin, one of the band members performs a solo act and gives you a helping hand:
- Alexandra: She destroys two types of symbols and helps you empty the grid
- Cecilia: She delivers you 1 or 2 wilds
- Fred: The somewhat nerdy Fred changes one symbol into another symbol.
- Martina: She destroys the bottom row, and if she’s in a good mood, she adds her own symbol on the grid
Free spins bonus
To win the free spins bonus, you have to go through two phases.
1. You must first earn a concert performance by filling the meter on the left. You do so if you manage to get winning combos of all the four band members in a single spin.
2. Afterwards, the grid is filled again with 25 symbols. Now you get all the four boosters of all the band members in a row. If you manage to clear the grid, you win access to the free spins.
You start the free spins bonus with 8 free spins. The multiplier that was active during the base game is still applicable in the free spins bonus and does not reset. That’s a good start!
During the free spins, the band member who was active when you activated the bonus (Alexandra, Cecilia or Fred) is also here to help you after every non-winning spin. And Martina shows her beautiful face every time.
If you manage to fill the band-meter again, you gain another +2 or +4 extra free spins.
If you manage the clear (unlock) the entire grid, you get an additional win of 50x the bet. That can come in handy!
Our verdict the Black Mamba slot
We love these kinds of grid slots that have lots of mini-features. The animations are spot on, and the Black Mamba band is not bad at all.
Black Mamba may seem a bit overwhelming for players at the beginning, with all those boosters, intermediate steps and multipliers. But before you know it, you will get to grips with the mechanisms of the slot.
Impatient players may think that free spins are too time-consuming. On the other hand, players who seek entertainment will get it!
The prizes are pretty spectacular and bagging a win of 1,000x the bet is possible.
A very successful slot, once again, by the Swedish slots wizards of Play’n GO.
4 out of 5 stars.
Where can you find Black Mamba?
The Black Mamba slot is found at all reliable Blueprint Gaming casinos. One of these casinos is Slots Million, a very reputable online casino with a massive selection of slots.
You can play the Black Mamba slot at Slots Million with a 100% bonus up to $100 plus 100 free spins.