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Def Leppard: Hysteria
It’s time to practice your head bagging, fellow Wombats! Fans of this English hard rock/heavy metal band will love Play’n Go’s Def Leppard slot which is named after the band’s 4th studio album: Hysteria. And if you are not a fan of their music, stay with me as this is one great game.
The gameplay here features multiple nods to Def Leppard. Having sold over 100 million records globally, it was only time until Def Leppard got their slot.
Play’n Go have opted for a Cluster Pays mechanic here instead of paylines, and there is lots of potential across this 5×7 play grid. That’s 3 more rows than Warrior Ways from Hacksaw Gaming (1024 Ways to Win) which will give you an idea of the direction they are heading with this one.
This homage to Def Leppard features some great visual effects, from the stage background to band-related symbols. There are also bonus titles based on the band, such as the Pour Some Sugar On Me Free Spins feature.
If you live to rock and roll or are just looking for a great video slot, this release is well worth a spin or two. The design is up there with the likes of Amazing Link Fates from Spinplay.
Def Leppard Hysteria Design
The 35-symbol play grid is positioned centre stage at one of Def Leppard’s legendary shows, across which you will aim to land symbols in clusters of 5 or more.
The background consists of a dark stage illuminated by various light fixtures and an interesting design to the rear. There are floodlights above the stage and to the top-left and right of the screen; footlights shine beams of blue upwards in all directions from the bottom of the screen. We’re in the mosh pit baby!
To the back of the stage, you might notice the backdrop to Def Leppard’s Hysteria album if you are a fan.
In the far bottom of the screen, you can view all of the game options, including audio settings and the balance, bet level and your wins during play.
Def Leppard Hysteria Gameplay
Across the 35 symbol places in the Def Leppard Hysteria slot, your aim is to land clusters of the same symbols with different payouts triggered by 5 to 15+ clusters.
The symbols in play here include the lower value card symbols: the Club, Spade, Heart and Diamond shapes in various colours that can payout up to 20x the stake. Another star-shaped symbol sets off a higher payout of up to 30x the stake if you can land 15 or more in a single cluster across the grid.
Higher value symbols are related to the band and their songs; a return of up to 80x the stake is triggered by the Rocket symbol based on a hit song from Hysteria. Next up is the Union Cross bass guitar used by Rick Savage that can payout up to 200x the stake.
The second-highest main game payout is from the leopard symbol that will trigger 500x your stake for a cluster of 15 or more. Finally, the highest base game return is scored from the trippy screaming faces found on the Hysteria album cover; these can payout up to 1,000x the stake.
There is also a Wild/Scatter symbol in play here; this ‘W’ can be used to make up wins and access bonus features during play. Let’s take a look at those.
Def Leppard Hysteria Bonus Features
As well as the cascading reels in play that replace winning symbols with new ones for an additional chance of a win, the Wild symbols are key to many features here. The ‘W’ symbol can act as a traditional wild to substitute for the main game symbols and complete clusters on the grid of course.
Break it up
At random during play, symbols on the play grid can move and take up new positions. If this feature triggers between 3 and 6, Wild symbols are also added to the grid.
Fire Me Up
With every spin of the reels, a symbol is chosen and loaded into the charge meter to the right of the grid. Any winning clusters involving the symbol will begin to fill the charge meter with up to 306 Wild symbols added to the grid when the meter is full. The Fire Me Up symbols charge meter can be retriggered with four consecutive symbol clusters throughout play.
Pour Some Sugar on Me
To access the Free Spins feature here, you need to spell the word SUGAR with each letter on a reel of the grid. This will trigger 5 Free Spins, during which the symbols charge meter can reward multiplier Wilds. This Wild drops down a space with each cascading win, increasing the multiplier by x1 with a maximum of 7x the win. There’s definitely a sugar coating on this one!
Sugar Me Sweet
On each non-winning spin during the Free Spins, between 6 and 9 symbols morph into whichever symbol is on the charge meter, making it easier to land Wild symbols.
Def Leppard Hysteria Summary
The Deff Leppard slot from Play’n Go is full of interesting imagery and stuffed full of bonus features related to the legendary band. There is some decent winning potential in this cluster-pays mechanic slot, especially with the multi-purpose Wild symbols.