If you’ve been following what we’ve been writing recently, you may have noticed that we’ve been doing a lot of “inspired” posts, recommending our favorites in different categories. These have included things like our top 10 beach-inspired pokies, top 10 superhero pokies, and even top 10 fairy tale pokies. Well, now we bring you our top 10 music inspired pokies because as the saying goes, music makes the world go round. Or in this case, the reels.
What makes a pokies musical?
While pretty much all online pokies have some sort of musical soundtrack accompanying the action as you play, others have music at their heart and soul. These are the music-themed pokies we’re talking about. Some take on a certain musical genre like jazz or rock. Others are based on famous musicians – in fact, you may be surprised by all the bands and singers you can encounter on the reels.
But there’s no need to give you a song and a dance to introduce our intent. This list is about our favorite music inspired pokies you can play online. So curtains up, crank up the volume, and get ready to move and groove as we embark on a journey to discover the best musical pokies around.
Karaoke Party (Microgaming)
Everyone loves to pretend to be a star, and belt it out at the karaoke machine. As such, we’re starting our list with a warm-up act for all the aspiring singers out there, Karaoke Party from Microgaming. Expect bright colors, flashing lights, and music to get you in the mood. It’s kind of crowded and loud, but that’s exactly the point. It’s karaoke after all. Further, on theme, you’ll find the regular sort of folks you’d expect at a karaoke night out, like the talented soloist, groups of guys and gals at the mic, and the Karaoke Party emblem as the wild symbol. With 5 reels and 9 paylines that are always activated you don’t have a worry on your mind as to what to do next. Just place your wagers, and let loose for terrific entertainment available at any time.
Disco Spins (NetEnt)
Next up on our playlist, pun intended, we’ve got Disco Spins. Besides the excellent user experience, with the clear navigation and game functions synonymous with the game’s developer NetEnt, you’ve got all the great elements a disco party should bring. For starters, there are a true 1970s feel popping from the reels with cute and colorful bobble-headed disco dancers doing their thing in the neon strobe lights along with the backdrop of this 5 reel, 20 pay line game. The two big features here are the Dance Floor Wild in which any dancer that lands on a symbol matching their costume turn into a wild, and the Disco Spins bonus which can be played in one of two modes, as you please. The music is great, the atmosphere is ripe, and the winning potential is big. So put on your jumpsuit, if you still have one tucked away, and get ready for a virtual boogie on the virtual dance floor playing the dazzling Disco Spins pokies game.
Jimi Hendrix (NetEnt)
NetEnt actually does a lot of games in the music genre. Some cover styles like Disco Spins above, while others are all about lead singers, bands and acts. Hence we bring you Jimi Hendrix, one of the best music inspired pokies around by all accounts. Those who are already fans of this mythical star will especially enjoy the game’s soundtrack which actually includes some of his most famous tunes like Purple Haze and Foxy Lady, as well as samples of his iconic guitar riffs. There’s also an overall 1960s vibe, with some groovy style artwork along the reels – like the animated flower, eye, and guitar – as well as a headshot of Hendrix himself, the legend in all his great glory. Keeping on theme with the guitar master and his works, all five bonus features take inspiration from his songs, with free spins named after his classics like Crosstown Traffic and Little Wing. Overall we’d have to say, sweet sounds for your ears and a great game for the musical soul.
Guns N’ Roses (NetEnt)
For those in search of a more rock-inspired musical experience, we suggest you give the Guns N’ Roses game a spin. Also created by the developers at NetEnt, this pokies machine as the name implies stars one of rock’s biggest bands, the guys from Guns N’ Roses. Almost as awesome as seeing Slash and Axl Rose play live, is seeing them along the 5 reels of this 20 pay line game. And what the game offers that a concert doesn’t is the choice of songs which is up to you. As for the awesome features, they’re all aptly named to keep in spirit with the sound. That means you’ve got the expanding wilds for starters, Legend spins, Appetite for Destruction wild, and the Guitar Solo multiplier. Plus, you’ve got the crowd built in, that goes wild with delight every time you win. So turn up the volume, and get ready to rock out, with Guns N’ Roses and its legendary gameplay.
Megadeth (Leander Games)
Looking for something a little harder in your musical style? Well, look no further, because here we’ve to go Megadeth by Leander Games, coming in at the middle of our list. Perhaps not for the faint of heart – featuring the thrash metal band including mates David Ellefson, Dave Mustaine, Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover along the reels – this is a 40 pay line game that can best be described as hardcore play. For example, you’ve got the Mega Nudge feature in which 3 nudges can deliver a better winning combination and multiple levels of bonus screens in which you spin a wheel to win either cash or access to another two features. You’ve also got the rather unique Headcrusher bonus round in which you actually pick prisoners (yes you read that right) to either increase or decrease your prize, with the female bringing it up and the male bringing it down. So whether you’re an actual Megadeth fan, or just looking for something different to play, this is a good choice for those adrenaline junkies out there.
Elvis – The King Lives (WMS)
A list of music inspired online pokies couldn’t possibly be complete without a visit from the King of rock n’ roll himself, and that is none other than, you guessed it, Elvis Presley. While he can’t appear in flesh these days for obvious reasons, the Elvis – The King Lives game from WMS gives a nice spin on his actual presence. Highlights of this unconventional 11 reel, 80 pay line poker machine include the reel symbols themselves like blue suede shoes, guitars, and even a hound dog. There are free games, a multiplier of up to 100X(!) and a terrific Jukebox feature with famous video clips worked in showing top Elvis tunes like Hound Dog and Big Hunk O’Love. Plus, you’ve got the Double Money Burst mechanism for delivering heftier prizes. In other words, there are a lot of tricks up this pop star’s virtual sleeve – and a lot of winning potential for the lucky folks out there.
DJ Wild (ELK Studios)
Dance lovers. This one’s for you. Another neon pokies game popping this time with electro beats, perfectly in tune for the all-night ravers out there. Actually, you don’t need to be a night owl or a serious partier to enjoy this game. You just need to enjoy the type of music designed to get your blood pumping and your booty on the dance floor. Unique to this game is the betting strategies available. Known as the Jumper (which raises with each win), the Optimiser (based on a percentage of your balance), the Leveller (that raises after 5 losses in a row), and the Booster (which raises when you win) they’re each designed to take action based on what came before. That is, instead of manually wagering each time, you can pre-set the tool and the game will automatically place your bets accordingly on the following spins. Another thing we love about this game is how it pays; that is, both ways. If all that wasn’t enough, there are also the symbols themselves like headphones, decks, the mixing desk, and the synthesizer that get us in the mood – for trance and wins that is, or at least some light-hearted fun.
The Jazz Club (Playtech)
Packed with some serious style and silky music that soothes the soul, we introduce you to our next top music pokies, The Jazz Club from Playtech. Basically, the game looks terrific and is perfectly on target in terms of the sultry atmosphere it aims to create. The action takes place against a brick backdrop, the basic symbols like the letters and the numbers are appropriately prominent in fluorescent neon colors, and the trumpet player, pianist, and cellist take center stage in all their animated glory – particularly when put into action when you land a winning combination. Authentic, classy and packed with great bluesy tunes, this game delivers a fantastic experience every time. It’s not just one of the best music inspired pokies, it’s one of Playtech’s best performing games. Or if you want to be a bit cheesy about it, you might say: this is a game that hits all the right chords.
Samba Brazil (Playtech)
Moving on over to another part of the world and its musical style, we’re on to a very different beat with Samba Brazil. Another Playtech favorite, this one brings us the unique rhythms of the Rio de Janeiro Carnival, its hot sun and sexy, half-naked dancers. Its 5 reels, 25 pay line setup may classify as rather standard, but the colorfulness of this game and its detailed design are what make it stand out from the pack with symbols like fire eaters, samba drums, garrotes, and maracas shaking around. The expanding wilds are great and so are the scatters, 2 of which can earn you a random prize, 3 or 4 of which reward you with the Samba Music Bonus, and 5 of which trigger a 100X multiplier. And then there’s the music, which is nothing short of electrifying. Catchy, spirited and bursting with flamboyance, Samba Brazil is a true pokies celebration we encourage you to catch all year round.
Esqueleto Explosivo (Thunderkick)
And finally, we conclude our musical pokies recommendations with a game whose name doesn’t quite roll off of the tongue, for those of us less practiced at least. But never mind, you don’t need to say it out loud. Just copy paste the name Esqueleto Explosivo to find an online casino serving up this fantastic Thunderkick game. What this pokies machine has going for it is the originality of its spin on the music theme. Taking place during what is known as the Mexican Day of the Dead it stars a five-piece band comprised of skeletons with colorful skulls, known as Enrico Mortis and The Boners. Highly amusing, you’ll love how the band breaks into song each time you hit a winning combination. The screen setup as well is totally great, with the stacks of skulls forming the rows, rather than a simple grid. Local music blares in the background, fireworks explode in the sky, and entertainment basically explodes from the screen with this incredibly engaging, truly novel pokies game.
The bottom line on the best music-themed online pokies machines
While all online pokies games have accompanying music, for some the music is simply a matter of background noise or a bit of ambiance. You might even say it’s an after-thought that the developers tacked on. For other online pokies games, however, music plays a starring role. This is particularly true in those pokies machines proactively inspired by music as a theme. In these games, it’s the tunes, the tones, the compositions and the songs that make the gaming experience pop. And that’s what makes them one of our top picks for the best pokies games around.