Motorhead was a British rock and roll band. Their fans associated their music
with sub-genres like heavy, speed, and thrash metal. But founder Ian Fraser
“Lemmy” Kilmister always insisted they were a rock band with punk roots.
The band’s sound was full, powerful, and energetic. They recorded dozens of
albums and EPs across a 40-year history. The band’s line up changed every now
and then but Kilmister was there from start to finish, until the day he died.
Surviving band members decided not to go on without him.
The best known Motorhead song may be “Ace of Spades”, the title track from an
album released in 1980. The song became an instant favorite with the fans. And
every book and article mentioning the group ever after had to talk about “Ace of
Lemmy once mentioned in an interview that he had grown sick of the song. He
claimed he’d sung “Eight of Spades” for two years and no one ever noticed the
change in lyric. He preferred playing slots to playing cards, “but you can’t
really sing about spinning fruit” he noted.
Motorhead now have a slot game named and styled for the band. But Lemmy might
have been disappointed to see “Ace of Spades” featured as the main song in the
The credits page lists four songs from the game:
- “Ace of Spades”
- “Iron Fist”
- “Killed by Death”
The last song may be the second best known song in the group’s repertoire.
Only “Killed by Death” is performed by a lineup other than “classic Motorhead”.
(Classic Motorhead consisted of Kilmister, Philip John Taylor, and Edward Alan
The game’s ambient graphics and sounds put the player in a concert hall
setting. The five reels form an unusual pattern, though, because reel 1 only has
three slots and reel 5 has five slots. Besides the unusual layout, the game also
comes with a serious warning when it loads. People prone to photosensitive
epilectic seizures are cautioned that the game features flashing lights.
The intro video is longer than it needs to be for this reason. There’s a
second screen features a scrolling marquee with the game’s special features.
Anyone moving past the second screen accepts responsibility for how the game’s
visual effects may affect them.
And there is an Easter egg in the user interface, albeit a small one. After
you click the Spin button you can click anywhere on the screen to halt the
spinning reels. A quick flash like a camera going off signals that you are
stopping the spin animation. But the real flashing lights start popping when you
win a prize.