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Last update: 29th June 2018
Late last year, Red Tiger Gaming released a new slot game called Rocket Men. It’s already won an award (judged by a panel of industry experts and professionals) and is quite possibly the most savagely (and blackly) funny slot game that has ever been made.
Rocket Men is based on the rivalry between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un and pits cartoon caricatures of the two “great leaders” against each other.
This type of political satire has long been part of popular culture’ but most prominently at times when ordinary people feel most threatened by political developments.
In the early 1980s, for instance, nuclear war was considered to be a clear and present danger, to the extent that there was a public information pamphlet “Protect and Survive” detailing what to do in the case of a nuclear attack. If you weren’t around during the period between the Russian invasion of Afghanistan and the fall of the Iron Curtain, it may be hard to understand just how much the threat of war permeated everything. Some examples of political satire in popular culture of the time are:
In the 1980s there was very little happening online. Some people connected via text based services such as CompuServe but there was no publicly accessible Internet and no easy way to share pictures – hence the need to propagate political satire via broadcast media and music video.
Fast forward to the present day, and ordinary people are again feeling threatened. Indeed, the Doomsday Clock is actually closer to midnight than it was in 1984 (because it measures the danger of other forms of global catastrophe such as climate change as well as the nuclear threat level). Today’s political satire comes out as a million memes…and – for the millions of people who enjoy online gambling – the Rocket Men slot, which lampoons the current President of the United States at least as savagely as Spitting Image and Frankie lampooned his earlier counterpart Ronald Reagan (Ronnie Ray-Gun as he was sometimes referred to).
So on to the slot itself. It’s a 20 line slot with an RTP of 95.34% and a plethora of bonus features, all of which are triggered by the appearance of the Don symbol on reel 1, the Kim symbol on reel 5, or both.
All in all, Red Tiger Gaming have played an absolute blinder with this slot. Not only is the theming extremely funny and well executed with lots of attention to detail, but it’s fun and exciting to play as well. To paraphrase Frankie Goes To Hollywood…..when two tribes go to war, a Super Win is all you can score!
Surprisingly, many sites which carry other Red Tiger slots such as the Daily Jackpots series don’t have Rocket Men and this goes for most UK bingo sites. At Paddy Power and Coral, Rocket Men can be played with the same wallet as bingo but in a different part of the site. Most Nektan casino sites also have it.