MicroGaming figured that the first 2 Retro Reel slots were popular, and have brought out a 3rd version. Retro Reels: Extreme Heat Slot dispenses with the jazz of diamond glitz, and the crazy jingles of the original game – and brings out the rock guitars. There are plenty of flames on the reels too. These cover very traditional slot symbols like 7’s and bars.
The game play features which made the other slots in this range a success are still in place. You can respin individual reels as many times as you wish. You can also trigger up to 25 free spins, each of which will have doubled wins.
Each of the retro reels slots so far has added 5 more win-lines. This one takes the total to 30 (over the same 5-reel, 3 row grid). You can lower this number, though the coin size and multiplier options mean that most players will be able to find a spin amount that works with all 30 lines in play. You can find auto-play, which is configurable, via the ‘expert’ control panel.
The first page of the pay table information shows that the max win on any spin is 440,000 coins. This would involve the free spins feature (and a lot of big wins and retriggers).
A few pages in, and you’ll find the regular wins. These are headed up by the flaming dollar signs, which are the wild symbols. This symbol replaces any regular one to create extra wins. It also has the single biggest line prize.
Lining up 5 wilds gets you 10,000 coins. 4 of them are worth 1000 – a prize double that of the next winning symbols. You’ll also get smaller prizes for 3 and 2 from the left.
Though there are 3 types of 7’s (all covered in orange flames), the prizes are identical. Triple, double and single red 7’s each get you 500 coins for 5. The flaming bars worth the same way, with 3 types all paying 250 coins. There are 3 non-flaming symbols in play. These are retro slot symbols in the form of a bell, lemon and cherry.
Any mix of 3 7’s or 3 bars gets you a small win.
You’ll be offered the chance to respin reels after any regular spin. You can keep on respinning as many times as you like (though you’ll only be paid once for each win). To do this you will find respin buttons under each reel. These have a price to pay for the spin. This is based on the likelihood of that spin hitting a win.
Changing your bet size or number of lines is not possible without revoking the respin for the last spin. You also do not get this option during free spins or during automatic play.
Your biggest wins can come when you trigger free spins. Special symbols which trigger the bonus also double up as scatter symbols. These say ‘5 Free Spins Bonus’. If you get all 5 in view, you will win the maximum 25 free spins, plus 50x your total bet amount.
A minimum of 2 special symbols are needed to trigger the bonus with 10 free spins. This bonus sees rock music play, and (more importantly) double prizes for any wins. You can retrigger for more spins with 2+ of the special symbols.
You’ll find a mix of retro features and bright, cartoon-like flames on the reels. Like the other slots in this series, it has been designed to recreate that traditional slot feel. The logo above the reels has bright flames on either side. The backs of the reels are white. This brings out the simple flame effects around the familiar symbols.
MicroGaming have gone for rock music with this game. This kicks in when you spin, look at the pay table and is constant during the free spins bonus. When you win you get an odd electronic jingle instead. There is an alert jingle after you leave the slot idle. This combines with 2 moving arrows, reminding you of the respin option.
If you enjoy the last slots in this series, then this game makes for a lively new update. MicroGaming casinos have kept the game play the same, and added guitars and flames to create a new atmosphere. As before, your biggest wins will come from the free spins. If you wish, respinning individual reels does break up the usual game play.