This game is the original Retro Reels. The idea has now been expanded into Diamond Glitz and Extreme Heat versions after the original proved popular. Ironically, a slot which was designed to show a modern look at classic retro gaming is now starting to feel dated. The classic symbols on the reels include bells, fruits, bars and sevens. A distinctive tune plays while you spin. You will also get some out of context British-accent voice prompts during the bonus game.
Free spins with doubled wins is the key feature. Unusually, you only need two special symbols anywhere in view to trigger this. There is also a ‘respin any reel’ option. Each reel will have a different price for the respin, reflecting the odds of hitting the right symbols on it.
Classic symbols do cover the reels, though the truly retro 3-reel gaming has been dispensed with. Retro Reels has 5 reels, with 3 rows of symbols on each, and 20 (changeable) win-lines which cross from the left.
You have the option to bet up to 10 coins per line, and to up your coin size from 1c each up to 25c. The control console is silver, and curved to look like a physical machine. Other buttons (via the ‘expert’ settings) include Bet Max and the obligatory auto-play.
One symbol stands out from the pack in terms of the top win. The golden dollar symbol will get you 10,000 coins for 5 of a kind, 1000 coins for 4, 100 coins for 3 and pays for 2 from the left with a 10-coin prize. All the other symbols require a minimum 3 of a kind to trigger a win.
Red and blue 7s come next, these are worth 500 coins for the full 5. Silver sevens and the 3 different bar symbols (triple, double, single) have identical prizes of 250 for 5. You will get a consolation prize for mixing the different types of bar or seven symbols.
Cherries, lemons and plums complete the regular retro style slot symbols. Unlike truly classic slots, you do not get a prize for a single cherry!
After any spin, win or lose, you will be offered the chance to respin any of the reels. Underneath each reel you’ll see the word ‘respin’, along with a price. The cost of each spin depends on your initial spin amount, and the probability of a symbol hitting that will result in a win (and the size of that win).
Some spins cost just a fraction of your initial spin amount, since no win is possible. You can keep spinning (and paying) as many times as you wish.
Special symbols with ‘5 Free Spins Bonus’ on them will trigger the bonus game if you get 2 or more in view. Each one will add 5 more spins – to a maximum of 25 free spins for the full 5. These symbols also have scatter prizes.
You’ll see a screen showing how many spins you have win, and an old fashioned British actor will congratulate you. The spins go fast, and any wins you hit during these are doubled. You can trigger more spins (and the voice!) with 2 or more scatter symbols during play. At the end of the bonus, the voice returns to say well done!
These days, the original Retro Reels has become double-retro. In its day it was a modern slot, with a tongue-in-cheek retro look. Now it has become old, it is a retro slot showing even more retro symbols.
There are some positives in the design, the curved look of the 5 reels gives a classic feel, and over large symbols look polished. What really stands out is the tunes. Each time you spin you get an electronic ditty. These are slightly different each time (in a loop). When you win you get more tunes, and bell type alarms. Check out the pay table for yet another electronic tune.
Despite the crazy tunes each time you spin, I had fun playing this slot. The game play is simple, and there are plenty of smaller wins – thanks to the mixed bars and sevens in addition to the regular matching symbols. Respinning each reel loses its appeal quickly, though is fun to experiment with. The main feature has doubled wins, and the chance of adding to your tally of free spins with just 2 special symbols is another plus.