This game stands out from the majority of online slots in the 888 Games range. For a start, it is a 3-reel game – though not in the traditional (mock-mechanical) style. The reels are dominated with vinyl records, which trigger a bonus game. There are also musical instruments as symbols, and a piano-led track in the background while you spin.
Highlights include the free spins game. Here you get to choose how many spins to take. More spins mean smaller multipliers. With stacked symbols in play it is possible to fill the entire 3×3 grid of the reels with the same symbol. If you do this with the wilds, or the guy with the microphone, you’ll see the ‘Big Win’ message as your prize is awarded.
The reels are set within an old-style jukebox, with a piano and lady playing a Cello to the sides. There are 5 win-lines crossing the 3 reels. These are the 3 horizontal lines, plus 2 that have a V shape (one inverted). You can bet from 1c per line, or just 5c per spin and up. The default is to have turbo mode switched on. You can slow the game down by clicking the button which says, ‘turbo off’.
On my first spin, I got excited to see 7 bonus symbols filling the 9 positions on the reels. It turns out you need all 9 of these (or wilds) to trigger the picks game! These symbols are stacked and frequent on the reels. This does mean that they will get in the way of regular wins on many occasions.
Higher paying symbols are a man and woman, plus some musical instruments. The guy is the top paying symbol, worth 80 coins for 3 of a kind. The lady follows at 50 coins. An accordion (20), guitar (20) and drum (15) complete these.
Playing card symbols ace, king and queen – which come complete with musical notation on them – make up the smaller wins.
Wilds are vinyl records with a yellow center and the word ‘Wild’. These are stacked on the reels and will combine with the regular symbols to create more wins. This symbol has the single biggest prize, they are worth 100 coins for 5 of a kind.
Bonus symbols are also records, this time with a green center. You need 9 of these to trigger the pick bonus. If you get a combination of 9 records of either type (bonus or wild) then this also triggers the picks game.
The final symbol shows a gramophone, complete with attached conical speaker. This is the scatter symbol. 3 are required anywhere on the reels to trigger the free spins game. You’ll also get 2x your spin amount for 3 scatters.
When you cover the screen in records, the words (wild or bonus) on them disappear – and you get to play a picks game. This is simple, you click on records – revealing multipliers of your total bet amount. You keep picking until you get a ‘collect record. It is possible to get the collect first pick. If you get this last you’ll win 22x your bet.
Free spins start with a choice. You can choose 15 free spins with a 2x win multiplier, 10 spins with a 3x multiplier, or 5 spins with a 6x multiplier. Over the long run the outcome will be the same. This allows you to shoot for a single bigger win – or smooth things out by taking more free spins. You can retrigger the free spins. There are no bonus symbols on the reels while the free spins are in play.
This game does not look like a regular 3-reel slot. The jukebox design is nicely produced, and small effects like the spinning record in the logo above the reels really help to bring this game to life. The symbols are detailed. The guitar and the drum both stand out for me. There are small animations, though these do not overwhelm the game. Think spinning records and dancing playing card symbols when you hit wins – and you’ll get the idea.
Music plays while you spin, this is relaxing enough in the background. There is a livelier rock n roll tune during the free spins, and yet another one when you view the pay table.
If you feel like a break from the standard slot setup, then Glorious 50’s from 888 Games is a solid game. This is not a ‘traditional’ 3-reel slot – more like a video slot that uses a retro reel configuration. The bonus picks game, free spins and chance of covering the reels entirely in wilds all make for an enjoyable and engaging slot.