Retro Reels is a classic slot by Microgaming with 5 reels and 20 paylines. It looks like a standard one arm bandit, with fruit and bars. But don’t be fooled by this slot’s vintage look and feel though, because underneath this game’s inconspicuous surface is a great free spin feature and a jackpot up to 440,000 coins. That’s pretty impressive by any standard.
How to Play
With Retro Reels, you’ll find yourself in front of an old school slot machine, with reels of fruit and bar symbols, with a faint reminiscence of the machines that one might find at the corner of a pub. At the left side of the screen, just underneath the reel is a “View Pays” button which will bring out all the rules and paytables in case you ever get lost. The game will load in Regular mode, and if you tap on Expert on the golden bar on the bottom, you’ll switch into Expert mode where you can set Autoplay and have finer control over your settings.
But first things first. To begin, start by adjusting your bet size. This is a 3 part procedure and we like to start by adjusting the coin size first, which goes from £0.01 to £0.25. Then adjust the number of lines you want to bet on by pressing the Lines button – you can bet on 1 to 20 lines. Last but not least, set the number of coins per line you want to bet on, which goes from 1 to 20. After that, you’re ready to spin!
In descending order of their value, the symbols featured are:
On top of these, keep an eye open for the Scatter. It’s the symbol that says 5 Free Spins Bonus on top a radiating red dollar sign.
Important symbols in Retro Reels
Although there’s no progressive jackpot, the 440,000 coins in the fixed jackpot at Retro Reels is nothing to sneeze at. This gold is accessible only when you’re playing in the Free Spins feature and you’ll have to spin a string of dollar signs to get that one. In the base game, 5 dollar signs on a payline will get you a more modest 10,000 coins.
Special Features and Bonuses
For a classic slot, Retro Reels has some nice special features hidden up its sleeves.
Free Spins Feature
2 or more Scatter symbols in any position will trigger this feature. Each scatter is worth 5 free spins, so if you spin 2 scatters, you’ll 10 free spins, and 3 will get you 15 spins. During Free Spins, all wins are doubled and the feature can be re-triggered.
At any point after a spin, you can choose a specific reel that you want to re-spin, while keeping all the others the same. Just select the Re-Spin button on the bottom of the reel you want to spin. It’s not free and it will cost you as any spin does, but if all your other reels are already lined up for a win, then it’s more than fair.
When you get at least 2 scatters in any position, you’ll also get the Scatter Win, in which the Scatter awarded is multiplied by your bet.
Graphics and Sounds
Retro Reels looks like a classic silver fruit machine and has a rather unassuming air. The sounds are a chirpy rhythmic tune that you might hum to while walking down the street and won’t tire too quickly. Even for players who are usually video slot fans will grow quickly to appreciate the pleasantness of this game. The black background makes it feel a bit heavy though, and it is probably the main factor keeping the slot from having that James Dean feel.
Retro Reels will blow many away with its 440,000 coin jackpot that can be won during its Free Spin Feature. Even in the base game, 100,000 coins can be won. This is certainly rather impressive for what looks like “just another classic slot”, and it’s no surprising that it has stealthily gained a cult following.