The First Retro Themed Online Slots

  • Published: September 24, 2018
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After the explosive growth in mobile gaming, retro themed video slots have become extremely popular. These are slots machines with five reels that use symbols from classic slots like fruits, bars and 7s. The main reason is that the simple symbols are perfectly suited to the smaller screens of smartphones. Microgaming has been a leader in casino games innovation and had launched the first retro themed video slots way back in 2010. There is a series titled Retro Reels of three video slots that is still extremely popular at Microgaming online casinos like Blackjack Ballroom, Royal Vegas and All Slots.

The first video slot in the series is titled Retro Reels. It has the standard 5x3 structure with 20 paylines. To enhance the retro visual appeal, the reels set in a slot machine console. The symbols used are $ sign; 7s of three different colors; triple, double and single bars; and classic fruits like cherry, lemon and plum. 7s and bars also deliver payouts in mixed combinations. The $ sign starts paying out when two symbols appear left to right in an active payline. The payout for a combination of five symbols is a whopping 10,000 times the line bet. The next highest payout is 500 times the line bet for five red 7 symbols. Retro Reels is a high variance slot machine suited for aggressive online casino players.

The free spins feature is triggered by two or more scatter symbols appearing anywhere on the reels. You will be awarded five free spins for each scatter symbol on the reel. In the Retro Reels slot game Microgaming has introduced an innovative Respin feature. It allows you to spin only one reel, keeping the others fixed, for a stated price. This adds both interactivity and challenge to the game play.

The other two Retro Reels video slots have subtitles. The second one in the series is Diamond Glitz. There is a sparkle of diamonds in the artwork. The three 7s have been replaced by triple, double and single diamonds. Another classic slot symbol, the bell, has been introduced. Some changes have been made in the structure with the number of paylines being increased to 25. Changes continue with the third Retro Reels slot game, which is subtitled Extreme Heat. Flames have been added to the artwork and the symbols. The number of paylines has been further increased to 30. The flaming $ sign becomes a wild symbol. The Respin feature is there in both these slot machines as well.