For today’s slot inspection, we thought we’d serve up a dose of something seriously retro. After all, there are certain things and standards you simply cannot improve on! The long and short of it being that if you haven’t already checked out Space Invaders or Rocket Returns for yourself, we seriously recommend that you do exactly that…right now!
And if you need any more persuasion, simply check out the specifics in the following overviews and chances are you’ll be well and truly won over!
First up, if we really have to introduce Space Invaders to you…well, where on earth have you been for the last four decades? Perhaps the single most iconic video game of all time, Space Invaders was originally created back in 1978 and is credited with bringing about a video gaming revolution in its own right. As such, it’s hardly surprising that the folks over at Playtech thought it fitting to create a five-reel, 10-payline slot based around this truly legendary game.
Spins are available from 10p right up to £100 and the Space Invaders slot is compatible with desktop and mobile devices across the board. Though a relatively simple concept, the fact that Space Invaders accepts wins in both directions spices things up from the word go. You’re charged with the task of saving the world from the alien enemies we all know and love, with symbols including flying saucers, planets, monsters and those pixelated aliens that are truly unmistakable.
The planet is the highest paying symbol of all, worth up to 150X your bet when lining up five in a row.
The action is enhanced further with the Invaders Turn Wild feature, which involves the cannon beneath the reels stopping or under the second or fourth reel and blasting the lower value symbols in to kingdom come. The symbols are replaced by wilds, increasing the chance of hitting a winning combination. And just for good measure, any wins that include the wild symbol are increased 2X.
Then there’s the UFO hovering above the reels, which can trigger the UFO Wild feature if the UFO and the cannon are aligned following any spin. When this happens, the UFO gets blasted out of the sky by the cannon, resulting in one free spin to play with and up to nine additional wilds landing on the reels. Needless to say, get a solid number of wilds and you are almost guaranteed a tasty cash prize.
Despite the fact that the concept is relatively simple, Space Invaders is immersive and addictive on a level that’s almost unrivalled. Which is, of course, exactly the same with the iconic game it was based on. It’s a medium-variance slot and provides players with the opportunity to take home prizes of more than 400X, but it’s the simple enjoyment of the way the action plays out on screen that makes it an absolute winner.
Long story short – you simply have to check out Space Invaders for yourself.
Next up, while Bally Technologies didn’t base Rocket Returns on the same kind of legendary theme as its counterpart above, it still has the most wonderful retro thing to it you cannot help but love. Not only this, but it utilises a format which is completely different to about 99% of the other mainstream slots doing the rounds right now, making it great if you are creating something a little unusual.
There are nine reels and a total of 228 ways to win, with each ‘spin’ available from 15p right up to £150. As it’s available for such a cheap price, it really would be crazy not to check it out for yourself!
The symbols are arranged in a striking diamond shaped configuration, incorporating blue and orange 7s and a variety of bar symbols in different colours. In order to create a winning combination, you need to connect at least four of the same symbols together. The most generous symbol during normal play being the blue 7, which for pulling together a combination of nine is worth 250X your bet.
The wild symbol takes the form of a stick of dynamite and can only appear right in the centre of the board. Along with taking the place of any other symbol in the game apart from the bonus symbol, the stick of dynamite also boosts every winning combination it appears in by up to 3X. And then of course there’s the firework, which will take you over to the free spins feature if you land three on the first, fifth and ninth reels.
When the feature start, you’ll have five free spins to play with, but you can continue adding more free spins by landing additional bonus symbols. During the feature, the middle reel wild is also active, though this time boosts winning combinations by a more generous 5X. Suffice to say, it’s during the free spins feature that the biggest wins can be hit – play at maximum stakes and the theoretical available jackpot tops £190,000!
Of course, you are not going to see these kinds of wins particularly often and Rocket Returns is on the high-side in terms of variance. Nevertheless, the fact that it takes such an interesting and entertaining approach to the overall base game concept means that even if you don’t take home any big prizes, you will still have a great time checking it out. And of course, it also has the kinds of retro charms that are borderline irresistible!