What do you do if you want to play a classic themed slot that has a retro feel, but which is also based on some of the most modern slot technology and offers you more paylines than you could shake a stick at?
Well until now there wasn't an awful lot of choice, but now thanks to Microgaming's new slot Classic 243, that is precisely what you can enjoy.
The Classic 243 video slot has been designed to have a retro, 1980s feel to it and the game actually feels like one of the video games that were just growing in popularity around that era. There's plenty of use of neon throughout the slot and while it does have a retro-leaning, at the same time it also has a slightly futuristic feel. Imagine something crossed between Blade Runner and Tron and you will be in the right ball park.
The game is a 5x3 reel slot, but it doesn't really have discernible reels as such, just a series of symbols against what appears to be some kind of starry backdrop. You can wager from 0.20 up to 40.00 per spin on the slot and there are no paylines on the game, but instead what the slot offers is the more modern 243-ways to win, hence the fusion of old-style slots, in a modern style game.
Players will also be happy to find out that there is a jackpot available to be won of 40,000 coins, which is a considerable amount of money for a slot game especially when you player for the higher coin values available on the slot. With a RTP of 97%, this is also one of the more favourable slot games for players who want a medium to low variance game that still offers a healthy jackpot payout.
The game can be played via desktop, mobile and tablet and is set for release on the 15th February 2017.
The reels contain a number of different lower and high value symbols, these include the usual Playing Card low symbols (from 10 through to Ace) which have been decorated in a neon-style and look rather attractive against the blue-black backdrop. The higher value symbols on the reel include the medium level payout symbols of the Silver Star and a Red Seven, again hinting back to this slots retro theme and the higher value symbols are the White Diamond and the Bell symbol.
These higher value symbols offer payouts of up to 1,000 coins if you can land five of a kind across the reels and of course, having the 243 ways to win in operation makes this considerably easier to achieve than on standard paylines.
One of the feature symbols that can help you land more wins on the slot is the Wild symbol, which is one of the highest paying symbol in the game as it can see you win 1,000 coins if you land five across the reels, but in addition to that it can also substitute for other symbols to help you create additional winning paylines and multiple winning paylines on a single spin.
This slot also features a rather novel take on the Gamble feature. In most slots, this is a case of predicting the colour or suit of the next card drawn from a virtual pack, but in the Classic 243 slot what you have to do is identify, the right glowing rectangle from the selection shown. If you do, the energy pulse will buzz into life and the payout you have earned will be doubled but of course, pick incorrectly and any cash you have won will be lost.
However, if you want to start winning the larger amounts available on the Classic 243 slot then you need to trigger the Free Spins feature. Hit three or more the scatters across the reels on a single spin and you will win a total of 10 free spins. Furthermore, your chances of winning big are increased by the introduction of 2 or 3 stacked Wilds across the reels, which can result in multiple big winning paylines on a single spin.
In essence, that is all there is to the Classic 243 slot. It successfully marries a retro-styled, 1980s looking slot and retains that look while playing on a more 21st century 243 paylines style of game. These clash of styles slots can be somewhat hit and miss at times, but Classic 243 is certainly one of the better games I've played so far.
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