Attack on Retro Slot: Overview
Microgaming partners Triple Edge Studios has decided to go all cyberpunk for their new slot Attack on Retro. It’s hard to think of this independent studio without its Playboy tie-ins cropping up - whether that is a good thing or not is definitely down to personal preference. Subsequent slots haven’t really created as much of a buzz as the ones the bunnies were involved with. Will Attack on Retro? Well, if prizes were handed out for bright colour, it would be in the running for a ribbon or two. Triple Edge Studios has brought Microgaming's Hyperspins feature back too which is a hallmark of several of their previous slots. So bright visuals and space-age vibes are guaranteed to be laid on, how does the rest of the slot shape up?
Attack on Retro is set in the future, but it’s like the year 2015 in Back to the Future II. That means a mash-up between ultra-futuristic elements and low-fi 80s tech – with lots of flaming pink and purple. The back story involves a world in the year 2187, populated by two heroes called Billy and Jesse, who save Retro City from attacking aliens. Silly, but it adds a fun wee touch. And it's either brilliant or terrifying that people of that future era are still so enamoured with neon. To the reels, and after flirting with an unusual set up with African Quest, Triple Edge Studios have returned to their usual 5 reel, 3 row, 10 payline formula. The game runs with a high volatility, coupled with a hit rate of 29.19% and 95.58% RTP - ok numbers.
Players begin the defense of Retro City by selecting bets with stakes from 10 p/c up to £/€20 per spin. Hitting play gets the neon nightmare in motion, or dream, depending on your palate preference. What you want during the base game is to match three or more of those lambent symbols on a payline for a reward. The paytable possesses both high and low pays and starts with J-A royals done in a really interesting font. This is a little off-topic, but the royals bring back memories of the Carolco Pictures logo, and all of the epic 80s and 90s action films they produced. One of the aims of the game is to create nostalgia which Triple Edge Studios has pulled off with the royals at least.
The high paying symbols are a Nintendo Power Glove lookalike, a ghetto blaster, a keytar, and a hover board. Typical value symbols, with the hover board the most valuable at 20 times the stake for five on a line. There are several wilds of varying sizes and images used through the game. One has the hero Billy on it, the other Jesse, and both come in 1x1, 1x2, or 1x3 sizes. Wilds not only substitute for any of the pay symbols, but 5 of one single character are worth a 100 times the stake payout. You can mix them with combos of Billy and Jesse, but the value is halved to 50x in that case.
Attack on Retro Slot: Features
The inclusion of the Hyperspins feature means that RTP rates can vary. Without activating it, players can expect a rating of 95.58%, when engaging Hyperspins it bumps up to 96.08%. It can be pretty hit and miss though, so worth experimenting with to get a feel for how it affects your results. Hyperspins are like respins that are available on any base game spin. Instead of respinning all reels, players can choose to spin individual reels. Let’s say you have 4 premiums on a payline but not on the middle reel - by activating the Hyperspins on that reel, you get the chance of landing 5 of a kind. There is a cost; of course, and the price tag depends on how profitable any potential combinations could be. Reels can only be spun one at a time, and there is no limit to how many times the feature can be activated.
The next feature goes by the name Random Wilds. It can appear out of the blue on any spin and when it does robot symbols appear over the reels. Lasers randomly shoot robots, and if they hit one, it turns into a wild symbol. In the base game, up to 15 wilds can be revealed or up to 3 wilds during a respin. During the free spins round, up to 9 wilds can be revealed on reels 2, 3, and 4.
Finally, the Free Spins which comes into play when you land 3 scatter symbols on reels 2, 3, and 4. There are three game modes to choose from once triggered, each with its own volatility - you can go for 10 spins with a x1 multiplier, 5 spins with a x2 multiplier, or for the most adventurous punters, the 2 spins with a x5 multiplier option might be the most suitable.
During the free spins, you'll benefit from 2 sticky stacked wilds on reels 1 and 5 which randomly alternate between the 1x3 Billy and Jesse. Scatters stay in the round, and 2 or 3 of them award 5 or 10 extra free spins. The multiplier also stays the same through the round, even if more scatters retrigger the feature.
Attack on Retro Slot: Verdict
Attack on Retro has some good stuff going on. Taking the time to put together backstories is always appreciated, and the game world possesses a certain level of personality and charm. Billy and Jesse, classic 80s names, by the way, seem like a couple of cool cyberpunks you might want to hang out with in the 22nd century. Under the hood, the game engine isn’t bad either, with its highly volatile nature and acceptable RTP, it is capable of some decent gaming to be sure. Potentially, it can dole out returns of up to 5,000 times the stake, so there are no major complaints there either.
Sure it’s not a must-see, and Triple Edge are back to playing it safe from their comfort zone in after the African Quest experiment. Still, if you’re into futuristic slots, or really dig what Hyperspins has to offer you’ll probably enjoy the gaming that Attack on Retro provides.
Attack on Retro is not the breakthrough slot that Microgaming partners Triple Edge Studios has been waiting for, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction.