Neon Links: Slot Overview
Players looking for something neon to brighten their lives have a wealth of options in the iGaming realm to choose from. Red Tiger and collaborators R7 have made another contribution to the pile in the form of Neon Links. This one has all the eye slamming qualities neon lighting provides, as well as a stack of classic slots iconography to go with it. While not a high-performance slot by any stretch of the imagination, Neon Links nevertheless has the pace and quirks to entertain players up for a bit of casual Vegas-style gaming.
Neon Links is played over a 5-reel, 10-payline game area surrounded by Polaroid snaps of various hotels, miscellaneous buildings and their signage. Subdued during free spins, everything lights up in, you guessed it, neon when the bonus game is in play. Neon Links is actually quite an interesting mix of tasteful Miami Art Deco architecture, a bit of nostalgia, and plenty of garish fruit slot flair. Musically muted as well in the base game, the sounds also step up for free spins.
Available on tablets, desktop, or mobile devices, players can set stakes in Neon Links from 10 p/c to £/€100 per spin. Since these rank and file Red Tiger slots typically have an exposure of around £100k, don’t expect the max win multiplier to be an eye-watering number. The default RTP is pretty average, too, at 95.67%, while medium volatility governs the action.
Two features pad out the gameplay, one available in the base game, the other a triggered number of free spins. Aside from them, the rules are easy. Landing a combination of 3 to 5 matching symbols across one of the 10 fixed paylines translates to a payout. Classic gaming is the order of the day on the paytable, which consists of clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades as the low pays, worth 1.1 to 1.8x the bet for five of a kind. Moving on, we find high paying cherries, grapes, horseshoes, bells, and flaming 7s. These pay a coin reward worth 2.5 to 25 times the stake for a full line of five. There are no wild symbols; however, there are neon versions of each regular pay tile, let’s see.
Neon Links: Slot Features
Neon symbols possess the same value as their non-neon counterparts, but they have another redeeming quality as well. If 2 neon symbols appear on the same row, all symbols between them connect and turn into the same matching neon symbol. For example, neon bells on reels 1 and 3, or 2 and 5, link together to create a three of a kind, or a four of a kind win, respectively.
The other feature in Neon Links is Vegas Spins, triggered when 2 Vegas Spins symbols land on the same row on reels 1 and 5. The reward for this occurrence happening is 10 Vegas Spins. Before Vegas Spins begin, one neon symbol is randomly selected. For the duration of the bonus round, chosen symbols appear as 1×3 sized neon super symbols. Super symbols always land at full size during Vegas Spins. As in the base game, if 2 neon super symbols land together, they connect all symbols in between them, changing them into the same neon super symbols type.
Neon Links: Slot Verdict
Neon Links is a game that has a glossy outer shell but avoids being completely all flash and no substance. The duo of features on offer sees to that. While simple, they are capable of firing off the odd adrenaline shot, more so in free spins naturally. Neon symbols often led to an extra win or two during the base game, though not usually amounting to much. Far more useful are neon super symbols in the bonus round. While all this linking up is going on, Red Tiger has made sure everything looks good, pouring a ritzy sheen over the whole production.
There is an almost ‘book of’ feel to the free spins process when choosing a random symbol, having it land stacked, then using them to connect wins on any reel. Rewards pale in comparison to most’ book of’ games, however, largely because symbol values have been curbed. Full grid wins are a distinct possibility, actually landing relatively often during the review, yet the most you’ll get from one is 250x for a screen of 7s. At best, the most you can hope to squeeze from Neon Links is the uninspiring total of 1050 times your stake.
Neon Links could easily have been a more impressive game, and one which carried on the spirit of its ‘book of’ brothers while taking players on a new tangent, but that’s not the angle Red Tiger went for. What Neon Links does is quite nifty, yet it needed to do more to really command attention. Put simply, players in the target audience should get a kick out of Neon Links; others will find its lack of oomph unattractive.
Slick production and neat features allow Neon Links moments of fun, but it is lite gaming in all regards.