These days, when you think of slots, you tend to picture games like Gonzo’s Quest and Book of Dead. These are games that have a story arc and take you on a journey that is about far more than just spinning reels. Of course, that makes for a richer gaming experience, and provides more options to explore. But it’s worth remembering than the slot machine is one of the oldest gaming devices around, with a history going back well over 100 years. As such, slots provide a rich source of retro gaming, as the following very different examples demonstrate.
The amazing thing about Starburst is its longevity. Here’s a slots game that was first released in 2012, an eternity ago in online casino terms. Yet when you log on to a site like Ninja Casino, it’s the first game you see and it is by far the most popular of the hundreds of slots games that are available in the internet age. In essence, it is a classic fruit machine, the modern day version of the ones that were the staples of arcades in the 1970s and 80s.
Here’s another that harks back to the glory days. With its chrome presentation and minimalism, you are transported back to the 50s and 60s. Yet while Retro Reels looks a world away from today’s technological age, there is more lurking behind the scenes than meets the eye. Five reels, 20 paylines and an individual respin feature for each reel mean there are plenty of ways to win big.
Does anything scream the 1980s more than the Rubik’s Cube? Rubik’s Riches is a slot that pays homage to Ern? Rubik’s great frustrater, but at the same time presents an innovative gaming experience. While the console looks like a typical old-school fruit machine, the reels themselves are replaced by a Rubik’s cube. It’s a fascinating new take on a retro theme.
Do you pine for the days of simple fruit machines without all the wilds, multiple paylines and bonus games? They don’t come any simpler than this offering from Playtech. Load it up and you’ll find three reels, one payline and just one symbol, the eponymous number seven, in different colors. The paytable is on permanent display, so there’s no room for confusion here.
The Old West is synonymous with gambling, thanks as much to its Hollywood interpretation as anything else. This game provides some good, old-fashioned and slightly risqué slotting fun, with its range of cowgirls, lipstick kisses and thigh-length boots for symbols. There are five reels, 40 paylines and two different types of wilds. This one is also more generous than most when it comes to the free spins.
This is the closest you will come to playing on a 1980s slot machine without winding a DeLorean up to 88mph. The game is set in a traditional arcade, and everything from the mechanical whirring sound of the reels to the tinny soundtrack is absolutely spot on. It’s the ultimate retro slot, and you can almost feel the gaggle of fellow players, all big hair and shoulder pads, standing over your shoulder waiting to take a turn.