Atari Asteroids slot review
Atari Asteroids slot will surely invoke memories in those of you whom were around in the 80's and 90's when the Atari cabinet games became popular in Amusement Arcades and then some bars and clubs. They soon became available in home console form too and many a youngster spent hours trying to improve scores when they could plug it into the TV without disrupting their parents' viewing! In this retro slot Pariplay have brought us transparent reels over a dark background featuring the old 2-D outline shapes of the Asteroids and Gun Pointers moving around and naturally some good 'zapping' noises as we spin. They also released another Atari-themed slot Black Widow to accompany Asteroids, but will our bankroll survive its perilous journey into space, or be blasted to bits?
On the reels...
We don't get a conventional reel set here but a 3-4-5-4-3 pattern which as you know means a 720-way game. Like Microgaming's Pollen Party this pays both ways too, but here we get stacked icons and a bit more potential. We pay 50 coins per spins and Asteroids are the top pay at 12x bet for a 5-of-a-kind win. Rockets pay 6x, Ray Guns 5x, Flying Saucers 4x and Satellites 2x plus there are card values paying 1 or 1.5 for a full way.
There are Wilds that appear singly on reels 2 and 4 and these will stick if involved in a win and keep doing so until you get another losing spin. If they land right at the bottom of the rows on reels 2 and/or 4 they expand, but don't stick afterwards. To get the bonus we need 3 or more Planet Scatters anywhere in view.
Free games mode
You get varying numbers of spins and multipliers depending on how many scatters trigger the games. The basic 3 awards 10 spins with a 2x multiplier, 4 gets you 20 at 5x and all 5 an interplanetary 30 with a 10x multiplier. The games are played on different reels with a dark background and a selection of the various white-outline old Atari spacecraft and game icons, which certainly brought me back some memories. You can retrigger them as above, each set of spins played after the the other if the scatters are lower or higher than the original triggering number.
Atari Asteroids slot is quite literally a 'blast from the past' and does the job well if you are familiar with the original games. You get cleverly done graphics and sound effects and a decent 95.00% RTP to help you along. Base game wins are frequent and there is big-win potential for anything you get a full screen of with the 720-ways multiplying it, but honestly I think that would be a dream rather than a reality. The bonus round triggers frequently but doesn't often pay more than 10-30x bet but then again I never saw the 4 or 5-scatter trigger with the better multiplier! This game is far more likely to 'zap' the Asteroids quickly than your balance, so put some coins in and see how good your shooting is...Review by Gamingslots