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What are the best retro slots to play?

While we patiently wait for Evolution to announce one after another new NetEnt slot, we should not forget about the many brilliant games developed in the past! Among the dozens of NetEnt slots available, there’s one category you don’t have to search long. It’s the category Retro, with a very good number of retro slots available. It’s a broad term that can include many sub-themes. But I picked a few of the best of which I believe players appreciate, for its theme, payouts, and gameplay!

What is a retro slot exactly?

As I already mentioned in the intro, a retro slot can include different themes and subject. Retro means an imitative of a style or fashion from the recent past. So the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s are retro.

It generally implies a vintage of at least fifteen or twenty years. So if you have a look at Wild Water™, Neon Staxx™, and Hotline™, you see some typical retro slots.

Retrostyle is an outdated style or fashion that has become fashionable again, but at the moment I don’t see anybody wearing the fashion from Disco Danny™, The Invisible Man™ or Steam Tower™.

What retro slots does NetEnt offer?

As you can already read, you have lots of choice. NetEnt’s marks a great number of slots as retro slots. I’m not going to describe them all, but let me categorize them for you so you know what retro slots you can choose from.

Reel Rush™ and Reel Rush 2™ are a pair and relate to retro games. You could recognize Mario bros in the game. The game brings a bit of nostalgia to the reels. Street Fighter II: The World Warrior™ fits this theme, but no signs of Mario Bros, just the typical fighters from the Street Fighter games.

Twin Spin™ and Neon Staxx™ bring an 80’s vibe to the reels. They’re definitely some of the more popular retro slots, mainly because of their simplicity.

Creature of the Black Lagoon™, The Invisible Man™, Narcos™, Jimi Hendrix™, Hotline™, Hotline 2™, Disco Danny™, Jack hammer™, and Jack Hammer 2™ are either branded slots (films), based on a TV series or a well-known character.

Wild Water™, Turn Your Fortune™, Steam Tower™, Secrets of Atlantis™, and EggOMatic™ are all retro slots, but all in their own way.

I like of them retro slots, but as I said, I can’t describe them all in details here. So let’s go for the most popular and most promising when it comes to the wins!

Retro slots NetEnt

Neon Staxx™ slot

Neon retro is one of the most popular retro styles you see in the design world. HTML5 received its “W3C Recommendation” status in October 2014, but I bet NetEnt started experiencing with the developing tool before.

Neon Staxx™ was one of the first slots fully developed with HTML5 and found its way to the NetEnt Casinos in 2015. Thanks to the latest developing tool, NetEnt was able to tilt the reels slightly for a magnificent effect.

Add to that the neon colours available thanks to HTML5, and you look at a true retro innovation here. Neon Staxx™ might not be the most popular NetEnt slot, but when I think of retro slots, I think of Neon Staxx™ first.

This retro slot takes you back to the 80’s with an enormous amount of neon colours, cool vibes, and its funky synthesizer soundtrack!

The Wild has an important role to play in the Neon Staxx™ slot and as usual, it substitutes for all symbols, except Scatters. There’s also a Free Spins and 3 Scatters activate 10 Free Spins with an extra 5 Free Spins for each Scatter involved in the activation.

However, Neon Staxx™ is all about the SuperStaxx feature. This slot feature brings you a stack of symbols that appear on the reels randomly. In both the main game and during Free Spins.

All reels contain adjacent positions, replaced randomly with one symbol. This simply means you can expect one or more reels to fill up with one single symbol.

The SuperStaxx™ slot feature will be even more interesting during Free Spins as only the special Predator symbols appear as a stacked symbol, as well as the Wild symbol. Before Free Spins start the stacked symbol will be randomly chosen and activated for the entire Free Spins feature.

More about this Retro slot:

Return to Player (RTP) 96.9%
Volatility: Low to Medium
5 reels, 4 rows and 40 pay lines
10 levels and 6 different coin values
Minimum bet of €0.20 and a maximum bet of €100.00

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Jimi Hendrix™ slot

On the second spot in my retro slots list, you find one of the greatest rock artists ever! That’s not a reason to add this game, but the game design definitely is. In the Jimi Hendrix™ slot, you experience a typical 70’s retro style, perfect for this slots list!

NetEnt did a brilliant job with the design while it keeps players rocking. NetEnt partnered up with Experience Hendrix, L.L.C for the best Jimi Hendrix Experience possible.

It is because of the cooperation that this NetEnt slot is featuring some of the guitar legend’s most famous songs including “Foxey Lady,” “Purple Haze,” “Crosstown Traffic,” and “Little Wing.”

This retro slot comes with several special features such as Wilds, Re-spins, Pick and Click, and Wild transformation.

Jimi Hendrix himself appears as the Wild symbol in the main game and can act as a substitute for all symbols except the Scatter.

When the Purple Haze symbol lands on the first reel, it activates the Purple Haze feature. Low-value symbols from A-10 across the reels all transform into Wilds for that spin.

Four red guitar symbols landing across the reels activate a Red Guitar Respin. The reels will spin again and if another red guitar lands, it continues to spin until no more red guitar symbols appear. 

Three Scatters activate the Pick and Click feature which offers either a Coin Win or one of the three Free Spins features.

More about this Retro slot:

Return to Player (RTP) 96.9%
Volatility: Low
5 reels, 3 rows and 25 pay lines
10 levels and 7 different coin values
Minimum bet of €0.20 and a maximum bet of €200.00

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Hotline™ slot

It’s one of the few 80’s-themed retro slots available at the NetEnt Casinos. It’s also one of the more popular slots. While not called Miami Vice, it’s clearly based on the 80’s series. That’s exactly why the Hotline™ slot brings an action-packed game which immerses you in 80’s Miami.

You drive through a line of palm trees in the sunset, neon signs, fast cars and a soundtrack that will transport you back in time!

Hotline™ is recognizable for whoever watched the 80s series, but those who know NetEnt, will maybe recognize some exciting slot features including the classic Wild and Expanding Wild, Re-Spins, and Free Spins, while it also offers a unique multi-level bonus bet feature, the Hotline Bonus Bet.

Simple as this game is, you choose a Hotline. Wilds land on that specific Hotline to expand and cover the entire reel. They remain there during Re-spins.

In the Free Spins feature, Expanded Wilds stick for the entire Free Spins with a chance to create massive wins.

For an additional bet, you can activate the Hotline Bonus Bet feature. This is to activate more Hotlines and increases the possibility to win Expanding Wilds and Re-Spins on two rows, or on a maximum of three rows for the best chance of covering all reels with Wilds.

More about this Retro slot:

Return to Player (RTP) 96.13%
Volatility: Medium
5 reels, 3 rows and 30 pay lines
Around 40 different coin values
Minimum bet of €0.15 and a maximum bet of €150.00

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Reel Rush™ slot

Many will appreciate the Reel Rush™ slot due to the familiar green colouring pipes, magic mushrooms, stars and coins. It’s all of these typical details that many remember of many hours playing Super Mario Bros.

The moment you start to play this Retro slot, you have 45 Ways to Win available. The more consecutive wins occur, the higher the number of Ways to Win. With 3125 Ways to Win as the maximum.

A winning combination in any spin during the main game activates a Re-spin. If you create more wins during this re-spin, the number of Ways to Win increases thanks to two additional symbols on the reels. Your chance to win increases after every consecutive win, going up to five re-spins.

Six consecutive wins activate the Free Spins feature. Even though it’s only eight Free Spins, these eight free games can make your dreams come true.

More about this Retro slot:

Return to Player (RTP) 96.96%
Volatility: Medium
5 reels, 5 rows and up to 3125 Ways to Win
10 levels and 5 different coin values
Minimum bet of €0.50 and a maximum bet of €100.00

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Disco Danny™ slot

Time to enjoy the sounds and a typical retro design from the 70s. The Disco Danny™ slot gameplay is nothing more than a 3×3 grid with 5 bet lines and two main video slot features. Nevertheless, it’s a great retro slot and recommended for its simplicity!

As simple as the gameplay, are the symbols in the Disco Danny™ slot. There’s a golden and a silver disco ball, roller-skates and the classic Lucky 7 and BAR symbol! Disco Danny obviously makes an appearance on the reels, in two different outfits!

  • The Silver Scatter symbol can appear anywhere on the reels in the main game.
  • Three Silver Disco Balls activates 5-level Free Spins with an increasing Level Multiplier.
  • Golden Scatters appear anywhere in the main game awards a random win.
  • An abundance of Golden Scatters appears during the Free Spins feature, responsible for the activation of the next level.

Three Golden Balls activate a 5-level Free Spins feature with an increasing Level Multiplier. During Free Spins, you collect Golden Ball symbols. Each will add to the total win and reset the number of Free Spins to 3.

Fill your screen with nine Golden Balls and you’ll advance to the next level. There are 5 levels of Free Spins: x1, x2, x3, x5, or x10.

More about this Retro slot:

Return to Player (RTP) 96.9%
Volatility: Medium to High
3 reels, 3 rows and 3 pay lines
Around 40 different bets
Minimum bet of €0.10 and a maximum bet of €250.00


By on 24 September, 2021