Arcader Slot Review
The early days of home computing are the inspiration for Arcader, a retro, technology-themed slot from Thunderkick. Don’t let the old school graphics trick you into think that this game is old hat though. This 5 reel, 15 payline title comes with plenty of quality features including sticky wilds, expanding wilds, free spins and multipliers as well as a Mystery Bonus Game. Take this 8-bit beauty for a spin from between 30p and £1,500 per go.
Players of a certain age will be reminded of the glory days of the ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 when they fire up Arcader. The blocky graphics on the reels are a delight and feature pixelated versions of classic arcade symbols including cherries, lemons, bells and bars. The retro looks are complemented by a Kraftwerk / Gary Numan style synth soundtrack. The look and sound are both superb.
The visuals may be old school but the features should keep even modern day slot fans entertained. Arcader comes with a standard Wild (the W symbol) and substitutes for everything apart from the scatter, mystery and bonus. The up and down arrow is the Expander which does just what it says, expanding on the reel to create the best possible payline.
9 free spins with a multiplier are on offer if you find 3 or more Bonus symbols anywhere on the reels. Three bonuses gives a 1x multiplier, four symbols offers a 3x multiplier and if you’re lucky enough to find five, then a 9x multiplier awaits. It’s possible to trigger more free games and multipliers throughout this feature so keep an eye out for the Bonus symbols.
During the free spins feature, you’ll also have the chance to hit a sticky wild on one of the 3 middle reels. If this hits it will remain in place for the remainder of the feature and can be quite rewarding. Finally, look out for the M symbol which triggers the Mystery Game.
Here you’ll be presented with 15 boxes. Keep on picking until you hit an X which brings the feature to a close. The boxes contain cash amounts which are subject of a multiplier of up to 6x depending on how many M symbols triggered the Mystery Game.
In Arcader, Thunderkick has created a little beauty of a slot which looks and sounds terrific. It’s difficult to make the old look fresh but Arcader has managed it. It won’t just appeal to veteran gamers looking for a little slice of nostalgia either. The features keep the action rolling along at a rollicking pace. The overall package should be a hit with players old and new alike. It does remind me of a combination between Starburst and Neon Staxx (both by NetEnt).