Time to go back in time as the 80s inspired Thunderkick Arcader mobile slot brings you old fashioned graphics but very modern wins.
Who of us remember heading down to the arcade playing games that now wouldn’t be fit to be seen on your phone?
No? No one?
Despite the graphics looking like they were made in the dawn of video gaming, there’s something about this Arcader slot game that made us smile with simple nostalgia.
It’s the kind of nostalgia you don’t even need to have been there to appreciate; with pixelated neon melons, plums, lemons and cherries overrunning this Thunderkick slot machine.
There is something about it that simply fits better on the smaller screen; mostly because on tablet it doesn’t use the full space as it should.
Still, it works well either way, and what you end up with is 5×3 reels that feel bigger than they are, with monoliths rising out of an alien landscape.
Straight away you notice the retro-music and voice over lady celebrating your wins. But it’s the bonus features in this Arcader slot game that will capture your imagination.
In the base game you have an expander symbol which shows up randomly. If it feels a win is possible, it will expand to cover the reel it’s on in the most appropriate symbols, all in order to help you create as many wins as possible over 15 paylines.
The Mystery symbol starts a simple click me game that is pretty tempestuous. The most we’ve won is about 30 times our bet, mostly ending up with a lot less. It only really starts to get worthwhile when you get an elusive 5 mystery symbols on the reels.
The real crowning achievements are the free spins, where on every spin an asteroid will crash onto one of the squares on reel 2, 3 or 4, and turn it into a sticky symbol.
The more bonus symbols you catch, the bigger the multiplier, but after playing for 2 hours straight, our average win was about 30x, with also some glorious 70 to 80 times our bet on a few rare occassions.
We were a little surprised by the wins we got here. Much like it’s sister slot Birds on Wire, Arcader seems to be able to walk that fine line between giving you the possibility of big wins, whilst not feeling like your wallet is quickly disappearing into nothingness.
Don’t get us wrong, there are plenty of dry spells to be had, so don’t bet too aggressively straight away, but mostly we found that the frequent bonus features and light up reels kept up as well entertained as a long, fun, evening at the arcades.
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|Mobile Slot released||December 2015|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 15 Paylines|
|House edge / RTP||3.9% / 96.1%|
|Min/Max bet||0.20 / 100|
|Max win||270,000 in one spin|
|Free spins||9 Free Spins / up to 9x Multipliers|
|Bonus rounds||Expanding Symbols, Wilds, Free Spins, Click Me Bonus, Sticky Wilds|
|Slot Themes||Classic & Retro|
Wilds: The 'W' symbol is wild and replaces all other symbols except bonus and mystery.
Expander: The turquoise symbol, with two arrows pointing up and down, is the expander symbol. When it lands it will expand and fill a whole row full of the same symbol, if it feels that more wins are possible.
Bonus Symbols: Represented by a green 'B' get 3 or more symbols on the reels and you'll trigger 9 free spins.
However, if you get 4 symbols you'll get a 2x multiplier and 5 symbols a 9x multiplier.
The top game wins are decent enough that a 9x multiplier is pretty huge; though rare. We have got the 2x multiplier on occasions to know that it's there on occasion.
Either way, you usually end up with a good round, as with each free spin, you get one sticky wild landing somewhere on reel 2, 3 or 4.
And that's on every spin - sometimes they land where another wild is already, so it's wasted, but by the end of the free spins you generally have at least 5 wild symbols showing on screen.
Mystery Symbol: A simple click me game, get 3 or more pink 'M' symbols on screen to change your reels into 15 questions marks.
Underneath those question marks lie symbols, find one of 3 'X's and the round ends. All other symbols give you cash, from 2 to 18 times your bet.
But that's only on 3 Mystery symbols. If you trigger this click me bonus game with 4 mystery symbol, you can win twice that. Trigger it with 5 symbols and you can win 6x time that.
Fun, but unpredictable.
Don't be fooled by the old fashion look, this Arcader mobile slot has some decent wins hiding in it's reels, especially if you manage to catch that 9x multiplier on the free spins and get 3 reels full of wilds.
Whilst those looking for some nostalgic spins might be tempted to try NetEnt's Neon Staxx slot, we'd skip that one completely and head straight here.
Arcader is far more authentic, and has enough modern twists to keep you spinning.
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Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: December 1, 2018 - Rating