Retro Reels – Extreme Heat


Retro Reels – Extreme Heat Slot Review

Back in the day slot games had the title ‘fruit machines’ and for some of us that’s what there’ll always be. Microgaming’s ‘Retro Reels’ game has been a big success and here’s another homage to the classic Vegas-style games in ‘Retro Reels Extreme Heat.’ Expect some hot stuff from this game and hopefully some big wins too.

The game has the usual kind of features you expect to see in a slot game but a relatively new one too. This includes the Respin feature, more about this shortly. Whereas the classic slot machines that I used to play as a teenager had three reels with three rows of symbols, this game has been extended to a total of five reels. That’s the usual amount for games these days. The game has a total of 30 paylines, a lot more than in the past. Just how many paylines you activate is up to you. Also you have to decide your coin range and how many coins you want to play on each spin of the reels. The game can be played from £0.01 to £75.

Symbols include old favourites so we get single, double and triple bars, cherries, lemons, 7s and cherries, it’s great to see them back.

With a nod to the modern day there’s a wild symbol which is the burning dollar sign symbol. This can substitute for all of the other symbols in the game apart from the free spin scatter. Doing so really helps you get some winning combinations. Five of the wild symbols pays 10,000x your line bet.

It’s important to find out as much as you can about the game before starting to play it for real. Simply go to the paytable and find out all the information about winning combinations and the bonus game. Then have some free games to see just how all the features in the game work. Then you’ll be fully prepared to play the game for real.

Bonus Games

The game includes a Respin Feature and this is one to be a bit careful with. If you’re close to getting a win this can be used to respin one of the reels in the hope that this will get you the win you so desire. However, this isn’t a freebie and there’s a price to pay for the respin. The more likely it is that this will result in a win, the higher that amount will be. It’s important therefore to be a bit wary of this. Don’t keep using it and wasting away your account balance.

If you can get at least three of the free spins symbols this gets you some free spins. The symbols can be anywhere on the reels and three gets you ten free spins. A fourth one increases that amount to 15 and five will give you 20 free spins to play with. During the free spins round it’s also possible to win more of them if the bonus symbol comes along in the required numbers. The fact it’s the scatter symbol that activates the free spins round is handy as it means you can get in there by activating just one payline.


This is an enjoyable game and a good nod to the past. I like the way that it mixes the past with the present by including features such as wilds and the respin feature. Just be careful with the latter one though, it’s so easy to get carried away with this.