Anyone who has seen movies like ‘Grease’ or ‘American Graffiti’ will love this slot release from Microgaming. We’re back in the 1950s when the USA was seeing a musical revolution and rock ‘n’ roll was beginning to change the way American teenagers behaved. ‘Vinyl Countdown’ is a colourful slot game that gives you plenty of winning opportunities.
The game is based in one of those American diners, just like the one the Fonz used to hang around in in ‘Happy Days.’ This is one of Microgaming’s earlier releases so it doesn’t have the look of their more recent ones. Even so, Microgaming are a company that have always known how to put out a successful slot that will grab the attention of players. There’s no backdrop to the game and not even any bonus features in what is a rather basic slot but it’s still got plenty in it that will put a big smile on your face.
‘Vinyl Countdown’ is a five reel game that has three rows of large colourful symbols and just the nine paylines. Those nine paylines aren’t a fixed amount so if you don’t want to play all of them you don’t, it’s as simple as that. There’s no bonus game to trigger as in many of the other games you’ll play so activating all nine doesn’t give you any advantage on that score. Simply work out a financial budget for playing the game and then have some fun. Playing the game costs between £0.25 and £
The symbols in the game include a pair of stylish looking shoes, a young couple dancing and they must be in love because behind them is a giant heart. There’s a youngster who looks a lot like Danny from Grease with his quiffed hair and square jaw and a girl who looks rather innocent just like Sandy in Grease. There’s plenty of food on show including ice creams and dessert but no burgers which is a bit of a surprise. There’s also the Vinyl Countdown logo which is the biggest paying symbol in this game with 1000x your line stake for five on an active payline.
The scatter symbol in this game is the sparkling glitter ball. This will pay out wins even if it’s not on an active payline. That means even if you aren’t activating many paylines there’s still a good chance of getting some wins. Three of them anywhere on the reels pays 10x your line stake, four pays 50x and five sees you winning 100x your line stake so keep an eye out for them.
The wild symbol is the jukebox and this can substitute for other symbols in order to get you some good wins. It can’t substitute for the scatter symbol though.
The game can be played in regular or expert mode. The main difference being that in expert mode you can set an autoplay feature. This can be for either five or ten automated spins or you can set a more precise figure.
As I’ve mentioned, this game doesn’t have anything like an opportunity to win some free spins or a pick ‘em game. It’s still got plenty of winning opportunities though.
One of the earlier Microgaming slot releases and all a bit basic. No bonus games but it does have a good theme and looks great. The soundtrack has all the noises of people in restaurant and a bit of guitar music when you get a winning combination. Definitely worth a play.