Retro Reels Review

Get the feel of spinning the reel in real life with this vintage-styled slot game from top software provider, Microgaming. Retro Reel has the theme in the name; this 5-reel, 20-payline slot is designed to look like a classic slot machine but is full of extra features that should make ‘spinning and winning’ the true name of the game.


  • Slot type: video slot
  • Reels: 5
  • Scatter: Yes
  • Theme: Retro, classic
  • Lines: 20
  • Bonus Game: No
  • Free Spins: Yes
  • Software: Microgaming

How to Play

Playing on this machine-mimicking game is easy and fun, but we’ve got a set of simple directions for you to follow:

  1. Choose your coin value with the minus and plus symbols below the coin on the left side of the slot; anywhere between 0.01 and 0.25.
  2. Press LINES to choose between 1 and 20 paylines.
  3. Press COINS to choose the number of coins for each bet – between 1 and 20.
  4. Once you’ve set your wager, click the SPIN button in the bottom right corner of the display.
  5. After each spin, you’re given the option to spin each reel individually as many times as you like. Each reel will have a different respin cost listed under the RESPIN button.
  6. Look for winning combinations of the following symbols, collect your winnings and spin again when ready:
  • 5 Free Spins Bonus Symbol
  • Gold Dollar
  • Red 7
  • Blue 7
  • White 7
  • 3 Red Bar
  • 2 Orange Bar
  • 1 Yellow Bar
  • Cherries
  • Lemon
  • Purple Plum

Important symbols in Retro Reels:

  • Scatter: 5 Free Spins Bonus Symbol
  • High value symbols: Gold Dollar Sign, Red 7 and Blue 7


Although Retro Reels is not attached to a progressive jackpot, you have the opportunity to win up to 440,000 coins on this classically styled game. There’s a decently high RTP of 96.02%, so players can expect fairly regular payouts while aiming for that big win.

Special Features and Bonuses

Retro Reels has some neat features that make playing this game extra fun:

  • Free Spin Feature: this feature is triggered when you land 2 or more Scatter Symbols in any position on the board. Each bonus symbol you land gets 10 Free Spins, so 2 Scatters is worth 10 Free Spins whereas 5 Scatters gets you 25! Free Spins can be retriggered and all wins in this bonus mode are doubled.
  • Respin Reels Feature: under each reel is a Respin button that can be clicked after each initial spin. The cost of the respin is present under every reel and will differ based on the odds of getting a winning spin.

Graphics and Sounds

Retro Reels is designed to look like a classic slot machine and it truly fits the bill – all the vintage symbols are present: lemons, cherries, BAR signs and those high-paying 7s. While there isn’t constantly running background music, with each spin there’s an old-school video game tune that suits the theme of the game. When you hit a win, there isn’t much in the way of graphics, but you’ll get a nice little jingle to celebrate the sound.

At A Glance

  • Bonus Feature: no
  • Scatter: Yes
  • Free Spins: Yes


Retro Reels is a fun twist on a classic. It’s got a simple set up with its 5-reels and 20-paylines but provides extra perks with a great Free Spin Feature and those individual reel respins. As with almost any game from Microgaming, we’re pretty pleased to keep spinning the reel on this great game.