Rewind… the retro themed Slots you need to play

Online casinos have opened up a whole new world when it comes to Slots games – particularly when it comes to themes. Pick a topic, any topic, and the chances are, you’ll find a game associated with it. Whatever your interests and passions, it won’t be long before you find your new favourite. But there’s a phrase that goes ‘the oldies are always the best’, so read on as we delve into the three classic Slots games to check out the next time you visit an online casino like Mega Lotto.

Cubes

Featuring a retro soundtrack and brightly coloured icons, you’ll feel like you’re back in the ‘80s with this game. Played out on a grid of 5×5, instead of pay lines, you’re looking to create clusters of the same colour to win – and expand the grid. Every win will expand the grid until it reaches its maximum of 11×11 squares.

There are six different colours: red, yellow, green, aquamarine, turquoise and purple and you win by landing a minimum of five clusters of the same colour anywhere on the grid. The bigger the clusters, the more you win.

The middle square contains an ‘x’ symbol and this is acts as the game’s multiplier. Every time the middle cube is part of a winning cluster, the multiplier will +1 and this will be added to your score – the highest the multiplier can be is 22x.

Activate the free spins feature by securing five different colour clusters and watch on as the ‘CUBES’ title fills with colour. Win up to 10 free spins and a random colour – and all wins in that chosen hue will remain sticky for the duration of the free spin game, hopefully culminating in even more lucrative wins. Land a mega cluster of 70 cubes in the free play mode and be rewarded with an instant win of 2,500x your original wager. Just try not to get square eyes!

Extra Juicy

If fruit-filled Slots are more your thing, you’ll love this game, inspired by the classic. Extra Juicy is a three-row, five-reel slot featuring all your favourite fruits and of course, Liberty bells. You need to match a minimum of three symbols on adjacent reels to win, and combinations pay out from left to right.

There are seven different symbols, in order of value: cherries, lemons, oranges, plums, blueberries, watermelons and bells. The game’s scatter symbol is the diamond, and it only appears on the first, third and fifth reels. Landing three of the scatter will pay out 2x your bet and activate the progressive multiplier free spins round.

In this bonus feature, players are rewarded with 12 free spins and the multiplier begins at 1x. After each spin, the multiplier increases by 1x and the feature can be retriggered up to four times. But landing scatters on reels 1, 3, and 5 during free spin play will automatically award an additional 12 spins – meaning there are up to 60 free spins up for grabs! So, what are you waiting for?

Super 7s

If you’re feeling lucky, you’ll be hoping to land those 7s to win big with this slot. Much like our previous game, Super 7s features all your favourite classic Slots symbols: plums, pears, oranges, grapes, cherries, bells and of course, those lucky 7s – the most valuable symbol. The scatter here is the star, and pays out on any position. Again, you’re looking to match a minimum of three symbols on this three-row and five-reel slot, where wins pay out from left to right on adjacent reels.

And that’s all there is to it. If you’re new to Slots, this would be a good game to begin with, as it’s fairly simple and follows the premise of traditional slot machines. Although if you love classic games with retro-inspired music, this one’s for you – it feels as though you’re participating in a TV game show!

Retro Film Review “Ghostbusters”

Directed by: Ivan Reitman
Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis
Rated: PG
Running time: 1 hour 45 mins
Columbia

Our Score: 5 out of 5 stars

DEAR READERS: No need to panic. You did not wake up in 1984. There are no less than three major releases opening this week but the powers that be at the studios did not think them worthy of being screened early. However, as the good people at AMC Theatres have decided to screen “Ghostbusters” every Thursday evening in the month of October, I thought it would be fun to review it as if I had never seen it before. Enjoy!

Bill Murray wanted to be serious.

Coming off such hit comedies as “Caddyshack,” “Stripes” and “Tootsie,” Murray, like many funny people, hoped to challenge himself creatively. He convinced Columbia to put up $13 million for him to star in a remake of the film “The Razor’s Edge,” with Murray himself starring in the role played by Tyrone Power. Unwilling to finance the film at first, Columbia then became aware of a screenplay that Dan Aykroyd had written for he and his pal John Belushi to star in entitled “Ghost Smashers.” In short, Murray replaced Belushi, Columbia ponied up the thirteen mill and a comedy classic was born.

New York City. When we first meet Dr. Peter Venkman (Murray) he is giving an ESP test to two volunteer students, to no avail. He is interrupted by his two colleagues, Ray Stantz (Aykroyd) and Egon Spengler (Ramis) who inform him of a possible ghost sighting at the local library. Once there the trio meet up with the ghostly image of a long dead librarian. This contact encourages them to start their own business, which will allow the public with spirit problems to call for help. They call themselves Ghostbusters.

Co-written by Aykroyd and Ramis, “Ghostbusters” is a fun romp with a couple of comedy’s greatest stars at the top of their game. Murray brings his familiar dead pan expression to the forefront here, milking it for all it’s worth. He has some of the better lines and his timing is impeccable. Same with Aykroyd and Ramis. This is Ramis’ second feature film (following “Stripes”) but he more than holds his own alongside his co-stars. Supporting players Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts also do well, with the normally straight laced Weaver taking a turn as a seductive she-demon.

If there is anything poorly done in the film it is the special effects. (NOTE: Even by 1984 standards, the effects were pretty crappy. Surprisingly, “Ghostbusters” was nominated for the Special Visual Effects Oscar, along with “2010” and the film that would win the award, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.”) Most of the stop motion is quite jumpy while the nuclear “blasts” from the Ghostbusters’ weapons is not rendered cleanly. I will say that the spiritually conjured up Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man is pretty impressive. (NOTE: like a lot of movies filmed in New York City prior to September 11, 2001, there are many shots of the World Trade Center, which gave me, and the audience, pause when they first appear on screen.)

History will show that “Ghostbusters” went on to become, until “Home Alone,” the highest grossing comedy of all time, earning $13 million in its opening weekend, which I’m sure Columbia put towards the box office bomb that was “The Razor’s Edge.” Murray continued to get serious and in 2003 he earned a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his work in “Lost in Translation.”

Read about “Ghostbusters III” in our exclusive interview with Ernie Hudson here.