Super Eighties Slot from NetEnt
This game is part of a series of very similar slots which focus on different decades. You’ll find that Funky Seventies and Groovy Sixties are essentially the same game – only with a different design and music for each.
Super Eighties has a synth based soundtrack, scatter symbol lady with big hair and bright make-up – and many of the iconic symbols of the decade spinning on the reels.
These include Rubik cubes, pink high heels, a computer joystick and a red Porsche car. The highlight is a free spins bonus game, during which all of your wins are doubled.
How to Win on Super Eighties
Wild symbols are stacked on the reels of this slot, which means you’ll often find all 4 positions on a reel are covered in wilds. Those times this happens to more than one reel (and especially if the other symbols line up well) are your opportunities for big wins. Wilds, which are blue and pink with ‘80’s Wild’ written on them, are also the biggest paying symbol. 5 on one of the 40 win-lines will pay 1000 coins during the base game – and double that amount during the free spins bonus round.
Of the regular symbols, the red sports car is the biggest paying. This is worth 400 for 5 of a kind, with 100 for 4 and 25 for just 3. Next comes a very clunky looking mobile phone – which is also worth 400 for 5. A Walkman mobile cassette tape player and computer joystick share the next prize, 250 coins for 5. Completing the original symbols, the pink high heels and skateboards are worth 150 coins for the full set.
There are playing card symbols in play, these take the form of a, k, q and J on colored balls – and make up the smaller regular wins.
Scatter Prizes and Free Spins
On the middle 3 reels you will see a lady which what can best be described as a caricature of 80’s style – big hair and bright make up. This is the scatter symbol, and triggers the free spins bonus game in addition to paying a spot prize of 2x your bet when you hit all 3.
Before the free spins start you go to a screen with a big version of this colorful lady – who announces via a text speech bubble that you’ll get 5 free spins with a 2x multiplier on your wins.
The spins are very much the same as the base game (except for the bigger wins). You can trigger 5 more by hitting 3 of the scatters, and will be hoping to hit as many of the stacked wild symbols as possible while those prizes are double.
Just like the other games in this series, the idea is to be deliberately over the top with the ideas and general style of the game. This starts with the music track, which is a combination of everything annoying about 1980’s pop music – with no vocals or anything interesting to make it more bearable!
The symbols are equally clichéd, though they do represent a good cross-section of 1980’s culture. The Walkman is a standout for me, bringing back memories of days when we had to rewind tapes instead of just clicking a button. The car and the phones are also nicely designed.
There are no particular animations, with size changes and flashing squares the way in which winning combinations are highlighted. The 4th reel will speed up if you hit the first 2 scatters, providing some anticipation.
40 Line Setup
Super Eighties uses a 5 reel by 4 row setup, which allows for 40 win lines crossing the reels. With stacked wilds in place it makes little sense to reduce this number – though you can adjust both your coin size and bet level instead. Auto-play is offered, along with max bet (which spins 10x coins per line at your current coin size and number of lines). You can mute the music, though for me this would take something away from the over the top nature of this game.
Super Eighties is a simple slot with game-play shared with several other NetEnt ‘Decades’ titles. Other than a trip down memory lane for those who grew up in this decade, the key reasons to play are the stacked wilds and the free spins with doubled prizes.