Classic 243 is a video slot that lives up to its name perfectly as it’s a 5 reel, 243 ways to win fruit machine re-boot that’s been given the odd futuristic looking flourish. Created by Microgaming and available on mobile, tablet and desktop devices, the main feature is a bonus feature that awards up to 20 free spins with 2 or 3 stacked wilds added. Stakes range from 20p to £40 per spin.

Visually, Classic 243 has the feel of a 1980s video game – it’s retro but the neon imagery offers a hint of the future at the same time. Joining the lower value A to 10 symbols are a silver star and red seven. Even more rewarding is the white diamond followed by the bell. Land 3, 4 or 5 of these and the cashier will chime to the tune of 100, 500 or 1,000 coins. Complementing the standard symbols is a wild – it performs all the usual functions, replacing all other symbols bar the scatter.

The scatter is the key to triggering Classic 243’s Free Spins feature – 3, 4 or 5 of them landing on the same spin will get you 10 free spins. On each of them, your winning chances are boosted by the addition of 2 or 3 stacked wilds which are added.

The Gamble feature here is a little different too – instead of red or black playing cards, the goal is to identify the right glowing rectangle. Do so, and an energy pulse will throb to the cashier and double your payout. Choose wrongly and you’ll lose all your original win though.

If you look beyond the glossy visuals and electro soundtrack, Classic 243 is actually a fairly simple game. The best winning opportunities come via the Free Spins feature – land a good combination of stacked wilds and the coins can quickly flow. The base game action is solid enough with the 243 ways to win game engine offering a steady run of action. The variance is in the medium range with the Return to Player rate standing at 97%.

Calling a video slot Classic 243 is a bit of a hostage to fortune – it doesn’t really live up to the classic billing but is a perfectly enjoyable and playable game. Nicely designed and boasting a decent feature, it’s well worth a look. Saying that, I’d much rather play NetEnt’s Starburst which is similar in many ways but has a much better bonus feature.