Imagine what the future was supposed to look like in the 1970s and you’ll have an idea of what to expect in Arcader. It’s a 5 reel, 15 payline video slot from Thunderkick that combines a sci-fi theme with retro sound and visuals. Look out for expanding symbols, a pick me round and a free spins feature where you could benefit from a 9x multiplier boost. Play on all devices from between 10p and £100 per spin.
The design in Arcader has a real old school feel – if you first cut your computing teeth on a Spectrum or a C64 then the design here will look very familiar. With planets, asteroids and the night sky in the background, the reels include pixelated versions of classic fruity symbols. You’ll see cherries, oranges, plums, lemons, melons, bells and 7s spinning around the reels. The best of the standard symbols is the bar which awards 20 times your total stake if you land 5 on a payline.
Look out for the 2 triangles head to toe which is the expanding symbols – when this hits, all of the symbols on that row transform into the same symbol and a new payout is made. There’s also a wild that replaces everything apart from the scatter and bonus. There are 2 feature rounds on offer in Arcader:
- Mystery Game feature – this pick me round is triggered by landing 3 or more of the M symbol on the same spin. You’ll then be taken to a new screen and offered a selection of 15 boxes. Choose to reveal cash prizes. Land an empty box and the feature is over. Your final payout is boosted by a 1x, 2x or 6x depending on whether you triggered the feature with 3, 4 or 5 M symbols.
- Free Spins feature – land 3, 4 or 5 of the By symbol to trigger the second feature. This awards 9 free spins complete with a 1x, 3x or 9x multiplier. Look out for the sticky wilds that can land anywhere on the middle 3 reels during this feature.
With its retro design and good range of extras, Thunderkick has come up trumps once again with Arcader. The visuals are superbly done and the ‘I can’t believe it’s not Kraftwerk’ synth soundtrack is an ideal match. As far as volatility goes, Arcader sits in the medium range and offers wins of 1,600 times your bet on each free spin.
Developers are always looking to breathe fresh life into the classic fruit machine genre – in Arcader, Thunderkick has done a pretty good job of doing just that. If you like the theme, Playtech’s Space Invaders is worth trying.