Retro Galaxy Slot Review
Retro Galaxy is the first game that Half Pixel Studios designed for Microgaming, as an exclusive slot machine that is available under a partnership that the two companies signed. With an 80s style version of the future, solid features that are likely familiar to you, and excellent potential, it will feel like a common choice in more ways than one, and yet it will also have the potential to pay much more than you’d expect.
7,300x the stake, that’s the most that a player can win while playing Retro Galaxy, a slot machine which has 5 reels & 243 ways to win. By any standards, it’s an excellent top jackpot, but one that comes at the expense of the game’s volatility, which is quite High. RTP is OK, at 96.05%. Moving on to features, we discover a number of solid options that are borrowed from Microgaming’s past releases, such as wilds, scatters, Rolling Reels with increasing multipliers, or free spins where those multipliers get a boost up to 15x.
Retro Galaxy Betting and Prizes
$0.20 will be sufficient, the game will spin its reels with that bet. However, should you want to wager more, options of up to $20 are available as well.
Microgaming is not going to have a majority of its slots with high volatility, like other developers, but they do have plenty of excellent games in their collection, which are designed with veteran players in mind. Retro Galaxy appears to be the latest to join that group, a game with a top jackpot of 7,300x the stake ($146,000), but also with higher volatility.
It has a 96.05% RTP, along with a 34.41% hit frequency, so you can expect wins to be coming often, even though they’re going to be of small value usually.
If you’ve played Microgaming’s slots in the past, the features of Retro Galaxy will likely be familiar to you. It starts with the Rolling Reels mechanic, which changes the winning symbols from the reels with new ones. As new waves of wins come up, a multiplier increases, and may reach a maximum of 5x in the base game, or 15x during free games.
Some help in forming new wins will come from the wild symbol. You will encounter it on the last four reels, so it’s not allowed to pay you through its own combinations. Still, it will be quite useful as a substitute.
Have the scatter symbol make an appearance on 3, 4 or 5 reels, to get up a prize and up to 20 free spins. The major improvement that you get here is the addition of a bigger multiplier target, going up by 1x following each Roll, and reaching a maximum of 15x. At this point, that 7,300x jackpot becomes possible.
Not the most original game around, the features should all feel familiar, but these are all highly appreciated options in other slots, and it doesn’t hurt to have them once again alongside a big jackpot.
Theme & Design
The 80s version of the future is once again present in a slot machine, with Neon style symbols and with an image of outer space set as the background. Look at the bottom though, and you will see the lines that mark it as a virtual construct. Symbols are classics for the most part, with Wild logos, Free Spins scatters and top-paying Prisms being a bit different. Otherwise, you’re looking at Lucky 7s, Stars, Bar logos and Bolts, plus the standard pink neon Royals.
Well designed, but not a slot machine that you’d want to play for its story or graphics.
Retro Galaxy is a solid game in most respects, even as it copies its excellent features from slots that have done well in the past. Originality is not a strong point for this one, but thanks to its excellent top jackpot and high quality features, it’s still worth a shot, particularly if you find yourself looking for big prizes in slots from Microgaming’s platform. Overall though, despite its many solid options, it feels like a completely forgettable slot.