The relics of an ancient civilisation are discovered on a barren moonscape, while five mysterious sleek black monoliths shake and hand out cash: it’s the Arcader. This classic slots game is the brainchild of Thunderkick, an innovative new kid on the game developer block that’s quickly building a reputation for great concepts and quality gameplay.
Arcader brings back the space-themed hysteria of the arcade decades, combining stellar slot play with nostalgic imagery reinforcement of some of the top arcade games from the 80's and 90's. Like arcade games, this Thunderkick title also features low betting limits so no need to break the bank while playing.
Embracing classic slot and brand themes has always been a tough road for developers. As innovation drives the industry into new and exciting features and titles, some players still look to enjoy the older offerings they grew to love. This provided the opportunity for developers to combine the old with the new.
Arcader uses familiar low-pixel symbols similar to those used for arcade games yet the animations and background scenes are developed using 3D technology. Thunderkick found a way to fuse the nostalgia of arcade games with the innovation of modern video slots.
The title's 5 reels have 15 paylines and are shown as a row of monoliths on which 8-bit win symbols appear. The pixelated fruit, bars, bells, sevens and letters radiate retro cool; part old Vegas, part Pac-Man. The game is accompanied by a dark, pulsing electro soundtrack, and win lines land with a display that rocks the whole planet. The deadpan voiceover congratulates gamers and foretells an explosion as though a spaceship is about to take off.
On top of the normal win symbols (of which the most profitable is the bar), the W or wild symbol substitutes for any symbol in a win line except the bonus, mystery or expander symbols. The arrow also functions like an expandable wild, filling the reel with the best possible win symbol and generating some big payouts.
Land three B or bonus symbols anywhere on the reels during a single spin to trigger the nine-spin bonus round. If you land three bonus symbols, all wins during the round are paid at the normal rate, while four bonuses give a three times multiplier, and five a massive nine times multiplier. With every free spin you get one sticky wild chance on the three central reels, which will stay on the board for the whole bonus round, increasing the likelihood of a win.
Land three M or mystery symbols and the monolith reels turn into one big prize board for the mystery game. The board fills with new symbols: gems of varying value and the dreaded X (blank) symbols, which are all then shuffled and hidden.
To play, unveil the hidden prize symbols until you land a blank and end the game. Better still, the mystery symbols function in a similarly scalable way to the bonuses, in that three Ms will give standard payouts, four will give a two times multiplier and five will give a six times multiplier.
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