What if Mike Oldfield took a pill and woke up to find himself in Tron? That’s clearly the pitch for the online Neon Staxx slot from Scandinavian development maestros Net Entertainment, who also seem to think that this is how we’ll spell stacks in the future. Going by today’s text speak, who are we to argue? But as long as this is the kind of gameplay we can enjoy in the future, who cares?
And speaking of gameplay, NetEnt would surely be investigated by Trading Standards if Neon Staxx wasn’t oozing with stacks of neon. Calm down! There’s no need to report them – there’s plenty of it – every symbol is illuminated by a geometric neon halo of one colour or another. The reel case sits like a gaming superhighway in front of a backdrop of neon blue landscape. Bright pink lightening electrifies a futuristic cityscape in the distance, while the soundtrack sounds like a mix of Daft Punk and Beverly Hills Cop.
Our high-paying Predator symbols are neon badges that could be something out of cult kids TV show Bravestarr – a Lion, a Panther, an Eagle and a Snake. In short, Neon Staxx hits every retro-futuristic note you could shake a soothsayer at, and comes off mighty well for it. Even the Wild and Scatter symbol fonts look like they come kicking straight out of Kung Fury. Slam!
And so back to the Staxx. At the start of each spin one symbol will be randomly selected to be stacked anywhere across the reels in the game’s SuperStaxx feature. Not only does this keep each spin fresh in gameplay terms but also in the narrative of futuristic bonuses. We just don’t know where to turn, and which Staxx are going to hit us next!
On a more contemporary level, landing three, four or five Pink Triangle Scatters launches the Free Spins round – 10, 15 or 20 Free Spins respectively. We must spin to choose our Super Stacked Symbol, and suddenly only the Predator symbols or Wild symbol are stacked making big wins a very real possibility.
Is the Neon Staxx slot futuristic, or is it retro? Or is it retroistic? Whatever it is, it makes you want to jump on a hover board wearing a red gilet and go and rescue someone in a daring manner. The high variance of 40 paylines coupled with the SuperStaxx feature make sure this title is sent from the future, just as the music and styling delivers a welcome blast from the past.