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Title:  Reel Rush
Developer: NetEnt
Reels: 5
Rows: 5
Paylines: 45-3125
RTP: 96.96%
Free Spins Freq: N/A
Max Win: 1,000x
Max Win Probability: N/A
Volatility: Medium
Min/Max Bet: 0.50/100
Release Date: July 25, 2013


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Reel Rush: Slot Overview

Developer NetEnt dusts off their gaming consoles to find inspiration when designing their candy-filled slot Reel Rush. The game looks and feels like it dropped in from the gaming days of yore – in a good way. Along with the positive fruit rush occurring on the unusually setup up grid, players enjoy a phenomenal game design as well as a respin mechanic that will take them on a roller-coaster ride. It's a deceptively simple formula which has been entertaining the masses since its release in 2013.


The view might not be so 'wow' now, but back when Reel Rush was released, the row setup was rather unique. Played using 5 reels and a default 1-3-4-3-1 row format, it went on to good use in games like Yggdrasil's Valley of the Gods for example a few years down the track. In Reel Rush, the surroundings might appear a little basic, yet the chunky cartoon vegetation adds to the old school charm. What also makes Reel Rush so immensely enjoyable to play are the audio effects which sound directly ported from Mario or Alex the Kid. The pace of the game is manic on its own, but the excellent soundtrack adds even more to the mayhem when the going gets intense.


Reel Rush received an HTML upgrade in 2018, so the game can be played on any device from desktop to smartphones. A wide range of bets is available though they aren't super low roller friendly, staring from 50 p/c up to £/€100 per spin. Reel Rush's math model is a highlight, it might not be super high powered, that came later, but it produces a nice mix of filler spins in between the longer respins/free spin sequences. Volatility is medium, while a rather high RTP value of 96.96% is the default setting. RTP can be lowered depending on the operator, so be sure to take a look at the docs to see which version you're about to play.


Scoring a win requires three or more matching symbols landing from the first reel. That might seem a little tough seeing as there is just one symbol on reel 1 to begin each spin with. NetEnt's number crunchers have ensured what might appear limited at first can work out well. Symbols are predominantly made up of hard candy type objects; the first five are low pay oval-shaped sweets. The premiums are also candies, cleverly designed using classic slot icons such as plums, grapes, watermelons, lemons, pineapples, and strawberries. Score five of these high paying symbols to pick up wins of 100 to 1,000 coins. Landing on the middle three reels is the golden wild symbol. It doesn't carry a monetary value of its own, but wilds substitute for all other symbols to make a winning combination.


Reel Rush: Slot Features

The Reel Rush slot is a veteran when it comes to releases. Despite its relatively old age, the colourful design on display here works rather well. The rather blocky visuals weren’t really cutting edge when it first dropped onto online casino shelves in 2013. It reminds me of the classic Super Mario Bros game by Nintendo from the 80s.


There’s a rather gentle electronic backing track playing in the background while you spin. Again, this rather minimalist style works rather well. It’s simple yes but the design here remains surprisingly fresh.


The reels include 5 lower value sweet symbols which are joined by 6 rather chunky fruit symbols. In order of value are the plum, raspberry, lime, lemon and pineapple. The strawberry tops the bill as far as payouts are concerned, awarding 20 x your total stake if you manage to land 5 in combination.


There’s also a gold wild. This can land anywhere apart from reel 1 and substitute for all the standard symbols in a winning combination.



The gameplay in Reel Rush is a little unusual. The action centres around re-spins which trigger each time you land a winning combination. Look out too for expanded reels as well as a free spins feature which comes into play if you get on a lengthy winning run.


Re-Spins feature

Each time you land a winning combination, the Re-Spins feature is triggered and a re-spin follows. You’ll notice that some positions on the game grid are blocked. The more wins you land in a row, the more re-spins are awarded and the more blocked positions open up. This also has an impact on the number of ways you can create a winner:



Free Spins feature

In most online slot games, the bonus features are triggered by landing scatter or bonus symbols. That’s not the case here. The Free Spins feature is activated by landing a winning combination following a 5th re-spin.

In that happy circumstance, you’ll go on to play 8 free spins. These take place on a fully expanded set of reels where all the blocked positions are open. You’ll have 3,125 ways to win throughout the free spins.



Reel Rush: Slot Verdict
While Reel Rush might be a little dated now, like any classic video game or slot, the high playability factor means you can still get a kick out of it. NetEnt did a superb job of capturing the spirit of a basic yet exciting SNES game, rolling it all into a compelling slot. Constant respins keep the pace up, not to mention, make the game hard to put down. The retro graphics and effects emphasis Reel Rush's fun trip down memory lane.


In fact, the respins following every wins mechanic device has proven so popular amongst players, it has appeared in a number of other slots since such as NetEnt's Fruit Shop plus the Megaways sequel. They might not always result in earth-shaking results, but when you're snowballing into larger grid sizes, and free spins, Reel Rush is as exciting now it was on release way back when. Reel Rush's potential might not dazzle when compared to what has followed, yet satisfying wins are possible all the same. Coupling them with a generous RTP, and that famous gameplay makes it easy to overlook any shortcomings.


Reel Rush is one of those games which are just fun to play. It looks simple in screenshots, a little old fashioned perhaps, but when you're in the thick of the action, none of that matters a bit. What helps is the fantastic sound track hearkening right back to the golden age of gaming – like ramming a square cartridge into a console for some good old 2D scrolling action.

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