Neon Staxx Basic information:
Think of the 1980's. For those of us who were around at the time, it was a era of horrible, garish colours and awful hair. Now try to consider what the people of the 1980's though of as futuristic. If you imagined neon blues and pinks then congratulations, you just predicted the theme of Neon Staxx.
Developed my NetEnt, one of the big boys in online pokies, Neon Staxx really shows off the quality which they so often bring to the table. Released in mid 2015, this is a game which wouldn't look out of place in a slot machine parlour from Blade Runner, had the people in Blade Runner access to cleaning equipment.
As is standard with games offered by the NetEnt software system, this game will work with most flash enabled devices. This includes desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile phones.
Neon Staxx comes with a total of 40 paylines over 5 reels in a 5×4 layout.
- The minimum bet sits at 20
- The maximum bet sits at 200
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
- Maximum coins size sits at 0.5
- The return to player offered by this game sits at just under 97%, which is above average.
Accessing the options menu in Neon Staxx is as simple as clicking on the spanner icon on the bottom-left of the main game page. Opening this gives three simple options:
This speeds up the spinning of the slots, leading to less lime waiting around.
- Intro screen
This allows the player to disable the intro screen for the next time they play.
- Space-bar to spin
This option allows the player to spin the reels with the space-bar, when selected.
Other Helpful Additions
Neon Staxx comes with an autoplay function. This is accessed by clicking either the big autoplay button or the small auto button. This brings up a tab which lets the player choose from a preset list of autospin amounts. These are, from smallest to highest – 10x, 25x, 50x, 100x, 250x, 500x,750x and 1000x.
From this autoplay screen additional options can be found by clicking on the advanced settings tab. These settings allow the automatic stopping of spins if one or more of the following options are selected:
- On any win
- If free spins are won
- If a single win exceed an entered amount
- When cash decreases by an entered amount
- If cash decreases by an entered amount
From the main page of the game the players can also choose change their level, which changes the total bet, and their coin value. Neon Staxx also comes with an included max bet button, which instantly sets these to maximum.
Finally, this game offers 3 more clickable buttons. The volume button allows the player to adjust a slider or mute all noise. The ‘?' and ‘i' buttons both bring the player to screens which explain the game rules and payouts, as well as displaying all the individual paylines.
Retro-futuristic has been a growing trend over the last few years. This is especially evident in video-games and movies, with games like Hotline Miami and Far Cry: Blood Dragon and movies like Kung Fury effectively including this same theme and colour scheme.
This pink and blue colour scheme is divisive, so check out the above screenshot to take a look. For those who like the scheme this game looks amazing, for those who don't this game will be worth a pass.
There isn't really much else to say here, if you love 80's nostalgia then you'll know what NetEnt were going for.
Other Features and Bonuses
The wild symbol in this game comes in the form of a pink wild banner over two circles of silver and gold.
- 3 of these give a bonus of 15
- 4 give a bonus of 30
- 5 give a bonus of 200
These can substitute for any icon except the scatter symbol.
The scatter symbol appears as the word SCATTER on top of black and green background. This does not need to appear on a enabled payline to win and cannot appear during the free-spins bonus game.
- 3 scatter icons give a bonus of 10 free spins
- 4 scatter icons give a bonus of 15 free spins
- 5 scatter icons give a bonus of 20 free spins
Neon Staxx also comes with the SuperStaxx feature. This feature appears as a stack of randomly selected symbols which can appear on the first reels. After the first stack has been randomly selected by the game similar stacks will be added to the other reels. Lining up these large stacks results in large rewards. In freespin mode the stacked symbols can only be the predator or wild symbols.
The free spins bonus game operates the same as the regular spins, and is accessed if 3 or more scatter symbols are collected on one spin. These free spins run of thee amount which was wagered in the round where the free spins were won. Additional free spins cannot be won during the free spins bonus game.
How to Play:
For simple and easy play the user need only select their coin value and their level before hitting spin. They can also click on the maxbet button to set these two options instantly to the maximum.
More involved autospins come from entering into the autoplay section by clicking one of the two auto button. This will allow the player to select an amount of autospins from a list. Also available here is an advanced button. When this is clicked it opens a tab which allows the player to choose in what situations they want their autospins to stop.
Overall Design and Usability:
When it comes to design, this is game with a very clear target. The fonts, the colours and the symbols all scream out 80's. As is usual with NetEnt, this is not just a halfhearted attempt, this is a game where the graphics have obviously been designed by talented professionals. This extends to the spinning of the reels, which appears to have been rendered at 60 frames a second rather than the standard 30. What this means is that spinning appears much more smoothly that what most games offer. Not a necessary touch, by any means, but one that is very welcomed.
In terms us usability, Neon Staxx is somewhere in the middle of the pack. All of the options which are included work perfectly, but there is this nagging feeling left that they could have done more. Graphics and sound options, for example, would be very well suited to this game. Graphics options would be welcome because the game is very pretty, and therefore might not work well on older or under-powered devices. This could be on purpose, as NetEnt might have designed this pokie for maximum looks and to be run only on modern computers, if this is the case then they succeeded.
The problem with sound comes, as it often does, with the music. While the music is well suited it will eventually become quite grating, which might cause players to mute the game. This is unfortunate because the sound effects are very well done and there exists no option to only mute the music.
Where to find it:
NetEnt games stand with Microgaming as some of the most popular available. If you already have a favourite gambling website then check out if they offer NetEnt games, if they do then you might be able to find Neon Staxx there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.
This has to be one of harder games to rate. Neon Staxx wants to achieve a particular look and feel,and it succeeds in that. The only problem is that I'm left thinking that there might have compromises to bring this concept to reality. The graphics and sounds are amazing, basically, but the lack of options and decent bonus games is a bit of a let down. If you don't mind simplicity and love the whole eighties theme then definitely check this out. It's also worth a look if you want a great general example of impressive looks in a pokie. Just know, going in, that this is likely not a game which will hold your attention for long.
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