You could be forgiven for thinking that fruit machine style slots are a throwback to the days when retro games were brand new, an oasis of simplicity in a sea of flashing lights and complicated mini games, but that’s not always true. Some developers choose to update the retro style with all the bells and whistles of a brand new slot, which is the route the developers of Double Stacks have gone with this game. Traditional fruity symbols backed by cool modern effects, sounds and graphics make for a game that’s the best of both worlds. Let’s take a look in our Double Stacks slot game review.
Double Stacks certainly doesn’t pretend to be anything other than a traditional fruit machine, which is exactly what you get: A colourful and well designed background reminiscent of a gameshow, with a helpful pay table at the top to let you know what you’re aiming for. There’s also a good range of symbols on the reels, all unique, all old favourites such as melons, lemons, plums and cherries. These are the low value symbols, while the high value symbols are the bell, BAR, lucky 7 and diamond symbols. There are also cool animations and sound effects as you make combos, which are all smoothly done to give the game that extra modern feel.
The major conceit behind Double Stacks is one you may have seen elsewhere: When you land the high value symbols stacked down a whole reel, they become double stacked and worth twice their base value. This means that you’ll get six symbols matching if you manage to land three in a row, or a whopping 10 matching if you manage to land five. Other than that, this pokie is a standard five reel and three row number that has an unusually high betting limit of £/$/€200 per spin thrown in for good measure. This is a high volatility slot on account of the huge difference to your winnings that this feature makes, but the RTP is still slightly above average at 96.1%
The main attraction in the Double Stacks slot game is the double symbol feature, but there is also a nice free spins round also thrown in on top. In this feature the wilds can also land double stacked, which can result in a win of up to 10,000x your stake if you’re lucky enough to land a full screen of them, and though you only get five spins they’re pretty easy to activate and happen often. You can also grab up to 30 extra spins if you manage to land five more scatters during the free spins game, so there’s plenty of opportunity to grab yourself more.
Double Stacks is a pokie that does a good impression of a retro game, but is actually packed with modern features that set it apart from the games of 20 or 30 years ago. The most rewarding is the double stacked feature, especially when you can stack wilds in the bonuses, but the boatload of free spins is also a nice touch we’re sure you’ll like.