Not too many modern nz online pokies players are familiar with the freewheeling atmosphere of the 1960s. Many slots fans are simply too young, while those players who actually were around in the decade of peace and love, so the famous cliché goes, can’t remember it. The Groovy Sixties slot title from NetEnt helps repair this deficit, with a nostalgic trip back to a time of lava lamps, love bugs and platform boots.
A pleasant soundtrack of 60s tunes accompanies the slot play, which happens on five reels displaying four windows each, offering a total of 40 pay lines. Behind The Groovy Sixties reels, the backdrop is a pattern of psychedelic orange bubbles, but apart from that the reels are plain and unadorned; the major design efforts have gone into the game symbols.
Sixties Colours and Technology Incorporated
Although The Groovy Sixties uses four all-too-familiar Poker symbols, J, Q, K and A, they are presented on brightly coloured juggling balls that stay true to the era. All four Poker icons win identical prizes for matches of three, four or five in sequence on a pay line from Reel 1: namely 5, 20 or 100 coins, respectively.
Higher-value icons are all instantly recognizable as 60s artefacts. The lava lamps win 5, 50 or 150 coins, as do the groovy platform boots. A bulky 60s video projector and a reel-to-reel portable tape deck also share equal-value prizes; 20, 75 or 250 coins. The last paired symbols are the boxy, tiny TV and the flower-powered VW Beetle, which win 25, 100 or 400 coins for matches of three, four or five.
Sixties Babe Delivers Scatter Wins
A smiling redheaded hippie girl who somehow manages to pull off a green Alice band to match her thick eye-shadow, backed by yet another eye-boggling background of blue circles, serves as The Groovy Sixties Scatter. Scatters are so called because they do not have to be on the same pay line to trigger wins; Scatters anywhere on the reels count. Whenever three Scatters appear on a spin, they pay a multiplier of the entire bet X2, and also trigger the bonus game.
The Groovy Sixties bonus game consists of 5 free spins, with all wins doubled. If three Scatters come up again on the free spins, the same multiplier applies to the total stake again, and the player gets an additional 5 free spins with doubled prizes. So the 5 free spins can be extended several times, making this round the one in which players see the biggest prizes coming up.
Stacked Wilds Score Big
The Groovy Sixties Wild is the phrase 60’s Wild wrought in acid green and blue, against a psychedelic orange and yellow background. Wilds can stack in columns of two or three on the reels, allowing them to substitute for more symbols on more pay lines and create much bigger winning potential.
The Wild also wins its own prizes for combos of three or more from Reel 1 on a pay line: 50, 200 or 1,000 coins for three, four or five of a kind, respectively.