Ready to take a trip back to the '80s? With its vibrant colours, retro typography and kicking synth soundtrack, Neon Staxx aims to transport you to a time when Alf, Transformers and ET ruled the world. And we have to say that it does its job very well.
We're not given any cinematic intro or backstory to explain what's going on in the world of Neon Staxx bit but it seems like we're in a world much like Far Cry: Blood Dragon, Tron or some vintage action movie set in a dystopia – maybe that explains why several of the reel icons are dangerous looking polygonal animals?
The world of Neon Staxx is somehow both futuristic and swimming is nostalgia...which feels a bit strange but ultimately makes for a very compelling experience.
Set in a retro futuristic post-apocalyptic world, Neon Staxx is a 5x4 slot chock full of bold, bright colours and throbbing electro music. Just choose your coin size, hit play and keep your fingers crossed that you'll be able to take advantage of some of the game's 40 paylines.
Unfortunately, Neon Staxx's bonus round doesn't quite match the excitement you might feel when you first boot up this brilliant slot. Still, if you're in the mood for some 80s style nostalgia then you could do a lot worse than to check out Neon Staxx.
With 5 reels and 4 rows, Neon Staxx feels much busier than many of its peers and doing things a bit differently like this somehow works well with the futuristic, yet retro, sci-fi vibe that the game has – gameplay feels familiar but somehow more advanced. The game has 40 paylines thanks to this fairly unique layout, so there are lots of different ways to win.
Different layouts are always interesting because they're something different to the 5x3 format that the vast majority of slots stick with, so it's nice to see games do something other than sticking with the status quo. If you're finding yourself getting a bit tired of the usual contenders, this could be a great game for you to try.
The Staxx in Neon Staxx refers to SuperStaxx, which are stacks of symbols that sometimes appear at random on reels. They're particularly useful when predators, such as the Lion symbol, or Wilds appear but don't always have as much impact as you might hope.
Wins come pretty regularly, though many of them are only of equal or similar value to your original bet. However, that's not to say that the occasional big win doesn't also come along and surprise you from time to time during standard play.
We encountered a few big wins when playing Neon Staxx, and most of them did actually come during standard play. We have no doubt that players out there do win the maximum jackpot from time to time, but it just never feels like it's all that close when you're playing Neon Staxx. If you enjoy high risk, volatile games then you might be fine with that, but we think it will also deter some players.
For a game that's fairly innovative in other respects, you might expect its bonus feature to be more interesting that it actually is. Landing 3, 4 or 5 Scatter symbols will unlock 10, 15 or 20 free spins but the round doesn't come with a multiplier or any other quirky features.
Of course, bonus rounds are always going to be very welcome but there's just nothing special about Neon Staxx's that will have you rubbing your hands with glee when you trigger it.
With all of that said, triggering a bonus round is always going to represent your best chance to replenish your depleted bankroll and hopefully pull down some winnings as well. If you do manage to land one, we recommend that you cash out or move to another slot after it concludes!
With a jackpot of 80,000 coins and a maximum coin size of 0.50, Neon Staxx's jackpot is decent enough but it's not one that's high enough to warrant interest from players who wouldn't otherwise be curious about the game.
For example, we know that many players spend their time on progressive jackpot games, even though they hate the theme, purely because of the huge prize. It's unlikely that a grand prize of $40,000 is enough to attract jackpot hunters and get them to stick around unless they can find something else to appreciate about the game.
Maybe NetEnt just forgot to adjust the game's jackpot for all of the inflation that's taken place since the '80s!
It's a real shame to say it but the game, much like its pulsing keytar soundtrack, can get old fairly quickly. Neon Staxx looks and sounds great but, with a jackpot of only 80,000 coins (not particularly high by NetEnt's standards), and nothing intriguing or different about its bonus round you might find yourself getting bored after playing for a while.
Of course, these things are always a matter of personal taste – if you're the sort of person who loves '80s culture, whether or not you lived it the first time around, then it's very likely you'll enjoy Neon Staxx. And there's no denying that the game's unique layout and the overall impression you get the first time you boot it up holds a certain allure, but this may not last for as long as NetEnt hope.
Overall the game is certainly worth a look, especially if you've never played it before, but doesn't offer a whole lot of replayability value.