Net Entertainment’s Neon Staxx slot, available at online casinos, is a title for slots fan who enjoy a retro take on futuristic graphics, with an appropriate soundtrack, that celebrates computer animation. With the 40 paylines denoted by simple dots, the five invisible reels seem to slope away from the player, against a backdrop of a wireframe computer-game landscape. In the distance, a purple electrical storm frames an angular city of the future. During free spins, this backdrop changes to a jumble of geometric purple shapes.
The game symbols continue the retro-futurism effect. Although colourful and detailed, they all take stylised geometric shapes reminiscent of early computer graphics. As the name Neon Staxx implies, they are outlined in glowing neon accents. Coin denominations can be set at several levels from 0.01 to 0.10, and players can bet up to 10 coins per spin.
Stacking Symbols a Key Feature
With 40 paylines and only eight payline symbols in play, Neon Staxx already gives players better odds at creating matches from the four windows on each reel than many other slots or pokies. The Super Staxx feature adds even more winning possibilities. All the payline symbols can arrive in long stacks, filling two, three, or even all four positions on a reel, and one symbol is randomly selected to appear stacked at the start of each spin. Matching stacks that line up on adjacent reels from Reel 1 can thus trigger multiple payline prizes at once.
In base play, even Neon Staxx’s low-value card symbols, J to A, have this ability. These are also drawn as geometric fonts, similar to early computer graphics, although jazzed up with a metallic sheen and neon outline. Js and Qs share matching prize values, as do the Ks and As. Because the game offers more frequent matches, these prizes are less impressive than they could be. Five Ks or As, for example, win only 25X the line bet.
Wild and Scatter Round Out Symbols
The Neon Staxx Wild and Scatter symbols also employ simple geometry mixed with shiny metallic finishes. Gold and silver rings bearing the word Wild can substitute for any payline icons to finish off winning combos. Three, four or five Wild symbols in succession from Reel 1 on the same payline also win a bonus prize: 15X, 30X or 200X the line bet.
The Neon Staxx Scatter symbol wins no prizes in its own right, but three or more in any reel windows trigger the free spins round. The Scatter is a pink pyramid inside a green jade circle, and when it activates the bonus feature, players get 10, 15 or 20 free spins, depending on whether the triggering spin produced three, four or five Scatters.
Predator Symbols Win Better Prizes
The higher value Neon Staxx symbols all depict predators from the wild, illustrated in stylised geometric shapes and blocky colours. There is a blue cobra, a purple eagle, a red jaguar and a yellow-and-orange lion. Like the lower-value Neon Staxx symbols, they require at least three matches in succession on the same payline, starting at Reel 1, to win prizes. For five of a kind, these four icons win respective prizes of 40X, 50X, 75X and 100X the line bet.
During free spins rounds, the selection of symbols that are randomly designated as Super Staxx is limited to the predator icons, so adjacent stacks in this round can score some impressive prizes.