Intro: Game Theme
NetEnt’s Reel Rush was released in 2013, but it boasts that 90s arcade style that makes your heart race and your eyes jump around the screen trying to absorb all the pretty colours. The theme looks like a mixture of a fruit machine and a Nintendo video game. Behind the reels, you can see a virtual world of forest, trees and mushrooms. However, there are no characters, only fruit and candy. Super Mario Bros comes to mind as a possible inspiration.
The sounds are immersive and serene when regular play is unfolding, almost like a lullaby but they start to build up the tempo and burst into celebration whenever a win happens. Reel Rush? More like real adrenaline rush! Although the interface has a retro feel to it and a cartoonish 2D style, the graphics are polished to the maximum, with shine and glow at all the right places. As we all know, NetEnt often excels in games which are simple and straightforward, void of too many details.
- RTP: 96.96%
- Betting Range: £0.20 – £100
- Max Win: 480,000 coins
- Similar Slots: When Pigs Fly, Reel Rush 2, Icy Gems, Stickers
How it Works
Reel Rush is a 5-reel game with a variable number of rows (1-3-5-3-1). It offers a unique format that starts players off with 45 ways to win, but can reach up to 3,125 win ways. Some of the positions are locked, yet the game offers a way to unlock them by landing wins and initiating re-spin action. The punter can change the coin size, adjust the bet level using the bet level selector or use Autoplay to restart the game numerous times without interruption. Max Bet spins the reels setting the maximum bet in one click. Matching symbols on at least three positions that are adjacent from left to right constitute a win.
The paytable contains all the symbols you will see on the reels. There are six different fruit icons: a strawberry, a pineapple, a lemon, some grapes, a plum and a watermelon. They are somewhat weird-looking, reminding us of cubed fruits sold in Japanese farmers markets. The rest of the symbols are different coloured gems that are more likely to be hard candy. They come in yellow, orange, green, red and purple. A gold star with the word WILD on it is the substitution symbol; it will appear on all the reels except for the first one and replace standard icons to help form winning clusters. There are no Scatters or Bonus symbols involved.
In the absence of Scatters or Bonus icons, the special features are propelled by the winning combinations. Re-spins are the main thing in Reel Rush; each time a win happens, a re-spin is awarded. With each new re-spin (there can be up to 5 consecutive re-spins) the number of win lines increases, from 135 to 405, to 675, to 1125 and ultimately to 1875. The maximum number of way to win can be reached during free spins.
The only way to activate the freebies is to play 5 consecutive re-spins and reach a win on the fifth re-spin – this introduces you to a free spins round with 8 free plays and all ways to win unlocked. You can’t trigger more freebies from inside the round. When the round ends, the game will display the total win, summing up the win from the triggering spin, all 5 re-spins and 8 free spins. Considering the 3,125 to win all unlocked and ready to burst, the amount can reach 480,000 coins at best.
Reel Rush is a fine choice for punters who are on the lookout for energetic slots with high RTP and medium variance. We find it to be well-balanced and very entertaining. The theme isn’t as revolutionary as its presentation is, and players have mainly reported having enjoyed long hours playing Reel Rush on desktop and mobile.
It can be difficult to trigger the free spins and the frustration is inevitable when you reach the fourth re-spin, one step away from the bonus, and lose the chance to activate the feature. Patience, lab visitors, is the key to winning big. Simple on the outside and thrilling on the inside, Reel Rush is a gem in NetEnt’s portfolio, one that deserves to be polished and revisited over and over again.