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Classic 243 Slot Machine

Slots players, at heart, are nostalgists: they love playing something with a theme that makes them feel nice and cosy. It's no surprise, then, that classic-style slots remain popular online, while anything that recalls childhood (Gemix, Betsoft's Sugar Pop) also pull in the punters.

Taking the old fruit machine/AWP template and giving it a kick up the proverbial are Rabcat with their Classic 243 slot. Released in spring 2017, the slot features familiar classic slot elements - red 7s, BAR symbols etc - and ramps the action up to 11.

About The Classic 243 Slot

First, you'll have to ensure your browser is up to date to run the game. The bane of modern slots players is that some games are just too slick to run on their dusty old machines. In reviewing the slot we were thwartedby browser windows being too small, our browser being out of date, or our browser just being plain, damn wrong.

Still, once we switched to Google Chrome (a top tip, Internet Explorer junkies) we managed to load Classic 243 without too many problems.

The game is played across 243 paylines in familiar Rabcat style, and unlike many classic slots features Wilds and free spins.

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Neon, Slick Sound, and Gameplay

The first thing that strikes you as you load Classic 243 is the overall appearance and sound. Like many modern online slots there is some lovely, atmospheric music (turn up those speakers) and glowing neon colours. Think iSoftBet'sNeon Reels or NetEnt'sStaxx and you'll get a good feel for what Rabcat are going for here.

There are 243 ways to win in the slot which means you simply select a stake that is multiplied by 20 to get to your total bet. Stakes start from just 20p per spin, but a £40 top stake is also possible.

While we were hoping for some truly 'classic' symbols (cherries, melons etc) what we actually get are lots of basic Q, K and Ace symbols. There is, however, a smattering of 7 and Bell icons on the reels.

The shiny WILD icon in Classic 243 substitutes for all regular symbols other than the Scatter. It appears while the reels spin (you can just make out the Wilds in the spinning graphics) but was fairly elusive when we played the game.

Land Three Or More FREE SPINS For Free Games

The Scatter is the Free Spins symbol in Classic 243. Three or more of those bad boys anywhere will trigger a Free Spins round. 10 free spins are awarded, and if you land a further three Free Spins scatters you'll re-trigger the feature.

This is where the Wild symbol comes back into its own. During the bonus round, two or three Stacked Wilds will be placed on every spin, and that comes guaranteed.

A neat Gamble feature also makes things interesting after any winning spin. Simply choose one of the glowing rectangles on-screen - if it's correct you'll double your winnings. Choose incorrectly and all winnings from that round are lost. Unlike other Gamble slot features, there is a limit of five gambles per game in Classic 243.

Hit Play 'n Go's Neon Reels

A more effective 'classic' slot with a space-age feel is iSoftBet'sNeon Reels. A next-generation slot, Neon Reels features 3D graphics and reels that actually look like slot machine drums.

Wilds leap off the reels, and bonus sticky Diamond symbols 'freeze' and shoot out of the screen for two free spins. The game also has a progressive 'Hot' jackpot for players gambling at the maximum stake.

A Classic Slot? In Name Only...

There's no doubt that Rabcat's new slot looks and sounds great. Some of the FX are great (the noise of the Free Spins being triggered sounds like it's been plucked from a sci-fi movie) and the gameplay is smooth if you pick the right browser. But the 'classic' element doesn't go far enough for our liking. It would have been nice to have seen some proper fruit symbols given a 'space' vibe - just too much emphasis is given to boring 10-to-Ace icons.

Still, for some effective classic play on mobile and online, and with 243 paylines featured, there's plenty to enjoy in Classic 243.

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