Slingo Classic Review
Slingo is celebrating it's 20th anniversary with a step back in time for it's latest release. They've not gone as far back as Roman or Viking times but instead to the original style of Slingo. Slingo Classic gives you the chance to play the popular online slots meets bingo game in all it's original glory. Everything from the joker to the sound effects are all retro but it's done to stunning effect. But is this celebration of Slingo a necessary addition to the stable?
The designers of Slingo Classic have certainly pared back on the design. The game best described as blocky. There's the usual block of 5x5 numbers in the centre of the screen, a paytable is on the left and to the right huge spaces showing you win, free spins and turns left. A big red start game in the bottom right entices you to start playing whilst the plus and minus buttons opposite let you set the wager.
How To Play Slingo Classic
The aim of Slingo Classic is to get lines - horizontal, vertical or diagonal - of five numbers. With Classic you're given an initial 11 spins. Each spin generates five numbers below the 5x5 grid. If any numbers match then these are marked off. When you complete a row of five numbers then you move up the prize board. The more lines you complete the higher up the prize board you progress. During game play you may pick up free spins, jokers (wilds) and devils. The latter prevent you from marking off a number.
Slingo Classic doesn't have the big features of more recent additions to the Slingo stable. However there are extras. For example you if you get three or more joker or super joker symbols anywhere on a single spin then this awards a cash prize of x0.5, x2 or x5 the initial stake. A gold slingo token appearing on a spin also results in a small win. If you complete a full house of Slingos then this results in a win of x500 your initial stake.
Wagering on this version of Slingo starts at 20p. This can be increased up to a maximum of £25 (Gala Bingo). The minimum and maximum wager may vary from site to site. There is no Autoplay but Slingo Classic does allow you to wager on after the base game concludes. As in other versions of Slingo, once you've used your 11 initial spins and any free spins - you'll be invited to play on for a given price and shown the potential win available. We advise against this option as wins are very rare.
If you're a big trigger happy then do set the play controls that are available on Slingo Classic. With these controls you can set the number of extra spins, maximum extra spin price, total game stake and total game loss. These are worth setting if you're going to wager on beyond the base game. We're still iffy about the wager on facility though but with these controls you can at least limit any losses.
We quite like this back to basics version of Slingo. It's like going back to playing computer games on a Megadrive after years of PS4 and Xbox One. It also shows that good games don't always need big bells and whistles to be entertaining and enjoyable. What we especially like about Slingo Classic is that you only need to complete one line to start climbing the win table. Other versions require you to complete at least three or four to get a return.
That said we do have the usual Slingo bugbear with Classic as with other versions of the game. Getting a win greater than the initial stake seems to be impossible. Even if you wager on it does seem that you end up spending more than is possible to win. We wonder whether it's actually possible to get 7 or more lines on just 11 spins. We also wonder what are the chances of getting scatter wins? Overall though this is a fun way to celebrate Slingo's 20th Anniversary.