Atomic 8s is a Microgaming pokie that sets light to retro pokies and creates something a little more hellish, and a lot more interesting. Available on Spin Palace and other respected online casinos, this may be a simple retro pokie on the surface, but underneath there is a lot more going on.
There is a simple black backdrop on Atomic 8s, but with some flaming cherries, bells and “Bar” symbols, this backdrop helps to add some depth. Once the bomb drops, this backdrop changes. You can do this by clicking the “Power Spins” button on the bottom. This is a little more expensive, but with lines paying right to left as well as left to right, the returns also increase.
The wild symbol, which is the Atomic symbol, pays the most. You’ll get a return of 8,000x your line bet if you’re lucky enough to land 5 of these in a single payline, and it also serves to boost any other paylines it becomes a part of. The wins tend to be poor if you have just 3 or 4, regardless of the symbol, but once you hit 5 then things get interesting.
There are only 9 paylines on Atomic 8s, and you can bet from as little as $0.01 per line if you want. This amount increases during the Power Spins feature.
There is no bonus round on Atomic 8s, but there is a scatter symbol. You can land these anywhere on the reels and they’ll pay out a tidy sum if you do. In fact, you’ll get a return even if you land just 2 scatter symbols, and they are fairly common.
The only thing that lets Atomic 8s down is the lack of a bonus round or a free spins round. The Power Spins feature does help to make things a little more palatable, but it could have used an extra feature just to take it to the next level.