You will find two types of video slots depicting this theme and we will introduce you to the best of both.
- Slot machines that create the 1980s environment in a holistic manner.
- Slot machines that are based on specific cult themes from the 80s.
So 80s from Rival
This slot game picks up some iconic images from the 80s as its high paying symbols. We describe a few of them to whet your appetite.
- Pacman became the rage early in the 1980s. If you were not playing Pacman you were Stone Age. The wild symbol is the joystick with one of the ghost characters.
- The smiley is the most popular emoticon today. It was given a unique Unicode by IBM in 1981 and became a printable character. It is the jackpot symbol in this Rival slot game.
- The free spins are triggered through the break dancer symbol. You will be awarded 15 free spins with tripled payouts. Watch the dancer in action in the win animations.
- Many different hairstyles became popular in the 1980s. One for the women was cascading permed hair that can be seen in this slot game.
- The boombox became a status symbol in the mid-1980s, especially if it included a CD player.
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Super Eighties from NetEnt
There is no end to icons from the 80s. This NetEnt video slot selects some different symbols but equally succeeds in bringing back the bygone era.
- The wild symbol is the 80s neon lit logo. It can appear as stacked wilds. The symbol also awards the highest line payouts.
- The girl with the multicolour streaked hair is the scatter symbol. It awards five free spins at doubled payouts.
- The cordless phone was a yuppie status symbol in the 1980s. The commercially usable device was patented in 1977 and in the eighties people could talk from anywhere in their homes without being stuck at a cabled instrument.
- Today we listen to music from MP3 devices while jogging or commuting. In the eighties we used personal stereos also referred to as Walkman.
- Video games moved into homes in the 80s. The prime operating instrument was the joystick.
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Dirty Dancing from Playtech
This branded slot game is based on the movie Dirty Dancing that was released in 1987. It was the first movie to sell more than a million copies for home video and it won Golden Globe, Oscar and Grammy Awards. Its sexually suggestive dance sequences have acquired cult status.
- Johnny Castle played by Patrick Swayze is the wild symbol. It also awards the top line payout of 5000 coins.
- Frances Baby Houseman and Penny, female characters from the movie, also appear as high paying symbols.
- The iconic Dirty Dancing logo is the scatter symbol.
- In the Whirling Wilds feature, Johnny and Baby recreate their infamous dance steps across the reels randomly turning up to 6 symbols into wild.
- The Mambo feature awards up to 35 free spins with a possible 2x multiplier and dancing wild reels.
- There is a multi-level bonus game on the second screen that may lead to either the Johnny progressive jackpot or the Baby progressive jackpot.
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A Nightmare on Elm Street from Random Logic
Slasher movies came into their own in the 1980s with Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street franchises. Random Logic has developed a branded slot based on the latter. The original movie was released in 1984. Four sequels were released in the 80s, with there being eight sequels in all.
- The graphics of the slot game reflects the gory nature of the movie.
- The high paying symbols are the killer Freddy Krueger and his terrified victims.
- The low paying symbols are playing card icons smeared in blood.
- The infamous Freddy silhouette is the wild symbol and also awards the top payout 20,000x the line bet. The volatility of the slot game is in sync with the suspenseful theme.
- The killer claw worn by Freddy can trigger up to 30 free spins.
- The Never Sleep Again logo triggers a bonus game on the second screen.
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Sugar Mama from Microgaming
It was in 1984 that Madonna crooned “And I am a material girl … Living in a material world” and changed the male female relationship forever. Men mattered only if they could pander to her expensive tastes. The material girl of the 80s knew how to find the means to fulfil her desires. In the slots world, no female exhibits this better than Sugar Mama.
- The Sugar Mama logo is the wild symbol that also awards the top line payouts.
- The other thematic high paying symbols are the confident and sexy Sugar Mama, her pet Chihuahua, stack of credit cards and cash and the waiter with the champagne tray. The bold sugar mama flashes her eyelashes, winks and blows kisses in the win animations.
- The low paying symbols are the playing card icons designed in platinum and studded with diamonds.
- Three or more cash register symbols trigger 12 free spins at doubled payouts.
- Three or more gift box symbols trigger the Boutique Bonus, which is played on the second screen. Sugar Mama is in a change room of a swanky mall waiting to try out accessories from 15 gift boxes. You have to choose three of these and will be awarded bonus credits depending on how much Sugar Mama is pleased with the gifts.
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We have inherited much more from the 80s that has been enshrined in slot machines. Star Wars and Michael Jackson come to mind. Slots developers will continue to find content from the 80s for their games. We can hopefully look forward to a branded slot based on Stranger Things. This is a science fiction horror series running on Netflix. The events are set in a fictional town in Indiana in the 1980s.