What do you do when you’re a gifted developer but have no ideas of your own?
Then you just release copycat slots. Just ask All41Studios, one of Microgaming’s many preferred suppliers.
With Electric Avenue, they deliver a top-notch video slot, with a bit of a blemish though: it’s a blatant rip-off of the Big Time Gaming slot Danger! High Voltage.
Rarely have we seen a slot machine copied to perfection. The mathematical model, the bonus features, the number of ways to win, everything is identical.
The only thing different is the theme. All41Studios has chosen a somewhat cheesy 80’s theme, complete with hip “kids,” Rubik’s cubes, red leather Thriller jackets and Back To The Future sports shoes.
Although it sounds quite lame, Microgaming manages to strike the right chord with the theme.
All41Studios also modified the payout table slightly, and the bonus features seem to drop a bit more often than with the original.
The maximum profit is, therefore, a bit lower: 6,833 x the bet.
Electric Avenue gameplay and features
The Electric Avenue online game is a win all-ways slot, which is played on a 6 x 4 playfield. The number of ways to win is 4,096.
Betting starts at a minimum of 20 cents and runs up to $€ 30 per spin.
The variance is high, and the payout rate is a rather low 95.49%.
There are stacked wilds, which can contain multipliers.
The high-value symbols consist of a Rubik’s cube, a ghettoblaster, sports shoes and a polaroid instant camera. These yield between 2 x and 25 x the total bet with a 6-of-a-kind.
The other symbols also very much remind us of the ’80s: from a pair of fuzzy sunglasses and a can of soda to neon card symbols. Spin 6 of these symbols for prizes between 0.75 x and 1.25 x the total bet.
Free spins bonus
Three or more scatters will enter you into the free spins bonus round.
Now you have to choose between two exciting free spins bonuses:
- 7 Electric Free Spins: Free spins with sticky wilds, which transform a regular symbol into wild.
- 10 Neon Free Spins: Free spins with extra high wild multipliers, up to x 55.
Our verdict on Electric Avenue
While playing Electric Avenue, something weird happened to us.
We wanted to hate this over the top 80’s disco slot, but the opposite happened. It got under our skin, and we even fell in love with it.
The theme is quite amusing: the cheerfulness and playfulness are contagious. And then those pounding disco lights when you get a Super Big Win: yummy.
The gameplay of this slot has proven itself, and the slightly lower variance compared to the original, even works to its advantage.
You get (relatively) a lot of bonus features, and of course, not all of them can be moneymakers, but the tension of a mega payout that is lurking around, kept us coming back for more.
Conclusion: Electric Avenue is a blatant copy, but very well executed.
Theft of each other’s ideas and work is commonplace in the online casino business, so we can hardly blame these game providers anymore.
A big downside of this Microgaming slot, however, is the low payout rate: 95.49% is just below par. We have to deduct half a star for that.
3.5 out of 5 stars
Where can you find Electric Avenue?
You can play the Electric Avenue slot at Casumo with a 100% bonus up to $€300 plus 20 free spins.