Reel Desire by Yggdrasil Brings Back Disco Vibes

The world has changed a fair amount since the 1980s rolled through. The era is seen by many to be a highlight of modern culture. We are not surprised to learn many Westerns yearn to return to that era. Sadly, we cannot go back in time to relive our glory days. However, we can relax and reminiscence about it with the help of Yggdrasil’s latest slot. Shall we see what Reel Desire has in store for us?



If you want to see colourful backgrounds done right, you need to look no further. This game is fantastic in that aspect. The action takes place in a disco, which looks cool enough by itself. However, it is made that much better by the numerous animations. The speakers shake as they pump loud music into the room. The various love-themed neon lights on the walls turn on and off to draw your attention. As always, Yggdrasil delivers incredible visuals in their releases. Hats off to the team!

Symbol designs also stick close to the 1980s theme. The four playing card royals are designed to look like music discs. We also have old-timey sunglasses, lightning-shaped earrings, pink shoes, and a watch as medium win icons. The top-paying symbols are the stylish man and gorgeous woman. A golden cassette player is the Wild, while a golden disc is a double Wild. Meanwhile, a colourful boom box is the Scatter.

Special Features

Yggdrasil’s latest slot has a variety of special features that players can take advantage of. The first one is activated randomly and shares its name with this release. Every base game spin has a chance of activating the Reel Desire bonus. When activated, this turns between one and five reels completely Wild. This drastically increases your odds of winning, and can even guarantee it if the right reels turn Wild.

During normal gameplay, another special icon can make an appearance: the double Wild. Double Wilds only appear on reels two, three, and four. They can substitute for all other standard symbols. After appearing, all double Wilds become sticky, meaning they cannot be removed. A re-spin is then played, with any wins granted during the re-spin benefitting from a 2x multiplier. Re-spins can be retriggered a maximum of three times. If multiple Wilds are part of a winning combination, the multipliers are multiplied.

Find three Scatters on the playing field to unlock ten free spins. Getting four or five Scatters does not increase the number of free spins. Instead, it increases the cash prize you win alongside the special feature. Upon activation, players can pick between two types of free spins. Both bonuses can be retriggered by landing three or more Scatters while free spins are being played.

Multiplier free spins start you with a 1x multiplier. Every time you win, the multiplier increases by one. There is no limit on how high the multiplier can climb. After free spins end, the multiplier is reset back to 1x.

Sticky Wilds free spins keep Wilds locked in place whenever they land. These Wilds will stay sticky until the special feature ends.


Variance and Payouts

You play this slot on a five-reel, four-row board. Instead of using paylines, Yggdrasil elects to use a ways to win system. There are 1024 ways to win in Reel Desire. Wins are granted by finding at least three matching icons next to one another, starting with the leftmost reel. Provided these conditions are met, you will receive the relevant cash prize. The top prize you can win is 20,480x your total stake.

Reel Desire gives you 1024 ways to win and the top prize is 20,480x your bet.

We expected that kind of big prize would come with super high volatility. However, we were pleasantly surprised to find the game has a medium variance. It offers plenty of small prizes and reserves its best payout for the luckiest punters. The RTP for this release is 96%, which exactly matches the current industry average.

Final Thoughts

Every Yggdrasil title is subject to high expectation from staff when it launches. We are happy to report the developer manages to not only meet, but also exceed them yet again! The choice of theme is fantastic, as are the animations used to bring it to life. The myriad of special features keep things interesting, as does the slot’s medium variance. As such, Reel Desire is a game we wholeheartedly recommend checking out.

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