Back2School Video Slots is a thoroughly enjoyable video slot game. It features a great running theme that taps into some of the most enjoyable and memorable eras of life: school days. And Playborne does not slack in delivering memory invoking images. The main slot game takes place on graph paper, with the symbols being the cartoons of everyone's sixth grade class. A wailing teacher and a throbbing, arrow pierced heart provide two possible scatter symbols, more than many other games, while a handful of letters, a tic-tac-toe game, and caricatures of classmates are among some of the other symbols a player will see. These are found by clicking a drawing in the upper corner, which is also worth mentioning, given its unique implementation.
The payout table and the information about the play lines and the bonus games in Back2School is accessed by clicking a notebook drawn in blue at the top of the viewing screen, which, when opened, has post it notes explaining countering cartoon images that might be reminiscent of recent children's books. A set of arrows provides navigation to other screens. For instance, clicking the right arrow will take the player to a screen of all the symbols found in game, drawn on small pieces of paper and taped in to what any player will remember being strongly similar to their own junior high locker. This one screen embodies all that Back2School is: a kind remembrance of school with all the bad parts left out.
Game play is as straight forward as a middle school history class; Back2School has all the great features that make game play precisely the experience the player wants (perhaps the only part of the game quite unlike school). The game features a full twenty five bet lines, a variety of coin values, and a similar setting for the bet level. For easy access is the max bet button, which is placed on an eraser, suggesting its ability to take any complication out of the betting task. For those who want to forego the max bet option, there’s a conveniently placed hamburger that will start the reels spinning at their preferred settings.
Much like middle school, in Back2School Video Slots, there is more to this game than meets the eye. The player has two additional opportunities to succeed, and all without repeating a grade. The first, a hi-lo game, reminds of everyone's favorite activity in school: guessing. The player has the opportunity to win even more, as the game prompts, in this new game. The player is shown a handful of things that might have fallen out of a student locker, with five being most important. First is a notebook which, when the player accesses this game, flips open to a random number. The player then has to select one of four crumbled up papers. If the paper un-crumbles to reveal a number higher than the one in the notebook, the player wins. If not, the player loses. Just like those true false test questions. Either way, after this game, it is back to the reels.
The other game the player has the opportunity to play sends them to the bonus chalkboard. The player gets a number of opportunities to play this game depending on how many scatter symbols they had in the previous rolling of the reels. On the board is drawn a flower with a number of petals: some with numbers, some blank, and other with exit symbols. If the player lands on an exit symbol, they burn one of their lives, and when all the lives are gone, they head back to the main game. Until then, they are rolling for the numbers. There is also a number in the middle that is a win multiplier; It provides an opportunity to multiply the players win, stopping when the highlighter stops racing around the petals. It's reminiscent of two things at once from school: all those awkward math drills (though in Back2School, all the math is done for you) and the tragic romance of torn rose petals: he loves me, he loves me not. Back2School is a unique game that provides the opportunity of all the fun of school, and the potential for all the rewards. One thing is sure: this game will have players loving going Back2School.