The 80's inspired graphics certainly have a lot more character to them than Lucky Twins, I find this version to have much more in the way of charm even if it does show it's age by way of it's low resolution graphics and ugly user interface. Microgaming always did have their usability nailed down though and this game is just as easy to setup and play today as it always was, and in fact the simple display of active lines, coins, bet size and win is really very functional, perhaps more so than more recent efforts.
Payouts aren't the best, certainly by nine liner standards - just 100x your stake for all five scatters isn't exactly earth shattering and there is no multiplier available anywhere to boost that. There's no free spins and no bonus game either so it's all about the base game here - a full screen of the Vinyl Countdown logo symbol should theoretically be a possibility for a payout of 9000 coins representing 1000x your stake when playing all the lines. For ultra variance freaks this could possibly be a good game to try in single line mode which would up the max win to 9000x your stake, though you might well grow old before you hit it!
Microgaming have made some great nine line games over the years, Break Da Bank Again and Thunderstruck being the two that spring to mind - two titles that I still play pretty much every week to this day. I'd love to see them make something new that could compare with those games rather than rehashing games such as this just to fill up their release schedule. NetEnt consistently create new games with great ideas and it seems MG just doesn't have the imagination to match them in this regard anymore which is a real shame.
Still, Vinyl Countdown is surely a great game considering it's age - not one for the high variance lovers, but a solid enough effort nonetheless and the fact that all the action takes place in the base game makes this a solid choice for those who want a good option for tackling bonus wagering requirements.