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- Chi (ELK Studios) Online Slot ReviewApril 17, 2019Adorable on the outside, a high variance beast on the inside, Chi comes with a great variety of features that can combine to powerful effect Sticky wilds and multipliers Win up to 12,500 times your bet Chi (ELK Studios): Review The games released by ELK Studios during the first quarter of 2019 have been somewhat inconsistent in quality. The first release, The Wiz, was a rather mediocre title that failed to make a lasting impression, whilst Ecuador Gold turned out to be a smash hit and even one of the best titles ever released by the company. It was followed up by the much weaker Hit It Big slot, so going by this order, Chi should be a strong game. But we’ll see about that. If you’ve read our recent reviews, you have probably seen us rant about how sick we are of all the generic Chinese-themed slots that we’re continually being forced fed. It’s lazy, annoying as hell and shows a total lack of creativity, which goes against everything gaming should be about. Some might not care as long as lady luck smiles at them, but a good portion of players are looking for an escape in their stressful lives to a world that tickles their imagination. Some find it in movies, others in video games, and then we have the degenerates who love to play slots. Anyway, the point we were going to make is this. Although Chi is indeed an Asian-themed slot, it’s far from generic. Chi has a narrative, characters with names and most importantly, unique design. Central to the story are two fox-like creatures (spirits) known as Chi and Mow that represent fire and wind (and we’re not talking about the kind of symptoms you get from eating at Taco Bell). The action takes place on an unconventional looking reel set with cylindrical wheels that spin laterally. The actual setup is not that far out, however. Chi is a 5-reel, 3-row slot with 27 paylines paying from left to right and right to left, giving you 54 paylines in total. You can play it on all devices from 20 cents to 20 Euros per spin. Set in the Himalayan highlands with beautiful natural scenery in the backdrop, you join the two spirits, Chi and Mow, on their journey to find the lost city of treasures. The game has a soft Asian touch that is backed by tranquil background music to set the mood. On the reels you’ll see lower value carp fish, cups, fans, flutes, golden gourds, jade stones, fire lanterns and lotus flowers. There’s a wild symbol included as well that replaces all symbols except the scatter. Chi (ELK Studios): Features On either side of the reel set you’ll see totems. If a totem symbol lines up, it activates the respective spirit. The red totem to the left will awaken Chi – when he appears, he’ll shoot fireballs onto the reels which can result in 1 to 6 wilds being added to the reels. The blue totem to the right summons Mow who will hit the gong-gong, subsequently boosting your payouts with a multiplier from 2x up to 5x. There are two bonus features included in the game. Firstly, you have the Free Spins feature which is played when you land 3, 4 or 5 free spins symbols anywhere on the reels, giving you 10, 15 or 20 free spins respectively. When it comes to retriggers, you can get plenty of those here as there’s no limit to how many times you can retrigger the feature. Now, in the free spins game, all wilds generated by Chi stick throughout the round. In addition, a first hit on Mow activates a progressive multip0lier that starts off at x2 but can go up to x5. The most lucrative feature is the Stairway to Fortune bonus which is triggered by landing 3 bonus symbols. Here, Chi and Mow will work together to reach all the way to the Fortune Reels. As Chi draws a random number between 1 and 6, Mow moves the corresponding number of steps along the cloud path of ever-increasing multipliers. This goes on until Chi draws collect, in which case the multiplier held by Mow is paid out in accordance with your bet level. There’s an even better outcome, however, the one where you reach all the way to the heavenly Fortune Reels. Here, a spin on each of the 5 reels is awarded with all the multipliers collected now added on top. The top award comes from hitting the arrow on the uppermost reel which will add the final 10,000x multiplier to your winnings. In total, you can pocket up to 12,500 times your stake in this feature. Chi (ELK Studios): Verdict There is a lot to like about Chi. Not only is it a gorgeous tale loaded with charm that has restored our faith in the genre, it also offers innovative gameplay, unique and well-designed visuals as well as outstanding potential. Although the game mechanic at play here won’t be to everyone’s liking, ELK Studios has established a decent foundational system when it comes to the features which are sufficiently engaging to absorb us and fall into the world of Chi and Mow. Chi is a slot that some will love and others will hate. If you ask us, it’s a slot that is absolutely worth playing. It’s a volatile game, however, so tread carefully. May the spirits be with you in your quest to find the lost city of treasures....
- Arcane Reel Chaos (NetEnt) Online Slot ReviewApril 16, 2019Arcane Reel Chaos – an old classic with a new intriguing plot, superb visuals and captivating gameplay 4 randomly triggered base game features + a multi-stage free spins bonus Medium variance action Arcane Reel Chaos (NetEnt): Review The city is under attack from a supervillain and it’s up to our group of mysterious metahumans to stop him. Fundamentally, Arcane Reel Chaos may have a cliché superhero narrative, but the characters are anything but classic superheroes. Here, you’ll join our peculiar band of hero mutants, better known as Psyop, Flare, Zero.x and Chronos, in the battle against evil nemesis Deep Pockets. This marks NetEnt’s second superhero-themed slot in little over a month, although Arcane Reel Chaos is a much darker and more grown-up story compared to the childish looking Disney-inspired Wild Worlds. Despite its stylish and complex looks, the slot comes with a basic 5-reel, 3-row and 20-payline setup that is as predictable as the superhero plot. Playable from on all devices from 20 cents to 200 Euros per spin you’ll benefit from a set of randomly triggered mini-features in the base game where the heroes will appear to grant you Overlay Wilds, Stacked Wilds, Multipliers and Respins that can boost your wins with multipliers up to 10x. The big showdown takes place in the multi-level Free Spins bonus where the multiplier goes up to 4x. If, like us, you’ve been playing NetEnt slots for a few years, what might strike you as a bit odd is the new interface. We’re not sure what that is all about and whether or not it’s a one-off, but it does give the slot a more modern appearance. Furthermore, the symbol values in the paytable are displayed in actual cash value relative to current bet instead of the more confusing coin value, something that is also a new thing for NetEnt and, if here to stay, a welcome change. The excellent visual design should come as no surprise if you know NetEnt. Set within the ruins of an old cathedral (which is almost uncanny knowing there’s a fire raging at iconic cathedral Notre-Dame as we write this), you’ll see A, K, Q, J and 10 royal values as well as the 4 previously mentioned superheroes. It is the nefarious Deep Pockets that is the most rewarding, however. Land 5 of him on a full payline and you will get 50 times your stake. Included in the symbol set is also a wild which performs the usual duties of substituting all symbols bar the scatter. Arcane Reel Chaos (NetEnt): Features On any spin the base game, the superheroes can appear at random to bring their superpowers to the reels. With each feature being based on one of the superheroes, here’s what you can expect: Psyop (Super Power: Stacked Wilds) – can give you between 2 and 3 fully stacked wild reels. Zero.x (Super Power: Overlay Wilds) – when zero.x appears you can look forward to 3 to 5 wilds randomly placed on the reels. Flare (Super Power: Multiplier) – this strong woman will boost your wins by x3, x4 or x5. Chrono (Super Power: Respin) – only appears following a non-winning spin. All reels will respin, continuing to do so until a winning combination occurs. With each respin, a multiplier meter increases by 1 up to a maximum of x10. The battle against Deep Pockets culminates in the Free Spins bonus which is activated when you land 3 scatter symbols on reels 1, 3 and 5 simultaneously. Here, you’ll take him on in up to 4 different levels accordingly: Level 1 – the villain has 2 health points + a x1 multiplier Level 2 – the villain has 4 health points + a x2 multiplier Level 3 – the villain has 5 health points + a x3 multiplier Level 4 – the villain has 6 health points + a x4 multiplier If you pass the final level, you’ll be awarded an additional prize known as the Victory Bonus. Arcane Reel Chaos (NetEnt): Verdict Surprisingly, the biggest potential here is found in the base game and not in the free spin feature which is otherwise typically the case. While most features are quite mediocre in terms of payouts (around 500x), the most powerful one is found in Chrono’s Respin feature where you can achieve wins of up to 1212.5 times your stake. We like the narrative here and the well-developed characters. Design-wise, it’s exquisitely crafted and rich in features, coming together elegantly to convey the story. Admittedly, we’re a little bit disappointed with the relatively low potential, but seeing as the random features tend to activate quite frequently, it’s possible NetEnt’s plan here was to make it a more balanced game by distributing the wins more evenly. Also worth noting is that the mechanics at play are suspiciously similar to South Park Reel Chaos, an old NetEnt title that has been pulled from the market. In other words, it’s not unlikely that NetEnt has found new use for an expired game....
- Game of Thrones is Back – Here’s Our List of the 5 Best Dragon-Themed SlotsApril 15, 2019The epic saga Game of Thrones is finally back for its 8th and final season to hopefully bring an answer to all the questions we've been waiting for all this time. What will be the fate of Westeros, how will the power balance between Jon Snow and the dragon queen Daenerys Targaryen play out and, most importantly, will the living be able to defeat the dead. To celebrate the return of this epic drama, we've compiled a list of our 5 favourite dragon-themed slots. “When my dragons are grown, we will take back what was stolen from me and destroy those who wronged me! We will lay waste to armies and burn cities to the ground!” Game of Thrones (Microgaming) What better place to start than the official Game of Thrones slot. This 5 reel game comes in two versions - 15 paylines and 243 ways to win. We strongly recommend the 243 ways version although the 15 payline version can offer some decent sessions as well. In our humble opinion, the 243 ways version is one of the best of all branded slots ever released and is still to this day a game we frequently return to. It's incredibly well-balanced and can deliver amazing hits in the base game through its fully stacked wilds. There are also 4 different bonuses to choose from here represented by the GoT houses. They each come with a unique combination of multipliers, free spins and stacked symbols. The most volatile, Baratheon, gives you 8 free spins along with a x5 multiplier and can award wins of over 20,000 times your stake. Dragonz (Microgaming) Visually, Dragonz may have more in common with Pokémon than Game of Thrones. Regardless, central to the story here is four quirky and colourful dragons that we know as Gobble, Frost, Switch and Flint. With 5 reels and 243 ways to win, there are 4 different free spins bonuses to play, each hosted by one of the 4 dragons. Flint will breathe flaming wilds onto the reels that can give you up to 10 wilds on the last spin, Switch has the ability to stash wilds where non-winning wilds are kept on hold until they're randomly added to the reels, Frost freezes non-winning wilds until they become part of a winning combination and Gobble spits sticky wilds that remain on the reels until a losing spin. Medium variance, you can win a whopping 3,583 times your stake from a single spin. Dragon Born (Big Time Gaming) Dragon Born is one of Big Time Gaming's true classics. With 6 reels and played using the immensely popular Megaways engine, there's room for up to 117,649 ways to win when expanded to its maximum state. The base game can go nuts here and is possibly even more thrilling than the bonus - keep an eye out for the Harlequin that turns reels into fully stacked wilds as well as boosting them with multipliers of up to x7. Combined, these multipliers can deliver significant wins. The free spins bonus is not bad either and can give you loads of retriggers. Oh, they just released a 4K version of it too. Dragon Maiden (Play'n GO) One of the latest additions, Dragon Maiden is a slot heavily influenced by Big Time Gaming's White Rabbit in terms of gameplay. With a setup of 5 reels and 243 ways to win it comes with a base game feature where you can benefit from wild transformations. Central to the game, however, is the free spins feature. Starting with up to 12 spins, each scatter symbol that hits also expands the reel it lands on. Fully expanded, the game offers 7,776 ways to win and can deliver payouts of up to 5000 times your stake. Dragon's Treasure (Merkur) Finally, we have to mention a true classic that looks a bit dated but is a highly volatile beast that can deliver wins of up to 10,000 times your stake. Yes, it's ugly, and it's quite choppy to play, but Dragon's Treasure is a no-nonsense game that takes you back to the basics. Loved by thousands of players, the original land-based version has been perfectly ported to online video slot where even the 90s-style graphics have been preserved. The game is simple - with 5 reels and 5 paylines, it's all about the free spins feature here where you get to select a special symbol. Similar to the action in Book of Ra, when it hits, the special symbol expands to fully cover the reel. Dragon's Treasure is volatile, thrilling and simple and is still going strong despite its old age. You can play these slots at the following casinos VISIT CASINO18+ | T&C Apply | Gamble Responsibly VISIT CASINO18+ | T&C Apply | Gamble Responsibly VISIT CASINO18+ | T&C Apply | Gamble Responsibly...
- Caveman Bob (Relax Gaming) Online Slot ReviewApril 14, 2019Caveman Bob is charming and quite entertaining but lacks the ability to evoke raw, primaeval emotion Spreading wilds, Stacked wilds and Random wilds 3 locations with different volatility and features on offer Caveman Bob (Relax Gaming): Review At least in some respects all of us gamblers are Neanderthals. We seek the thrill of the highs and suffer through the lows as we rhythmically hit the spin button in our hunt for the big wins. Firing up Caveman Bob for the first time brings something utterly different to mind, however. In fact, the rather childish cartoon style graphics may have you confused, not knowing whether you should call the kids to watch Ice Age or prepare for a gambling session. Set in a fictional prehistoric Pliocene, Relax Gaming takes you back to a time when fearsome sabre tooth tigers, mammoths and large birds roamed the wilds. In this 5-reel, 3-row, 20-payline slot you’ll join the restless nomad Bob as he moves between his favourite locations, each with a unique set of wilds and volatility on offer. There are also three randomly triggered features included in the game where you’ll benefit from colossal symbols, cash prizes and symbol transformation. Join Bob on his adventure from between 20 cents to 100 Euros per spin across all devices. Visually, Caveman Bob is anything but prehistoric. It’s of outstanding quality and has an intricate and modern design, something that comes as no direct surprise having seen Relax Gaming’s recent work. The narrative here is dynamic, as is the artwork. With three different locations to visit in the game, each of them have, not only unique mathematical designs, but also different themes – the Oasis with its lush surroundings, the Cave which is Bob’s spiritual home, and the Mountain Peak where the features are harder to come by, but can be more rewarding than anywhere else. The reels include a selection of card suit symbols designed as gems set inside carved stones. Of higher value are the 5 cartoon style characters represented by Pterodactyl birds, wolves, giant rhinoceros, mammoths and Bob himself, the latter being the most rewarding giving you 25 times your stake for 5 on a full payline. The wild is of the same value as the top symbol and comes in different sizes that can be both singulars as well as stacked. More on that later. Just to add, the game engine is very sleek and the reels have a nice spinning action. Moreover, it all plays out to quite an intense rhythmic soundtrack with a primitive feel. Caveman Bob (Relax Gaming): Features There’s no free spins bonus in Caveman Bob. Instead, it comes with 3 randomly triggered Shared Features. They’re called “shared” since they can be triggered on any spin regardless of your location on the map. Here’s what you can expect: Hand of Bob – once triggered, the least valuable symbol visible on the reels will be converted to a higher symbol. This repeats until a win bigger than the original win has been created and can continue even after that. Mammoth Respin – when this feature is initiated, a respin is awarded. During the respin, the majority of the Mammoth symbols will be colossal symbols and available in 3 sizes out of which the biggest is 4×4 in size, nearly covering the whole reel set. The colossal symbols available to you depends on your current location. The Oasis carries 2×2 symbols, the Cave has both 2×2 and 3×3 symbols and the Mountain offers all combinations, namely 2×2, 3×3 and 4×4 colossal symbols. Bob’s Wheel – you get one spin on Bob’s multiplier wheel with a chance to win up to 50 times your total stake. With three locations included in the game, each different from the others in terms of mathematical design and visual presentation and features, you essentially get 3 games in 1 here. Initially, however, all locations but the Cave will be inaccessible. In order to unlock locations, you have to properly explore those that are available to you first. In reality, they unlock randomly. Once you have unlocked all three locations, you will be able to move freely between them as you desire. Each location comes with a random wild feature. Here’s what you get: The Oasis – the lowest of the grounds and the place where Bob goes hunting. If he catches fish, one of the three previously mentioned shared features are activated. Randomly triggered, Fire Embers fly on to the reels and act as Spreading Wilds which can go on to give you a cluster of up to 13 wilds. This location is of low volatility, meaning winning combinations will appear more frequently, but the payouts will in turn generally be lower. The Cave – Bob’s spiritual home and the place where it all begins. Here, Bob is terrorised by a tireless hog which when caught triggers one of the three shared features. At random, between 1 and 5 Stalactites may also land on the reels and transform into Fully Stacked Locked Wilds. This location is of medium volatility, meaning medium risk and medium payouts. The Mountain – In these snowy peaks, Bob’s being targeted by a giant bird but if he manages to catch one of its nutritious eggs one of the three shared features is triggered. A wild blizzard may also hit from time to time, randomly triggering the Random Wilds feature which can give you anywhere between 3 and 15 randomly positioned wilds. This location is of very high volatility and the Random Wilds feature is hard to come by, but it also has potential to be the most rewarding according to the information given in the paytable. Caveman Bob (Relax Gaming): Verdict The prehistoric narrative stands in stark contrast to the progressive and modern production that Caveman Bob is. It’s a highly innovative creation that can be a bit hard to wrap your head around at first, but it’s also in part what makes the game so entertaining. The childish cartoon style graphics and feature-heavy gameplay will undoubtedly deter some of the veteran hardcore gamblers who might brush it off as a style-over-substance type game. Recreational players, however, who are just looking to kill some time and to get some engaging action out of their deposit may very well fall heads over heels. It’s fun to see something fresh and innovative like this and we actually don’t miss the free spins bonus as there’s always something happening thanks to all the random features. The only gripe we have is the somewhat low payouts, although, with potential to pocket up to 500 times your stake per single, it’s not a total disaster. In other words, Caveman Bob is not a game where you’ll chase life-changing wins, but if you’re into entertaining slots, to break free from the spell of rhythmically clicking the spin button will be hard....
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