1942 Sky Warrior: Slot Overview
Chocks away chaps and chapettes, developer Red Tiger takes to the skies in a world war 2 themed game called 1942 Sky Warrior. 1942 was a crucial year of the second world war as the Allies began to turn the tables on the Axis, with critical battles being won and lost on both sides. Notably, the Soviets encircled Stalingrad; the US won the battle of Midway, Singapore fell to the Japanese, and on a side note, Thailand, a puppet state of Japan, declared war on a couple of key allied nations. 1942 Sky Warrior rewinds the clock to this pivotal point in time, and despite unleashing a barrage of wild modifiers and free spins, it lacks ultimate firepower when it comes to payout possibilities.
If 1942 Sky Warrior had been released during the war, it might have made a pretty good recruitment tool. Red Tiger has captured a measure of the romance of soaring above the clouds in a flying machine, flinging bullets at the enemy, winning medals, wearing a spiffing uniform through it all. A subtly animated background image of planes in flight fills the background, flipping to a blazing orangey-yellow one for free spins, making the visuals rather exhilarating no matter which phase of the game you are in.
Playable on any device from 10 p/c to £/€100 per spin, the max bet in a Red Tiger game often being a clue as to what the potential on offer might be. Once again, this lifehack works like a charm, as you'll see below. As for the game area, it consists of 5 reels, each holding 4 symbols and crisscrossed by 30 paylines. A medium volatile slot, wins occur when three to five matching symbols land from the first reel onwards, contributing to a default RTP value of 95.68%.
As to the symbols, these are divided into low pays, high pays, and upgraded high pays. Lows are medal-ish looking 9-A royals worth 0.4 to 1.5x the bet for five of a kind, while highs are a collection of five pilots. In their normal state, landing five high pays will get you 1.8 to 6 times your stake, rising to 4 to 20 times the bet when the premiums are upgraded. How to do so is explained next.
1942 Sky Warrior: Slot Features
As the tagline goes, players are encouraged to 'Bring Your Ace Game'. To do so, you will have to harness a couple of wild features and a free spins bonus round where a wild symbol is guaranteed to land on each spin.
Wilds substitute for all paying symbols, and when used in a win, they trigger a feature depending on the type of symbol forming the combination. Up to 2 wilds may land per spin. When wilds link low pay symbols to form a win, the winning low pay symbol type is removed from the reels. New symbols fall down to take up their place. When wilds form win lines with high pay symbols, the winning high pay symbol types are upgraded. The win line is then paid after the upgrade has taken place. If a wild symbol creates wins with both low and high pay symbols, the high pay symbols are upgraded first; then, the low pays are removed.
Hitting 3 free spins symbols on reels 1, 3, and 5 awards 10 free spins. Each spin guarantees to land a wild symbol, and the feature can be extended by +5 additional free spins should 3 free spins symbols land in view. Any wild feature awarded during free spins remains active for the full duration of the round.
1942 Sky Warrior: Slot Verdict
Even if you do bring your ace game, don't expect masses of glory as a result. 1942 Sky Warrior is a game that prefers to focus on the cinematic side of things, pulling on virtual flying gloves and goggles to feel the wind rushing through your hair. As such, players get a handsome game to recreate a few flying ace fantasies in, but one in which big wins or major thrills take a back seat as the audio-visuals take the controls. Armchair generals cool with that situation are likely to have a blast sailing above the clouds, but big win chasers are likely to feel short-changed.
War games aren't all that common - the previous one we reviewed was the atmospheric underwater slot Das xBoot. These two slots sit at the complete opposite side of the spectrum when it comes to math model and rewards. 1942 Sky Warrior is like a well-groomed air commander, all big moustache and chiselled looks grabbing the attention, whereas Das xBoot is the grizzled engineer who's just emerged from spending weeks at sea encased in a sub getting the job done. The good thing is players after flash and dash can commandeer 1942 Sky Warrior, while others who want challenging, intricate gameplay, can submerge with Das xBoot. Both games have their place and complement rather than compete with each other.
One area where there is absolutely no competition is winning capabilities, and to be honest, 1942 Sky Warrior was disappointing. Despite all of those wild modifiers, symbol upgrades and removals, the most you can win from 1942 Sky Warrior is a sad 999x the bet. We were instantly put in mind of Hammer Gods, another top looking slot from Red Tiger with underperforming win stats.
Still, Hammer Gods was fun enough to play, as was 1942 Sky Warrior, so players not interested in chasing massive wins while dodging a Stuka Dive Bomber of a math model could well be entertained. There aren't many WW2 flying ace games out there, and now 1942 Sky Warrior successfully fulfils the lower potential option in this category, it feels there is room for a studio to do swoop in with a higher-powered version.
1942 Sky Warrior is a dashing, free-spirited aviation game that has its wings clipped by bogus potential.