Age of Akkadia: Slot Overview
In the search for novelty, developers have many avenues to explore for coming up with new ways to entertain players. Theme is one option, and there has been an uptick in later years for studios to move away from the classic periods of ancient history, such as Greece, Rome, or Egypt, for something new. One area that has experienced a minor gold rush is Mesopotamia. Not as well-known as its Ancient Egyptian neighbours though no less exotic. Red Tiger puts the theme to good use in Age of Akkadia but, interestingly, has not extended the desire for novelty to spill over into gameplay and features.
First, the good news. Age of Akkadia is a typically great looking Red Tiger slot. You can almost feel the weight of centuries bearing down on you from the giant animal stone statues next to the 5×5 sized game grid. Red Tiger has represented the ancient Mesopotamian theme in the same grave manner found in games like Zeus Lightning Power Reels – the symbols look similar too. While the Akkadians haven’t left behind monuments as impressive as the Pyramids of Giza, judging by Age of Akkadia, their civilisation must have been quite a sight to behold.
While the visuals are all Red Tiger, we start seeing influences when it comes to gameplay. The win system/bonus trigger system, for example, is straight from slots such as Golden Ticket or Troll Hunters. Using a cluster pays system, wins are achieved by matching 3 or more symbols in a row, whether vertically or horizontally, starting anywhere on the grid. The same symbols may participate in more than one combination at the same time. Winning combinations are removed from the board, yet new symbols do not tumble in.
Running the show is a high volatile math model producing a default RTP of 95.67% and a modest max win figure of 2,048 times your stake. This stylistic trip through old Mesopotamia is possible on any device where stakes of 10 p/c to £/€40 may be set. As for the paytable, 8 intricately designed pay symbols are listed. Clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades are used as the low pay symbols, while birds, lions, bulls, and Sargon are the highs. Values for premium symbols range from 0.3x-0.5x for three of a kind, rising to 3 to 5 times the bet for five of a kind combinations.
Age of Akkadia: Slot Features
Age of Akkadia has a couple of features on hand to increase your returns. These are Akkadia Wilds and free spins with hidden multipliers. When high paying symbols form a winning combination, they leave an Akkadia wild symbol in the middle position when they are removed from the grid. Wilds replace any symbol to create a winning combination and remain on the reels for the subsequent cascade. A win consisting only of wild symbols does not leave a wild behind in the middle when they have been removed.
The word ‘BONUS‘ can be seen on the game area behind one of the three lowest rows. If cascades remove enough symbols to fully reveal the BONUS word, 10 free spins are won. Removing the symbols in front of the word during free spins awards 5 bonus spins.
Not only is the BONUS word layered beneath symbols during free spins, but multiplier values are as well. Up to 3 appear on each spin carrying values up to x10. Revealing a multiplier adds it to a rising win multiplier that remains for the duration of the bonus round, applying to each winning combination. The rising multiplier can go as high as x30.
Age of Akkadia: Slot Verdict
It would appear someone at Red Tiger has a penchant for Play’n GO slots. This fawning, as it were, was noted when we reviewed Luna Fortuna, which was very much like PnG’s hit Moon Princess, down to the look, mechanics, and leggy anime characters. By strange coincidence, Luna Fortuna hasn’t appeared to see much, if any, light of day. Whether that’s because Play’n GO released the dogs of law or not, we can only speculate.
After the previous paragraph, you’ve probably got a pretty good idea of where we are leading. As mentioned, Age of Akkadia bears many similarities to Golden Ticket or Troll Hunters. All three use the pay any direction win system in the hopes of uncovering the word BONUS, thereby triggering free spins. They say life imitates art; in iGaming, studios imitate each other, with varying degrees of blatancy.
If you liked the way Golden Ticket or Troll Hunters functioned, you might be interested in much that happens in Age of Akkadia. The different pay system makes a nice change from regular left to right combos on a payline. Also, you might think having to clear most of the board to trigger free spins would be a major challenge, but it’s not as tough as first suspected. At least it wasn’t during testing, which saw free spins trigger at satisfying intervals. Once in, even with a decent multiplier, it wasn’t easy to build a big win total. The concern is Age of Akkadia isn’t a high potential game, so it’s never really going to happen. One of Golden Tickets 2 draws was its massive max win figure of 20,000x plus; even Troll Hunters was impressive. By contrast, Age of Akkadia’s 2,048x the bet feels a little sad, tainting the glory of Mesopotamia.
On a positive note, Age of Akkadia does look pretty and is a viable ancient history substitute if you’re over scarabs, pharaohs, or pyramids. It’s a more casual alternative to something like Push Gaming‘s Wheel of Wonders which is set in the same part of the world, and anyone after a Golden Ticket reboot, with lesser values, might be drawn to Age of Akkadia.
On a positive note, Age of Akkadia does look pretty but low potential and borrowed features leave little to get excited about.