*Grabs NetEnt by the shoulders, gives a firm shake and screams WHAT ARE YOU GUYS DOING!*
Heaven and Hell features in both main game and free spins
Another medium volatile slot without much potential
Archangels Salvation Introduction
Archangels: Salvation is a 6-reel, 12-row video slot with Free Spins, Wild Substitutions and 2 Wild Features. The game is played with 100 paylines (fixed) and is playable from €0.40 to €200.
Visually it looks nice, but we wouldn’t say stunning. It’s based on the classic idea of good vs evil, heaven and hell, with the Archangel to the left battling the death metal looking demon to the right. The soundtrack is quite powerful and certainly adds some level of excitement to an otherwise weak game.
Archangels Salvation Symbols
The game features two full reel symbols, the Archangel and the demon. These two are also the highest paying symbols, rewarding you 150 coins for 5 of a kind. The other symbols are made out of diamonds, hearts, spades, clubs, skulls, lions, hoods and helmets.
The Wild symbol is made out of a 2×2 block. Stacks of Wild symbols and the singleton Wild symbol are generated only during the Heaven and Hell Features respectively. All Wild symbols substitute for all symbols, except the Scatter symbol.
Archangels Salvation Features
There are 2 separate hot spot areas in the game. The first consists of the top 2 rows of the game area, and the second consists of the bottom 2 rows of the game area. Each of the areas has its own Wild feature. The top hot spot area activates the Heaven feature, the bottom hot spot area – the Hell feature.
If the 2×2 Wild lands on the reels so that any of its part is in the hot spot area, the respective Wild feature is activated. The Wild feature is activated for each position on the reels that is occupied by the 2×2 Wild. For example, if the 2×2 Wild lands completely in the hot spot ear, the feature is activated 4 times.
The feature can be activated again if either a stack of Wild symbols (or its part) or a singleton Wild symbol lands in the hot spot area again. Either 1 stack of Wild symbols or 4 singleton Wild symbols are generated for each Wild symbol in the hot spot area.
The same feature cannot be activated 2 times in a row and only 1 feature can be active at a time. Also, there can only be 2 types of Wild symbols present on the reels during the features. The features end when either no new Wild symbols land in the hot spot areas or when the Wild symbol has no free positions to land on the reels.
The Heaven feature is activated when a 2×2 Wild symbol lands fully or partially in the top hot spot area. If the 2×2 Wild lands partially, 2 stacks of Wild symbols are generated. If it lands fully, 4 stacks of Wilds are generated. The lenght of the wilds varies from 3 to 5 symbols.
The hell feature is activated when a 2×2 Wild symbol lands fully or partially in the bottom hot spot area. Should this happen, the hell area starts shooting singleton Wilds that land randomly on the reels. Singleton Wilds cannot land on the top of Scatter and other Wild symbols, nor in the bottom hot spot area.
The number of Wilds shot is either 8 or 16 depending on whether the Wild landed partially or fully.
Archangels Salvation Free Spins
3 or more stacked Scatter symbols appearing anywhere on the reels activate Free Spins. The Scatter symbols are 2-stacked, meaning they occupy 2 positions on the reels. 3, 4, 5 and 6 Scatter symbols award 10, 15, 20 and 24 Free Spins respectively.
In Free Spins, both hot spot areas are increased to 3 rows. The Free Spins game cannot retrigger.
Archangels: Salvation has a 96.08% RTP and is a medium variance slot. In terms of potential there is not much to be found and max win per spin is 375x for a full screen of the top symbol.
So what is there to be said about it? Well, having seen NetEnt’s recent releases we weren’t really expecting much. Unfortunately, as it turns out, this is another disappointment from the once so mighty Swedish game provider.
The main game brings more or less no excitement at all and neither the Archangel nor the demon knows how to aim those damn wilds. Even in the odd case the wilds do line up the way you want them to, you can’t expect anything to brag about.
We understand that this is supposed to be a lower variance game, but online gambling has evolved and moved forward and players these days expect to be able to hit big. Without any potential it feels pointless to play. This is gambling “machine” after all, not a video game. The only thing it’s got going for it is that it can (certainly not guaranteed) be a good option to wager on.
Another problem is that the Free Spins feature is too similar to the main game. It would certainly have made it a bit more interesting if the bonus game stood out a bit more. Trying it the first time we couldn’t really tell what the difference was, except that the 2×2 Wild symbol appeared to land more frequently.
This just feels old, slow, uninspiring and weak, and we see no good reason to be playing this game at all. Sorry NetEnt, you need to hear the truth and we know you can do way better.
Archangels: Salvation is available across all NetEnt casinos.