Ivory Citadel (Just For The Win): Overview
Just for the Win’s latest slot Ivory Citadel is located in a part of the world that doesn’t usually get much slot traffic - Western Asia. Asian themed slots abound but are usually set in China, Japan, or somewhere in the East. A quick Google search revealed that Western Asia includes countries such as Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and India. Not exactly countries that are used as slot themes too often. Judging by the scenery and the symbols involved, it feels like Ivory Citadel is based in the western parts of India perhaps? Wherever it is, Just for the Win has put a heavy emphasis on just how wild, and exotic this slot world is.
It’s always nice to try something new, and Western Asia possesses its fair share of exotic locations to be sure. We get one as the background to the game which looks like the flying mountains from the movie Avatar. Rocky outcrops thrust into the sky surrounding the Ivory Tower with an entrance guarded by stone elephants. Throw in some mist and a jungle beat and the mood is set.
Intrepid explorers can take on the wildlife with bets from 10 c/p to £/€100 per spin of its 5 reels. The gameplay favours the more laid back player with 20 paylines, and a decent RTP of 96.03% combined with medium volatility. With a low max potential and a hit rate of 1/4.45, wins are steady if a tad on the lower side, generally speaking.
The 8 base game symbols are made up of J, Q, K and A Royals crafted in a muscular stone style. Next are three wilds beasts that do not look happy to see people on their patch - a snake, a buffalo, and a tiger. The developers have made them look more spirit-like than realistic looking, in bright, bold colours. The Ivory Citadel logo is the most valuable base game symbol which is worth 40 times the stake for five of a kind.
Ivory Citadel (Just For The Win): Features
Just for the Win has added a couple of extras to help provide better payouts. You can’t miss the wild symbol, which is pink and gold with the word WILD written over it. It can land anywhere and pays out 5x, 16x, and 40x the stake for 3, 4, and 5 of a kind on a payline. It also substitutes for any symbol except the free spins and mystery symbols.
The Mystery Symbol can appear in both the base game and during free spins and acts slightly different in each. In both games, when the spin has finished, the mystery symbol turns into any symbol except the free spins symbol for potential more wins.
The Ganesha-like elephant is the Free Spins symbol and the key to unlocking the bonus round. Land 3,4, or 5 of them to score 8, 10, or 12 free spins respectively. When the Mystery Symbol lands during free spins, it becomes a sticky Mystery Symbol which can change into a different set of symbols which each free spin. If a reel contains only Mystery Symbols, they all turn Wild, and that reel remains locked as Wild for the remainder of the free spins. In this way, it is possible to stack multiple reels with wilds can guarantee wins on every successive free spin.
Ivory Citadel (Just For The Win): Verdict
Just for the Win has put the theme to good work in an attempt to emphasize just how wild and mysterious this slot world is. While it never quite reaches expectations, in many ways it does succeed. It looks good for one, no one ever accused Just for the Win of making an ugly slot. The bonus features are quite good too, particularly the stacked and sticky wilds which can leads to runs of satisfying wins, and jumping on the Mystery Symbol bandwagon will probably work in its favor too.
Yes, Ivory Citadel is a pleasing looking slot, with a suitably pleasing soundtrack, and pleasing bonus features. It does what it says on the tin, but not much more than that. It's middle of the road gaming that doesn’t rock the boat and put people off, nor does it possess much x-factor to wow players either. This is game development that plays it safe.
Ivory Citadel is bound to attract a fair share of punters due to its theme, graphics, and features. It has the modern aesthetics that sit it comfortably in any casino line up to tempt the odd player looking for a something a bit different. Will it pull in more dedicated gamers? Unlikely. It’s just not that exciting and the features would have benefited from more intensity. The real deal breaker for many will be the games potential though. With a max win of 1,968 times the stake it won’t satisfy players looking for high returns on their wagers. Add everything up and we have a typical Just for the Win slot on our hands.
Despite its excellent graphics, Ivory Citadel seemingly ignores all the advances that the iGaming world has experienced over the past few years.