Mighty Empire Hold & Win: Slot Overview
'Join me in taking over the world'. So says the leading character in iSoftBet's domination-themed online slot Mighty Empire Hold & Win. The leading character in question is none other than Napoleon, no, not Napoleon Dynamite, he of the slick dance moves, but Napoleon Bonaparte, the ruler of France famous in part for his military exploits. Some were successful, some not so, and despite crowning himself Emperor of France, Napoleon lived out his days in exile on St Helena, a remote island in the South Atlantic Ocean.
Mighty Empire Hold & Win, as you might imagine, concentrates on Napoleon's military exploits rather than his exile in a rather dramatic fashion, as well. Much of the drama is supplied by a rousing soundtrack which almost makes you want to get up and start marching, even if there's nowhere really to go. 'Napoleon' lends his voice to commentate the game at certain points, and whether iSoftBet has nailed the accent or not, let's let French readers be the judge. The visuals are packed with items of conquest and battle, such as cannons, ropes, and flags, while the game is set beside a fortified position that we're either attacking or defending. Not sure.
To start dominating the world, let's learn the rules of how to do so. First off, Mighty Empire Hold & Win is played on a 5-reel, 4-row gaming panel with 20 paylines for evaluating regular line wins. Bets of 20 p/ to $/€20 are available, as is the Napoleon Bet, which ups the stake by 25%, increasing the chance of triggering the bonus when activated. Medium/high volatile, the RTP value is 95.56% in the normal game, rising to 96.02% when using the Napoleon Bet.
The man himself is Mighty Empire's highest valuable symbol, followed by a dashing horse worth, a hat, and a drum. Premium symbols pay 5 to 25 times the stake for a 5-symbol win. Lower on the paytable are 10 to A card ranks, worth 2.5 to 3 times the bet when a winning line of 5 royals hits. A golden fleur-de-lis on a French Flag background, very patriotic, is Mighty Empire's wild symbol. Appearing on all reels, the wild can replace any pay symbol and shares the same payout values as the Napoleon premium.
Mighty Empire Hold & Win: Slot Features
Line wins are only going to lead to so much conquest in a game with a Hold & Win focus, but helping them out are 3 Napoleon modifiers, which can be triggered randomly on any spin. These are:
- Collector – the cannon fires at 3 to 5 scatter symbols and instantly awards their values.
- Lose to Win – losing symbols are changed with a reel reset to create a win or trigger the feature.
- Attack Wilds – 4 to 10 random wilds are placed on the reels.
Hold & Win Respin Bonus
Scatter symbols land on any reel, and when 3 or more land connected horizontally on any 3 or more adjacent reels, the Hold & Win Respins Bbonus is triggered. The triggering scatters are held on the screen from the start of the bonus, and 3 respins are awarded. Scatter values during the feature are 1x to 50x the bet.
Landing new scatters resets the spin count to 3, but new scatters will only pay a prize if they are connected horizontally or vertically to the original triggering symbols. At the start of the round, each reel gets a multiplier of x2, x3, x4, x5, or x10. Only 2 of the same multiplier may appear. When a reel is filled with scatter symbols, the multiplier above is applied to each of the values. The round ends when respins run out or the grid is filled. If filled, players win the top World Domination prize of 2,500x the bet. No other awards are made if World Domination is paid out.
Mighty Empire Hold & Win: Slot Verdict
The portrayal of military history in Mighty Empire might be sanitised, yet it nevertheless provides an entertaining gambling experience for players with an interest in the past to try. Few studios have as much experience as iSoftBet does at making hold 'n win style games, and while Mighty Empire might not be aiming for world domination in the online gambling world, it nevertheless offers a tight, well-made trip back in time alongside one of its colourful figures with a neatly intertwined set of features.
In fact, the way the theme and the gameplay hold hands to work in tandem is one of Mighty Empire's strongest selling points and was quite enjoyable to witness. From minor features like the cannon-fired Attack Wild feature to the whole hold 'n win structure. Considering all the experience iSoftBet has in making hold 'n win games, it is reassuring to see the studio get creative. This isn't a game where you straightforwardly land scatter symbols and collect their values at the end. Well, yeah, this can happen in Mighty Empire, of course, but there is more to it than that. Here, scatter symbols must be connected to the triggering scatters before their values are unlocked. A pain in some ways, perhaps, when a round ends with scatter prizes wrapped in chains not awarding anything. However, Mighty Empire helps compensate by the useful regional conquest reel multipliers. Conquer each region (by locking scatter symbols to a whole reel), and each scatter on the reel is increased by the multiplier. A handy touch. On a side note, those who like the militaristic ideas here may want to take a look at Blueprint's iconic release Napoleon - Rise on an Empire, - a game that Mighty Empire appears to have been heavily inspired by.
However, you might think that taking over vast swathes of the world would lead to greater riches than the 2,500x the bet top prize up for grabs in Mighty Empire. If you're on the lookout for something more aggressive, you may want to take a look at Blueprint's iconic release Napoleon - Rise on an Empire instead - a game that Mighty Empire appears to have been heavily inspired by.
Clearly, Mighty Empire isn't a slot which sets out to subjugate the iGaming dominions and all those who inhabit them, but it contains cleverly thought-out ideas that have been polished and entertainingly presented in a fun slot, albeit one with somewhat modest ambitions.
High production values and a neat meshing of features make up for some of Mighty Empire’s weaknesses.