Poison Eve (Nolimit City): Overview
Players looking to spin reels in a fantasy world have the new slot Poison Eve from Nolimit City to try. The Pixie theme is quite common and turns up every now and then. Nolimit themselves released Pixies vs Pirates not that long ago. Poison Eve isn’t as gritty as that one was, but it is a looker and offers something of an escape. The 5-reel, 3-row grid sits against a background set deep in a magical garden or forest somewhere. It’s functional without being amazing, but the pace of the game makes the setting fade into the distance anyway. The backing track sounds like an elf playing a flute under a tree, and random noises of the forest accompany his tinklings. The result is quite atmospheric and matches the theme. Don’t get too complacent though, the calm environment is a bit misleading.
We’ll get to that shortly, so on to the gambling. This begins as ever by selecting an appropriate stake from 20 p/c to £/€100 per spin. Players have plenty of control over auto spins if that’s the way they play, or manual spins are there too. For a game about magic, the best tricks happen during the features, and the main game can be a hard slog at times. A solid RTP of 96.08% and a punishingly high volatility sees to that. The aim of the game is to land three or more symbols on the 20 paylines to produce a winning payout. Wins are boosted by a couple of promising extras.
Card royals (9-A) make up the low pay group, with four coloured potions – green, blue, yellow, and red as the higher lot. The best one of all is the Poison Eve symbol which will return 100 times the stake for five of a kind. It comes in a 3x1 size to take over a whole reel. Other symbols aren’t so generous and dead spins can really take a toll on your account and patience. There is also a wild symbol covered in poison ivy which can appear on the middle three reels. When it does land, it expands to take over the full reel. It can substitute for any symbol in Poison Eve except the Bonus Symbol. The base game gets a bit trying at times; fortunately, there are a couple of features on hand which can turn the game on its head in an instant.
Poison Eve (Nolimit City): Features
The Poison Eve symbol is the key to the first feature we’ll look at called Liquid Magic. It is triggered when the Poison Eve symbol lands and covers the whole first reel. Every potion symbol that turns up on the remaining 4 reels is transformed into Poison Eve symbols. Turn all reels into Poison Eve symbols, and you will earn yourself 2,000 times the bet.
The second extra is the Flower Power Free Spins feature. On the middle row of the fifth reel is a Hot Zone frame. If the Bonus Symbol comes to a stop within the Hot Zone, the Flower Power bonus is launched. A bar then expands across the reels with a set of numbers on it and 3 -12 spins are selected at random. During those spins, the first and fifth reel becomes Portal reels. Whatever symbol lands in the Hot Zone will expand and fill the Portal Reels. If the Bonus Symbol lands again in the Hot Zone it adds another Portal Reel as well as more spins to the round.
Let’s look at an example. Say a Q lands in the Hot Zone during the feature. Then, the Portal Reels become stacked with Q’s. Not only that, but if a Q lands on a regular reel as well, it expands to cover that reel. This feature is a little tricky to describe, but it is similar to the free spins found in the Book of Ra series and makes more sense when seen in action.
Poison Eve (Nolimit City): Verdict
Poison Eve can be tough going alright. The vibe might be peaceful and calm at first, but the math model can produce gaming sessions that are anything but. After what can seem like an eternity of dead spins, or low value returns you’ll want to head to the forest and start stomping on pixies and kicking flowers. Of course, everyone has different experiences, but be prepared for a lot of nothing spins, which can get frustrating.
The features help when they are triggered and are well thought out too. Naturally, they are the key to getting the most out of the game, and can completely turn a session around. The Flower Power bonus especially has some of that Ra styling to it which can lead to some lengthy, good value bonus rounds. When you see Poison Eve do its thing, the high volatility and low action base game makes more sense.
Poison Eve is quite an entertaining slot, it’s not as gripping as Nolimit’s last one Dragon Tribe was (in our humble opinion), but definitely has its good moments. Potential wise, being able to hit 2,000 times the stake on one spin is an attractive proposal. That is easier said than done though as you would expect - five Poison Eves is all it takes though which is a tantalising proposal and adds some compulsion to the gaming. Get the Flower Power feature on a good roll, and you might be able to tap into even higher potential.
If you are looking for a bit of enchantment, and can put up with some staggering runs of go nowhere spins while tracking down bigger wins, you might find something of value with Poison Eve.
Poison Eve (Nolimit City)
● Reels: 5
● Rows: 3
● Paylines: 20
● RTP: 96.08%
● Max Payout: 2,000x
● Variance: H
● Bets: 0.20 - 100 EUR
● Features: Vine Wild Feature, Liquid Magic Feature, Flower Power Free Spins
● Release Date: January 7, 2020
Bigwinboard Rating - 72%