Revolution Patriot's Fortune (Blueprint Gaming): Overview
Patriotism is an interesting subject and a topic that provokes strong opinions either way. On one side of the argument, you have people like Bill Hicks' claiming 'I hate patriotism, man - it's a round world last time I checked.' On the other side, patriotism is seen as not only desirable but a duty that every good citizen has to stand up for the country and defend it at all costs. Those in the latter camp will be inspired by Blueprint Gaming's new slot Revolution Patriot's Fortune. In some ways, it can be regarded as a follow up to the previous popular slot Napoleon: Rise of an Empire. The two share a few superficial similarities while veering apart in other areas. For one, everyone's favourite Gallic leader with the superiority complex is gone, replaced by a rugged, determined-looking anonymous general. Will patriotic players find their blood as roused by the follow-up slot? Time to take a look.
Blueprint has stuck with a similar design this time around. The background has the same battlefield vibe going on while the action takes place over 5 reels and 3 rows. A vigorous soundtrack returns, this time it has been remixed to get the Continental Army marching against those blasted redcoats. It's a little old fashioned looking, this is not a slot that pushes boundaries, but the graphics and sound are enough to get the job done.
Step one after booting up the game is selecting a bet level which goes as low as 10 p/c and as high as £/€10. That might not sound like much for high rollers, but it has probably been kept low to avoid too much exposure from the game's capped potential. Hit the manual play button or activate auto spins, and into the fray of battle you go. This being a game about war, it comes with a suitable volatility in the medium/high range. There seems to be a general downward trend happening at the moment when it comes to RTP. Revolution Patriot continues this with a slightly below average figure of 95.4%.
The paytable has 10 regular symbols, 6 high and 4 low. The low pays are J - A royals, which have been banished to the bottom left corner of the paytable. Next up are good old revolutionary symbols such as pistols, a drum, stallions, a cart, a cannon, and soldier aiming his rifle. Combinations are formed when 3 or more similar symbols land on one of the 20 paylines. The exception is the solider that needs only two of a kind and is worth 50 times the stake for a five of a kind combination. The general in the black and white tricorn hat staring determinedly at the battlefield is the wild. The Wild symbol expands to cover all 3 positions on the reel to help form line wins by substituting for other symbols.
Revolution Patriot's Fortune (Blueprint Gaming): Features
The humble bugle has a lot of uses. It calls men to arms, signs off at funerals, and triggers free spins on Revolution Patriot's Fortune - 3 or more in view award 15 Free Spins, as well as paying out up to 50x the stake for five on the reels. This being a slot with fairly high volatility, the free spins are where you need the game to really shine. Think of the main game as running drills, and marching on the parade ground, while free spins are when battle commences.
Two features are of significant importance here. The first is Expanding Wilds, which like their name signifies means that wilds that land expand. Not only do they cover a full reel, but when they land, they trigger the Burning Reels feature as well. How this works is that any low pay symbols in view are incinerated to let new symbols fall into place. If any new low pay symbols tumble in, they are torched as well. This process repeats until no more low pay symbols appear on the reels and any resulting winners are paid out. During the round, scatters are still included in the game, so it is possible to retrigger free spins and extend the feature further. The key to winning big is obviously to land as many wilds as possible in combination with matching premiums.
Revolution Patriot's Fortune (Blueprint Gaming): Verdict
Revolution Patriot's Fortune is a fair follow up to the popular Napoleon slot. The overall visual effect is similar but with a logical theme change, along with different stats and gameplay. Those that liked the original will be pleased with what Blueprint has come up with here. It doesn't offer anything particularly new, but it is unlikely that was ever the point. Instead, Blueprint has knocked out a new slot that feels both familiar and updated for those who enjoyed the first one.
When it comes to potential, Blueprint has capped winnings from a single game at 10,000 times the stake or £250,000 – whichever comes first. That's pretty optimistic though for what the game is technically capable of producing. A full screen of soldiers, most likely helped by expanded wilds, would net you 1,000 times the stake on a single spin. You'll need to hit something like that a few times before threatening the win limit.
Revolution Patriot's Fortune is by no means revolutionary, but it achieves its objectives and is capable of delivering some entertaining moments. And finally. Which one wins the battle - Revolution or Napoleon? If you ask us, Napoleon is undoubtedly the better game as it's far more explosive, volatile and is known to dish out some insane wins every now and then.
The conventional formula of Revolution Patriot’s Fortune won’t actually revolutionise anything, but is able to produce some satisfying gaming.