Elements : The Awakening Slot
Elements : The Awakening is another online slots masterpiece from the 'top of the slots' gaming company NetEnt. This game both looks and sounds awesome, and plays pretty darn fine as well. This slot is themed around the four basic elements of ancient science – earth, air, fire and water. Once, long ago, it was thought that everything on Earth was made of a mixture of these four basic bits of 'stuff'. Thankfully, we've moved on a little since then and now understand that matter is a little more complex. Scientists now believe that there are as many as seven elements, and some wild theories even point at there being eight. And no, no one here at RightCasino.com has a chemistry GCSE, before you ask. We were all too busy playing Top Trumps for each other's pocket money to study properly when were at school.
All four elements are represented here in the game – earth, wind (or air), fire and water. This was before water went solo and left earth, wind and fire behind. The remaining three elements went on to form a classic 1970s disco combo. You can pick your own basic elements per spin: your coin size (0.01 to 0.50) and your bet level (1 to 10). All twenty possible pay lines are in play on all spins, so your bet is your coin size multiplied by your bet level multiplied by twenty.
Payout & bonus rounds
Each element is represented by a small symbol, plus a larger, anthropomorphised symbol. The lowest pay out is for three blobs of water or gusts of air at 3x your stake per line. The jackpot is paid out for five fiery, bad-tempered demons.
The wild symbol is extremely versatile in this online slots game. It appears on all reels aside from the first, and substitutes for all other symbols.
The spin button doubles as the avalanche meter in this game. Every time you gain a win, all winning symbols vanish and new symbols tumble down to replace them. If a new win is triggered, the same thing happens again. Every time this happens, the avalanche meter advances one level, up to a maximum of four. The meter will also change colour depending upon which element has triggered the most wins.
If four successive avalanche wins are achieved, then you are awarded ten free falls. There are four types of free falls, and which one you are awarded depends upon the leading element where free falls were triggered:
- Fire Storm Wild : On each spin a wild symbol will set fire to adjacent symbols, turning them wild.
- Air Storm Wild : Two wilds fall on to the reels. On each spin they are blown to new positions.
- Earth Storm Wild : Wilds appear on reels 2, 3 and 4 and remain in place until they are included in a winning line.
- Water Storm Wild : A wild appears on either reel 2, 3 or 4 and expands to cover the entire reel.
There's no doubt about it, Elements : The Awakening both looks and sounds amazing. If there is one criticism, it's that it does become a little too complicated for its own good, which entry-level slots fans may find a little off-putting. Once you get your head around all the different free fall games and wilds this online slots game is a lot of fun. Try a few spins, and you'll soon be in your element!