Warlords: Crystals of Power Slot
Warlords: Crystals of Power is a 5-reel, fixed 30-pay line online slot from NetEnt. For a long time now NetEnt have been the 'reel' kings of online slots. Classics such as Starburst and Gonzo's Quest have helped cement NetEnt's place atop the slotting pyramid. But now, other software houses – particularly Yggdrasil Gaming – have begun to threaten NetEnt's glorious reign … so, have NetEnt responded to these threats?
Well, if Warlords: Crystals of Power is anything to go by, then that's a big YES! This game commences with NetEnt's best-ever video intro – one that will simply take your breath away. From there you are transported to a magical land where ruthless warlords have been battling it out for centuries – so much so that only three remain: the Barbarian, the Priestess and the Samurai. Each remaining warlord has their own sidekick animal and associated colour:
- The Barbarian – blue/warthog
- The Priestess – green/panther
- The Samurai – red/wolf
Each warlord is stacked three-symbols high and is joined on the reels by their animal symbol, their mask and a couple of special symbols. There are thirty pay lines in this game but that's a fixed number. Each line costs half a coin to play. You can choose the value of your coin from 0.01 to 1.00, and your bet level from one to ten. Your final wager-per-spin is your coin size multiplied by your bet level multiplied by fifteen. When you're ready to kick some warlord ass, hit the spin button.
Payout & bonus rounds
The lowest payout in this game is for three identical mask symbols. That will win you three coins. The top payout is for five samurai warlord or wild symbols – acheive that and three hundred coins are yours!
The wild symbol is a collection of three crystals. This symbol substitutes for all other symbols except for the scatter symbols.
During the main game a 'random overlay wild' feature may be activated at any time. This uses reels that do not have any scatters. There are three possible random overlays:
- Barbarian hammer – awards four wilds in the shape of a square
- Priestess arrow – awards two to five wild symbols on any of the reels
- Samurai sword – awards two to five wild symbols on reels one to four
There are three scatter symbols – one for each warlord. If you land three identical scatter symbols anywhere on the reels, then you are awarded free spins. You can be awarded a re-spin if you land only two scatters – see the (lengthy) game instructions to determine how this works. Free spins are awarded thus:
- Barbarian free spins – awards nine free spins. Only warrior and animal symbols are present and each new scatter landed awards an additional three free spins.
- Priestess free spins – awards seven free spins. Each scatter that lands increases the prize mutliplier by one.
- Samurai free spins – awards five free spins. Each scatter that lands becomes a sticky wild for the duration of free spins.
Let's get this clear from the off – this is a staggering slots game. The graphics, animation and music are all of the very best quality – as good as NetEnt (or anyone) has produced before. The gameplay is truly excellent too – plenty of features and a great deal of variety. Perhaps a little too complex for casual players, Warlord: Crystal of Power is nevertheless one of the very best slots ever devised.