Warlords – Crystals of Power is Netent’s November 2016 big release and is one the many wonderful new slots that Netent released in 2016. Where 2015 was a mediocre year for the Swedish casino software giant, 2016 was exceptionally strong. Releases like Secrets of Atlantis, When Pigs Fly, Guns N’ Roses, Drive: Multiplier Mayhem, Jimi Hendrix, Motorhead and Red Riding Hood reassured us that when it comes to developing creative, fun and entertaining online slots, nobody does it than Netent.
Warlords – Crystals of Power is a 30 win line, 5 reel slot, that themed around three epic warriors: a fierce Barbarian, a longbow-toting Priestess and a deadly Samurai warrior. Of course, what would an epic warrior be without his or hers own personal wild animal as a pet? These guys have a wolf, a panther and a wild boar on their side.
The return to player percentage of Warlords – Crystals of Power is 96,89%, which is excellent, especially for a slot with such high production values. The variance of Warlords is medium – just the way we like it. It does have to be said that in order to get the really big wins, you do need to activate the bonus rounds.
Without some good free spins features in a short amount of time, you could be losing fast on this slot.
Gameplay and bonus features of Warlord – Crystals of Power
Graphically, this online slot is top of the bill with some beautiful symbol design, animated backdrops and flaming animations. The atmosphere is dark and brooding, with warrior cries and the whooshing sound of deadly arrows flying through the air. You almost feel that you are entering battle yourself.
All symbols are related to one of the three Warriors, with masks, wild animals and scatter symbols that carry the flags of their empires. The wild symbol is set with three gemstones (one for each warrior) and substitutes for all other symbols except the scatter symbol. The scatter symbols are needed to activate the free spins bonuses, of which there are three different ones.
Warlord has 30 fixed pay lines, which cost half a credit per pay line. When playing the minimum coin value of £0.01, the total stake is £0.15 per spin. Should you wish to stake more, you can either increase the coin level, the bet level, or both. The maximum bet is £150 per spin.
The three warriors all come stacked and are the highest paying symbols:
- The Samurai: five-of-a-kind wins 300x the coin value
- The Priestess: five-of-a-kind wins 200x the coin value
- The Barbarian: five-of-a-kind wins 150x the coin value
Although Warlords can give you big wins in the base game, you do need one the features to really make some progress.
Warlords Free Spins bonus and Mystery Features
As has been the big trend in online slots over the past years, just one or maybe two bonus features are just not enough anymore. New slots need at least different 4 bonus features to really count and preferably even more.
In Warlords – Crystals of Power you can win six different bonus features: three different random Mystery features and three different Free Spins Bonus features.
These features can occur during any spin and will award the player with extra wild symbols:
- The Samurai Sword Feature: 2-5 overlay wild symbols will appear on reels 1 to 4
- The Priestess Arrow Feature: 2-5 overlay wild symbols will appear on reels 1 to 5
- The Barbarian Hammer Feature: a block of 4 overlay wild symbols will appear on the screen
Free Spins Features
To activate the free spins bonus, you need at least two scattered flag symbols to appear on the screen. You then get extra chances to land more scatter symbols. You need at least three scatter symbols to activate the free spin bonus. If you do not manage to get three scatter symbols, you will receive a consolation prize.
The colour of the scatter symbols determines which of the three bonus features you have activated:
Samurai Free Spins (red): you are awarded five free spins where every activating scatter becomes a sticky wild for the whole duration of the bonus. Extra scatter symbols during the free spins award extra sticky wilds for bigger wins. Excitement factor: high.
Priestess Free Spins (green): every activating scatter awards a +1 multiplier. Earn extra multipliers during the seven free spins for every scatter symbol that appears on the reels. Excitement factor: very high.
Barbarian Free Spins (blue): you are awarded three free spins for every activating scatter symbol. During the free spins bonus, you are awarded three more free spins for every scatter symbol that lands on the reels. Excitement factor: medium
Warlords – Crystals of Power: our verdict
We love everything about Warlords – Crystals of Power. Graphically impressive, well designed and exciting at the same time, slots don’t get much better than this. The multitude of mystery and free spins bonus features will make sure you do not get bored. And the big wins in the bonus will keep your adrenaline levels way up.
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