In 2013, Stockholm based Elk Studios entered the fierce battle to win the hearts of punters with their unique brand of video slots. Focusing on quality over quantity, and enforcing a smart ‘mobile first’ policy, this newbie has succeeded in challenging industry giants, delivering innovative games adored across the gambling world. One of the studio’s most popular hits, the Hollywood themed Bloopers, paved the way for their most recent offering, which releases the mischievous Platooners to cause havoc across a jungle themed film set.
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|Release Date||2018||Casino||Slots Baby and other ELK Studios casinos|
|Software Provider||ELK Studios|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Platform||Browser and mobile|
|Return to Player (RTP)||96.3%|
|Slot Reels/ Pay lines||5 reels / 176 Pay lines|
|Min/ Max Bets||£0.20 min / £100 max|
|Max Win||52,500 x bet|
|Features||Actions Spins and Platooners vs Snakes of Fortune Bonus Round|
|Pros||Beautiful graphics and fun to play|
|Cons||Medium to high variance may test your patience|
The game transports you to a typical Hollywood film shoot set amidst the dense heat of the jungle. Three animated combatants, similar in style and character to the Bloopers, take on the golden snakes in a fast-paced battle for riches. Impossible to control yet always eager to please, the Platooners randomly enter the fray firing rockets and launching grenades onto the reels, helping propel players into the high stakes bonus round for a chance to confront the snakes and uncover their concealed treasures.
Cameras and lights set the stage for this 5-reel, 4 row slots. The lowest value symbols comprise of 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace, which mingle with various jungle paraphernalia, such as medic bags, binoculars, knives, and the game’s most lucrative symbol, the Platooners’ dog tags. Add to this a Wild and a snakehead bonus scatter, and punters have plenty to keep them engaged and entertained.
The game certainly delights in its visual impact, testament to Elk Studio’s unrelenting quest for quality. Excellent graphics and a smooth gameplay ensure a pleasurable experience for slots fanatics. The accompanying sound effects are also a hit and perfectly complement the jungle theme. As expected from a company that claims to put mobile gaming in the front seat, Platooners works perfectly on all platforms, allowing seamless on-the-go action for mobiles and tablets.
Each character comes equipped with his own artillery, which can blast onto the reels at any time and trigger one of the following fun bonus features:
- Green Rockets Platooner – this gung-ho soldier launches rockets at reels 1 and 3, with the explosions resulting in identical symbols, offering more chance of landing wins as the remaining reels come to a standstill.
- Red Grenades Platooner – a little more chaotic, this red devil throws grenades in all directions, which detonate as Random Wilds on reels 3, 4 and 5 during each spin.
- Yellow Bullets Platooner – the final handy helper fires his heavy machine gun at reels 2, 3 and 4 after the first reel has come to a stop, guaranteeing at least one 5 of a kind pay line. Particularly lucky punters could generate a line of 5 bonus symbols, granting instant entrance to the coveted Snakes of Fortune Bonus Round with all three Platooners in tow.
Landing at least three scatter symbols anywhere across the reels unlocks the slot’s high-octane bonus game, which begins with 15 rounds of free spins. Each character takes turns in defeating the snake using their unique arsenal. The number of initial bonus symbols acquired beforehand determines the number of soldiers at your disposal, i.e. 3 snakeheads equals 1 Platooner, 4 equals 2, and 5 scatter symbols offers the maximum of all three Platooners, which subsequently trebles the amount of damage.
Defeating the serpent will reward players with upgraded weapons and additional ammunition. Especially lucky spins will trigger bombs that increase the damage to the opponent. Once destroyed, players are transported to the next level to fight a new snake with higher rewards on the table. There are three rounds available in total, which provides plenty of opportunity to capitalise on free spins and bring home the big bucks, with an impressive jackpot of 2,500 x stake up for grabs.
Despite its relative infancy, Elk Studio’s newest release has already picked up many fans. Slots enthusiasts acquainted with Bloopers will enjoy the familiar feel and loveable characters. The Swedish provider has taken things up a notch with improved graphics and animation, both highest quality, and the introduction of extra features.
The slot ensures the smoothest of gaming experiences across all platforms and is particularly enjoyable on mobile devices. Whilst it may not engage punters for hours on end and may test patience levels with its medium to high variance, Platooners is certainly a sound supplement to Elk’s catalogue and a welcome addition to any gamer’s collection.