It isn’t very often that you’ll come across an educational game as an adult; what more an educational slot! Well, ELK Studios attempts to teach us history in its newest mobile slot titled Poltava: Flames of War. This slot game is based on the significant 1709 war that signaled the emergence of Russia as a major force. It’s filled with symbolic features such as the Marching Reels re-spins, Flames of War free spins and Sticky Lion (the symbol for the Tsar). Poltava: Flames of War is as fiery as a war enactment should be.
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|Release Date||July 2016|
|Software Provider||Elk Studios|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Platform||Android App, iPhone App, Browser|
|Return to Player (RTP)||96.7%|
|Risk||Low, Medium, High|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||5 reels/ 40 paylines|
|Min/ Max Bets||20p – £100|
|Free Spins||Unlimitied Free Spins|
|Features||Bonus Free Spins, Marching Wilds|
|Pros||Stunning theme, easy to trigger free spins|
|Cons||Lacks bonus features|
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In our opinion, Elk studios has always been one of the more creative studios out there in the industry. They never fail to surprise us with their brilliance every time they release a new mobile slot. Even after half a year, we still remember how our breaths were taken away by Elk Studio’s Taco Bros slot. Fingers crossed, they have passed the magic to Poltava: Flames of War as well.
This time round, Elk Studios have designed Poltava: Flames of War with a 5 X 4 reel layout with an embedded 40 paylines. This mobile slot game is playable from 20p and caps out at a maximum bet of £100 per spin.
The theme in this mobile slot is an interesting one, more so if you are interested in historical events. Poltava: Flames of War is based on the legendary war between Peter the Great and Charles the 12th of the Swedish military in 1709. Just like in the real war, this mobile slot is also set deep in a forest.
In line with the military theme of this game, you will come across reels that march and even rifles. Never underestimate the strength of both sides, the marching reels may pay up to a mind-blowing 1,800 times your stake.
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No game is complete without its bonus free spins and that said, Poltava: Flames of War offers loads of them. To trigger this feature, you will need to get three bonus Lion symbols anywhere on your reels. Best part is, these lions will remain where they are throughout your free spins and act as Sticky Wilds to complete winning paylines.
Do note that any additional lion symbols that you get during the free spins will not remain as sticky wilds, but they will add to your total number of free spins. Each lion will contribute to one extra free spin. If you are lucky enough to keep on getting lions during your free spins, you could be playing on this mode for a really long time. We think that this slot game has been engineered to deliver a higher trigger rate of free spins. On average, we activated the free spins mode once every 8-10 spins.
The second feature that Elk Studios have incorporated into this game is the Marching Reels feature. To trigger this feature, you will have to land any four of the same symbols of the soldier, cannon or horse on any one reel. As a result, you will be rewarded a free re-spin. The good news doesn’t stop there. For every similar symbol that you get on the reel to the right will just reward you with more re-spins.
This is where the name Marching Reels explains itself. As the number of similar symbols that you get on the reels to your right goes up, the number of winning paylines that you will get will also be going off the roof. This feature will be activated until symbols are obtained on your last reel or you do not get any new symbols in your formations.
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The overall organization of buttons and menus are tad different from other mobile slot games. The spin button is now an overlay on your reels and goes transparent while the reels are spinning. We have to say that we are impressed with the adaptation of modern designs in Elk Studio’s slot games. Even the pop-out menu that explains the features and gameplay in the game is as sleek as what you would find in the user interface of an Apple iPhone.
The graphics and animations in Poltava: Flames of War is in a whole new league altogether. All the symbols are designed to the utmost level of detail and the soundtrack is something that you will only find in war movies. Every element in this game is designed to work hand in hand with each other just to deliver the best gaming experience to the player.
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Elk Studios are always known for their capabilities in designing stunning themes for all their games. Be it fictional or non-fictional, it always succeeds in telling the player a story and this just changes the whole gaming experience dramatically. You no longer just feel happy or excited; you also feel satisfied.
Without even being in the battle between Peter the Great and Charles of Sweden you will come to know exactly all the arms that both sides used in the War. With Poltava: Flames of War, it is crystal clear that the storyline and theme combined with the gameplay that makes it unique from its peers.
Any slot developer that chooses war as a slot theme is up for a challenge. The slot has to pay homage to the historical event and capture the fervor of warfare; as well as devise the right “slot formula” for players.
ELK Studios has done a decent job with Poltava: Flames of War. In my opinion, it’s the fast pace and high volatility of Poltava that really brings the war theme to life. Not to mention the great graphics as well. You’ve got to try this slot for yourself.