Welcome to the Hyborian age where the disappearance of the mythical continent of Atlantis has churned out heroes, barbarians and warriors alike, full of magic and treasure.
Welcome to the Conan slot by NetEntertainment, which looks as authentic as you can get for a sword and sandals game.
Conan is a 6 reel by 4 rows video slot with 24 fixed betlines, full of game features: from stacked wilds, to spreading wilds, to multipliers, multiple free spins, conjoined reels and a whole combination of the above.
And isn’t that what you want from your Conan The Barbarian slot game? To feel like you’re walking into a realm of myth and magic, and walk out a conqueror of the reels after the fight of your life?
Winning those battles is a different thing altogether. Because before you get tempted by all the pretty gold, silver and bronze coins in the reels, or the features that bring beautiful animations, you should look at the paytable.
A 6 of a kind symbol win with the highest paid symbol of the lot (Conan) pays out a measly 6x your bet. The evil Thoth-Amon and mercenary only pays out 5x your bet. That’s a whole lot less than in their Twin Happiness slot.
That’s poor showing, especially as you only have 24 paylines. The good news is that this Conan mobile slot pays from left to right and right to left, essentially doubling your chances of getting wins. Add the fact that you get 2 linked reels often, as well as stacked wilds and mystery symbols, surely we have nothing to complain about.
We are torn. On one hand we loved the combination of slot bonus features.
We love that we could get Towers of wild symbols, stacks of mystery symbols, and spreading wilds symbols, all at the same time! We did not love that these features where limited by the reels: Tower wilds in reels 1 and 2, mystery symbols in reels 3 and 4, and spreading wilds in reels 5 and 6.
We also loved the Conan slot free spins features, where you get to choose from 3 different exotic locations where you can get tower wilds, mystery symbols and spreading wilds on ALL REELS. But only that one feature. None of the others. Which is frustrating as hell.
You still have linked and pay both ways reels to keep things interesting, it just felt like maybe NetEnt didn’t give us the full thrill factor that they have in the past in games like in the Dead or Alive 2 slot, which was released in the same year as this Conan game review.
This is a game about a timeless warrior who became a conqueror and king. They got the timeless warrior part down, but the wins here are never quite big enough to make you feel like a conqueror, never mind a king.
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|Mobile Slot released||September 2019|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||6 Reels / 25 Paylines|
|House edge / RTP||3.99% - 3.35% / 96.01%|
|Min/Max bet||0.20 / 200|
|Free spins||10 to 50 Free Spins / Various|
|Bonus rounds||Linked Reels, Stacked Wilds, Expanding Wilds, Spreading Wilds, Multipliers, Mystery Symbols, Scatters, Free Spins|
Pay Both Ways: You get wins whether you line up the symbols from left to right, or from right to left of this 25 paylines slot game.
Linked Reels: On any random spin, the reels can 'pair up' into 2x4 sections and be linked with the other reel in the same section.
Tower Wilds Feature: A tower of stacked wild can appear on reels 1 and 2 in the base game. These can substitute for all symbols except for scatter and can expand to cover the whole reel (though they don't always).
Battle Wilds: These appear on reels 5 and 6 of the Conan slot only. They are wilds that expand up to 3 position sideways to an adjacent reel. It will never cover scatters.
Mystery symbols and multiplier feature: The mystery symbol can show up on reel 3 and 4 only in the base game. These mystery symbols transform to any other symbols on the reels except for wild or scatters. If you manage to land a stack of mystery symbols on reels 3 and/or 4 you could trigger a mystery multiplier of between 3x to 7x.
Thoth-Amon Feature: If you can a stack of mystery symbols together with either the tower wilds or the battle wilds, you activate this feature. Extra mystery symbols are then added onto reels 2-5 anywhere.
Scatters and Free Spins: 3 or more scatters shield symbols anywhere on the reels will let you pick from one of three different bonus rounds.
3 scatters will trigger 10 free spins, 4 scatters trigger 15 free spins, 5 scatters will trigger 25 free spins and 6 scatters will trigger 50 free spins.
During the free spins, each spin has a random number of at least 2 adjacent reels linked together with a maximum of 6 linked reels in this Conan slot game.
We wanted to give this Conan the Barbarian slot on mobile more than 3 stars. But it tries to do so much over 6 reels, that it ultimately affects the paytable -ie. you have to jump through multiple hoops to get any kind of big wins.
The good news is that despite this, it's a fairly fun romp of a pulpy Fantasy slot. The animations are second to none and the different cities you get to travel in the bonus round make you feel like you're travelling through the Hyborian age.
It's authentic, jam-packed full of features, and fairly good fun, especially if you're not the kind of player who minds playing just to hit features.
It's no where near as good as the Jumanji slot review or NetEnt's excellent Guns n Roses slot machine, but not every branded game has to be a hit.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: February 19, 2021 - Rating