The Great Northern War is brought to live with the Poltava slot. But will you survive the heat of war?
Don’t know much about your Russian or Swedish history? Don’t worry, you don’t need to in order to get the general gist of what amounts to a beautiful Napoleonic era-set war.
Granted, those times were hard. But victory, when it came, was twice as sweet, especially if you were strong enough to survive the chaos and flames of war.
You can’t deny that this Poltava slot game looks beautiful. It’s larger than life characters are beautifully spread across larger than life 5 reels over 4 rows and 40 paylines.
When any 4 calvary, artillery and infantry symbols cover a reel you suddenly get symbols to the left of that reel, and a free re-spin. If more of that symbol show up, the army of symbols march once more to the right, leaving behind a trail of symbols.
The trick to this Poltava video slot is to march those symbols from the left all the way to the right hand side of the screen, as on each free re-spin you get a win, finally getting multiple 5 of a kind wins.
We’ve won well over 200 times our bet on this feature, it’s almost as thrilling as the one in the 300 shields slot.
More importantly, a beautiful example of gameplay and theme coming together to create a unique experience.
But here’s what really caught out attention for this Poltava slot machine – the Marching Reels feature, whilst brilliant, isn’t the only one that creates thrills.
If you get 3 lions across the five reels, you’ll trigger 3 free spins with all those 3 lions as sticky wild symbols. Get more lions, and you’ll get a further re-spin and another wild.
The most we’ve managed to trigger is 5 free spins with 5 sticky wilds, and we won 80x our bet on this feature.
Mostly, you’ll be happy with 3, and allow that as the free spin games hit fairly frequently, you can forgive them for not paying out huge every time, instead just helping you survive this war a little longer.
Considering we went into this Poltova online slot thinking that it would be totally irrelevant to us (not knowing the history) we were surprised by how quickly it caught our heart-strings.
Or should that be purse-strings?
It can be a pretty unforgiving Elk slot, one minute throwing you into the heat of battle bringing you glory and riches, and the next spinning you into sweet oblivion.
Still, sometimes it’s fun to go out in a blaze of glory.
|Slot reels / paylines
|5 Reels / 40 Paylines
|House edge / RTP
|3.6% / 96.4%
|0.20 / 100
|Around 3 to 5 Free Spins / Sticky Wilds or Marching Symbols
|Sticky Wilds, Free Re-spins, Marching Reels
Wild Symbol: The Polatava slot logo is wild and replaces all other symbols on the screen except lions.
Bonus Lions: Hitting 3 lion symbols on screen will give you 3 free spins, with all the lions sticky on screen.
If another lion symbol shows up during the free spins, it will also stay sticky and give you another spin.
More importantly, those lions are now wild, making 4 and 5 of a kind wins just a little easier during this bonus game feature.
Marching Reels: It sounds more complicated than it is, and is easier to experience than explain, but we will give it a go.
Say you get a stack of calvary, artillery or infantry symbols covering reel 3. You'll then get the two middle rows of reels 2 and 3 covered in the same symbol.
So already you get multiple 3 of a kind wins.
You then get a free re-spin. If more of the same symbol show up on screen, this army of symbol marches by one, leaving the centre two rows covered in symbols, and that front reel (moving from 3 to 4) stacked.
Any other symbols that land on screen on top also stay sticky.
This army keeps moving forward until you hit reel 5 and/or you get no more of that symbol show up on screen.
This is by far one of the best Elk games on mobile around.
We'd say that the Poltava mobile slot manages to craft a perfect balance between theme and bonus feature, always keeping things relevant, even for those of us who know nothing of the Great Northern War.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: March 25, 2021 - Rating