Historic First: Is NetEnt’s New Archangels Slot That Radical?

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 by LuckyMobileSlots

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On the 24th of April NetEnt will be releasing their new Archangels: Salvation slot which promises to be a historic first for the game studio.

New Archangels Salvation Mobile Slot Coming In April 2018
New Archangels Salvation Mobile Slot Coming In April 2018
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As usual, we have a video and all the information you are going to need about this upcoming new slot machine by NetEntertainment.

The very first 100 payline slot Archangels: Salvation sees the famous Scandinavian provider take a new direction; competing, it seems, with the likes of Williams and their colossal reels games.

Can they make something better than the godfather of slots? And will this Archangels slot see NetEnt take a whole new direction with their casino games?

Let’s investigate.

What we know about the Archangels Salvation slot

Not due to come out until the 24th of April 2018, we’ve got plenty of time to analyse every frame of this 3-minute teaser trailer:

There’s a lot of information to unfold here.

First, let’s talk theme: the fight between heaven and hell is never-ending, and unlike slots like Good Girl Bad Girl or Leprechaun Goes to Hell by Play’n GO, NetEnt are taking this seriously.

Or as seriously as you can take when you have angels and demons on the reels.

Let’s be honest: it looks beautiful, especially if you play this on your desktop and on a bigger screen.

The Archangels Salvation mobile slot, on the other hand, might be a different story, as much like other 100 payline slots, it may have to lose some of the impact or some of the graphics.

It’s the first 100 payline slot machine by NetEnt

Which is something that is a point of pride for them; after all, let it not be said that NetEnt doesn’t like to try new things and push the boundaries of their games; just look at Finn and the Swirly Spin slot, for example.

In their description they add:

“It is the first game in NetEnt™ history to have 100 bet lines. The game has an additional highlight: two separate hot spot areas. Any Wild symbol landing in those areas will activate one of the two Wild Features.”

That, in two short sentences, best describes this NetEntertainment slot and what makes it so special, and set apart, from the rest of it’s game portfolio.

So not only do you get 100 paylines, but you get these ‘hot spots’ that can literally hurl sections of wild symbols on any of these 6 reels and 12 rows of symbols.

You’ll also get 25 free spins when you get 6 scatters, with those hot spots always on; an intriguing way to keep things interesting.

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Why we should care about a 100 payline NetEnt slot

By now you are thinking one of two things:

  1. Hurray! 100 payline slots are my favourite! Bring it NetEnt!
  2. What? Who cares about 100 paylines? This isn’t the innovative NetEnt I know and love.
Archangels Salvation Online Slot With Colossal Reels
Archangels Salvation Online Slot With Colossal Reels

And truthfully, whilst it is a historic first for the company, what they are bringing to the table isn’t different, like Finn, or a world first, like Twin Spins conjoined reels.

So it leaves wondering whether we should care and if this April 24th release is worth anticipating any more than the unknown Jumanji slot.

It’s going to be a love it or hate it situation

There is a reason why WMS keep putting out 100 payline slot machines.

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From their brilliant Kiss Shout it Out Loud, to their Zeus 1,000 slot machine, those big colossal reels, with big paylines are a hit with players worldwide.

But if you were not a fan of 100 payline video slots before this, we doubt NetEntertainment will make you a convert.

What worries us is that this Archangels online slot by NetEnt seems to have more in common (in looks anyway) with some of WMS more recent, and to be honest, far less impressive releases; games like Hercules High and Mighty and the Mighty Black Knight slot.

However, the good news is that we suspect that this gaming company will bring their own unique twist to the gameplay, meaning you’ll have to try it to see if it is for you by playing it.

It will suffer from the usual mobile slots problem

Our feelings on 100 payline mobile phone slots are mixed. Whilst we can see the appeal, for us, it’s never quite as exciting as maybe just spinning on a simpler 243 ways to win game, for example.

Archangels Salvation Mobile Slot Game Preview
Archangels Salvation Mobile Slot Game Preview

But that’s a personal preference. However there are some problems with these big reels that cannot be denied; namely:

  1. You need lots and lots of stack symbols to get any big wins
  2. The wins are hard to view and anticipate on Android phones and iPhones
  3. The symbols feel small and a lot of the elegance of the graphics is lost

These are big slots, that require big screens. Usually, we don’t like to say that casino games shouldn’t go mobile, but maybe… well… this might be the one exception.

End of the day, if you love them, and can’t wait to load up your computer, playing Archangel Salvation on mobile casinos might be a good quick fix.

Will it be worth waiting for 24th of April?

Look, the graphics look great and all, but are we as excited about this new NetEnt April slot as we are about Yggdrasil’s Vikings Go To Hell which we know very little about?

We’d be lying if we say yes.

Maybe it’s the 100 paylines thing, maybe it’s because it feels less like a historic first, and more of the same old thing we’ve seen in the past, revamped for today.

And that’s not always a bad thing; Book of Dead by Play’n GO is a superior machine to Book of Ra by Novomatic, and one is clearly a ‘homage’ to the other.

But personally, we will be at Mr Green casino, playing our exclusive 25 free spins on Finn and the Swirly Spin and appreciating a truly unique game by NetEnt.

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