One of the more recent releases of the renowned ELK Studios is Poltava: Flames of War slot. You might have heard of a studio that made this as the same studio that developed the Wild Toro and the Hong Kong Towers slot. Of course, this new slot comes with a new theme that the team had fully developed and integrated into their game so that their players can experience the best!
If you are into the epic battles and wars in human history, you might want to check out ELK’s slot game. The online Poltava: Flames of War slot machine is historically themed. The amazingly beautiful slot game has been inspired by the 18th century war between Russia and Sweden on Ukrainian soil. The Swedish Royal Forces fought with Peter the Great’s army.
Historical and military buffs should like this kind of games as the quality of the pokie is amazingly incredible. But, how can I hook you into a slot without detailing it first? Look below for the armies that you will command while you play!
Your Forces and Soldiers
Poltava has 5 reels and 40 paylines. This pattern is already present in many slots. Originally, it was delivered to different land-based casinos. However, when the Internet came, it was also published online. Now, as long as your phone or tablet has an Adobe Flash Player and an Internet Connection, you can play it anywhere and anytime! It may or may not be available in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store – so be warned. Anyways, let’s skip that part and head to the nitty-gritty of gaming! Below are the icons in the game:
- Cavalry (Combat Arm)
- Infantry (Combat Arm)
- Artillery (Combat Arm)
- Lion Badge (Bonus Symbol, Scatter)
- White Horse
- Letters (A, J, K, Q)
- Numbers (1, 10)
- Poltava Logo (Wild)
Of course both the letter and the number are the lowest paying (yet the most frequent) symbols in the game. However, with the help of the Wild Symbol, you can earn much more since it changes into a different symbol except the Lion Badge.
The main point of this game is to match the rotating icons, right? But the Poltava game is different in that it has two modes. I call it two modes, but it is much better to call it as a different gameplay round.
First is the Marching Reels feature. It only becomes active if you get four of any of the combat army symbol: soldier, artillery cannon or cavalry horse. After that, you’ll get a respin. Getting any more of the same icon generate further respins. Your “troops” will advance to the right side of the slot to make high-paying combinations. It ends when you reach reel 5 or no new symbols are added.
Second is the Flames of War feature. The Lion symbol only appears in reel 2, 3 and 4. As such, if you get three of them, it will trigger this feature. With three Lions, you will get three free spins. After that, every Lion you get during the free spins only increases your free spin count. This is essential since most of the time, after getting five or more Lions, the Wild Symbol starts showing up more frequently!
Of course, because this game is online, you can expect that this game has an Autoplay option. What it lacks, though, is the multiplier of winnings. Unlike what ELK did with Hong Kong Towers, slot machines of Poltava: Flames of War only has a flat amount of gold coins to win.
Troop and Army Review
The graphics of Poltava: Flames of War is stunning. Its macabre setting will absorb you and immerse you into the olden days of war. The reel is transparent enough so that you can still admire the background and see the Poltava battlefield while watching out for the combinations. It stands out clearly thanks to its graphic atmosphere.
The music was quite somber, for me. I don’t know if this can appeal to others but I find it not suitable for slot machine games music. It has a brooding, menacing feel for the most part.
Since the game has two different modes, it also increases the chance of triggering either. And since the highest payout is from these modes, if you trigger it, you have a chance to win at least 100x your original bet – and that’s when you are unlucky.
The Tribunal’s Decision
The features of this game are a little different from the norm. But that does not mean it is difficult to play. As long as you understand how the different Wilds and Scatters work, you can earn as much as 1,800x your original bet – and that is when you are luckiest! If you’re a history buff that also likes some slot gaming, try Poltava! I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!