Fri, Aug 2, 1:39am by Charlotte Lee
Last Updated Sat, Oct 5, 4:15am
Archangels: Salvation by NetEnt has a ‘wow’ factor. You’ll see amazing 3D avatars either side of the extended set of pokie reels. On the left is an angel, complete with white feathered wings. She holds a long weapon in one hand, and ball of bright blue plasma in the other. On the left is a demonic guy in a red, fiery landscape. He holds red plasma, and a huge sword. Those balls of plasma play an important part in the game play.
With 100 win-lines over a long 5×12 reel grid, there are plenty of ways to line up winning combinations. Stacked symbols appear on all slot reels. There are special zones at the top and bottom, which interact with wild symbols in different ways. Here are the epic highlights of this medium variance pokie:
At the top of the reels, 2 rows are surrounded by a blue, almost electric line. At the bottom, two rows have a red line flickering around them. These zones correspond to the angel and devil you’ll see either side of the reels.
Things get interesting when special 2×2 wild symbols hit these zones. These have a ‘W’ on them, and can land fully inside, or partially inside.
If they land fully inside, your big win potential shoots up. You’ll see an animation where the angel or devil sends plasma shooting from their hand. For the angel, you now get 4 stacks of wilds (up to 4 rows each) on the reels. For the devil, you get 16 extra single wilds at random on the reels.
For features where the wild lands partially inside the zones, you get 2 stacks or 8 individual wilds.
Huge wins are possible when you get a wild fully inside both areas from the same spin. This would combine the 4 stacks with the 16 single wilds – potentially covering most of the reels.
Symbols with an S on them (for ‘scatter’) trigger the free spins. You’ll get 10 for 3, 15 for 4 or 25 spins for the maximum 5.
During your free spins the zones at the top and bottom of the reels expand to cover 3 rows. This might seem like a minor difference, though it has a big effect. You’ll get the wild feature a lot more often – and have a better chance of this being fully inside for the most wilds.
Bonus symbols are still in play, which allows for free spins retriggers.
There are 100 win-lines crossing the 5-reel by 12-row grid. You’ll spin for just 40 coins at a time, with the coin values and bet multiplier flexible enough for any bankroll.
Stacked symbols showing the angel and devil are the highest paying. These appear as plasma lines, only showing the characters when they stop. You’ll get 150 coins for each 5 of a kind of these symbols.
Other higher paying symbols are badges / emblems. These show a winged helmet, lion, snake and skull. Smaller wins are via jewels made to look like the playing card suits. There are regular single wilds on the reels – in addition to the 2×2 blocks involved in the bonus features.
Archangels: Salvation has a stunning design, which rivals recent console games in terms of detail and animation. There is a dramatic, pulsating soundtrack which would be fit for a movie battle scene.
While the angel to the left might be on the side of ‘good’, I’m sure nobody would want to battle with her. The classic devil to the left wields a sword bigger than he stands tall. Plasma and fire effects play a big part in the animations. I like the way the character stacked symbols appear as blue or orange flame while the reels spin. Those effects when the wild hits are excellent too.
NetEnt are known for spectacular online pokies, and few are better produced than Archangels: Salvation. With 12 rows of symbols on each reel, sandwiched between amazing 3D avatars, this game looks different to most other pokies. Add the special zones which can produce a lot of wilds, and the free spins bonus game, and you have ways to add to your bankroll which can only be described as epic!