Earning its place as one of the most ancient cultures in the world, Ancient Warriors from Microgaming takes the next step by immersing players in what we decipher as traditional symbols and visuals.
Do the symbols mean anything? We see that the 4×6 grid with 50 active paylines is littered with characters from the Chinese zodiac, but more on that later. The grid places all the symbolic characters on see-through reels suspended on what we assume to be a pagoda or temple entrance.
Lit up by classic Chinese lanterns, you can see the landscape behind the grid is what we deem to be an untouched background of forested mountains. On each beam, we can see the simplified Chinese characters of dragon, monkey, tiger, and snake. Maybe this was a page taken out of Kung Fu Panda?
The maximum payout of 1,807 times your initial bet is less than stellar if you ask us, but the multiple pay ways and an RTP (return to player) of right on the standard of 96% makes it very attainable. It’s worth it to note that the hit rate in Ancient Warriors is also quite ideal at a little of 29%, making the returns very reachable.
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The betting range in Ancient Warriors is a little wider than other slot games we are used to, starting at 0.2 and going up to 115. Even with the high hit rate, it’s still a standard RTP with a high volatility rating, making Ancient Warriors a great choice for interesting designs but not so much for big wins.
The wild and scatter symbols are the most important in the game if you want to win big. The wilds come in the form of the yin and yang symbol and can take the place of any other symbol except other wilds and scatters.
There are also multiplier wilds that can substitute for the same symbols as regular wilds but offer more in terms of wins by providing 2,3,4,5 and 10x your spin. The scatter is the turquoise symbol that consists of all the characters. They result in free spins if you get 3 or more.
The transformation feature in Ancient Warriors happens when you land what looks to be the scatter symbol without the characters, and it transforms symbols on reels 3,4, and 5 into regular wilds. The transformation feature can also trigger the stacked multiplier feature that happens on the same reels.
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Last but not least, you have the bonus spins feature when you land 3 or more scatter symbols. During the bonus spins, symbols have the potential to become wither scatters or wilds, with the scatters affording you extra bonus spins.
So, what’s the bottom line on Ancient Warriors? To be honest, the features and bonuses aren’t stunning, but the graphics and symbols sure are. The see-through reels aren’t something we haven’t seen before, but to pay such tribute to ancient Chinese culture is something that earns it extra points.
There is no denying the attractiveness of the layout and game design; even the music is tuned to complement the symbols, but with a low max jackpot and high volatility, is Ancient Warriors a game, players will keep on their devices for the long haul? In our humble opinion, we think the chances are low.
It’s a beautifully crafted game that is impressive to look at, but it does fall short feature-wise. However, since we’re big on design, Ancient Warriors does satisfy that part of our craving.