Sabres and Swords Charge Gigablox is the result of collaboration between Yggdrasil and Dreamtech Gaming. The theme is a Napoleonic War-themed game, except it plays out with toy soldiers, reminiscent of the Nut Cracker. It's odd and weirdly unsettling.
Dreamtech Gaming was established in 2016 and has expanded rapidly over the past few years with offices in Asia, Australia, and Europe. Yggdrasil owns the Gigablox mechanic, and they often partner with other developers to see what they can do with it. Sabres and Swords Charge Gigablox is an unusual result.
The toy soldier theme is not a common theme, and Sabres and Swords Charge Gigablox may illustrate why this is. The background is a watercolour-style image of a battlefield. There are opposing castles on hills in the background and foot soldiers in opposing blue and red charging each other with muskets.
The Sabres and Swords Charge Gigablox music is a lively flute-led marching band tune that feels too cheerful to be the soundtrack to war. Instead, it's disconcerting and feels incongruous. This is especially true when the free spin round is triggered, changing the background scene to one of the soldiers actually engaging and buildings on fire. It's dark, and the music feels very out of place, despite changing the tune slightly to a drum-led march.
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The low pay symbols are military insignia, and the high pay symbols are soldiers. The Sabres and Swords Charge Gigablox Wilds are cannons, and the Scatter symbol is a military crest.
The main feature of Sabres and Swords Charge Gigablox is, of course, the Gigablox feature. This feature merges blocks into larger blocks ranging from 2×2 to 6×6.
Engage the Enemy is the free spin game for Sabres and Swords Charge Gigablox, and it changes to an actual battle scene as described above. A toy soldiers marches and drums to the left of the game grid, while a meter keeps track of scatters landed on the right side of the screen. Every three scatters award either three more free spins or remove the grid's lowest paying symbol.
In addition, the Sabres and Swords Charge Gigablox have multipliers attached to them during the Engage the Enemy feature. The multiplier is based on the size of the gigablox, anywhere from x2 to x6. So if players land wins during this round, the wins are pretty big.
Impatient players can purchase this round with a Buy Bonus button off to the right in the base game. But this costs 80x the current bet, so it's not cheap. Players who purchase this are awarded three scatters on their subsequent spin, but no other wins.
Some players will find Sabres and Swords Charge Gigablox off-putting and may not be able to get past the incongruency of toy soldiers with cheerful music facing off on a battlefield engaging under a blood-red sky with flame-engulfed buildings in the background.
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For players able to move past this, the game itself is fine. It's not great, but it's good enough, and the math model is solid for those who enjoy the gigablox feature. The graphics are also good, with little animations thrown in, and the painting style background is noteworthy and demonstrates the work developers put into this theme.
The wins aren't huge, and the base game is a bit humdrum. But for a specific segment of the player population, Sabres and Swords Charge Gigablox will tick a lot of boxes. Those players should definitely give this game a spin. Other players could probably happily pass.