Having seen the title of this slot I was half expecting to see a game featuring a bunch of bearded guys all swinging their guitars while dressed in black. However, it was something of a nice surprise to see that the slot features four female lead characters, with the emphasis being more on the word ‘warriors’ than ‘heavy metal’. The four feature characters at the slot are Amazon Warrior types, who are both scantily dressed and particularly attractive and these are the only standard symbols on the slot alongside the playing card symbols.
The slot has a very nice feel to it, the reels set against the backdrop of a misty, rocky scene. The four warriors stare out from the slot and should you gain any kind of win with these symbols you’ll see the characters coming to life. The playing card symbols are very ornate and colourful, adding to the overall look of the game. The heavy metal aspect of the slot is in the sound, each win met by a guitar riff; this is greatly enhanced when it comes to the feature round.
This slot by iSoftbet has five reels and somewhat unusually has 243 ways to win. This means that if a symbol were to land on any part of consecutive reels from left to right three or more times you are guaranteed a win. If a symbol appears on all five reels you’ll gain the top prize for five in a row – this is different to other slots where the symbols have to line up on a win line. These 243 ways to win will cost you 40 credits and you’ll also choose your bet size from 1 to 5, which along with the coin value will give you your total stake from 40c and up.
A look at the pay table tells you that the four warriors are the highest paying symbols in the game. The warrior with the dark windswept hair pays out 5,000 coins if playing for the full five coins and landing five in a row. The dark haired warrior with face paint pays 2,500 coins, while the blonde and auburn haired warriors pay out 1,000 and 500 coins respectively for all five symbols. The playing card symbols pay out between 400 and 125 coins when you land a full house of five.
The wild symbol at the game is a shield with the word ‘wild’ written on it in pink. This symbol only appears on reels 2, 3 and 4 and it will expand to form an entire reel. This expanding wild will also trigger a re-spin and should another wild appear during this re-spin, you’ll gain another one – with a maximum of 3 re-spins available. The wild will substitute for any other symbol at the game apart from the bonus symbol.
The feature of the slot is the free games round which is activated when landing the ‘Heavy Metal’ symbol three or more times across the reels.
Having landed the three or more scatters, you’ll now pick one of them to reveal the number of free spins during the feature. Like any good pick-em round, you’ll also find out the values of the symbols you didn’t pick, so you’ll know if you made the right choice or not.
During the round you’ll find that the wild symbol only appears on the final reel, but when it does the rewards are certainly there. This is because one of the warriors will either fire an arrow at the slot, or wield an axe at the slot and turn the two symbols to the left of the wild one wild as well. This will immediately lead to you gaining five in a row if any symbol appears on the first two reels – making for some very big wins.
This is certainly an interesting slot by iSoftbet. There are a number of heavy metal based slots out there, so I was a little wary when I came across the title, but this slot is one of the more original in the genre. I like the 243 ways to win and the free spins bonus feature is a good one, the pick-em round giving you the number of spins a nice added touch. The game does suffer a little from the lack of features outside of the actual reels and the lack of a Jackpot win amount, but overall it is certainly playable and one I’d recommend.