Warlords: Crystals of Power review

Warlords: Crystals of Power review

Enter a mythical world of warlords mystified by colourful crystals in Net Entertainment’s November 2016 new pokie release — Warlords: Crystals of Power. The slot is set in a fictitious world inspired by the Chinese Warlord Era with the reels set on an animated backdrop of a destroyed battlefield.

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From the attention to detail on the Stacked Wild animations to the huge wins eligible on the real money slots game – the step away from licensed titles has resulted in an incredibly stunning pokie from NetEnt.

Warlords: Crystals of Power format

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NetEnt’s November 25 pokie Warlords: Crystals of Power.

Net Entertainment has created a 5 reel and 30 payline pokie which can be played on desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets.

The title opens with an introductory video where a warlord, known as Samurai, is mediating in a Shanghai building until his wolf approaches him with a red crystal in its mouth. It then transforms to a female warlord, Preistess, who is approached by her panther as she opens a box revealing a green crystal. Finally, before the reels appear we are transformed to the snowy woods with the Barbarian character holding a blue crystal in his hands. The video is worth watching as it has a blockbuster feel to it.

The reels then appear and players can set their bet at a minimum of $0.15 and a maximum of $150 per spin. Auto play is also available alongside the bet adjustor buttons.

NetEnt’s Warlords: Crystals of Power symbols and payouts

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There’s a huge range of symbols on Warlords, each crafted beautifully.

There’s no A-J symbols used on this pokie – Net Entertainment have gone above and beyond to ensure every symbol is associated with the theme. Symbols include coloured masks each associated with their corresponding warlord which are the low paying symbols.

The wolves, panthers, and boars are the medium paying symbols, while the warlords including the Barbarian, the Preistess, and the Samurai are the high paying symbols and appear Stacked on the reels.

You need at least three of a kind of any of these symbols on an active payline to receive a payout.

The Wild symbol, which is the three crystals of power with an animation of a sword slicing through, is also a high paying symbol – up to 20x your bet is paid out if you spin five of a kind on an active payline. It also subtitles for all symbols except the Scatter symbols.

We say symbols as there’s three Scatter symbols on this title – there’s a blue, green and a red Scatter flag all corresponding with the warlord’s colours. Each trigger their own Free Spins feature and also activate the Battle feature.

Click on the ‘i’ symbol for more information on payouts and symbols.

Bonus features on Warlords: Crystals of Power

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There’s three Free Spin features and a number of other Bonus rounds on Warlords.

If you aren’t blown away by the powerful music which explodes your speakers when a bonus feature is triggered, you will be able to experience the huge payouts they bring.

First up is the Random Overlay Wild feature, which is triggered in the base game randomly. It uses a new set of reels which don’t have Scatter symbols included and there are three different types eligible to trigger. The Barbarian Hammer will award four Wilds in the shape of a square on the first four reels; the Priestess Arrow will award between two to five Wilds on all five reels; and the Samurai Sword will appear and award two to five Wilds on the first four reels. These see big wins as a result.

The Free Spins feature is triggered by three of the same coloured Scatter symbols. The three Free Spins features are based on the three warlords with the Barbarian Free Spins awarding you with nine Free Spins and high value symbols on the reels – plus a new Scatter which awards three extra free spins. Then there’s the Priestess Free Spins where you are awarded with seven free spins and extra Scatters, which increases the multiplier by 1x every spin it shows up on. Finally, there’s the Samurai Free Spins where you receive five Free Spins with the Scatter acting as a Sticky Wild.

Next up is the Battle feature which is triggered by two different coloured Scatters on the reels. Here the three warlords will battle to trigger their own Free Spins feature. In order to get the third Scatter you will receive free Re-Spins during battle. The active Scatters stay in their position during the Re-Spins.

Two of the same will trigger the Final Chance feature, as will not getting the third Scatter during battle. Here you can win up to 100x your bet or trigger one of the three Free Spins feature

Audio and graphics of Warlords: Crystals of Power

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The graphics and animations on Warlords by NetEnt are incredible.

The animations are next level on this title – the marching warlords behind the reels as you play set the scene and you can instantly tell gameplay is going to be incredibly enjoyable and visually appealing.

There’s a powerful soundtrack to this NetEnt title – which begs us to question perhaps NetEnt’s 3D sound has finally been rolled out. The main soundtrack sounds similar to a Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack, while the audio effects of swords drawing, warlords yelling, and big wins accumulating really immerses you into the game.

Our thoughts on NetEnt’s Warlords: Crystals of Power

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This is a title jam packed with bonus features and embellished with animation.

We can see why the warlords are battling – there’s plenty at stake on this epic fantasy title which mirrors a video game. There’s more bonus features then we know what to do with – and each well worth your wagers.

There’s so much going on in Warlords: Crystals of Power you may get somewhat overwhelmed but as you play the pokie and experience the animations and bonus features you will be battling to make time to play as often as you can.