Microgaming partners once again with Crazy Tooth Studios to bring us an ancient Oriental adventure in the shape of Ancient Warriors. The two studio’s collaborated in innovative fashion on their joint Lady Earth slot release, among others, and Ancient Warriors seeks to continue the innovation streak with this four row 50 payline adventure.
The Any Adjacent Pays™ pay system is a combination of Ways to Win and Pays Both Ways system, spread out over four tall rows that play superbly on mobile but just as neatly on desktop.
Pros & Cons
- High volatility means when the big wins come they come big!
- Incredible variety of bonus features, which can all be triggered.
- Cheeky use of the 50’s retro theme and soundtrack.
- Even high symbols don’t offer huge payouts.
- High paying game symbols won’t appeal to everyone.
- So many bonus features can seem confusing.
How to Play
Playing Ancient Warriors is simple. The Any Adjacent Pays™ pay system means that any three symbols anywhere across the reels pays either left-to-right and right-to-left. So no matter where you match three or more symbols they pay out relating to each symbol’s payout value. It is a different approach to pay systems than, say, Megaways slots like 1 Million Megaways BC. Which offer up to 117,649 paylines but still pay left-to-right.
Click on the chip icon to the right of the reels to select your bet level in Ancient Warriors and press the round spin button to set the reels in motion. The spin button is neatly designed to echo the Feature symbols and highlights when you hover over it. To activate the Ancient Warriors of the games title (silhouetted and dormant behind each reel) you must land ornate golden Feature symbols stacked in front of the Ancient Warrior on rows 2, 3 and 4.
The symbols in Ancient Warriors are excellently drawn and animated to stand out when they form winning combinations. The market for Oriental themed online slots is crowded, so these animations help Ancient Warriors to stand out. The higher-paying symbols are richly designed Dragon, Monkey, Tiger and Snake, all designed in super bright colours. Their eyes flash and faces pop when you form winning combinations. They all pay out the same value of x0.75 for four on a payline, which doesn’t seem like great value for high-paying symbols but add up because they all appear stacked. This does account for the low maximum jackpot, though, without Multiplier WIlds added.
The lower paying symbols are Jacks, Queens, Kings and Aces, which pay x0.35 for four-of-a-kind. The ornate golden feature symbols transform into Wild YIn Yang symbols to substitute for all symbols. Except Scatters and complete winning combinations. The vibrant blue Scatter symbols land with a thud and launch the game’s dedicated bonus feature.
With a dedicated Free Spins feature as well as an in-game bonus Ancient Warriors does plenty to service our slot bonus needs.