As obscure titles go, the Poltava Slot has to be up there with the best of them. Unless, that is, you are a student of 18th century wartime Europe. To give this online slot its full title will be to shed more light on theme and story – Poltava: Flames of War. Legendary Swedish developer ELK studios are dipping into history for this particular battle, though the really good news for us is that they are bringing every inch of their artistic license to do so. Ready…charge!
ELK studios bring us to the great northern war, the Battle of Poltava in Ukraine which saw the Swedes take on the Russians in what can be deemed as a tetchy local derby. With a grandiose intro that stretches from the battlefields to the heavens and a soundtrack that could have been composed by Hollywood’s finest, ELK are pulling no punches when it comes to the game’s theme.
As usual with ELK titles, the reel case fills the screen to form a nice, big gaming area, with the Spin, Pay Table and Betting Options tabs only appearing when we hover our cursors over the left and right corners of the screen. ELK’s trademark betting strategies are accessible through the betting options tab, giving real depth to our strategic options on the fields of war.
Our symbols in Poltava Slot are stacked on our reels and shaped by the war. The rank and file low payers are stylized 10s through Aces though it is the high-paying Cavalry, Infantry and Artillery that will shape this combat, not only during the base game but also in Poltava’s bonus features. The Poltava Game Logo is our Wild symbol, forming communication lines between squadrons and boosting our win combinations to victory.
Landing any of Poltava’s high symbols stacked across a reel triggers the Marching Reels bonus feature, bringing more of those symbols out in battle formation to march across the reels and form multiple winning combinations. Any additional arm on the reel to the right triggers further marches, potentially covering the entire battlefield with our armies.
The lions of war bound into action when we land three Bonus Lion Scatters in a row across the reels. Aside from the winnings from this combination, these three Bonus Lions stick to the reels and act as Sticky Wilds for a further three spins.
ELK’s sumptuous game design and unique approach to gameplay make Poltava a must-play for any gamer. The historic theme is put to good use during the base game and the bonus features, bringing the battle to life. Be brave and we will be victorious.