Free Poltava Flames of War slot
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Poltava Flames of War slot is a glossy and great looking game set in a theme of ancient battles involving the cavalry and cannon. The reels are transparent and spin against the background of an abandoned forest military encampment to add to the haunting classical music overlay and warlike sound effects as the various symbols land. So what are your chances of getting the spoils of war if you do battle with Poltava slot?
On the reels...
We are given 40 pay lines over 5 reels of 4 rows to begin with and all the standard symbols are stacked. Like many other slots such as H5G's Purrfect you get a random symbol appearing 'super stacked' on each spin which you can see as the reels go round, to increase chances of 'full screen' wins. The best pays are the chargers (horses), cannon and soldier paying 2, 1.5 and 1.25x bet respectively for a 5-of-a-kind win. The card values pay either 1 or 0.75x for the 5. Naturally these low values come with the territory of multi-line slots with stacks, but the Poltava Wilds aren't stacked.
In-play you have a stack feature whereby if a full column of the soldier, horse or cannon land anywhere in view on 2, 3 or 4, the Marching Reels are initiated. This means the reel(s) to the left of the full stack will get a rearguard of the same symbol only on rows 2 and 3 and then along with the stack they will hold and the reels re-spin. If any of the same symbol lands to the right the reels will all march that way and re-spin again, with the rearguard being extended to reel 1 again. This goes on until no more are added or as the full stack reaches the right. If a higher value stack appears in full during this all the Marching symbols will change to that.
Bonus in battle
3 Poltava Lion icons landing on the centre 3 reels will turn Wild and become sticky. You now get the 3 Flames of War free games and all further Poltava's will become sticky Wilds too. Each subsequent one landing will also add 1 extra free spin, and these simply continue until spins expire and/or no further Wilds are added. You could potentially turn all centre reels Wild by the end and earn a very good war bounty!
Poltava slot impresses with slick graphics and sounds right from when the game loads until you spin for the first time. It also has a good 96.40% RTP but I'm afraid this is where the battle lines are drawn - on the other side we have weak line pays, repetitive unsuccessful slow spins when Poltava lands on reels 2 and 3 and the Marching Reels results are usually pitiful. There is little potential for big wins either even in the Flames of War bonus unless exceptionally fortunate. An old Chinese proverb applies here: "In the wake of great armies lie lean years"...