X-O Manowar slot is trademarked game based on the Valiant Comic characters and their fantasy world of magic and battles. Pariplay aren’t strangers to the odd branded game though as we saw with their imaginative interpretation of the spoof comedy horror Sharknado which they did quite well it has to be said. Likewise here we have some quality graphics where you begin you adventures with a medieval jousting field behind the transparent reels and some portentous classical music to remind you of your peril. You can change these scenes as you progress by getting base game wins, but will these men also declare war on your playing balance?
On the reels…
The standard 5×3 reel grid has 25 pay lines and there is a lot going on! There are five characters which can all appear stacked: X-O Manowar himself pays 120x bet for a full line of 5, Primary Reebo 60x, Colonel Capshaw 40x, Trill 20 and finally Saana at 14x stake. The 5 card values pay 2x – 8x and there is a Wild possible on all reels offering the same as the top pay X-O Manowar. You will see a bonus icon too on all reels of which we need 3 or more to trigger one of the many character bonus rounds but first we must check out the cumulative features which will eventually change the chapter of this story.
Orb of Shanhara
On the left of reel 1 is a figure of Shanhara behind 5 orbs. Every win will partly light up the lowest unlit orb with pink light, and this is for each pay line. You will often win with 2 or more lines simultaneously on the reels which will fill it quicker. Once any orb is full the game randomly awards either free spins (10, 15 or 20) or 5 paid spins with any Wilds that occur becoming sticky for either 3, 4 or 5 spins or finally a cash award of 6 to 32x bet. The free spins have no enhancement though. Once you have lit all 5 orbs and had their random cumulative award described, you will change chapters and find the reels are now overlaying another scene with an alternative character guarding the right of the reel set.
When 3 or more bonus symbols appear anywhere in view, you will see a screen of 5 different X-O Manowar Comics. They will flash until stopping on one and you get that bonus game. They are all pick-me type rounds as follows:
The Hara Vine – pick up to 6 flowers from the vine and you will total afterwards between 9 and 40x stake.
Battle Commander Thrill – choose on of three weapons for him to defeat the robot with, get 2 to 20x stake.
Vine or Not? – scan the people and find a vine hiding in one. Three choices so you could win zero or 2-25x bet.
Defend the Earth – shoot at the 10 battle craft and find the diamond with three choices. You can get zero or 4-18x bet.
The Trial of Shanhara – move over a grid on the floor using the arrows on them to defeat enemies in wait. You end up with 4 to 32x bet.
X-O Manowar slot is undoubtedly good as far as graphics, sounds and effects go. If you like this type of theme, which reminds me a bit of Nextgen’s Justice League in all honesty, then that alone may please you. Unfortunately I feel Pariplay have tried to cram too much into one game in order to use all the characters at least once. This means that we have seven very weak features out of eight, the only decent one with any potential being the 5 spins with Sticky Wilds when you fill one of the orbs up – and you’re not guaranteed to get that! The RTP is 95.00% and the volatility low to medium at best. Yes, your bankroll will last quite a while and the orbs light up quite quickly during play, but it seems we are paying for the graphics rather than the chance to win anything of substance. This slot is more a case of “X-O off I go!”…