Warlords: Crystals of Power is a 5 reel, 30 payline online slot game from NetEnt, blending epic high fantasy with accessible and innovative gameplay to bring players the best in graphics together with the potential for lucrative wins.
Look and Feel
Warlords: Crystals of Power opens with a dramatic and very cinematic animated cutscene, telling the story of three ancient warlords and the powerful crystals they seek. The Barbarian, The Priestess, and The Samurai all have their own personalities and stories, and there’s probably enough world-building behind this game to fill out a feature film.
Indeed, one of the standout features of Warlords: Crystals of Power is its fantastic soundtrack, which sounds like something straight out of a movie. The distinct identities of each warlord is conveyed through the soaring, cinematic music, with Asian-inspired motifs for The Samurai, mysterious Celtic strains recalling The Priestess, and majestic battle themes evoking The Barbarian.
The higher value symbols show the three warlords depicted in full-length portraits accompanied by their pets – a wolf for The Samurai, a panther for The Priestess, and a boar for The Barbarian – in descending order of value. Mid-level value symbols are the warlords’ animal companions appearing by themselves, and the lower value symbols are three masks themed after the warlords’ identities.
There is also a wild symbol represented by a gold-framed pile of three jewels, and three different scatter symbols are represented in different colors to display the banners of The Samurai, The Priestess, and The Barbarian.
Warlords: Crystals of Power offers 30 fixed paylines, and bets are controlled through the “Level” and “Coin Value” selectors. There are autoplay and max bet options available, with the possibility of stopping autoplay spins early if required. The minimum bet per spin is 15p, with a ceiling of £150 per spin and a maximum coin value of 1.00. There are ten possible bet levels.
The game has three rows and five reels with a gently animated backdrop suggesting the oncoming battle for supremacy, and while the main game’s gameplay is quite simple, Warlords: Crystals of Power does offer some engaging bonuses.
The bonus features are well integrated into the base game, and feel quite seamless. Free spins, which are activated by landing at least two scatter symbols anywhere on reels 2, 3, or 4, launch a battle sequence to establish which color the “winning” scatter will be, from the three possible options. Once the battle standards match, an additional spin is granted and can reveal more scatter symbols. Three or more matching Scatters will unlock one of the three free spin features, with each option matched to the appropriate Scatter color.
The Barbarian Free Spins (Blue Scatter symbol) will net players nine free spins with just The Barbarian wild, his animal companion and his scatter symbol on the reels. The scatter symbol earns three more free spins.
The Priestess Free Spins (Green Scatter symbol) triggers seven free spins with a x1 multiplier for each scatter symbol landed.
The Samurai Free Spins (Red Scatter symbol) will land five free spins with the red scatter symbol acting as a sticky wild for the duration of the spins.
The base game offers an integrated bonus in the form of random overlay wilds, which will add between two and five wilds to the reels (for the Samurai Sword or Priestess Arrow overlay wild), or, for the Barbarian overlay wild, change a 2×2 grid into all wilds.
Overall, Warlords: Crystals of Power is an intriguing and complex game experience, full of detail and highly immersive. Whether it’s perhaps a little too in-depth for the medium of online slots is up to the player, as some may feel overwhelmed with the number of different bonus features detracting from simple gameplay. For those who enjoy immersive artwork and soundtracks to their gaming, however, Warlords: Crystals of Power proves a very rewarding experience and, with a 96.89% RTP, the promise of big wins is also on the cards.