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Poltava Slot Review

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Head into battle with a 40 payline slot that takes no prisoners; will you be the conqueror or the conquered?

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  • Min Bet: 0.20
  • Reels: 5
  • Paylines: 40
  • Free Games: Yes

Head back in time where the march of war was bloody, but winning was clear and precise; much like this Poltava slot online.

This Poltava slot gives you a quick history lesson about the Great Northern War, an 18th Century clash where the Russian empire was pitted against the might of the Swedish forces.

Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a history buff to love this Elk video slot.

This is because in their usual style, Elk have managed to create a casino game which boasts a plethora of features. Within seconds, you will forget about the theme.

That good, as the game theme is a little messy

By that, we are not talking about basing the game on an actual war. We are talking about the fact that Elk has tried way too hard with the design of this casino gaming machine.

In this Poltava video slot, you have some stunning artwork. Honestly, any of the symbols in this game would look tremendous printed out and stuck up on a wall.

However, we feel that the symbols are little too sophisticated for a slot machine.

There is so much detail that they blend into each other on the reels. Sure, this is the effect that Elk was no doubt going for, but it still looks a little on the untidy and hard to focus – the opposite of their Kaiju slot game.

Yes. There are going to be some people who love the theme of Poltava. In fact, we know that for many people the fact that the game is highly-detailed is their favourite part of the slot. It is not ours.

Thankfully, the slot’s bonus games more than makeup for it.

Are you ready to march into battle?

One feature that we really think ties into the war theme comes in the form of marching reels.

This is a bonus feature which you really need to experience to know how it works.

It’s quite complicated to try and explain on paper, but once you see it happen, you’ll understand the simple brilliance of it – a little like the multi-bonus levels in their Hidden slot.

Essentially, if you get a stack of military items (cavalry, artillery or infantry), there will be duplication that happens across the five reels. You will then get a free spin.

If you get more of that symbol on the reels, the military will start marching, covering more parts of the reels in symbols and you get another re-spin.

It’s incredibly fun to play, and if nothing else, a good reason to try the Poltava mobile slot, as it works really well on the smaller screen.

Game Stats & Details

  • No Reels: 5
  • Paylines: 40
  • Min Bet: 0.20
  • Max Bet: 100
  • Free Spins: Yes
  • Volatility: medium/high
  • Software: Elk
  • Slot Type: Video
  • Theoretical RTP: 96.4%
  • Mobile: Yes
  • Online: Yes

The Poltava slot Bonus Lions

If you hit three lion symbols on the reels, you will be given three free spins. All the lions on the screen at the time the feature is triggered will remain sticky.

If you get another lion during this round, it will also become a sticky. You will also get another free spin.

Does this mode sound boring? Well don’t worry; Elk Studios has spruced it up a little bit. Not only will the lions be sticky, but they will also be wilds – a little like in the Quickspin Northern Sky game.

Since the lions appear a lot more often than the wilds do on the reels, this is a game mode where you are really going to be stacking up the cash at a rapid rate.

It is a shame that it does not trigger more often – but that’s the way with casino games online in Canada.

Would we recommend this Elk Studios game?

Poltava is a unique slot. The artwork does look good if a little ‘over the top’ for a slot machine.

The features may also be complicated at the start too. However, as with most Elk slots, you will have a ton of fun playing this.

If we could make one change it would be to give us a few more free spins with those great wild lions, maybe starting with 4 or 5 free spins.

This is because the lions don’t appear that often on the reels in the first place, so you will barely ever go beyond just three free spins.

That said, those re-spins, in combination with those marching stacked symbols on the reels, really makes Poltava a visually stunning and cash-rich game.

Easily one of the best from Elk, next to Sam on the Beach game.

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By TrueNorthSlots | Updated: May 21st 2018 | Rating 4.3
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