Conan the Barbarian is a fictional hero who first appeared in magazines and books as early as the 1930’s. Conan is a respected warrior and is often depicted wearing just a loincloth, which gives the character some eye candy appeal to many. Over three quarters of a century old now, Conan the Barbarian is still going strong and has seen both TV and movie adaptations, the most famous of which saw Arnold Schwarzenegger play the role in the 1982 movie.
Now Conan has made it on to the reels of a slot, this game featuring a unique jackpot system and an exciting skull based pick me round.
Conan the Barbarian is a five-reel slot, featuring many images from the popular comic book series on the reels. Unusually in the current online slot scene, the game has just nine win lines and players even have the option of playing fewer – any number between 1 and 9.
A control panel is found beneath the reels and to the left-hand side you’ll find the auto play option – simply set your chosen number of spins and you can sit back and watch the warrior in action. Before each spin, players can set both the number of lines and the bet per line – multiplying the two will give a total stake for the spin.
The highest paying standard symbol on the reels is a mysterious looking sultan, green smoke wafting up in the front of the symbol. Hit this symbol five times in a row and you’ll win 750 coins. Next on the pay table are both a naked female character with long flowing dark hair and a strange looking creature dressed in an icy white, with what can only be described as a face full of spaghetti. A bronze warriors hat and the playing card symbols 10, J, Q, K and A complete the standard symbols.
The wild symbol is Conan himself, which certainly seems appropriate. This symbol shows Conan with jet black hair and holding a bloody sword and will substitute for any other symbols in the entire game apart from the scatter symbol.
The scatter symbol in the game is represented by the title of the game. This will award immediate pay outs of 1x, 5x, 20x and 100x the total stake when landing 2, 3, 4 or 5 scatters respectively. More importantly, if you manage to hit three or more scatters, you’ll also gain entry to the pick me bonus feature.
This feature is called the ‘Cave of Skulls’ where you’ll be taken to a separate screen showing these skulls. You’ll keep selecting these skulls and every time you do you’ll either reveal a credit amount or a multiplier. These will continue to mount up until the feature ends when you reveal a ‘trap’.
The other bonus feature in the game is ‘Crazy Jackpots’ and this is based on the Conan wild symbol. You’ll see during the base game that each of the nine win line indicators has its own Jackpot amount attached. The way to win one of these Jackpots is to land five of the Conan symbols in a row on one of these win lines. These jackpot amounts can vary wildly, so you’ll certainly want to be winning on the best win line of the nine.
This Amaya designed slot has an all-action feel from the very start. In the background, rocks are flying towards the reels, while arrows are piercing the stone border to the reels. The visuals on the reels are striking, each of the characters taken from the comic book stories, while even the playing card symbols have blood dripping from them. This all makes for a slot which is very high in color, even if some of the shades do come from gruesome means.
Conan the Barbarian is an enjoyable slot from the very start, with some added originality which only improves the game. The visuals are striking immediately and fans of the comic book series will certainly fall for this slot, although this is sure to have a wider appeal. It is slightly unusual not to have a free spins bonus round – in some ways this sets it apart from other games, especially when this slot plays host to the unique ‘Crazy Jackpots’.