Elementals is a slot based around the four elements, each one is represented by a different character. The four characters certainly have the Superhero look about them, two of them complete with an ‘E’ on their chest. The fire character is male and dressed in a tight red outfit, with a blackened face. The female water and air characters have a very similar stylish look, water in blue and air in purple. The earth character looks a lot like ‘The Thing’ from the Fantastic Four, just with fewer craters.
Aside from the weird and wonderful cast you have a highly playable game. There is a free spins bonus feature, where a win multiplier is applied. Multipliers also come into play with the wild symbol.
This MicroGaming designed slot has five reels and a total number of 20 win-lines. This number can be changed to any number between 1 and 20 and players can choose to play between 1 and 10 coins.
Not surprisingly, the four ‘Elementals’ are the highest paying standard symbols in the game. Land the fire symbol five times in a row on a win line and you’ll win 300 coins. Both water and earth share a top prize of 250 coins. Air brings up the rear with a prize of 200 coins for the maximum five. Completing these standard symbols are five different fruits – orange, melon, lemon, plum and cherry.
The wild symbol in the game is represented by the word ‘wild’. Each of the letters of the word represent each of the four elements and give this symbol a real original look. This symbol will substitute for any other on the reels apart from the bonus and scatter symbols. If you land a win using the wild you’ll find a very useful 2x multiplier in place. Not only this, but the wild is the highest paying symbol. Land five in a row and you’ll pick up a huge 5,000 coins. This knocks any other win amount out of the park!
As well as the wild you’ll also find a scatter symbol, represented by a bright atom. This is a straightforward one as it simply offers a cash prize. Land 2 anywhere on the reels and you’ll get your stake back. Land 3, 4 or 5 and you’ll win 2x, 15x and 200x your total stake respectively.
Every time you land a win you’ll have the option of taking a gamble. This is a simple 50/50 gamble, which is used on many online slots. Having hit the ‘gamble’ button you’ll be taken to another screen where you’ll aim to predict the colour of a face down playing card. Get it right and you’ll double your win, get it wrong and you’ll lose it all.
The final symbol in the game is the ‘E’ emblem found on the outfit of two of the Elementals. This symbol will only appear on reels 1 and 5. Land it on both and you’ll enter the feature. You’ll be immediately pleased with the award of 20 free spins. This feature only gets better when you realise that every win during the free spins is doubled. Land a win with a wild and you’ll win 4x your usual prize. Another bonus is the fact that the feature can be retriggered.
The highpoint of the design of this game is certainly the four Elementals. Each represents its own element perfectly and it’s clear that MicroGaming have tried to follow the Marvel or DC comics line here. Lining these characters up alongside a series of basic looking fruit symbols is a little strange. With no backdrop at all and with a simple purple background to the reels, there is little going on aside from the four characters. A lack of any animation with the delightfully designed Elementals is a little disappointing too. This slot could have gone much further.
Elementals is a slot which will appeal to many players. Having the four Elementals designed as super heroes is a real nice touch and it’s clear that much care has been taken over their design. It’s a shame the design couldn’t have been expanded on. The gameplay is enjoyable throughout. With a wild symbol with an added multiplier and a gamble option, there is plenty to enjoy in the base game. The free spins feature is the highlight however. Twenty free spins with more multipliers added makes for a potentially profitable and entertaining bonus round.