Evangelion is a slot based around the cult anime TV series Neon Genesis Evangelion which ran from October 1995 to March 1996. Despite the short run, the series gained widespread critical acclaim and has become something of a cultural icon in Japan. Still very popular to this day, the series has amassed an incredible income of more than 150 billion yen, with many spin offs in terms of merchandising.
For slot players, the best spin off of all is the introduction of the Evangelion game at the 888 casino, featuring a slightly unusual set up from the norm and two bonus features.
This 888 Games designed slot is played out on five reels, each of the reels showing four symbols when reels come to a rest. This slot has no pay lines as such, as it employs the all-pays system. This means that you’ll win when landing three or more symbols from left to right, irrespective of the position on the reels. In total, players will 1,024 ways to win at each spin, and these come at the cost of just 25 credits.
The highest paying symbol in the game shows a strange, almost psychedelic image and is worth 1,250 coins if appearing on all five reels. Next on the pay table are four characters from the series. Joining Shinji Ikari, the brown-haired boy paying 500 coins as a top prize, are Rei Ayanami, Asuka Langley Soryu and Ritsuko Akagi who have top prizes of 250, 150 and 100 coins respectively.
Completing the standard symbols are the playing cards A, K, Q, J and 10 which have top payouts ranging from 75 through to 30 coins.
The Wild symbol is on a black and red background and will substitute for any other symbol in the game. Wild symbols can be very useful in slots which have the all-ways set up as a single wild can offer up a huge number of wins.
The first of the bonus features is a free spins round, which is activated by landing the Gendo Ikari symbol three or more times across any of the reels. Hit three of these scatters and you’ll find yourself looking at 10 free spins. Land four scatters and you’ll enjoy 15 free spins, while the maximum five scatters will give you 20 free spins. During each of these spins, each of the main characters will climb into their bio machines which take up much more than one symbol, giving players a much greater opportunity of landing a large, multi-way win.
The second feature is a bonus game which opens up when the penguin appears on reel 3. This is a very straightforward round where the penguin simply unlocks a randomly awarded prize. This does add an element of humor to the game however.
Evangelion is a very distinctive looking slot. Around the edge of the reels you’ll find red lines, much like the yellow hazard lines you’ll find at a crime scene – the red coloring giving the game a much more serious air. All twenty symbols in the game are housed in square symbols, each of these neatly boxed within the red frame, with the impressive anime symbols filling these nicely. Even the playing card symbols are nicely designed, each backed by a futuristic honeycomb pattern in a different color. Throughout the game there is a good, atmospheric soundtrack which really adds to the proceedings.
The control panel below the reels has the same futuristic feel. The auto play options are found to the bottom left of the panel, with 10, 25, 50 and 75 spins all options. Players will choose both the coin value and the bet level, which in combination with the coin size of 25 will give you a total stake for each spin. The other options are max bet, which will set the reels in motion on the highest bet level and spin, which will spin the reels at the current setting.
Evangelion is a very enjoyable slot from start to finish. The visuals are impressive during the base game, but they move onto another level when you hit the feature round when the stacked symbols take center stage. This bonus feature can offer up some very impressive wins, while the 1,024 ways to win during the base game ensures the excitement levels remain high throughout. Whether you enjoy anime or not, this is a must play slot!