The ‘Great War’ refers to World War 1, which took place between 1914 and 1918, with the loss of an estimated 16 lives. ‘Great’ refers to the size of the war, the biggest ever. This slot game from 888 takes much of the drama of this era, and places it into a slot game.
Stacked symbols will often create multi-line wins, while wilds can help join winning symbols over several of the 50 win lines. The highlight is the free spins bonus. During this feature, wild symbols become sticky on the reels, resulting in more wins as the feature goes on.
This game uses a larger grid than most 888 Games. There are 5 reels, each with 4 rows of symbols. This creates room for the 50 win-lines which cross from the left. You can bet from 1c per line. Unusually, after the 1c bet (50c per spin), this jumps to 5c per line ($2,50c per spin) with no step in between. There is an auto play option available.
Individual wins are smaller than on some games. You’ll make up for this by hitting multiple wins at the same time. This made possible by some symbols coming in long strips on the reels. The top paying symbol is the most ‘stacked’. This is the bi-plane. 5 of a kind will get you 200 coins, with 50 for 4, 20 for 3 and 5 for just 2 from the left. Next comes an impressive looking battleship (100 coins for 5), with a soldier next at 75 coins for the full set.
There are also tanks, cannons and a machine gun – along with playing card symbols which look like they have been spray painted onto the side of a crate.
Wilds only appear on reels 2, 3 4 and 5 in this game – and so can’t create any wins without the help of other symbols. They will substitute for any regular symbol, with the only exception to this being the Zeppelin Scatter symbols. With 50 win lines in play, these wilds will often help you to create wins on several lines at once – especially when you are lucky enough to have several in view.
You’ll get a ‘scatter’ prize for the total number of Zeppelin symbols in view on the reels. The biggest is a generous 50x your total spin bet for 5 of a kind. You’ll get 10x that bet for 4 and 2x for just 2.
There is a better reason to be happy about seeing the Zeppelins, free spins. You get 15 free spins for 5, 12 for 4 and 10 for 3.
The scene changes to a lighter, pink and purple hued vista, and some lively music kicks in that would not be amiss in a marching scene of a war movie. Wilds get sticky during the free spins game, which can make this very profitable. Each time a wild lands, it stays in place for the duration of the bonus game. If you are lucky enough to get several of these in the middle of the reels, you can be hitting bigger wins on each spin. This means that the 12 or 15 spins games are worth a lot more than the regular 10.
There is no retrigger available this time – free spins are one and done.
There is no attempt to glamourize the war in this slot, the graphics are beautifully produced, though they maintain the bleak and harsh feel of the war itself. The age is shown through the use of sepia in the background, which shows planes above and soldiers and tanks below. The reels are transparent, showing clouds behind when they spin.
The battleship and bi-plane are the stand out symbols, and have short animations when they are involved in wins. There are plenty of on-topic sound effects too. When the free spins play, you’ll get a more vibrant scene, with cheerful military style music playing.
There is a lot to like about this slot from 888 Games. The highlight is certainly the free spins round. Sticky wilds have the effect of making this progressively more exciting as you go forward, as more and more wilds are in place for each spin. Having stacked symbols on the reels is a change for 888, and can help to create multiple wins. The overall production and smoothness of the game play are top quality too. Whatever your views on the war, this is a ‘great’ slot.