The Battle for the Earth Has Begun
The original Evangelion series was released in the mid 1990s, and this video slot game adaptation reuses the old-school graphics that turned the anime into a huge success. The entire screen looks like the command panel of the giant robot, with a black background and red command buttons underneath. This old-school sci-fi theme is what made Evangelion so unique, and is still helps the game stand out positively on the modern market.
Just like with any franchised game, Evangelion was mostly designed to be filled with references to the original work. Fans will be delighted, but even if you are less familiar with the anime world, Evangelion has some objective design qualities that should attract unanimous praise.
Robots Versus Aliens
As far as the gameplay is concerned, Evangelion is an intuitive slot game with few strict rules that have to be followed. The game is based on an all-way pay system, which gives players 1024 ways to win on the 5 reels of the game at every turn. Use the arrows in the command bar to choose the coin value and bet level, which translates into a betting range that goes from 0.25 to 100 credits per turn. The classic max bet and autoplay shortcuts are also present, just in case you feel like taking a few extra risks on the reels.
Evangelion has a 94.40% RTP with average volatility, which gives you decent chances to win big at any time. Despite the relatively low RTP, the all-way pay system is a real blessing here, and it allowed us to score big prizes fairly early into the game. The classic card icons on the paytable are followed by 5 characters from the original series, heroes and villains alike, from Shinji Ikari to Soryu or Suzuhara. The highest reward of the game corresponds to 2500 times the value of your starting bet.
Last Resort Help
To make the game even more fun, the 888 developers have loaded it with some useful special features. The red NERV logo is the wild card of the game, which you will find particularly useful as it replaces the basic icons on the reels wherever it lands. Gendo Ikari, Shinji’s father and the series most notorious villain, is a scatter and can award up to 25 free spins. Each time you unlock a free spin bonus, one of the basic character symbols will be chosen and will appear as stacks over entire reels until the end of your turn.
Another small, quirky feature is the penguin bonus. A penguin symbol is lurking on the screen throughout the game, but can only materialise on reel 3. When it does so, a totally random cash prize is awarded – and you might be surprised at how much money can be at stake here.
A Game for the Fans, and Everyone Else Too
Evangelion is the perfect slot game for fans of Japanese anime. The graphics and music are on point, the original storyline is respected and as a slot game, you can also find some very interesting cash prizes on the reels. We loved the open gameplay, as it just gives so much more winning possibilities every time you spin the reels.
This is however not the first time that Japanese animation served as a source of inspiration for slot game developers. If you are more into teenage drama than giant robots fighting to the death, you should check out High School Manga from Wazdan and see if you find your way to the jackpot there.