Although we’ve made reference to the aesthetic of the game, we’ve by no means done it justice – this is sublime piece of creativity from the developers of the brand. It’s postmodern at its core, but it has an adaptability that will translate well to the masses, which is basically a fancy way of saying it’s uncomplicated.
What we particularly favour though is how the illustrations used have a distinct childlike naivety about them, almost as if we’re thumbing through a children’s book rather than playing an adult slot. The contrast to harsh photorealism that has been seen in other sci-fi real cash games makes this not only a delight, but a privilege to interact with.
Wild for You
Metropolis has two wild symbols up for grabs: a white haired woman and the logo of the title itself. Both of them remove other icons in a bid to create a win, but they do so by landing in different positions. For example, the space age female only appears on reels 1, 2, 3 and 4, but the logo appears solely on the fifth.
The point of this seems to be to give you extra wild wins, but whether that works in practice is anyone’s guess as they don’t seem to readily pop up when you’re playing. Moreover, it feels like it would have been more fitting to have one of the tiles substitute for all except the scatter, and then the other to branch out a maybe reward a multiplier as well? Just something to make a double dose of wilds seem necessary.
Light There Be Light
Possibly the reason for there being no multiplier is due to the scatter gifting wins multiplied by your bet amount, or at least that’s what we suspect. Although it’s good to see a different outcome than simple free spins and money, a multiplied amount doesn’t change up the dynamics of this game enough. What is more, as none of the other tiles do anything out of the ordinary, it feels like an opportunity has been missed here, and so the free games become a feature we pine for.
That being said, a win of 100 credits for a match of five icons isn’t half bad, though it doesn’t quite compare to the 10,000 you can gain from getting five of the orange robot symbol.
Slow and Steady
We’ve been quite positive in regards to Metropolis, even despite many shortcomings, but one aspect that can’t be ignored is how excessively slow the spinning of the reels are – it’s maddening! Having played many slots, we’ve come across our fair share of slowcoaches, but this almost feels like it’s mocking us, such is its ‘relaxed’ pace.
To make matters worse, there’s no turbo option to activate to help speed everything up, which will definitely hinder playthroughs for many gamers who choose to play for real. This is such a simple design feature, and so it’s shocking to think that an experienced brand such as Arrow’s Edge actually overlooked it.
A New World?
In the beginning this looked to be the postmodern slot we’ve all been waiting for, but that was just a lure created by the textural nature of the graphics, for underneath that exterior little substance can be found. We’re neither moved or interested when playing Metropolis, which speaks volumes as to the entertainment that can be derived from its matrix.