Let Battle Commence
As previously mentioned, Plataea is set amongst the dynasty of the Roman Empire, and so the symbols used within the game follow suit. There are swords and armour, war ships, coins and warriors to do battle with.
The wild symbol, which is the soldier, can substitute for all others except the feature and will appear on reels 2, 3, 4 or 5. Whilst ultimately there is no chance of spinning five wilds, there is still ample opportunity for some great wins; particularly as the wild is held during the Hot Hot Super Respin round.
The reveal symbol, which is the gold shield with the letter ‘V’ on it, is an interesting one as it will reveal any symbol at random, bar the wild or feature, and (hopefully) produce some winning lines as a result.
Symbols must appear on adjacent reels, starting from reel 1 and moving right, to create a winning combo, and each spin can be modified to your liking; although each is fixed at 50 paylines, you can change your bet per line with ease.
And don’t forget that Hot Hot Super Respin feature, which is a brilliant way to boost your winnings if you have never experienced it before. This comes into play during the Free Spins round, and grants two respins whilst holding any wild symbols in place. This offers huge potential for big payouts.
Choose Your Weapon
Picking up three of the Acropolis feature symbol triggers the Free Spins round, and this is set at 10 freebies from the outset.
Additional reveal and wild symbols are added into the mix, and should you spin another free of the feature symbols during a free spin then you will be rewarded ten more for your troubles.
Whilst there is the potential of a big win during the Free Spins round, it is more a case of accumulating little sums and hoping to build a nice prize pot by the end of your ten (or more) freebies.
The Hot Hot Super Respin can be added into the mix by betting an additional 15x on your bet line, and this offers an extra avenue down which you can journey towards a healthy payout.
Once the reveal symbol appears on all four positions on reel 1 this special bonus will be activated. It awards players with two free respins, and this will hold any reveal or wild symbols in place. The upshot is that this gives you a fantastic opportunity to create more winning combos – particularly matching three or more wilds.
Each reveal symbol will turn into the same random symbol as well, so there is usually a small payout as a bare minimum courtesy of Hot Hot Super Respin. All awards are calculated after the second of the respins, and these are equal to those as described in the paytable for the main game.
The War is Won
Whilst Plataea is fairly basic from a graphical and sound perspective, it’s clear that WMS have surmised that the overall gameplay and generosity of the bonus features on offer far outweighs the importance of super modern graphics in the hearts of most slot gamers.
The inclusion of Hot Hot Super Respins will be enough to persuade most on its own, and being awarded ten free spins straight off the bat heading into the bonus round is a pretty decent number.
There are better looking slots out there, and games that will pull you in with an immersive theme. But for pure slot gaming exhilaration, Plataea is right up there with the best.