Victory Ridge Slot
With the huge popularity of war strategy games on consoles, I am surprised there are not more slot games with an army type theme. Victory Ridge is a 5 reel video slot from Amaya which covers this niche. The design is smart with some good animations on the reels. Play is solid rather than diverse, with the main focus the free spins bonus round where your wins can have multipliers of up to 3x. There are some clever design touches, including a ‘dog tag’ spin button and dramatic drumming sounds while the reels spin.
How to Win on Victory Ridge
The symbols you’ll want to see on the reels represent the 3 main branches of the armed services – the army (tank), air force (plane) and navy (ship). Tanks are the wild symbol, which will combine with any of the regular symbols to create extra wins. Tanks also have the biggest single prize, if you can land 5 on a win-line then you’ll win 5000 coins. The prize for 4 is 1000, 100 for 3 and 15 for just 2. Planes and ships are special symbols – more on those below after the rest of the regular symbols are covered.
A medal is next on the payout list – though this has quite a jump from the top prize provided by the wild symbols. You’ll get 300 coins for lining up 5 medals, and this symbol (along with the helmet) pays all the way down to 2 from the left. Those helmets are worth 250 coins for 5 – the same prize you’ll get for 5 grenades. Backpacks are the last of the unique symbols, worth 200 for 5 of a kind. Playing card symbols ace down to 10, which all have their own identification dog tags, make up the rest of the symbols.
Ships are scatter symbols – these pay out based on the total number in view, and are not tied to win-lines like the other symbols. The top prize is high, you get 200 times your total spin amount for 5 of the ships anywhere in view. 4 are worth 15x that bet, 3 get you 2x and you get 1x your bet for just 2 scatters.
Victory Ridge Bonus Game
Hitting 3 of the plane symbols anywhere on the reels triggers the free spins bonus game. This has two parts, first you pick symbols – and then the spins proper.
You’ll be asked to click on one of the bonus symbols, which will expand to cover the entire reel – giving you an animation which could be from any of the three arms of the armed services. The first one that you pick will reveal the number of free spins that you win. You pick one more, which shows you a multiplier for your wins, this can be up to 6x the amounts on the pay table.
Next the free spins start, you go from the regular view to a jungle (or at least forest) view, and the spins run quickly though. You can retrigger for more spins by hitting 3 more planes at any point.
Design and Setup for Victory Ridge
The initial setting for this slot is quite detailed, this is a pathway with a tank to the left and a bunker with sandbags on the right. The action buttons have a metallic look to them. Reels are transparent, meaning that you’ll get a better view of the background graphics each time the reels spin. The symbols are very nicely drawn, with even the playing cards fitting in with the theme thanks to their ‘dog tag’ decorations.
There are some small animations (the tank moving its turret and so on) while you play the main game – though these get a lot better in the first part of the bonus round. I particularly liked the view as the ship fires a shell onto shore. The music is dramatic too, with thuds, drumming and booms giving a tough atmosphere to the game.
Win lines are fixed at 20 for this game – though you have some flexibility in your choice of coin size (from 1c and up) and the number of coins per line (up to 10).
A solid slot with a theme which is not as common as it could be – Victory Ridge is a nicely produced slot overall. The only stand out feature is the free spins game, where wins at 6x could make for a very profitable bonus.