War of the Worlds Slots
As soon as The War of the Words slot starts to load in your browser the dramatic soundtrack from Jeff Wayne’s ‘War of the Worlds’ kicks in. This story first appears in a novel way back in 1897 – by H. G. Wells. This involves giant tripods coming from Mars to destroy the earth. The War of the Worlds slot from Ash Gaming does a great job in bringing this story to life. Visuals and animations are very detailed, and the bonus game – where you get to shoot tripods – is a lot of fun.
100 Win Line Setup of The War of the Worlds Slot
While many Ash Gaming slots use a simple 20-line setup – this game chooses a full 100 lines. These are spread over a grid 4 symbols tall and 5 reels across. Your minimum spin is $1 (1c per line).
The highest paying symbols are iconic scenes from the story which are in square boarders. These are topped by one of the tripods, which is firing at the ground, with smoke rising above it. This is worth 5,000 coins for 5 on a win-line, 200 for 4 and 60 for just 3. Other scenes include a tree with a battle in the background (1000 for 5), the red goo in front of some houses (200) and a bird (150).
Next come symbols in circles. These have mid-sized payouts. The hero from the story, the telescope, cannon and the pods coming from Mars are all included here. There are also playing card symbols, ace down to jack on the reels.
Expanding Tripod Wild Symbols
War of the Worlds logos are wild. These perform the usual role of replacing the regular symbols to create wins. With 100 win-lines in play, wilds will often create multiple wins at the same time.
When you get 2 wilds on the same reel, you will trigger a special feature. These wilds merge, turning into a tripod (complete with animation and sound effects). This will make the entire reel wild – often creating several new wins. It is possible to turn more than one reel wild at the same time.
Interactive Fighting Machines Bonus
A silhouette of a tripod, with a flaming city in the background is used as the bonus symbol. These will only appear on reels 1, 3 and 5. If you hit all 3 then you get to play the Fighting Machines bonus – where you get to blast the tripods.
There are two modes to this – manual or automatic. The outcome in terms of prizes is not affected by your aim, so you are free to choose either.
You see 3 cannons at the bottom of the screen. Each has a green power gauge. When this is full, you can fire the cannon at one of 3 tripods which are moving towards you. This will trigger a cash prize. At some point, the tripods fire back – blowing up your cannons. You keep going until all of your cannons are gone.
There are 3 settings for this game, and as you progress through them the prizes get bigger. You start at Horshell Common, then move to London and finally to the Coast. You will need to survive with all of your cannons still intact to move through the locations. The prizes get progressively bigger at each one – with a total prize of up to 700x your total spin amount possible.
Full 3D or Quick Load Designs of the War of the Worlds Slot
This is a detailed design, with some nice touches to the animations. When the game loads you’ll be offered the choice of the full 3D graphics or a lower quality (faster loading) version. The scene at the side of the reels changes while you play. Showing the different locations and some characters. Above the reels to the left you will see the iconic War of the Worlds logo.
All of the symbols are detailed, and spin over black reels. They have animations when you win, for example the cannon firing and hero looking up. The main on-reel animation to look out for is the one where you get 2 wilds, which join and turn into one of the tripods.
If you are familiar with the music from Jeff Wayne, then the stirring symphonic soundtrack will not be a surprise. This really works well to add drama to the game.
The highlight design-wise is the Fighting Machines Bonus – this (literally) puts you in the heart of the action.
Should You Defend the Earth via The War of the Worlds Slot?
While the production is excellent, this is a simple and solid slot at heart. There are expanding wilds in the base game, and a single second screen bonus game to keep you entertained. I enjoyed this slot, with the soundtrack a definite plus. Whether it does enough to keep players coming back for more is something time will tell.