Poltava: Flames of War
There can be few slots that have thrown away the rule book in the way that Elk Studio’s Poltava slot has. We all know about their skills in designing great looking games like the Hidden slot machine and Wild Toro.
Poltava: Flames of War recreates and rewrites a notorious battle at Poltava in the Ukraine between two armies in 1709.
You are invited to play and change the outcome of history with the spin of the reels. This game is inspired by the decisive battle in Great Northern War between the Swedish army and ‘Peter the Great’ of Russia.
You can join the adventure at hand and be part of a famous page from history when you take to the field of battle to take on the competition. Who will stand defeated after you’ve taken up the banner for battle.
Can you beat the enemy and become the victor, or will you be beaten into submission?
Look and Feel
We are in a deserted forest glade, while off screen the battle rages, with the sounds of warfare in the background. The theme of the game is eighteenth century when men wore tricorn hats and flowing locks were the order of the day.
The graphics are high end- they hit the heights of games like the Fairytale Legends Red Riding Hood slot and Luchadora in our book. A big hand from us to the designers!
The soundtrack is cinematic with soaring and dramatic tones set against the background sound of cannon fire as the reels spin.
Poltava Game Play
Poltava is a 3 row, 5 reel and 40 pay-lines slot that can be played on all devices. The theme is pretty serious compared to some of ELK’s other games like the Lake’s Five slot, but it is no worse for it.
The high value icons are straight from the battlefield, a cavalry horse, an artillery cannon and a uniformed infantry soldier. The lower value icons are the Ace through ten of the card deck.
The Wild is the game’s logo with the word “Wild” in a gilt frame and this subs for all symbols except the Scatter, the roaring metal lion head.
Flames of War Free Spins
If Lady Luck is with you and you land three Scatter Lion icons on reels 2, 3 and 4, you will unlock the main event in this dramatic slot: the free spins round.
You kick off your offensive with a free spin but with the Lion Scatters frozen in place as Sticky Wilds to help you make winning combos. If you can lure further Lion Scatters onto the reels then you will re-trigger more free spins.
Reeling in the Victory?
To activate the Marching Reels feature in the base game you need to land four matching icons of an arm of combat- that is infantry (soldier), artillery (cannon) or cavalry (horse) stacked on a single reel for a free spin. And if you land additional icons which match your stacked ones, you are given further free spins and the stacked icons stick in place like a sticky Wild.
As with most Elk slots, the Poltava slot game comes with a Betting Strategies function. There are four different strategies including the Optimizer, Leveller, Booster and Jumper to choose from.
Poltava is dramatic and this makes it stand out among the competition. Elk Studios have designed a different game based on a historical moment in time and have pulled it off.
The bonus features pack a punch, although the pay-table isn’t amazing, with the highest value icon the horse only gives a x 200 pay-out for five.
Another classic from the ELK Studio collection