Coin Values: 0,01 up to 1
Jackpot: 1000 Coins
Free Spins: Yes
Do we ever grow up enough that we stop enjoying fairy tales? We don’t think so, and it seems that Nektan felt the same, as they’ve created Troll’s Tale. This is a one armed bandit that has a lot of charm, all packaged in an easy to play format. As a result, it allows us to feel like children again, but with an adult edge to balance it out. Some might say it’s the perfect combination for online gaming, but we’ll have to test this out via a thorough playthrough before we can say we for definite or not. The trolls are ready and waiting, and they have tolls for us to pay, so we best place our first stake and start spinning those reels.
We start off this tale with a short introductory video, adding a nice “once upon time…” touch to the aesthetics of this fairy tale themed pokie. During that introduction, not only do we establish where the tale is set, but we get a sneak preview of the game features as well. Once we select to start the activity, we meet our green troll, a rather handsome beast given his species, and then there’s another who we assume to be a prince or knight.
Although it looks like they would normally battle under different circumstances, these two simply watch each other for the duration of the game. This adds a subtle and rather gentle atmosphere to the title, turning it into a relaxed form of entertainment, rather than a charged up one. However, while we appreciate the colours and sounds of this penny slot, the design layout is extremely similar to Cave Raiders.
This is because a character is stood either side of the grid, with the winlines then sandwiched in the middle. We understand that it’s hard to introduce individuality into every slot, but we feel Nektan could have opened the aesthetics up further than they have done. As a result, the brand would have had a more dynamic design.
Even though we’ve just criticised Nektan for sameness, this ‘flaw’ of theirs also has benefits, chiefly how adaptable the controls are for all gamblers. Those who regularly play slots will note that the controls have been streamlined, this is to ensure that the focus of the game is the 13 symbols and the paylines. Speaking of winlines, there’s 20 in all, with users able to alter the amount they play with via the Stakes and Lines widget. In this area of the slot machine, you’ll also be able to scroll through the betting range, which starts at 0.01 and ends at 1 credit. These values will then be applied to every active winline you have.
As for the symbols themselves, most of them deliver small monetary gains, that is until we get to the gingerbread man, donkey, and game logo. Once there, the returns can reach into the thousands, turning you from budget gamer into a high roller, provided you get the maximum five of each icon. Coupled with that, you then have the wild that substitutes other icons in an attempt to make further wins.
Troll’s Tale doesn’t just stop there with the action though, as it then presents us with several bonus options, two of which could be argued as being standard for the industry, while the third is completely unique. First up, we’ll take a look at the fairy icon, which is a sticky wild. What this means is that it’ll freeze into place on the reels, and can also turn other icons into wilds as well. Should this not be magical enough for you, there’s always the spin tile, delivering a series of free games to those lucky enough to line up over three of it.
To us however, these are but trivial features, as it’s the bonus that really delivers. Taking on the form of the troll from the interface, three or more of those icons anywhere on the matrix will result in a mini game. During this period, customers can play for multipliers by travelling from one side of a board to the other. Be warned though, there’s dangers lurking: if you hit a trap you’ll be returned to the base activity. This is one of Nektan’s more unique mini games, and one that we couldn’t savour more even if we tried. It inputs some much needed personality.
Nektan have brought magic to life in this slot machine, and we for one will be returning to this special realm whenever we can. Troll’s Tale might not have the most dramatic design and features, but what it lacks it makes up with in real cash gains. Out of all of the Nektan dollar slots we’ve tested thus far, we’d say this is one of their most fully realised games to date. The only one that rivals that conclusion is Big 5 Safari.