Fans of the cult game 300 Shields get ready to fight another day for blood, glory and Sparta as NextGen Gaming has produced a sequel to the high-volatility monster slot, that can now be played on mobile devices. 300 Shields Extreme has the same reel set and pay mechanic in the free spins round with an increasing multiplier of up to x300, but as that would not be enough to have the gaming community buzzing, they added a Feature Buy option at 60x bet a pop, which heightens the variance even further. And not to forget, the win potential of up to 17,700x the stake on every single free spin at the maximum multiplier.
300 Shields Extreme is a video slot with five reels, three rows and 25 fixed pay lines. You can now join the Spartans on mobile or desktop from 0.25 to 12.50 credits. The RTP of this highly volatile game is set at 95.299%, which is slightly below the industry average. Autoplay will allow you to set up 10, 25, 50 or 100 consecutive spins without interruption.
The original 300 Shields slot is proof that a game does not always need the best graphics to be immensely popular with players. The sequel, however, comes with HD graphics and even more impressive animations of the blood skid marks in the free spins round. The background is the same Spartan valley with a Parthenon on a hilltop. Cries of the Spartan warriors, battle noises and a dramatic soundtrack complete the game design.
Fans of the original will know the pay symbols and associated payouts without hesitation. And the good part is that NextGen has kept them unchanged. At the low end are the card royals from 9 to A, designed in a rugged ancient-style form. They are followed by a set of flying arrows, a pair of swords, a Spartan trireme, and an archer. The top-paying and wild symbol is a Spartan warrior, substituting for all symbols except scatters. Pays for a single five of a kind range from 0.33x to 40x your stake. The scatter is a typical Spartan shield.
The base game will utterly destroy gaming balances without as much as blinking with an eye as the big money on this game sits clearly in the free spins round. Even just scoring a free spins round looks sometimes nigh on impossible with most rounds hardly paying more 10x the bet. But there is then the one lucky round that will produce a monster win that can go over 10,000 times your stake, equal to the value of a new car at a decent bet size.
Hitting minimum three scatters will trigger the bonus round with an initial five free spins and an x2 multiplier. Additionally, coins wins from 2x to 100x bet are awarded for two to five scatters. The aim in the bonus round is to hit shield scatters as they are collected on a progress bar that will increase the win multiplier and award additional free spins for each level.
Just like the original, 300 Shields Extreme is not a game for the faint-hearted. I don’t think there is another video slot available right now that has a higher volatility. It can be brutal at times and some caution on the bet size is duly recommended. But a true reel warrior will look forward to a fierce battle as the rewards will be worthy of Sparta. We will be eagerly awaiting screenshots of mega wins to surface the moment the slot is released.