Play the epic video game on a set of slot reels from Relax Gaming. Snake Arena is turning the classic from an immensely popular smartphone app into a hilarious slot with wild substitutions, a random Wild Chase and an open-end free spins round where the snake is seen pursuing the knight across the screen and growing in the process of catching him. Grow the snake to the maximum and you pocket a cool 1,000 times yout bet on top of all other winnings from the round, which can peak at a total of 2,758x stake.
Snake Arena is a video slot in a 5×5 format with 30 fixed pay lines. Wins are awarded for three to five matching symbols on a line, starting from the left. Indulging in a session on the decade-old classic on desktop or mobile starts at 0.10 credits and goes all the way up to 100 credits per spin. The game has medium to high volatility with an RTP of 96.25%.
The inner court of a fortified castle serves as the canvass for the grid-like reel set. Flanked on each corner by a tower, it employs a spinning mechanic featuring five reels filled with coins, knights, snakes and various artistic icons depicting among others royal rings and crowns. The stone floor lights up like a lava-filled surface during the feature. An epic soundtrack as well as metallic reel noises add the fitting audio for this type of slot.
The pay symbols start at the low end with four coins in blue, bronze, silver and gold colours, awarding across the board 2x your bet for a single five of kind. They are followed by a medieval beer mug, a chunk of ham speared by a dagger, a royal ring with a green gem and a golden crown on a purple cushion. Hit five on a line to win 4x to 20x your stake. Since all symbol can land fully stacked, the maximum win in a round tops 600x your bet.
The game has two wild symbols, the fearless knight and the munching snake. While the first is a 1×1 symbol, the snake can extend to cover the back four reels just like in the epic video game. They both substitute for all other symbols. There are no scatters on the reels as the feature is triggered when both wilds land on a spin.
Relax Gaming went to great length to incorporate the DNA of the original video game into the reel mechanics and gameplay. In fact, they put it at the core of the action and win potential for Snake Arena with two features, on in the base game and one in the bonus round.
The Wild Chase can trigger randomly on a spin in the main game. The knight and the snake will peek into the screen, the first at the bottom and the other from the top. If they happen to be on the same reel, then the respective reel is transformed into a stacked wild. One to five reels can turn wild within one feature. Having a full screen of wilds would be leading to the maximum win in a single round of 600 times your bet.
An even more authentic snake mechanic will unfold in the Free Spins feature, which is triggered when the snake wild lands on reel one and the knight anywhere on the other reels in one spin. The round is an open-end feature where the knight is jumping to a new random position in every free spin. Once the reels stop and potential wins are paid, the snake will crawl towards the knight in the most direct pattern possible, eat him and grow longer by one section. At the same time, a meter on the right of the screen will start filling up.
Getting the snake to fill the entire reels from two to five will complete the meter and award an extra prize of 1,000x your total bet. Throughout the feature, the full length of the snake and the knight will act as wild symbols, providing more chances to score wins. Beware though, if the snake hits its own body, the round will come to a sudden end.
Players lucky enough to be in a jurisdiction where feature buys are still allowed, can take a shortcut and gain direct access to the Free Spins feature. Clicking on Free Spins Buy will bring up a screen to display the amount it will cost, which is 70x your base bet, and start the feature the soon you confirmed.
Did you know that a first version of the Snake video game first appeared more than four decades ago under the name of Blockade? Although back then it was played on then heavily pixelated black and white screens, yet it proved already popular. That turned into a snake frenzy when Nokia included the game on their mobile phone in 1998. Ever since it has featured among the top video games for smartphones and is today available in hundreds of versions.
All the more reason for Relax Gaming to be really creative and deliver an authentic slot that not only keeps the original DNA but also is fun to play and has good win potential. While the latter is not huge with a maximum of 2,758x bet, it surely is sufficient for any slot player to enter the Snake Arena.