Explore the distant fantasy world of the Avatars: Gateway Guardians on the slot from Yggdrasil Gaming, released as part of the LeoVegas Originals series. Avatars have become a household name ever since James Cameron’s blockbuster movie debuted in December 2009. The humanoid species lives on a faraway moon that is home to a mineral desperately needed by the humans on planet Earth. Just like the movie, the game is not your usual slot and comes with a disc-like reel set with three rings and Hot Spots, multipliers of up to 101X and a free spins round that can lead to wins of up to 2,525 times your bet.
Avatars: Gateway Guardians is a circular video slot with three reels, each with six sections/pay lines, increasing to eight sections for the free spins round. Wins are awarded when you align all three parts of a symbol within a section. Your expedition to the avatar fantasy land on desktop or mobile starts at 0.10 credits and peaks at 40 credits per spin. The game has medium to high volatility with an RTP of 96.30%.
Loading the game will take you into a sci-fi world with tribal statues and floating stones that are illuminated by a blue background light The circular game window is set on a heavy stone block and dominated by four differently coloured avatar guardians. A suspenseful soundtrack gives it an epic cinematic feel and complements the gameplay with reel noises and crescendos on teaser spins.
The slot has seven regular pay symbols, starting with blue, green and purple round gems, awarding 1x to 2x your bet when three line up in a section. They are followed by three avatars in matching colours as well as a red avatar as the top symbol. Lining up all three parts of an avatar will pay 5x to 40x your stake. There is no wild symbol but a free spin scatter marked with the words itself.
Thinking that you have ended up in a futuristic Wheel of Fortune show might be your first thought when you open the game. And in a way, that is not totally wrong. The slot uses a circular reel set that consists of three independently spinning wheels and six sections in the base game that will increase to eight sections in the free spins. Each section has three symbol positions and your aim will be to line up a symbol within a section to score a win.
The gameplay is centred on the Hot Spot which in the base game is the top section of the game grid. It is highlighted at all times and landing a win within the Hot Spot will activate the Multiplier Wheel at the bottom. It contains multipliers from x1 to x10 and a hand collect symbol. Landing on a multiplier value will increase the win multiplier displayed in the centre. The multiplier starts at x1 and any from the wheel will be added until it stops on the collect symbol or the multiplier reaches x101. The current win is then multiplied by the accumulated value and paid in one amount.
Landing all three parts of the Free Spin symbol in view anywhere on the reel set will award 10 free spins, which cannot be retriggered. During the feature, the game grid increases from six to eight sections and additional Hot Spots are activated based on how many parts of the scatter appeared in the base game Hot Spot on the triggering spin, providing more chances to trigger the Multiplier Wheel.
Well, if you are fed up with standard reel sets that give you various amounts of pay lines or win ways, here’s an interesting alternative. Although, as of November 2019, only players at LeoVegas Casino will be able to spin the circular wheels as it has been released as part of the LeoVegas Originals series. Currently, there is no indication that it will be available networkwide at some point. Either way, the game can get somewhat tedious at times as there isn’t much happening that is worth mentioning unless a win lands in the Hot Spot or the free spins are triggered.