Earth, air, water and fire. The ancient Greeks believed that these four important elements formed part of everything around us. Even the great Greek philosopher, Aristotle, supported the idea, which went on to form the cornerstone of philosophy, medicine and science for another 2,000 years. Today, studies have deepened our knowledge and added new ideas, but that didn’t stop NetEnt, the premier online casino software provider, to use the theme to create one of its most popular slot games to date.
Elements: The Awakening is considered to be one of the video slot games that put NetEnt on the map and allowed it to compete with other leading online software groups in the industry. In fact, this game is still considered one of the best games launched at NetEnt casinos ever since its launch.
It should be noted, first of all, that Elements: The Awakening slot by NetEnt is a sequel to a game that was released with a similar Genesis-type theme to NetEnt casinos, namely Evolution video slot. While we are definitely a fan of Evolution video poker slot, when the two are played side by side, it is clear that NetEnt wanted to present players with an updated, better-designed game and Elements: The Awakening wins hands down. This is definitely a case of the sequel being better than the original.
Slots Facts at a Glance
As video slot games go, Elements: The Awakening is as good as they get. NetEnt has given this space-themed slot game five reels and 20 fixed paylines. There are three rows in the game. The title’s payout percentage is 96% – an excellent rate for a video slot game. Elements: The Awakening boasts multiple ways to win, including wild symbols, scatter symbols and three bonus features. Free spins feature significantly in this game.
Betting on Elements: The Awakening Slot
Players with any sized bankroll should find a comfortable betting limit on this online slot. Take your pick from 10 different bet levels and 6 coin values – namely 0.01, 0.02, 0.05, 0.10, 0.20 and 50. The game is played automatically with 20 fixed bet lines.
The minimum bet level in Elements: The Awakening video slot is 0.20, while the maximum – at bet level 10 and a coin value of 0.50 – is 100.00. At a glance, it is easy to see that this title can be played by budget-players and high-rollers alike.
Elements: The Awakening Slot Graphics and Animations
Most players will agree that this is one of the award-winning NetEnt’s most compelling video slot games to date. While NetEnt is well known for creating games that are not only rewarding but also good to look at, rarely have we seen a game that has such arresting graphics. All the images are theme-related, which means that there are no playing card symbols to fill in the blanks. There are eight stunning images in total – 4 big and 4 small versions of the same element (water, air, earth and fire).
The symbols on the reels are as follows:
- Blue orb/water creature
- Dark blue air symbol/air creature
- Green earth rock/green rock creature
- Fiery rock/fire creature
Bonus Features and Symbols in Elements: The Awakening Slot
Elements: The Awakening slot is not pure eye-candy. In fact, you can count on this game to provide you with many different ways to win, starting with the much-talked about Avalanche feature and leading up to the unique wild symbols and potential for lots of free spins.
The base game of Elements: The Awakening slot is where you will find the Avalanche feature. If you land a winning combination in the game, the symbols that make up the winning payline essentially explode and this is followed by an avalanche of symbols that fall into place. The Avalanche Meter will record the number of wins. Four avalanches in a row trigger free spins – but more about that later.
During ordinary play (ie. not during the free spins feature), the wild symbols act as they do in other NetEnt games. They can only appear on the second, third, fourth and fifth columns and when they do, they will replace all other symbols to create winning combinations.
During the Free Falls feature, the wild symbols have a unique role in the game, as we show below.
Elements: The Awakening boasts four Free Falls Storm modes. When a Free Falls Storm mode is triggered (as explained above in the Avalanche feature), you will automatically receive 10 free spins, or Free Falls. Each mode has its own wilds, and rewards differ from element to element.
- Fire Storm Wilds – appear on the middle three reels and spread wilds in all directions and on any column.
- Earth Storm Wilds – appear on the center three reels and become Sticky Wilds for up to 3 free spins or until no more winning combinations exist.
- Air Storm Wilds – appear randomly and remain on the columns during the free spins. After the first free spin, the wilds move randomly to other columns for the next free fall.
- Water Storm Wilds – are expanding wilds and appear on the columns vertically. At times, they will only appear on the middle reels.
Our Opinion About Elements: The Awakening Slot
As our review shows, Elements: The Awakening slot is not an adventure-themed video slot game such as, say, NetEnt’s Gonzo’s Quest slot. However, this game, with its stunning graphics, NetEnt’s signature animations and fantasy-meet-space theme is in an element of its own among players. Even better, this game manages to combine entertainment with valuable rewards, beginning with the Avalanche Feature and continuing on to the free spins feature (Free Falls) with four wild features. NetEnt made its name long ago as a group which creates original and out-of-the-ordinary slot games. Elements: The Awakening slot is a definite case in point.
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