Annihilator is the 6th instalment in Play’n GO’s heavy metal series and pays homage to Canadian thrash metal band Annihilator. They’ve been around for over 30 years now, releasing 17 albums in that time, but you still may not have heard of them as they never quite managed to crack the big league.
Whilst front man Jeff Waters has been a staple from the beginning, just about all band members seem to be moving through revolving doors, which makes it all the more surprising that they have been around for as long as they have.
Be that as it may, after going all out on the previous metal slot Testament, Play’n GO has toned things down for Annihilator. It’s hard to say if they could have even toned them up after Testament. Annihilator feels more classic, though the game is obviously borrowing imagery from the band and you even get a full playlist of songs to choose from whilst you are playing. Sound and visuals align nicely and are on the creepy side of things.
The low value 10 to A symbols use the band’s font. Additionally, we get a cracked mirror, a Jeff’s guitar and a statue of Alice clutching her doll. The wild is a wildly playing Jeff Waters.
The bonus scatter shows Alice’s doll and the free spin scatter gives us the devil holding up some cards.
You can play this game from 0.10 to 100.00 per spin.
The bonus scatter only lands on reels 2, 3 and 4. When that happens, we enter a haunted mansion at night and a bunch of creepy dolls are creepily hanging from the ceiling and the bannister. If you like that sort of thing, it actually looks very cool.
Anyway, you now get to pick these dolls to reveal prize multipliers. If you get 1x, 2x, 3x or 5x, you can pick again. If you get 10x or above (up to 50x), your multiplier is added to your stake and wins are paid out.
The “In Command” feature can randomly be triggered on a base game spin. Here, the wild will expand across the entire reel it sits on, which is especially effective if more than one wild is present. If a win is created, it is paid out and things continue as usual. If no win is created, we get a free re-spin until such time that a win occurs.
Three devils anywhere on the reels will trigger the Set the World on Fire free spins. Now, on any given spin, an expanded wild is present on the reels. It randomly moves left and right, trailing a row of symbols surrounded by fire which can be between 1 or 3 symbols high. If a wild lands in one of those highlighted symbols, a trail of wilds will expand across the fiery symbols and we get potentially good wins paid out.
Each new scatter landing on the reels now will add +2 spins up to 50 in total.
The theoretical RTP (Return to Player) for Annihilator is 96.20%, which is solid. The slot’s volatility is high but not the highest we’ve seen from Play’n GO. In combination with the RTP and a maximum potential of 5,000x our stake, this one feels more achievable when aiming for regular and decent wins.
Perhaps we were particularly lucky when we played Annihilator, but we did manage some decent payouts thanks to the different features, which hit regularly. This may not be the case for you, however, so if it takes you more than 100 spins to even trigger one of the features, you may want to move on before your budget is annihilated.
That said, whilst Annihilator does take things down a notch from Testament, it is still a solid game with entertaining features you will appreciate even if you’ve never heard of the band. It all comes quite nicely together and is a good addition to the metal series.
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