Conan has been hyped as one of NetEnt’s major releases since it was first teased at the London iGaming conference earlier this year. It’s yet another blockbuster slot, following in the footsteps of highly successful Vikings and Narcos. Conan comes with an established fan base as well and is originally based on the book character from 1932 written by Robert E. Howard. Mostly, however, is fame is based on the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie from 1982.
The Conan of this newest NetEnt slot looks nothing like Arnie. But we do still get the long-haired, bare-chested muscular brute, who fights with a massive broad sword.
The backdrop is a wintry village with fires torches burning here and there. The attention to detail is wonderful and the slot is visually very well done. The soundtrack spells doom, of course, and the drums are beating.
Noteworthy is the new, more modern user-interface NetEnt presents here. It’s much more streamlined than what we’re used to and more user-friendly.
On the reels we find Conan himself, his sidekick Valeria and his arch-nemesis Thoth-Amon. A sword, a helmet and a grappling hook are the medium-value symbols and a bunch of coins are the low-value symbols. It’s a great-looking, epic slot we get here.
NetEnt also finally updated their paytable, reflecting the wins as multiples of the stake instead of just coin wins. Thus, Conan is worth 6x our stake for 6 of a kind. Thoth-Amon is worth 5.5x our stake and Valeria pays 5x our stake for such a win.
You can play this game from 0.20 to 200.00 per spin.
There is a lot going on in this slot. It’s difficult to decide where to start. For instance, this game may only have 24 paylines, but they pay both ways, which is useful.
Then we have the linked reels feature. Here reels 1 and 2, 3 and 4 or 5 and 6 may sync on any given spin and land showing the same symbols once they stop.
Additionally, each set of two reels also features a special symbol.
The most useful feature is are the Battle Wilds, because it will almost certainly bring wins. The Mystery Symbols are often totally useless and even an added multiplier might not yield any results if no winning combination is on the reels.
We need 3, 4, 5 or 6 scatters to get 10, 15, 25 or even 50 free spins. Naturally, you will get 3 scatters most of the time. Thankfully, this may not take very long to happen. We once managed to trigger the free spins three times within 10 spins.
Be that as it may, however many spins you end up with, you choose your own free spin mode:
Whilst we managed one of our biggest wins with the Temple of Serpents free spins, it seems to have been more or less by accident as it only happened once. We tried all three features, though, and none seemed to be much better than the other.
The theoretical RTP (Return to Player) for Conan is 96.28%, which is good and above average. The slot offers medium volatility, so wins will never feel very far away. But they are never very big either. The slot pays both ways regularly and will hardly eat up your budget. So, in theory you could play for quite some time, see the free spins features a few times and watch Conan battle the giant serpent.
What you won’t see is big wins. The maximum payout is just 2,016x your stake, which is not a lot at all. Plus, eventually the slot feels a little tedious. You get a bunch of features and they light up the screen regularly. But they never really pay out and it’s even a bit too much at times. With all these features that don’t pay, you wonder what the point is. Fewer but more effective features would have greatly enhanced the gameplay here.
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