Sabaton takes its title literally from the source of its inspiration: the Swedish power metal band Sabaton. You will find the band members on the reels as well as the iconography the band is known for, which is all about war and violence.
We have to admit, we’d never heard of the band, but then again, it’s not the kind of music we typically listen to.
The slot looks pretty good, though. With all band members on the reels, fans should rejoice. The reels are set in front of a massive tank whose guns are pointing everywhere. We also get grenades, swords, a Roman helmet, rockets and the Sabaton “S” as the scatter in the game.
The background soundtrack is supplied by the band’s music. If that’s not your cup of tea, you might want to mute it, because it does get quite loud and martial. Mind you, when we simply play the base game, the background music is quite cool.
Sometimes there’s some singing involved, which may be too much for some.
The wild pays out at the top. You get 100x your stake for a win of 5 of a kind. The band members each pay out either 7.5x or 10x our stake. The other four symbols are worth 2.5x or 4x our stake for such a win.
You can play this game from 0.10 to 100.00.
There are several features to look out for in the base game. Most prominent are the chained reels, which will link at least two reels together that then spin in sync. That can expand to three reels as well. And all symbols can appear on that new mega symbol, including the scatter or the wild.
The last stand can also randomly activate during the base game. Here one or two reels become fully wild. It’s possible to see the chained reels and the last stand activate on the same spin. The last stand features during the free spins as well.
The metal stacks can appear randomly in the base game as well, though we have barely seen them when we played the slot. Here, one symbol lands stacked on the reels. This feature is more prominent in the free spins.
Finally, the scatter in the game acts as a mystery symbol. It transforms randomly into another symbol on the reels, often creating winning combinations. The transformation usually doesn’t take place when you only get one or two scatters on the reels.
The Battalion free spins are triggered with 9 scatters on the reels. That sounds like an awful lot, but since scatters often land in stacks on the reels and you can easily see five or six on a spin, it’s not as difficult as you might think to trigger the free spins.
You’ll get 7 free spins to begin with. Now, a symbol (usually a high-value one) will be chosen to always appear as a metal stack (though it may not land fully on the reels). Also, the three middle reels are linked throughout the free spins, where now a gigantic symbol spins along.
The last stand remains active and 9 or more scatters will re-trigger the free spins. Indeed, it’s possible to re-trigger the free spins indefinitely.
The theoretical RTP (Return to Player) of Sabaton is 96.5%, which is very good. The slot is highly volatile, however, so careful budgeting is recommended.
Sabaton has some great features, which can make this slot absolutely worthwhile. Plus, the features tend to hit frequently, even in the base game.
What we didn’t particularly like was the theme. Whilst the base game music can be pretty cool, the imagery of weapons and war paraphernalia isn’t our cup of tea. War doesn’t need to be glorified and the band is known for their fondness of all things martial. The slot certainly fits in nicely with that and if you’re a fan of the band, go right on ahead and enjoy the game. It will certainly appeal to fans. Everyone else might need to simply ignore the weaponry on display to get some enjoyment from the game.
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