With Sword of Khans we get a rare theme: the Mongols and their aggressive expansion under the rule of the Khans. Once upon a time, they spread into China, covered all of Mongolia, moved across Russia and even managed to get to Europe. And all that without a capital city or central government.
Ultimately, they were driven back, however, and their empire fell. But they left a mark on history and we now get this good-looking slot from Thunderkick.
The scene is set in what we assume are Himalayan mountains. The sun is setting, and we can already catch a glimpse of the stars. Given the theme, we might have preferred the wide tundra here, but okay. The reels are framed by a temple or Pagoda.
We get helmet, shield and armour on the reels as well as a warrior, who may well be one of those Khans (Genghis himself?) the slot refers to. The sword is the wild and the scatter in this game. And we get some generic playing card symbols from 10 to A.
Naturally, the Khan is the most valuable symbol, paying out 250x for 5 on a payline. He already pays out a win when you get just two of him. The helmet is worth 50x our stake for such a win. Shield and armour pay 30x and 40x our stake, respectively, if you get 5 on a payline. All high value symbols pay out when you get just two of them.
You can play this game from 0.10 to 100.00 per spin.
The slot could very well have been called ‘Book of Khans’. Considering the mechanics of the game, this would have pointed us into the direction of the type of game we’re getting here.
In other words, there’s not much happening in the base game and we’re mostly hoping to get some 5-of-a-kind wins. We also want to land the scatter, which is also the wild, three time anywhere on the reels.
When that happens, the sword is unsheathed, which reveals one of the reel symbols becoming an expanding symbol that expands on the reels when at least two (of the high value) or three (of the low value) land anywhere.
We also get a random number of between 5 and 15 free spins. Then the free spins kick off and whilst it is great to land those expanding symbols, you kind of want to see more scatters on the reels. This is where this slot comes into its own.
Every two scatters will add more free spins to your counter (again a random number) and we get another expanding symbol. Plus, if the symbol selected is already an expanding symbol, we get a 3x multiplier attached to it.
With a little luck, enough free spins and several expanding symbols, you could walk away with amazing wins in this game. The maximum payout is 10,000x our bet.
The theoretical RTP (Return to Player) of Sword of Khans is 95.36%, which is considerably below average these days and our main gripe with this slot. This is oddly far below other slots from Thunderkick we love to play as well.
Besides that, however, Sword of Khans is a good slot. It looks pretty enough without being stunning. But it is good-looking, and it comes with tried and true mechanics that have stood the test of time. Add to that the twist Thunderkick added to the gameplay and you get a slot that you are even more inclined to play than some of the competing ones. After all, hardly any of the others offer payouts that come even close to 10,000x our bet.
We liked playing this slot, though in over 600 spins we only triggered the free spins thrice and never managed to retrigger them. The potential might be there, but you need patience to see it.
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