Lately, it seems, we’ve mostly been reviewing new releases from Play’n GO. They’ve been churning out the slots at a never before seen rate. And whilst many of them were well crafted and solid, few will be memorable enough that they become favourites.
Testament has the potential to break that mould. The fifth in their metal series, Testament follows in the footsteps of Demon, House of Doom, Black Mamba and Sabaton. You may have never heard of this band before and if that’s the case, don’t worry about it. They’re a Californian trash metal band that has been making albums since the 1980s. So, they’ve been around for a while and clearly have a loyal fan base.
Their music is loud, and their imagery is gloomy. Both feature heavily in this slot. Regardless of the actual background of this slot, you could easily pretend it is a dark fantasy slot and like it no less for that. The setting leaves us inside the grand hall of a gloomy castle. Visually, the slot impresses, but we expect no less from Play’n GO.
The low value playing card symbols from J to A are drawn in the band’s font, which is a nice touch here. The horned skull is the most valuable of the regular symbols, paying out 12.5x our stake for 5 of its kind. The vampire follows with 10x our stake for such a win. There’s also a werewolf and a horned guy on a throne with a bloody sword. They pay out 7.5x and 5x our stake, respectively. Finally, there’s a shield and swords as well.
The horned skull, by the way, has the ability to turn into the game’s wild, which is worth 15x our stake for 5 on a payline.
The scatter is taken from the cover of their Dark Roots of Earth album.
You can play this game from 0.10 to 100.00 per spin.
Another word on the wild symbol. The horned skull will only transform into a wild when the red glow appears behind the reels. That means sometimes you’ll simply get the horned skull as a regular symbol or it turns wild after such a red glow.
During any of the features, however, the horned skull will always turn wild.
And three of those features are triggered whenever two scatters land on the reels in the base game. Then one of three Song Features is randomly chosen, and we get three free spins with the following options:
We need 3 scatters to trigger the Rise Up Free Spins. We get 9 free spins and the reels expand to the 4x5x6x5x4 format; however, the upper 9 symbols are (the ones newly added) are blocked. As such, we start out with the initial 5×3 reel set and 243 ways to win.
Whenever a scatter lands on any of the reels, one corresponding blocked symbol will be freed, which adds additional paylines to the game. That means a total of three scatters need to land on reel 3 to remove all the blocks there.
If you manage to do that, the Testament Free Spins are unlocked with the full set of expanded reels and we get +3 spins and those 2,400 ways to win. More importantly, now all three song features are activated as well, meaning we get locked and expanding wilds on the expanded reels.
The theoretical RTP (Return to Player) of Testament is 96.20%, which is solid but not exceptional, especially for a slot as volatile as this one. And, let’s not forget that operators are able to lower this RTP from its default.
Whilst this slot does come with the highest volatility Play’n GO has to offer, the 243 ways to win help create wins and we noticed that 5-of-a-kind wins were not difficult to achieve and even appeared with remarkable frequency. Of course, the paytable doesn’t overwhelm with its payouts, but the slot still has massive potential and comes with a 20,000x our stake maximum win.
Whether you are a fan of the band or not, Testament is very entertaining and really well crafted. The slot looks great, even if the dark imagery is not your thing, and the soundtrack is cool. Though you may want to lower the volume.
Among their releases this year thus far, Testament has the potential to be truly memorable and leave an impact with slot fans. Despite never having heard of the band before, we certainly enjoyed playing this slot. But do mind you budget!
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