It was at the 2019 London iGaming conference that Conan was announced and since then, a lot of fans have greatly anticipated it. We understand all the noise that has been made about this game, actually. NetEnt’s blockbuster slots, Narcos, and Vikings, have been so successful and so, slot fans were expecting the same action. Besides, Conan, the hero, has quite a strong following. For that reason, a lot of interest was sparked with the announcement earlier this year.
As already mentioned, the branded slot game is based on the epic saga of Conan. Robert E. Howard created this fictional sword and sorcery hero back in 1932. In 1982, Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in a fantasy adventure film of the same name and it was a hit. The story tells of all the dangers that Conan goes through in a ruthless place. In the slot game, NetEnt does a very good job capturing the apocalyptic tone. This 6 reel game is set in the Hyborian Age, which is a pseudo-historical era of Conan the Barbarian.
Conan comes with 3 rows, as well as 24 paylines. However, the game also has the Pays-Both-Ways feature. That’s not the only exciting thing about this game. The video slot also features some linked reels, as well as 3 base game features. These 3 base game features are the ones that will trigger a bonus game, the Thoth Amon feature.
Guaranteed to leave you exhilarated is the bonus game that will give you the chance to choose any one of 3 free spins modes. Each of the free spins modes has its own volatility. You can start playing the game from as little as €0.20, up to €200 per spin.
Conan took quite a bit of time before the design was complete and we kind of understand why. Visually, the slot game looks stunning. As you play, you can actually see that the software providers pain attention to detail. The backdrop of the game features a snowy village that is set under a thunderous sky. The reels of the game are inside a temple. In the temple are statues of Conan himself.
Some of the low-value symbols in the game are snakes, falcons, and lions. On the other hand, the high-value symbols include helmets, hooks, and swords. Conan video slot also has some premium symbols. These include Thoth-Amon, who is Conan’s arch-nemesis; Valeria, Conan’s sidekick; as well as the star of the game, Conan. The Conan symbol is the highest paying symbol, awarding players 6x their stake if they land a 5-of-a-kind combo.
Veteran online casino players will also take note of the new interface. This new interface was first seen in Arcane Reel Chaos and looks modern. In addition, the paytable has been revamped. Instead of showing the coin size of each symbol, it now shows the symbol value in relation to the current bet size. This was done in line with the current regulations that have been introduced in order to make online casinos and software providers more transparent.
Symbols and Features
The slot machine has a reel set that is divided into 3 sections. Each of these sections is 2×4 in size. Also, the sections are connected to features that are unique to them and are only triggered after the respective symbol lands on the screen. Below are the features in the game:
Tower Wilds (reels 1/2 – this feature is triggered when a blue tower wild appears on the first or second reel. It will then expand and partially, or fully, cover the whole reel.
Mystery Symbols (reels 3/4) – this feature has the highest win potential, landing mystery symbols on the third or fourth reel will transform those symbols into matching symbols, randomly. If you are lucky enough and the symbols appear fully stacked, the Mystery Multiplier feature will be triggered. In the feature, Conan fights a huge snake and with each blow to the snake, the multiplier will increase by 1x. 3x is the minimum multiplier that can ever be awarded, while 7x is the maximum. In the case that the mystery symbol appears together with the battle wild and the tower wild, you will trigger the Thoth Amon feature where between 3-6 mystery symbols will be added to reels 2 to 5 randomly. This, obviously, gives you much bigger wins.
Battle Wilds (reels 5/6) – the red battle wild symbol will expand to up to 3 adjacent reels if it lands on the fifth or sixth reels.
Twin Spin – during the base game, the reel pairs in any of the sections may randomly light up. This is to show that the Linked Reels feature has been activated. Those reels will then create some matching symbols, thereby increasing your winning chances. This feature can also be triggered in the free spins feature. There, it will create up to 6 linked reels.
Free Spin feature – landing 3 scatters on the screen will award you 10 free spins. If you manage to land 4 scatters, you will be able to receive 15 free spins. 5 scatters will award you 25 free spins, and 50 free spins are awarded for 6 scatters. Before the free spins start, you will have to choose the free spins mode that you want. The free spins modes are explained below:
- City of Thieves Free Spins – the tower wilds will randomly appear on any reel and then expand to partially, or fully, cover the reels.
- Temple of the Serpent Free Spins – mastery symbols will land on the reels. If they appear fully stacked, the mystery multiplier will be triggered and award you up to 7x multiplier. Between 5 and mystery symbols will activate the Thoth Amon feature.
- Walls of Tarantia Free Spins – battle wilds will appear on the reels and expand sideways, up to 3 positions.
Conan slot seems a bit complicated and we, somehow, feel that it lacks narrative, and personality too. Although there are so many features in the game, the rewards are not much and that takes away all the excitement. Also, the overall payout percentage is not that great. However, if you want to play the game for fun and simply because you are a Conan fan, you can go ahead.