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Heroes and Beasts is somewhat of an oddity when it comes to the online slot world. Booming’s offering a strange twist on what they normally push out, which in our humble opinion is top-drawer stuff. The theme here is ancient Rome, and boy does it take you there, but whether or not you actually want to be there is quite another thing.
Presented over a slightly unusual 5 x 4 setup with a modest 20 active paylines, the reels spin the the roar of battle with a eery echo of desperate voices. Set against a packed Colosseum, the matrix rolls with fluidity as the symbols fly past.
The symbols that pay big
The first thing you’ll probably notice about this slot is the absence of the playing card symbols so synonymous with online slots these days, and we think that’s a good thing. As a result, low-paying symbols are game specific, as are the high-paying ones. A roman shield, a tiger, a bear, a horse and a bow & arrow. Two Roman gladiators represent the highest-paying symbols across these reels.
Playing the game is a pleasant enough experience, with fluid gameplay and tight mechanics. The graphics are flatter but nice and smooth, with a slightly cartoon-like feel to them, but overall the experience is pleasant and believable. Screens load fast and the loading times are decent enough.
The star attractions of the game
Quite out of character for Booming Games, the free spins feature is one of the main attractions. Trigger it by getting three, four, or five scatter symbols as you play. Secure those scatters to bag a sexy ten free spins and the chance to take advantage of a multiplier of 3x, applied to each spin. The potential this brings to your overall wins is huge, even if as a star bonus feature in 2019 it’s a ;little dull a the face of it.
This crackin’ bonus can be retriggered if you manage to get an additional 3, 4, or 5 scatter symbols during your free spins. You can win up to a maximum of 50 spins, each with that multiplier included. Get lucky with this game and you’ll find yourself on one hell of a winning streak.
For us this is a no-brainer, with its fantastic graphics, atmospheric soundtrack and liquid smooth gameplay. Along with some decent chances to win we reckon playing Heroes and Beasts comes pretty close to the ideal video slot experience. Over the last few months since its release the game has soared to dizzy heights of popularity, and after just an hour with this game we know exactly why.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring