Odobo gaming presents Epic City, a slot that is curiously set in the late 1930s, pre-WW2. Old skool studios also have a hand in the design of this slot, and it shows with their typical fantasy themed angle.
Presented over the standard 5 x 3 setup with 20 fixed paylines, this slot has a distinctly Nazi Germany/Soviet Union feel to it. A large metal plaque houses the reels, with guards either side and the expected paraphernalia of the era behind along with the cityscape. The controls take on the style of maybe a codebreaker machine or decorative radio - it’s beautiful, no doubt about that.
High value symbols are represented by what might at the time have been seen as futuristic forms of transport, such as golden airships, trains, ocean liners and a futuristic tank. The lower value symbols are formed from the standard playing card symbols.
Wilds come in the form of statues and will substitute all other symbols to form wins, except for the scatter symbols as is usual. The scatter is a ‘free games’ icon and a building made of gold; nice.
The bonuses are worth it
Free spins are triggered by getting three or more ‘free games’ symbols at any point across the reels to get you from 8 to 20 free spins for three, four and five scatters respectively. Before this will initiate you’ll have to spin the multiplier, this will award 10x to all wins
You can trigger more spins by getting three more scatters during this round. You cant activate the power bonus this way, but we’ll explain more about this below.
The power bonus is the to the big money
This star feature is a multi-stage selection game, triggered by getting three of the golden building scatters across the reels. Bringing with it some nice cash prizes such as ‘win-alls’ are awarding all prizes for that row and advances to the next stage, ‘advance’ is moving you on to the next stage, ‘collect’ is taking the prizes and ending the round.
If the game doesn’t seem odd enough for you already, the bonus game is set around a story with the task of restoring power to five different areas of the dystopian city. Move through the story by progressing through the five bonus stages, with prizes increasing as you complete each stage.
We have to be honest, Epic City is a strange game. Probably this is a result of the narrative that it follows. The theme won’t be for everyone to be honest, but there is a strange pull to the mystery of the world they have created. If you like Amazon’s Man in the High Castle then this one will probably appeal to you. With an RTP of 95.03% and several good bonus features it’ll bring the wins if you play it enough, and the gamble feature which gives a choice between red and blue statues on a wheel can double or lose your wins, so be careful but enjoy!
Words: David Bailey-Lauring