Betsoft has brought out some quirky stuff before, but this one is pretty special. Space-themed Arrival marks the best of the genre as far as we can see, and our friendly alien compere, Brian, will be sure to bring a smile before your game is up. With a massive jackpot of 5000 EUR or equivalent, along with enhanced scatters, wilds and free spins, it’s an intergalactic ride worth accepting.
Presented over the standard 5 x 3 setup with a typical 30 paylines, this slot blends its visual 3D cinema excellence with some tight and engaging gameplay. Brian, as we mentioned before, will never be far away, controlling the game and jeering when you get a win - he can get annoyingly impatient too.
The nuts, bolts and antennae of the game
A beautiful female scientist is in danger, surrounded by aliens and waiting to be saved. That’s your job my friend, as a marine we’d expect no less. This is a nice narrative, and as a general comment we are really into these games that follow a story, it makes the slot so much more entertaining.
Symbols wise, you have our blessed Brian the alien, a spacecraft, a marine, a woman, a space critter, a sheriff’s badge and a robot. Lower value symbols are the standard fare.
You won’t find the standard wilds and multipliers here, and that news will come as either a breath of fresh air or a disappointment, depending on your preferences. There are no standard wilds in the free spins either. There is however, a lot going for this game, as winning combinations appear clockwork across the reels on this non-progressive slot, making up for any downfalls that lack of traditional features might bring.
Work it baby, work it!
Getting wins out of this slot is not as difficult as these narrative driven games can be, with three scatters that trigger extra special features giving you a decent amount of dosh in the bank.
Get three Brian aliens to appear anywhere across the reels and the first feature will trigger the free spins. One of the aliens gets beamed up by the hovering spaceship, turning into a wild reel on the way. Although that’s quite a spectacle, the headliner event is simply the amount you can potentially make here on just one feature, and often early on. Mind. Blown!
We love the ‘abduction bonus’ - yes it's actually called that. Here you’ll be transferred to an additional screen with three or more ‘woman’ symbols. Brian is up to his weirdo tricks again, this time abducting a hot young lady during the bonus round. You must rescue her from him to receive a sizeable cash prize.
Honestly? We absolutely love Arrival. It’s heaps of fun and great to watch even - we often just sat back and marvelled at the lucid 3D graphics. There has been some serious effort put in with this game, although, after all is said and done, why couldn’t they have just added the odd traditional wild or scatter….. Anyway, don't let moaning traditionalists like us put you off, as the amount of payouts per hour are just simply staggering.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring