From the currently not-so-famous company Yggdrasil comes the exciting Empire Fortune slot with a theme of huge towering halls, immense wealth, and of course the acquisition of power. As the name implies, this is about the control and winning of empires, which could not be more perfect in a slot game.
Empire Fortune has excellent graphics and a golden due to everything making the player feel royal, something expected in a game with ‘empire’ in the title. Empire Fortune is a 5 reel slot and 3 rows with a simple 20 paylines. All of this takes place within a beautifully carved gold frame, which lies over a background of a vast cavernous hall with immense supporting pillars framing the side - very reminiscent of something out of a classic movie. The 4 highest value symbols are red, purple, green, and blue decorative jewels placed carefully in gold settings. The lower values are simply the suits from a deck of cards - hearts, diamonds, spades, and clubs but all ornate and shaped like carefully cut gems and set in a delicate silver base.
As with all slot games, there are a few necessities to cover before the gamer can dive into play. In Empire Fortune, coin size can be from 0.01 up to 5, keeping things nice and easy especially for a newcomer. There is a nice betting range here with a minimum of just €0.10 and a maximum of €100, which can acquire some nice wins particularly with the progressive jackpot in play, one that can reach 2,500 coins. In fact, the innovative feature here is a triple set of jackpots in the bonus features, which can, of course, pick up some rather nice winnings at the end. A Return to Player (RTP) of 94.3% makes this a profitable game even if it is not the highest RTP out there.
To make a little difference and stand out from other games Empire Fortune does not have a Wild symbol. Instead, there are two Scatter symbols represented by a smiling joker and a bonus icon. Both of these symbols will trigger extra features and unlock the most exciting part of this game. First up there is the free spins feature. This is activated by having 3 or more of the joker Scatter symbol lane on any reel. 3 jokers win 10 free spins and a double multiplier, 4 wins 20 free spins and a 4x multiplier and lastly, 5 jokers provide a whopping 30 spins and a 10x multiplier. This is not a bad start at the free spins stage.
And yet, it gets even more exciting. The next feature is the Hold Feature. In this section, the player simply needs to land 2 of the Scatter symbols as either symbol will work but it has to be 2 of the same design. The reels that the 2 Scatter symbols land upon will then freeze in place whilst the other reels get a re-spin in order to try to arrive at a third activating symbol. This option also occurs during the free spins round of play, which can help to re-trigger the free spins as well.
Finally, we come to the main feature of the game, the Wheel of Fortune. This is where all the jackpots lie and there are quite a number. To activate this feature, the player needs to land at least 3 of the bonus Scatter symbols anywhere on the screen. This then allows Wheel of Fortune to be played. The wheel itself is a huge multi-layered golden cake complete with a giant ruby at its crown and completely encircled by masses of gold coins.
If the player did not feel rich before this point, they certainly will now. This section is made up of 3 levels. Each separate level will offer free spins, a mystery win, and a second spin on the wheel or yet another feature, the Fireworks feature. Also during this phase of play is the progressive jackpot, which can also be won. The Fireworks feature lives up to its name and fires off 3, 6 of 12 rockets at the jackpot wheel which gives the player a prize depending on where they land and could, in fact, hit any of the jackpots or numerous other prizes which are outlined below.
There are 3 other jackpots are in play here and these are the Ultra jackpot that needs the joker hit at the top level. Then there is the Diamond Jackpot, which requires the diamond to be hit at the top. Lastly, there is the Golden Jackpot. To win this one, the player has to get the gold bar to the central level. When activating the Wheel of Fortune with between 4 and 5 bonus symbols, this will automatically win the player an extra spin on the middle or top levels depending on the number of bonus symbols there were in the first place. These levels can still be reached otherwise, but they have to be slowly worked through all the levels to reach them, which is more time consuming and of course means spending a little more money in the hopes of that big payout. In addition to all this, there are cash prizes from 4 to 250 times the original stake, prizes at 2 to 50 times the stake with an added re-spin, mystery prizes, and much more.
Not only does Empire Fortune look great, it also plays beautifully on any device you can think of. It is hard to find fault with this Yggdrasil game, as it plays perfectly on android, iPhones, tablets, and laptops alike. Empire Fortune is simply excellent. The graphics are top notch and with interesting features and a well thought out game play this is definitely a must-play. Yggdrasil is well and truly on the rise as a gaming provider. Empire Fortune is a low to middle variance game with huge prizes to be won but some may settle for the smaller, yet oft-reoccurring wins.