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Reviewing Marvel Slots is always a pleasure, these games are themed on the big budget Marvel movies, and are always among the best games out there. Avengers is no exception. This slot gives you a selection of bonus games (based on Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and so on), plus the chance of bagging that huge progressive jackpot. This regularly reaches the $500,000+ range, and is linked between all the Marvel slots at all PlayTech casinos.
Here is what you will find in this Avengers slot review: First of all the game setup, bets and wins are covered. After that the ‘Wall of Heroes’ bonus round and the different free spin rules for each Avenger is discussed. Next the device compatibility, followed by my thoughts on where this slot fits with the huge choice of titles you can find online.
Avengers Slot Review Basics
This slot looks simple when you first see it – I was puzzled as to whether it was really released in 2012. It turns out that the simple framework hides some interesting features and complex bonus games – so things are not all that they seem. The basis is a 20 win-line, 5 reel video slot. The symbols are the Avengers themselves, and other characters from the movie. The ‘Shield’ logo comes into play as the wild symbol – substituting for any symbol except the scatter (the Avengers logo).
You can win up to 10,000 coins in standard play. These come from hitting 5 of the Shield symbols on any pay line. Most of the other day-to-day wins are smaller in this game, where the bigger payouts come from the bonus game. For example, 5 Captain America symbols get you 1000, 5 Thor’s 500 and down from there. There are playing card symbols, which will keep you topped up with smaller wins while you wait for the next feature round.
There is a special win for getting all 5 Avengers on a single win line. This is known as ‘Avengers Assemble’ and gives you a boost of 200x your line bet (10x total spin bet at max coins).
Avengers Slot Bonus Features
The bonus round is triggered when you hit 3 Avengers logo symbols anywhere on the reels. There is a pick-em round, where you need to match 3 symbols from a 4x5 grid. Once you do this a free spins feature with different rules will start depending on which character you chose. This can sometimes be retriggered too. Here are the rules for different characters:
- Captain America: 9 free spins, a random multiplier is awarded for each spin (between 2x and 5x).
- Iron Man: 9 free spins again, the multiplier goes up every 3 spins. The Iron Man power pack symbol comes into play as an extra wild in the middle of the reels. The pick-em game starts again once you complete this bonus round.
- Thor: 9 free spins, this time with up to 5 ‘whirling hammer’ symbols as extra wilds on the screen. Again you’ll go back to the wall of heroes bonus screen after the game ends.
- Hulk: 9 free spins with a stacked Hulk wild in the middle reel, again you can retrigger the pick-em game.
This bonus round is worth waiting for, with enough potential in all of the games – and the chance to go through them all too.
You can trigger the Marvel Progressive jackpot game at any time while playing this slot. There are 4 jackpot levels, with the biggest always several hundred thousand dollars – and the smallest of them often over the $1000 mark. You’ll get taken to a game grid, where you choose symbols until you match 3 identical ones – which shows the jackpot you win. This can be life-changing money, or just a welcome windfall.
Avenger’s Slot Device Compatibility
Marvel Slots are available via either download (PC and Mac versions at all PlayTech casinos these days), or in your browser. The HTML5 based browser games are every bit as good as the full download, and will respond to your screen size and input method (mouse or touch screen). This works with Apple and Android devices no problem. Some casinos have native apps with 30 or so PlayTech games. My view is that these are not needed these days (like the downloads). The browser games have moved on, and casino downloads will soon be things of the past.
Avengers Slot – Final Thoughts
This is a solid addition to the PlayTech Marvel Range. It is not the most immediately engaging (in the same way that Iron Man 3 is (for example)). As you play it and hit the feature a couple of times, you’ll realize that this is a very well put together slot. I can see this one still being current a few years down the line, while many of the more ‘flashy’ games fade away.
Of course, the chance of winning that huge progressive jackpot always helps!