It's another week here at Stakers, so it's time for us to do another review. This week we looked at all the new games we've put up and selected Sabaton as our review of the week. We did this because lately we've been reviewing a ton of fantasy games recently, and wanted to do something a bit different.
Which brings us to Sabaton – a game based on the Swedish supergroup of the same name. There are more and more music-inspired slots coming up, so we figured this might be a fun one to review.
As always, we played for two hours. We bet .40 credits a spin and took a look at how we did. Now, your results may vary. But we do want to be able to give you a sense of what playing the game is like. That way you'll have some idea if you want to play it or not.
First up – the music of Sabaton is playing the entire time you play this game. If you like them, that' s great. If you are not a fan, then you might want to try playing with the sound off. We tried both and it played just as well either way. So you don't have to be a superfan of Sabaton to enjoy this game.
When the game starts, you are brought to the board. There are several low-value icons – including a grenade. Then there are the high-value icons, which are the members of the band. You have Joakim Broden, Par Sundstrom, Chris Roland, and Hannes Van Dahl, all here and fully animated.
As you play, every so often either two or three of the reels will become synced up. Then as they spin, there are large icons of the band members. When they fall into place on the spin, you are guaranteed a decent win. We would say this happens roughly once every three or four times the sync feature happens.
Another random event is when one or two reels will suddenly become wild. This is also a pretty good guarantee of a decent win.
Luckily, these two types of reel action happen fairly often – because wins in the main game are few and far between. Sure, there's a wild card, but it almost never hits the reels and rarely if ever produces a win. So you are stuck with these two features.
Then there is the scatter. In general, when it appears nothing happens except they all turn into one randomly selected icon and deliver a small win. However, if you can get nine of them to pop up, you'll win free spins.
We should note this only happened one time during the entire two hours we played it – so it's not something you can count on.
When you are able to play in free spins mode, the three central reels of the game will spin in sync. So once again, you are trying to get the large icons of a band member of your choice to pop up. If he does, then you will get a great win. If not, you are kind of stuck.
We got great wins from three of our seven free spins.
We have to classify this as a very high variance game. The wins from the free spins are great and will replenish your bank roll. But getting to them is going to take a lot of patience and a bunch of money.
Of course, a lot of you like high variance games and if so then this is by far the highest variance we have ever played. You'll love it.
The bottom line is that we give it four out of five stars. We take one star off for it being very frustrating trying to make a win.
But if that's the level of excitement you are looking for, you'll love this game.