The Spanish Armada Slot Review
We can’t exactly tell you why, but history and online slots seem to have become intertwined over the years. Leading online casino software developers have been more than happy to look back through the annals of time for inspiration, with Belatra Games being the latest name to do so. Enter The Spanish Armada, a new online slots game that – if you haven’t guessed already – is based on The Spanish Armada.
When we saw that a game based on The Spanish Armada was being released, we were hardly brimming with excitement. But considering that this game has already had a fair amount of success in the land-based gaming market, our tune soon changed. So, is it worth sailing into the English Channel to spin the reels of The Spanish Armada?
It’s the question that everyone’s been asking, has Belatra Games come out all cannons blazing in this new game? The answer to that question is a definite yes, as the base game is big-time in pretty much every sense of the word. Featuring 100 paylines and a betting range between €1 and €2,000, high rollers are sure to find a home amongst the war-torn waters of this game.
As you would expect from such a lofty max bet, The Spanish Armada has a gunpowder-packed paytable. Crammed with war ship paraphernalia, barrels, swords, chests, gold coins, wheels, and more make up the lower end of the action here. Those that carry an adventurous spirit, spending more and stepping up to the top echelon of the paytable is well worth the effort. Headed up by Sir Francis Drake, Duke of Medina Sidonia, and various ships from the famous battle, you could potentially walk away with €10,000. While the most impressive prize on offer in the game’s paytable is a 25,000x multiplier, this is awarded whenever five cannon symbols appear on a payline.
On paper, the bonus features in The Spanish Armada don’t sound all that impressive, but don’t be in a rush to judge, as they actually mesh well with the base game. No matter how much you lay down as a wager, you’ll have as much chance as anyone to unlock the special game feature. You can unlock this by finding three or more scatter cannon icons on the reels, with it securing you a booming round of 7 free spins. Again, it doesn’t sound impressive, but when you combine those 7 free spins with the game’s stacked payouts you have the recipe for some explosive action.
In true land-based slots fashion, Belatra Games rolls out a classic feature in The Spanish Armada. Gamble features may divide opinion, but there is no denying that they still carry a fair helping of charm. By stepping up, taking the risk, and trying to “Beat the Dealer” you can potentially double your money, but one misstep and you could lose everything.
If The Spanish Armada has one drawback it’s probably its appearance. Being a port of a land-based slots game, we didn’t expect anything particularly amazing, but the whole look of the game just feels flat. The bland 2D graphics don’t exactly do much to draw you into the game, even if the Spanish Armada theme is actually pretty engaging. There isn’t anything within the presentation that makes the game tough to play – expect it to run well on any device – but visually it doesn’t exactly have the bang and sizzle you might of otherwise expected.
The Spanish Armada is a great game, even in spite of its visual shortcomings. Once you’re in the heat of the base game, this release will without doubt reel you in, only to hit you with some monster-sized jackpots. Belatra Games has big hit on its hands with The Spanish Armada, as given time and some additional promotion, this game could easily become a must play for anyone that fancies themselves as a bit of a high roller.