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Not many people will have heard about the Great Northern War which was fought between two of the 18th Century powers, Sweden and Russia, and if you haven’t heard about the war you certain won’t know much about the decisive battle of Poltava.

Poltava was the battle that saw Russia ultimately win the war and started the decline of the Sweden as a major power, however, this little-known battle is the unlikely inspiration for Elk Studios video slot game, Poltava.  Poltava is a five-reel slot game, it has four rows and forty fixed paylines.  There are also the Marching Reels and the Flames of War Free Spins bonus features.

Our Verdict: Poltava is a great atmospheric slot game which has looked to capture a certain emotion with their graphics, animations and sound effects.  Before you even get to the reels you have a fantastic opening video which gives details about the battle and gets the heart racing with the dramatic music.  That music continues to play throughout and it can’t help to provoke an emotional reaction, as does the scene of abandoned battle gear on the battlefield which is visible in the background through the transparent reels.

Wild Symbol:  On Poltava, they only have three standard theme symbols, they are the horse, which represents the cavalry, the field gun, which represents the artillery and the soldier that represents the infantry.  The playing card symbols of 10, J, Q, K and A make up the lower value symbols.  The game logo for Poltava is the wild and the symbol can help to create winning combinations by substituting for all other symbols in on the reels except the scatter lion symbol.  The Poltava logo wild can also create its own winning combinations when three or more land on a payline.

Flame of War Free Spins: The first bonus feature on Poltava is the free spins bonus which is triggered when you land three of the lion scatter symbols on reels two, three and four.  This will earn you three free spins and for the duration of the spin the lion scatters will be frozen in place.  This frozen lion scatters will then act like wild symbols helping to complete winning combinations when they can.  If you land any further lions it too will freeze in place and award another free spin.  You can’t re-trigger the feature during the free spins themselves.

Marching Reels: The second of the bonus features on Poltava is the Marching Reels feature.  To trigger this you must land a full stack of the horse, soldier or field gun symbols.  You will then be awarded on free re-spin. At that point, any matching symbols which landed to the right of the stacked reel will be moved to the reel on the left of the stacked reel before the re-spin starts. Land more matching symbols then the process will continue.

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