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Gong Gaming Technologies
Get ready for all out warfare in Gong Gaming’s latest release, Empire Shields!
Empire Shields puts you in an intense environment straight from the get-go with a suspenseful environment and an imminent war, but will the gameplay be just as dramatic as the theme?
You may be familiar with some of Gong Gaming’s more recent slot releases this year, one of them being Lucky O’ Mega. Gong Gaming may not have an extensive slots portfolio as of yet, but they’re certainly working on it, with Empire Shields being yet another new addition!
We’re excited to see how Empire Shields stacks up to other impressive titles from Gong Gaming, so let’s charge in to this Empire Shields Slot Review
Empire Shields has a variety of betting options for you to choose from. For those who prefer a lower stake, the minimum bet available is £/€0.20 per spin. For those who prefer a higher stake, the maximum bet available is £/€20 per spin, with plenty of options in between the two.
The highest paying symbols are the Warriors with the Orange, Green, Red and Purple Backgrounds, followed by the Ring and Orb symbols. Lower paying symbols are standard Ace, King, Queen, Jack, ten and nine.
Wild symbols substitute for all symbols except Scatters.
Empire Shields is a 5 reel slot with 243 – 7776 ways to win. To form a win you will need to connect 3 or more of the same symbols from left to right, starting from the left-most reel.
Gong Gaming has spiced things up in Empire Shields by introducing Toppers. These Toppers add a little something to an otherwise boring base game. In addition to this, Empire Shields gives you the opportunity of walking away with a very generous 300x prize, in order to achieve this all you have to do is land 5 Wild symbols in any one spin!
Situated above each of the 5 reels is a Topper, these Toppers each hold a Shield that has a unique Feature.
At any given time, a random surge of energy can charge one or more of the Shields on the Toppers. With each spin, the Shields will move one space to the left and once they reach the left-most reel, they will drop off the screen and a new Shield will takes it place on the right-most reel, starting with zero energy charge.
Landing 3 or more Scatters on any of the 5 reels, awards 10 Free Spins.
Before Free Spins can begin, you will need to choose your setup. You will need to choose 5 Shields out of a possible 20, each Shield can reveal one of the four Features, Double Reel, Multipliers, Wilds and Expanding Wilds.
During Free Spins, the Topper will charge with the same level of Energies as they do in the base game, the only difference being, the Shields stay in the same position throughout Free Spins.
Once a Shield is fully charged, it will remain active for the duration of Free Spins. If the Multiplier Shield is active, a new Multiplier will be awarded with each Free Spin.
On the 10th and final spin, all Features are activated.
Free Spins can be retirggered by landing 3 or more Scatters on any of the reels. The number of Free Spins awarded are equal to the original trigger.
Empire Shields is pretty impressive, all things considered.
Props have to be given to the design team for making Empire Shields such a suspenseful experience. The omens of war certainly gives Empire Shields a sense of tension, and as a result you’re gripped straight away and excited to find out what’s next.
Gameplay wise, things look good too. The Toppers really makes Empire Shields seem a little bit different, and the ‘choose your setup’ aspect of the Free Spins really gives the game some longevity. With so many different features to experience, you may well find yourself witnessing an entirely different bonus every time.
Statistically, the RTP for Empire Shields is well above average at 96.19%, and the maximum win potential looks great at 12,150x
Overall, Empire Shields probably doesn’t have all the makings of a timeless masterpiece, but it’s an impressive showing from a smaller provider looking to make some noise.