Deep blues and old-school geometric windows housing the reels and controls give an immediate 1950s’ science fiction feel to Drone Wars, a Microgaming slot title available at online casinos. The old-fashioned shapes of the futuristic artefacts in the symbols reinforces this impression, but with a colour palette leaning heavily on 1980s neon’s, plus 3D graphics and animations that are bang-up to date, the total package is entertainingly whimsical.
The theme is a simple one common to countless sci-fi thrillers; the pilots must use their varied weaponry to fight off an alien drone invasion. Behind the transparent reels, a purple planet glows in the star-studded midnight blue of deep space. Drone Wars has five reels and three rows, with 25 paylines. Players at online NZ casino can set bets at a number of levels between 1 and 400 credits per line.
Theme Includes 10 Ordinary Payline Symbols
The all-too-common Poker symbols kick off the list of Drone Wars icons, but at least they stick to the prevailing futuristic/retro blend in bright jewel colours, fashioned as segmented LCD characters. The 10 pays a consolation of 2 credits for two matches, but the J, Q, K and A require three matches or more to win. Five As will win 150 credits.
The higher-value Drone Wars symbols follow the theme even more closely. For three, four or five matches, the ray gun wins 15, 75 or 250 credits, and the orange rocket ship wins 20, 100 or 500. A pilot in a red hat, and another in a purple hat, each win identical prizes: 20, 250 or 750 credits. The sinister blue flying saucer drone takes the top prizes among the ordinary payline symbols: 50, 500 or 1,000 credits.
Wild can Win up to 1,000 Credits
A spherical defender, in gaudy pinks and greens, is another weapon against the invading drones and also the Drone Wars Wild, capable of replacing any payline symbols to complete winning sequences. For two or more successive Wild matches from Reel 1 on the same payline, the Wild has its own designated prizes: 2, 100, 750 or 1,000 credits.
Scatter also Serves Dual Function
A spiralling black-hole vortex bearing the word Scatter in rainbow hues is the Drone Wars bonus symbol. It also wins prizes in its own right, while triggering the Drone Wars bonus feature. For three, four or five Scatters in any position, the player wins 5, 10 or 50 credits. In addition, three or more Scatters give the player a choice of bonus games: Mission 1 or Mission 2. If they choose Mission 2, the player pilots the rocket icon on a second screen, targeting various drones to shoot down and earn instant prizes.
Mission 1 triggers a round of free spins. Before each spin, drones teleport onto random reels, where they are shot down by the Wild, and turn into fixed Wilds themselves in the resulting spin. Players can, as a result, have several Wilds scattered across the reels on each free spin, with a healthy influence on the size and number of prizes.