The setting for ELK Studios latest slot creation Poltava is a forgotten battle between two 16th century powerful empires.   The battle of Poltava in 1709, saw the Russian and Swedish empires collide as part of the Great Northern War.  The Russians defeated their Swedish rivals, all but finishing Sweden as a major power, and now that long forgotten battle is being memorialized in the form of atmospheric and engrossing slot game.   Poltava is a five-reel slot game, and it also has four rows and forty fixed paylines. These fixed paylines means you can change the bet per spin from 20p to £100, but all paylines will remain active.

Our Verdict:

Poltava is a superb and stunning slot game.  As you load up the slot you will instantly be taken back by the fantastic detail in the design of both backdrop and symbols – that is if you are not put off by the gruesome battle scene on which the reels sit.  As you spin, you will find the sound effects eerie, but this adds a certain authenticity to the Poltava subject matter.  It was also a big plus to see more than one bonus feature on Poltava.  Even if the free spins still offers players the best chance of the bigger prizes.

Wild Symbol:

On Poltava, you will want to keep an eye out for special symbols on the reels, one of which being the wild symbol.  The Poltava wild symbol is the game logo symbol, and this symbol is added to the slot to try to help you create winning combinations by substituting for symbols in combinations to produce wins if it can.   As well as the wild symbol on the reels you also have three higher value standard symbols which are the horse (cavalry), solider (infantry) and a field gun (artillery).   The standard playing card symbols of 10, J, Q, K, and A make up the rest of the symbols on the reels.

Free Spins:

As we mentioned earlier Poltava doesn't just have one bonus feature but two.  The first of those bonus features is the free spins round.  To activate this free spins round, you must land three of the scatter symbol – which is covered by a lion - anywhere on reels two, three or four.  Once landed you will receive three free spins and the triggering scatters symbols will be held in place and will become wilds.   You are not able to re-trigger this feature, but if you land further scatters you will receive an extra spin.

Marching Reels:

Marching Reels is the second of the two bonus features on the Poltava.  To trigger this, you must land a full row of one of the three theme-related standard symbols – horse, gun or soldier.   Once this happens you will trigger one re-spin, and you will hope to see more of the symbols that triggered the feature landing to the right of the reel as this will cause a re-spin and the matching symbol to move to the right of the stacked reel and the stacked reel will move to the right.