With the tagline, “Flames of War”, ELK’s Poltava Slot hits hard right from the off. The epic intro sets the scene – the graphics superb, the sound hard-hitting. ELK utilises its trademark immersive game-space to deliver us to the heart of the action, while the Cavalry, Artillery and Infantry high-payers add plenty to the narrative. Antique styled 10s through Aces make up the game’s cannon fodder, with the Poltava Game Logo as our Wild. ELK Studios offers all players a selection of betting strategies, which we can use as generals on the battlefield to coordinate our strategic betting efforts as we move through the warzones.
Our high-paying Cavalry, Artillery and Infantry symbols appear stacked, and when we land any of these covering a full reel we launch Poltava’s Marching Reels feature. These stacked symbols now march in formation across the reels, continuing to march as long as we receive reinforcements in the shape of extra stacked reels. With enough regiments joining us, we could be looking at a battlefield stacked full of high-paying symbols. Furthermore, ELK aims to roar us to victory thanks to the Flames of War feature. Landing three Bonus Lions fires up the feature, leaving these Lion scatters as Sticky Wilds for three spins, with additional spins and Wilds added for each subsequent Lion Scatter that lands.
ELK has gone some way to exploring the heat of battle. Poltava: Flames of War pulls no punches when it comes to the drama, this conflict clearly coming close to the bone for the Swedish studio. The intro asks us if we can change history and, at the risk of making light of severe warfare, the drama of the game-play and the execution of theme manages to hit the right mark.