Testament may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but the thrash metal band has been brewing their brand of beverage since the early eighties. If the band is still a hit today, it has certainly struck enough chords with their fans. The latest testament to the enduring popularity of the hard rock band is Play ‘n GO’s eponymous slot game. This is also the most recent metal rock series of slots churned out by the developer, and one that makes the most noise.
The base game takes place on the default 5-reel and 3-row grid with no standard paylines but 243 different ways to win but goes up to 2,400 in the bonus games. The reels expand vertically during the bonus games, which are essentially a mix of free spins rounds. The bonus games play out according to some of Testament’s songs, which may not be very easy on some ears. You may want to turn the volume down by a couple of notches, while you rake in the multipliers wins.
Testament is steeped in the imagery and visuals of the band, and looks like something straight out of a horror movie. The card royals J to A are styles after the font of the band’s logo, which lends an authentic touch. The premium symbols include a swords crossed with a shield, a steely man sitting on a throne, a vampire, a werewolf, and a skull with horns.
The hooded skull, also with horns, can also fall as a wild in the base game, and is always a wild in the bonus games. The wild skull substitutes all symbols to enable winning combinations just like the joker in card games.
You can choose your bets from $0.10 to $100 per spin, and your win multipliers will pay out accordingly. Testament has a theoretical return to player rating of 96.2%. However, the percentage is flexible and can be watered down by different providers of the game. So take a look at your provider’s RTP for the game, before you start to spin. The theme, which Play ‘n GO has chosen, requires some hard-hitting game play, which makes for some high volatility. Play ‘n GO’s own volatility rating is 10/10. However, a high variance game also means big payouts.
Winning combinations are made when three or more identical combinations land from the leftmost, i.e., 1st reel onwards. As usual the card symbols J, Q, K, and A are the lowest paying symbols, and often land in combinations. The sword and shield are next higher-paying symbols with 1 to 5 coins for landing on 3-5 reels. Next up is the man on the throne who is worth 10 coins for landing on 5 reels, followed by the werewolf, who pays from 3-15 for appearing on reels 3-5.
The vampire is a little more valuable and pays coins for appearing on all the reels. The most valuable regular symbol is the horned skull and will pay you 5, 10, and 25 coins when it lands on 3, 4, or 5 reels respectively. The hooded skull wild pays the highest at 6, 12, and 30 coins when it appears on 3, 4, or 5 reels correspondingly. These are base game pay outs – there are higher multipliers in the free spins rounds. The maximum you can rock with Testament is $20,000.
The game’s scatter is the cover of the band’s album Dark Roots of Earth and the most coveted symbol of the game since it triggers all the bonus games of the slot. When at least two scatters appear anywhere on the reels, they activate the songs free spins feature. You get three free spins and the round can play out in three different ways depending on the song that accompanies it:
This bonus round needs three scatters to activate. When the three scatters appear on the reels, they award nine Rise Up Free Spins. The rows of the expanded reels of the above said 4-5-6-5-4 grid are covered by blockers. Whenever a scatter lands during the free spins it removes the blockers above the reels and replaces them with symbols to trigger additional wins.
If you land enough scatters to remove all the blocked positions and substitute them with regular symbols, you will activate the Testament Free Spins round. The bonus round consists of three more free spins. This also triggers the three Song Free Spins feature for the remainder of the Rise Up Round.
Testament is just the kind of high-adrenaline game, which gets more exciting when played while on the move. The game’s platform is fully-optimized for contemporary mobile operating systems like Android, Windows Phone, iOS, and others. Hence, the game can be seamlessly enjoyed on any Smartphone, or Apple devices, which run on these systems. To make the most of the audio – hardcore rockers please note – we suggest you use a good pair of headphones or a Bluetooth speaker.
There’s no doubt that fans of the band will enjoy Testament. And if they also happen to be slots lovers, then it is bound to give them hours of immersive gaming, depending on the depth of their pockets. Talking of pockets, the game will be equally appealing to casual gamers and big bettors given the wide betting window.
Testament is a high variance slot machine, which can make the base game a little tepid at times. But once those scatters appear on the reels, it will be well worth the wait, even if you do hit the maximum jackpot of $20,000.