300 Shields Slots
Based on the ancient legends of Sparta, and popularized by recent movies – 300 Shields is an excellent slot. This was created by NextGen and is available at MicroGaming casinos. The game itself is relatively simple and is based on the standard 25 reel video slot setup. The difference with this game is that you’ll sacrifice a lot of smaller wins for the chance of a big pay out. This comes via the 300 shields free-spin feature, where you are trying to raise an army.
You’ll find all the key aspects of the 300 Shields Slot on MicroGaming covered in detail in this review. The general game-play, price per spin and winning combinations are covered in the first section below. After this the 300 shields free spins feature is covered. I have summarized this slot and put it into the context of many of the other slot games you will find at MicroGaming casinos at the end of this article.
How to play the 300 Shields Slot
The setup of this game will be familiar to anyone who knows video slot games. It is a basic 25 win-line 5 reel setup. This allows you to have the choice of the number of lines you play for each spin and the coin size you play with. The minimum spin amount is 25c (1c per line) and the maximum is 20c per line ($5). As with all slots which include wild symbols, I recommend you stick to the maximum possible number of lines (25) and adjust your coin size down accordingly. This gets the maximum from the wilds and gives the scatters (shields) the chance to hit more often too.
There are some smaller wins, though you should not expect them too often – to me this feels more like a ‘go big or go home’ game. You’ll find smaller wins keep you going to some extent, though the feature will be the real goal for those brave enough to cope with the variance.
Card symbols give the small payouts. These need at least 3 of a kind to pay, starting from 5 coins and going up to 150 for 5 aces or kings. There are some weapons which have smaller to mid-sized wins and an archer plus boat which can give you up to 250 times the coins bet. The reason these wins are smaller than on many slots is to balance with the big payouts possible when you hit the feature round.
There is a substitute symbol in the form of a warrior. This takes the place of any symbol except for the shield. You’ll get 1000 coins for 5 of these on a line, and will also win on several other lines as groups of symbols are completed. The shield symbol is a scatter (pays wherever on the screen it is) and will pay out 100 coins for 5 of a kind as well as triggering the feature with 3 or more.
300 Shields Feature Round
The main feature round is a free spins round with a twist. The more shields you collect, the longer the round goes on for and the more wins you can accumulate. During this game all the wins from Warrior symbols are doubled (so 5 Warriors is now worth a healthy 2000 times your coin amount).
Here is how the extra spins are accumulated as you try to raise your army:
First you get 5 spins. You’ll need to collect 2 shields during this round to get the next 5, Warrior wins are now multiplied by 5. 6 more shields there gets you to the next 5 games, with Warrior wins now multiplied by 25. 12 more shields and you get to the top level, now the Warrior wins are worth 300 times their listed prize amount.
This means hitting 5 Warriors in the last part of this feature round can win you 300,000 times your coin amount (on top of all the wins you accumulated while getting to the top level).
There are two extras with this bonus. 3 Shields on any one spin while the feature is active add 5 spins. You can also choose to gamble your wins (though not the jackpot) after your 300 Shields session (or any other win). This is based on the random turn of a card and can either be a 50% / 50% shot or a 25% shot if you choose to include the suits.
300 Shields Summary
This is a simple, yet very entertaining slot game. You will need to be brave to play it, as the variance is high. What you sacrifice in terms of smaller wins can be more than made up for in the feature round if you are lucky enough to get some Warrior wins in the later stages. If you enjoyed ThunderStruck, then this slot is a must-play for you.