Elements The Awakening Slot Review

The four elements, Earth, Air, Fire and Water, believed to be the cornerstone of civilisation and while our appreciation of our existence at its most basic level has come on from this somewhat basic understanding, the elements remain a key part of our understanding. Well what NetEnt have done on this mobile slot is to take these four tenets and give them a little twist in the form of an “Awakening” in so much as these four elements now have evolved into a living, or at least animate, being representing them.

You can play Elements The Awakening right now at Bet365 Vegas alongside a host of other top quality NetEnt games and what you will find here is that you have a chance of winning a top prize of 1,500 times your bet (which could be as much as £150,000), which is a fair sum of money, especially if you are playing for the higher value spins. Spins can cost between 20p and £100 per spin on this 5×3 reel slot featuring 20 paylines and which has a somewhat medium to low volatility.

The reason it is medium to low is really due to the free spins bonus round, which can be somewhat difficult to trigger and when it is, the game can quickly work its way through a bankroll. However, trigger it relatively quickly and you can find that you are walking away from the slot with a smile on your face. However there is a lot more to the game than simply working your way through the base game to unlock the free spins, so let’s take a look at some of its key features.

Key Features

On the reels are eight standard symbols, four low and four higher value. The lower value include the four basic states of the elements and the higher value options are the special creatures that these elements have now evolved into. Lower value wins range from 3 coins up to 100 coins, while higher value wins go from 10 coins up to 1,500 coins for five of the Fire Element Characters on a single payline.

The first bonus symbol on the reel is the strange cube symbol, which is the in game Wild. This symbol can be used in the base game to substitute for any of the high or low value symbols to create winning paylines and of course, the more Wilds you can land on any given spin across the reels, the better your chances of triggering a higher value win.

There are a couple of things you need to know about the gameplay before we look at the features of the Elements The Awakening slot. First is that this is an “Avalanche Feature” game, which essentially means it has “Rolling Reels” or “Cascading Reels” or whatever else you want to call the feature, which means winning paylines disappear and are replaced by symbols dropping down from above, which can then subsequently trigger secondary wins.  The other thing you need to know is that there is an Avalanche Meter either side of the spin button which will count up the number of Avalanche Wins in the game, and the Spin button itself is an Energy Meter which will show you which elements have triggered the win or bonus.

The Avalanche feature is key to the game as it is through this that you activate the Free Spins bonus. This is opened when you manage to land four Avalanche Feature wins in a row from a single spin. Each Free Spins bonus comes with its own Wild bonus attached to it and there are four different Free Spins games, one for each of the four elements. They are:

  • Water Storm Wild – This offers you 10 free spins with Expanding Wilds
  • Air Storm Wild – Again you get 10 Free Spins and this time you have two Wilds placed at random positions on the reels for each of your free spins
  • Fire Storm Wild – These Wilds will appear on the middle three reels only but they have the ability to grow and transform other symbols adjacent to them into Wild symbols too.
  • Earth Storm Wild – In this bonus you again get 10 free spins and Sticky Wilds which will remain in place on the reels until the create a winning payline on two of the free falls in a row.

Which of the four bonus games you trigger will be identified by the Energy Meter. As each successive Avalanche Freefall triggers a new win, the symbol that has won the most for you over the feature is displayed in the meter. The element symbol that wins the most during the Avalanche Feature will be the bonus round that you trigger.



Editor's Review

Element’s The Awakenings is an interesting slot and it possesses all the hallmarks of a NetEnt slot, including beautiful presentation and imaginative bonus games. The idea that the four elements have “come alive” is a nice one and I like the way they interact on the reels in between spins. The jackpot size is a healthy one for players of all bankroll sizes and the fact that there are four different Free Spins bonus rounds is a nice touch, although they are much of a muchness in terms of how much they tend to award players with, so there’s no real benefit in playing one over any of the others. However, I don’t think this slot quite matches up to some of NetEnt’s best, it’s a decent slot that is fun to play but it lacks the detail and involvement that are a hallmark of some of NetEnt’s better games.