Do you remember the film Wild Wild West, that starred Will Smith and Kenneth Brannagh? That film featured a number of unusual Victorian-era Steampunk inspired sets and props and it certainly offered a more unusual take on a western story.
I mention that film because the Fortunium Slot game from Microgaming is also based on the steampunk genre. Developed by Stormcraft Studios for the company, the game was released back in 2019 and proved to be a smash hit success. It has since spawned a sequel game.
So what is it about the Fortunium slot game that makes it so appealing to players? We decided to get under the hood of the game and take a look at what has made it so popular with slots gamers since its release and this is what we found out.
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- Name – Fortunium Slot
- Released – 2019
- Theme – Steampunk
- Studio – Microgaming
- Reels – 5
- Reel Set Up – 5-5-5-5-5
- Pay Lines/Ways To Win – 40 lines
- Minimum Bet – $0.10 (0.15 with Win Booster activated)
- Maximum Bet – $125.00 ($182.50 with Win Booster activated)
- Jackpot – 100,000 coins
- Key Features – Win Booster, Wild, Mystery Symbol, Stacked Symbols, Free Spins with Mystery Reels, Scatter Symbol
- Volatility – Medium
- RTP – 96.47%
- Find The Game at – DraftKings Casino
Graphics and Sounds – 9/10
Microgaming promoted the Fortunium slot heavily prior to its release and it is not difficult to see why. Not only is it an unusual 5×5 reel slot, but the way that the Steampunk theme has been realised with the graphics, animations and sound, is truly spectacular.
Add to that two protagonists in Maximillian and Victoria, who have their own expanded symbols in the base game and also in Free Spins, clever use of symbols on the reels and some innovative bonus features, and you have a slot that looks and sounds as good as it plays.
I am a fan of slots that have been well thought out and which have plenty of innovation behind them, rather than rehashing a game based on a popular theme. Microgaming took a risk with Fortunium and there is no doubt that it worked superbly.
Gameplay – 8/10
A 5×5 reel slot is a larger than usual set up for a game and Fortunium has only 40 pay lines in play on that grid. That means that this is definitely a more medium variance slot game, However with a RTP of 96.47%, that usually means you won’t have to wait too long for a win.
To help you land wins symbols can be stacked on the reels and there are also stacked Mystery Symbols too. These symbols will convert themselves after each spin into one of the symbols in the game and they can line up with other standard symbols to create a win, or increase the value of a win on a spin.
The Wild symbol is also a key feature of the slot and it is one of the most important aspects of the base game as it is frequently used across the reels to help land wins, sometimes with a combination of different symbols.
Another feature to take a close look at is the Win Booster button which is located in the bottom left corner by the reels. When you activate this button, the size of the bet you make increases by 50%, so if you were playing fr $1.00 per spin in the standard game, with Win Booster activated, your bet would now be $1.50.
However, for that increased cost you will find that any Mystery Symbols landed on the reels will only be able to change into Higher Value symbols or Wild symbols, which increases your chances of landing those bigger value wins with the mystery symbols.
The lower value symbols are the playing card suits (hearts, diamond, space and club) while higher value symbols include the Zeppelin, treasure chest as well as the two characters at the centre of the slot, Maximillian and Victoria.
Of course, with symbols being stacked and Wilds on the reels, it is possible to land wins across multiple lines from a single spin and indeed, this is the most common way to land better value wins in the game.
The highest paying win on the reels on a single pay line is for five Wild symbols.
Bonus Features – 10/10
The main bonus feature of the slot is the Free Spins bonus round and this is activated when you land three or more of the green button symbols on the reels, which acts as the in game Scatter symbol.
When you land this, you receive 10 Free Spins initially. In addition, depending on whether you landed three, four or five Scatter symbols, you will have one, two or all three of the middle reels on the slot designated as Mystery Reels.
The Mystery Reels will display the same symbol in every position on each spin and can be used in conjunction with the standard reels to create some huge wins, with a chance to win up to 100,000 coins as the top prize.
One nice touch too is that if you spin the reels during your Free Spin bonus and land another Scatter symbol, then you will receive one additional Free Spin each time this occurs and this can increase the number of Free Spins you get in the bonus round markedly.
When Microgaming teamed up with Stormcraft Studios to develop this slot, they heavily promoted the game before its release expecting it to be a great game to play. They were not wrong.
Fortunium captured the steampunk-feel of the game superbly well and the myriad of different features in the game, as well as the optional Win Booster modifier gives the game plenty of levels to enjoy and means it is a game you can keep coming back to play time and time again and still find something new to enjoy.
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