Platooners is powered by ELK Studios and has 5 reels and 178 ways to win. Available to play on all devices from 20p to £100 a spin, ELK Studios characters from Hollywood are back but are shooting a jungle war movie. The 3 platooners are fully armed and fire their weapons at the spinning reels to give you various features.

Set on a Hollywood set, you’ll see a dense jungle backdrop – there are cameras and lights to add to the effect. Symbols on the reels include A, K, Q, J and 10 playing cards as well as binoculars, knives, medical bags, Platooners dog plates and totem masks – the plates are the highest value symbol giving you 50 times your stake for 5 across a payline. There’s also a wild which replaces all symbols bar the bonus scatter.

As mentioned in the summary at the top, Platooners sees the characters interact with the reels in their own way – they all appear randomly and trigger their own bonus feature:

  • Rockets Platooner feature – the green Rockets Platooner launches rockets at reels 1 and 3 filling them with the same symbol. This increases your chances of winning across many paylines.
  • Grenades Platooner feature – the red Grenades Platooner throws grenades onto the reels which gives you random wilds on reels 3, 4 and 5.
  • Bullets Platooner feature – the yellow Bullets Platooner fires his heavy machine gun at reels 2 to 5 after reel 1 stops. This generates at least one 5 of a kind winning combination. If you’re lucky, you will get 5 bonus symbols which will trigger the main bonus feature with all 3 Platooners active on each free spin.

The main attraction is the Platooners vs Snakes of Fortune feature – this is played when 3 or more snake bonus symbols appear anywhere on the reels. You will begin with 15 free spins. The Platooners then take turns in attacking the snake.

The more bonus symbols you got to trigger the feature, the more attacks you’ll get from the off – 3 bonus symbols will give you 1 Platooner per free spin whilst 4 will give you 2 Platooners per free spin. If you trigger the feature with 5 bonus symbols, all 3 Platooners will appear on each free spin.

If you go in with 2 Platooners, the damage to the snake will be doubled – if you go in with 3 Platooners, the damage will be trebled. The aim is to defeat the snake. If you do this, the Platooners’ weapons are upgraded which will cause the snake more damage.

You can also benefit from extra Platooners and more ammunition – you can get bombs which damage bigger segments of the snake. If you defeat a snake, you will progress to the next level which means bigger payouts are on offer – they are 3 levels in total which can result in quite a few more free spins.

All in all, Platooners is a medium to high variance game which offers maximum payouts of 2,500 times your stake on every spin/free spin – the likelihood increases in the Platooners vs Snakes of Fortune feature due to the potential of multiple Platooners being active on every free spin.

Overall, Platooners is a good slot from ELK Studios – I like the fact that the base game features appear in the Platooners vs Snakes of Fortune feature where the real big wins will come from. ELK Studios are establishing quite a name for themselves and Birthday! is another one of their slots that features characters from previous slots.