Blending Victorian industrial imagery with bang up to date features is The Ante Engine, a steampunk themed slot powered by Odobo. Offering 15 paylines in the base game and 30 in the bonus feature, this superbly designed title comes with modifier multipliers that can top 10x as well as a free spins feature. Get tinkering from between £1.50 and £150 per spin.
The reels in The Ante Engine have a decidedly industrial feel – set against a backdrop of whirring mechanical wheels, symbols include stylised playing card suits and numbers as well as lucky 777s and The Ante Engine Logo which is the game’s standard wild.
You’ll notice plenty of activity to the left of the reels – this is where the modifier bulbs can come into play. With each spin, you can light up to 3 of these modifier bulbs which offer a selection of goodies. Once lit, each bulb will remain shining for 3 spins.
The bulbs include multipliers of 2x, 3x, 5x or 10x if the winning payline starts from that bulb – the wild bulb does just what you’d expect it to, transforming any adjacent bulb into a wild. If you’re lucky enough to land 3 bulbs at once you’ll trigger the Free Spins feature.
The precise number of extra spins you’ll be awarded depends on the brightness of the bulbs – the brighter they are, the more you’ll receive. This can reach up to 18 free spins. There are extra treats on offer in the feature too courtesy of the increased paylines. Instead of 15 as in the base game, the bonus reels offer 30 paylines, doubling your winning opportunities.
AppleJack, the developer behind The Ante Engine, has created a gem of a slot here. It looks superb and is accompanied by a catchy, earworm inducing soundtrack. There’s a good array of features too, with the modifier bulbs to the side of the reels keeping the pace moving at a steady pace.
There’s a lot to take in when playing The Ante Engine – this combined with the rather steep minimum bet of £1.50 per spin, means it’s better suited to more experienced players with a decent bankroll rather than a complete novice.
We found The Ante Engine to be a very enjoyable slot to play with great looks and plenty of features. Steampunk fans should find plenty of recommend it. Even if a screwdriver brings out waves of terror, there’s lots to enjoy in this technological treat. If you like the theme, Steam Tower by Net Entertainment is well worth trying.