Defending a nest from invading armies of bugs and trapping a jackpot is the goal in Black Widow, an insect-themed slot from Pariplay. Based loosely on the Atari console game of the same name, it comes with shoot ’em up, pick’em and free spins bonus rounds. Play, on all devices (unfortunately not Ataris!) from between 25p and £25 per spin.
Just like the other Atari-themed slots in the Pariplay catalogue (like Asteroids and Star Raiders), Black Widow is a fine-looking affair. Set against a forest backdrop, the reels include A to 10 playing cards (which really are cards rather than just letters or numbers) and 5 camo-clad insects. The most rewarding of them is the bug with the hand grenade – land 3, 4 or 5 of these on 1 of the game’s 25 paylines and your reward will be a payout of 6, 15 or 40 times your stake.
The most lucrative symbol of all is the wild which is done in the style of military tags – it replaces everything bar the three scatter and bonus symbols and offers payouts of 4, 20 or 120 times your total bet. Black Widow comes with 3 bonus features – each 1 is triggered by its own special bonus symbol:
Free Games feature – land 3, 4 or 5 of the Free Games symbol anywhere on the same spin and you’ll receive 15, 20 or 25 free spins. You can also retrigger the feature giving you a potential 50 free spins in total.
Seek & Destroy feature – land the radar-style Seek and Destroy symbol on the middle 3 reels on the same spin to trigger this feature. It’s a classic pick me round where you have to try and prevent enemy bugs from infiltrating the camp. Each bug you find awards a multiplier prize which is applied to your total stake.
Exterminator feature – this is triggered by landing the Exterminator symbol on reels 1 and 5 on the same spin. Protect the camp from invaders by shooting the bugs and in the process, win multiplier prizes.
The design in Black Widow is high-end. The images are high definition and are very nicely constructed, complemented with some nifty animations. Likewise, the stirring, military-style backing track which blasts away in the background as you spin the reels.
We’ve been a little underwhelmed by the range of extras on offer in some of Pariplay’s Atari-themed reboots – there’s plenty of variety on offer in Black Widow though. They’re not the easiest to trigger but all 3 of them have the potential to deliver some decent results.
The slot version of Black Widow bears little resemblance to the original video game – that’s fine though. The visuals are understandably far superior and there’s plenty of action on offer from the trio of bonus features. With its high spec design and impressive gameplay, this is our pick of Pariplay’s Atari re-boots and well worth a look. If you enjoyed the classic Worms slot from Blueprint Gaming, you should find plenty to like here too.