X-O Manowar is a 5 reel, 25 payline slot from Pariplay that is based on the legendary Valiant Comics story based on a fictional superhero. Playable from 25p to £25 a spin on all devices, this branded game has plenty of bonus features including free spins and sticky wilds amongst others. Will you go on a galactic quest with Aric of Dacia to fight for humanity, and the earth?

Visually, the game looks superb and has comic book style graphics – symbols on the reels include playing cards A, K, Q, J and 10 as well as 5 of the comic book’s characters (Saana, Trill, Colonel Capshaw, Primary Reebo and X-0 Manowar).

The latter is the most rewarding symbol giving you 120 times your stake for 5 across a payline. There is also a wild symbol which replaces all other symbols except the bonus symbol – this also pays up to 120 times your stake for a 5-symbol combination.

If you get a winning combination, the expanded Orb of Shanhara fills up – once the orb is full, you’ll benefit from a boost which then triggers free spins, sticky wild features or a cash prize. Once you fill the 5th Orb of Shanhara, you will move to another chapter. When it comes to the Boosts, here are the details:

  • Free Spins feature – you will be rewarded with 10, 15 or 20 free spins
  • Sticky Wild Rounds feature – wilds appearing on the reels will become sticky for 3, 4 or 5 spins
  • Cash Prize feature – you will get a cash prize of between 6 and 32 times your total stake

Furthermore, look out for the bonus symbol as 3 or more appearing simultaneously on a base game spin will trigger 1 of 5 bonus features – at random. These are based on the slot’s 5 characters and details are as follows:

  • The Hara Vine feature: you choose up to 6 flowers to find the miraculous armour hiding inside to win up to 40 times your stake
  • Trial of Shanhara feature: here you move around the board to defeat enemies to win up to 32 times your stake
  • Vine or Not? feature: you scan the humans to find the vine inside them. You have 3 chances to do so with cash prizes of up to 25 times your stake
  • Battle Commander Trill feature: you select 1 of 3 ways to attack the robot to win up to 20 times your stake
  • Defend The Earth feature: you defend the earth by shooting 10 battle ships to find the diamond. With 3 attempts, you can win up to 18 times your stake

X-O Manowar is quite a simple slot really but it’s all about filling the Orb of Shanhara which will trigger the main 3 bonus features. I quite like the Sticky Wild Rounds feature as you can get plenty of sticky wilds for up to 5 spins. I found the variance to be in the middle with good payout potential throughout. Overall, another good branded game from Pariplay – I also recommend you try their other branded games with Star Raiders and Blood Shot worth playing.