Nolimit City have promised 12 new slots this year so the release of Owls on 27th February keeps them on target following January’s release, ‘Fruits’.
The theme sees brave warrior Owls defending their ancient, forgotten forest Kingdom while they help players on their quest for riches.
Owls is a medium variance slot with a 5x3 reel set, 15 paylines and an RTP of 96.22%. The game has one base and 3 bonus game features and can be played from €0.10 to €100 per spin.
Design and Symbols
Nolimit City know how to make a slot visually appealing with slick graphics and animations the order of the day. The Angel Owl stands guard over the reels from a tree branch, while treetops sway in the breeze.
Animated autumn leaves flutter down across the screen with the rest of the hazy forest in the background. The soundtrack is a tranquil oriental pan flute melody, perfect for a peaceful, autumnal forest.
Low value symbols are the frost shard, emerald shard, and flame shard. Medium value symbols are the frost sword, emerald book, and the flame chest.
High value symbols are the Frost Owl, Grove Owl, and the Flame Owl. The Flame Owl is the highest paying and is worth 100x stake for 5 across a payline. The golden W is the wild, which also pays 100x the stake for 5 across a payline. The scatter is a purple stained glass owl which appears on reels 2-4.
The base game offers a scatter loot feature and the bonus round rewards one of three different free spins rounds (called Dream Spins).
Scatter Loot Feature
The scatter on the middle reel is stacked and if it lands fully stacked the Scatter Loot Feature is activated. The stacked scatter will send out up to 6-7 scatters which will change the symbol they land on. The entire middle reel counts as one occurrence of each symbol.
Dream Spins are activated by landing scatters on reels 2, 3, or 4. The middle reel scatter will automatically move up or down to cover the entire reel which will award the Scatter Loot feature prior to the activation of the Dream Spins. Following the Scatter Loot feature one of three different Dream Spins features (Frost, Emerald, or Ember) will be randomly awarded:
- Frost Dream (low volatility): 5 free spins are awarded during which the Frost Owl, Frost Shard, and Frost Sword symbols will transform into the commonest symbol of the Frost set on each spin. If there are an equal amount of symbols, the symbol with the highest value will be chosen. The center reel will be a stacked wild throughout the spins. Any scatters landed during Dream Spins will add an extra free spin.
- Emerald Dream (medium volatility): The Emerald Shard and Emerald Book symbols transform to Grove Owl symbols on each spin. Once again the center reel is a stacked wild throughout and extra spins are awarded for each scatter landed.
- Ember Dream (high volatility): The Flame Shard and Flame Chest symbols will transform to wilds on each spin. Once again the center reel is a stacked wild throughout and extra spins are awarded for each scatter landed.
Our Thoughts on Owls
Owls is another solid slot from the Swedish provider. Once again the design and artwork are on point and the game is a smooth and satisfying play. It can take some time to hit the main feature (on average just over 100 spins) and occasionally it will disappoint.
However, just as often you’ll hit a very nice win – and we witnessed several big wins of each of the three Dream Spin features. Also, the Scatter Loot feature comes in fairly regularly in the base game and usually delivers a win, occasionally a big one.
One thing I would change is the random element of the Dream Spins round. I prefer having the option to choose your volatility in such situations, something offered in games like Game of Thrones and Eastern Emeralds.
Not only might this encourage more high variance players, but it’s a neat option which allows players to try out all the bonus rounds to see what fits for them.
On the whole, however, this is a very nice mid-range slot and a worthy addition to the Nolimit City portfolio.