Victorious MAX Slot
NetEnt’s ‘MAX’ concept was unveiled just over a year ago with the simultaneous release of BerryBurst and BerryBurst MAX. In fact, it was our very own Kim Hultman (LetsGiveItASpin) who had the honour of first live streaming BeryyBurst MAX from iGB Live in Amsterdam last July.
A simple but ingenious concept, NetEnt have used the MAX series of releases in order to cater to a wider range of players with what is essentially the same game played at different volatilities. Both regular and MAX versions of the game share the same design, game mechanics, features, and RTP. However, the potential single-game win is much higher for the MAX versions. NetEnt achieves this by tweaking the payouts either by symbol or feature values (or both).
The beauty of the MAX concept is that it can also be applied to popular releases already available. In the same way that Big Time Gaming’s Megaways™ has breathed new life into classic releases by applying a new mechanic, MAX can do the same simply by cranking up the variance. Hence Victorious MAX.
Victorious was initially released back in 2011 and has a Roman Empire at war theme with soldiers and Centurions battling, and the Emperor presiding. Both versions of this slot operate a 243 ways-to-pay mechanic over a 5x3 reel set and boast an RTP of 96.95%.
There is only one feature, a scatter triggered free spins round, but with all wins, during the bonus round multiplied by 6 (as opposed to 3x in the original game), there is some big potential waiting to be unlocked here. The volatility is much higher than the original, but then so too is the maximum win which has rocketed from 1,500x the stake to a whopping 7,000x.
From October 3rd you can play Victorious MAX at all NetEnt casinos from €0.25 - €125 a spin
Design & Symbols
The design is practically identical to the original, with only one subtle difference; the hazy sky background colour has changed from shades of green to a collection of red, orange and yellow hues. This change is really only to distinguish between the two games rather than an upgrade of any sort. You can switch between the games from the control panel; if you’re playing MAX simply click the green ‘CLASSIC’ button to alter the game and volatility.
The gameboard is flanked either side by serious-looking cartoon armies marching onward holding aloft their Legion Standard. The board sits on top of a stone wall with columns either side. The board is framed by a thin white stone border, and the non-picture symbols sit on white marble reels. A sombre marching refrain accompanies the play.
Low-value symbols are represented by the standard playing card royals 9-A. The higher value symbols are represented by cartoon images of soldiers marching, a single soldier charging into battle, a Centurion holding his helmet by his side, and Emperor Caesar. Caesar is the highest paying symbol, awarding 200x the bet size for 5 on a pay line. This is another change from the original game where five Emperors only paid 60x the bet size. Similarly, other symbols also pay more than their original game counterparts. The wild, which only appears on reels 2 and 4, takes the form of a Golden Eagle and the scatter is a golden laurel wreath.
Victorious MAX Free Spins
The game’s only feature is a free spins round with a 6x win multiplier. Landing 3, 4, or 5 scatter symbols awards 15, 20, or 25 free spins. Retriggers are also available for all free spins which can lead to some very nice wins indeed. Strangely, the rules of the game state that the 6x multiplier does not apply to any additional free spins, although this didn’t appear to be the case throughout my review session.
Our Thoughts on Victorious MAX
Victorious MAX is a simple game with a simple design as you might expect from an 8-year-old slot. However, its simplicity is also its charm, and quite often a high variance player isn’t looking for flashy gimmicks. No, what they want is to unlock potential. Victorious MAX offers those players the chance to win big and wins simple. This is never going to win a slot of the month, but it is a smart move from NetEnt to bring the simple elegance of Victorious to a wider market and make it more palatable for the high variance nuts.