Conan the Barbarian was created by Robert E. Howard in 1932 and played a role in a series of fantasy stories published for the American fantasy and horror fiction pulp magazine Weird Tales. The various stories of Conan the Barbarian occur in the fictional period Hyborian Age, set after the destruction of Atlantis and before the rise of any known ancient civilization. Ever since its appearance in the pulp fiction magazine, the fictional sword and sorcery hero was also adapted to books, comics, cartoons, video games, the films Conan the Barbarian (1982), Conan the Destroyer (1984), Conan the Barbarian (2011), and the video slot Conan™ (2019).Conan is also known as the Cimmerian coming from Cimmeria, the fictional land of barbarians in the Hyborian Age. Often described as giant and massive, Conan is known for his extreme strength. Despite his brutish appearance, Conan uses his brains as well as his brawn while being a highly skilled warrior and thief. Conan is also a talented commander, tactician, and strategist, and a born leader. In some stories, his knowledge of languages and codes helped him to recognize ancient or secret signs and writings.
Conan’s sense of humour didn’t remain unmentioned in Howard’s stories but remained unmentioned in the comics and films. Luckily, this doesn’t apply for his loyalty as Conan is often pictured as a loyal friend to those true to him.
The character of Conan has proven durably popular, used by numerous writers for stories and chronologies while the first film premiered in 1982. Conan’s character in Conan the Barbarian (1982) was played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. This film was followed by the less popular sequel Conan the Destroyer in 1984 and a third film never made it to the cinemas. It was a humble 27 years later that Conan appeared on the screen again, this time played by Jason Momoa. This 2011 version was more faithful to the Robert E. Howard creation, but despite this, the film met poor critical reviews and box office results.
Conan came a long way and the Conan legacy continues with the launch of the Conan™ video slot in 2019 and as usual, the sword-wielding menace is doing what he’s famous for, slaughtering its enemy, no matter if human or animal. I expected NetEnt to picture Conan as the same fiercely strong character, and I was right. Conan was given the hallmark NetEnt treatment before being added to the impressive gallery of NetEnt characters.
In 2019, a few video slots were created in which bet levels were ignored for coin values to be the only ingredient of a player’s bet. To make up for this, NetEnt added more coins and coins much higher than usual so you still have plenty of bets to choose from when playing in an online casino. Your minimum bet starts at 0.20 which is fair for a modern video slot and also the maximum bet is average with a maximum of 200.00 to play with.
The Conan™ video slot
Now we get to the best part of the review, the one in which I’ll explain to you all the extras available in the video slot and when it comes to Conan™, there’s a lot to explain! There’s Tower Wilds, Scatter Symbols, a Mystery Symbol, Multipliers, Battle Wilds, the Thoth-Amon Feature and three different Free Spins features including City of Thieves Free Spins, Temple of the Serpent Free Spins, and Walls of Tarantia Free Spins.
But before the first feature is going to be described, I have to mention that the game itself consists of 6 reels and 4 rows, different from the standard 5×3 reels. The number of winning lines is a humble 24 so the biggest advantage of the extra reel is the extra change of picking a third Scatter or Wild symbol.
The big golden W is the first in the list and stands for either the Tower Wild (blue), as well as the Battle Wild (red). They do substitute for any other symbol available in the Conan™ slot, except Scatters and it will not cover Scatters either as they are way too important for the activation of the Free Spins feature. Tower Wilds can expand to cover reel 1 and 2 partially or entirely while Battle Wilds will appear on reels 5 and 6.
Next in line, is the Mystery symbols which appears on reel 3 and 4 in the Main Game where it can appear as a single symbol or stacked. Mystery symbols transform to any symbol except for Scatter symbols, Tower Wilds, and Battle Wilds.
Besides Mystery symbols, there’s a Mystery Multiplier as well. Landing a fully stacked Mystery symbol on reels 3 and/or 4 in the main game activates the Mystery
Multiplier. The Mystery Multiplier is not triggered in case of a no-win spin. All wins are multiplied by the Mystery Multiplier which can be between x3 and x7.
Landing a fully stacked Mystery symbol on reels 3 and/or 4 in the main game together with a Tower Wild or Battle Wild activates the Troth-Amon feature. It will be then that 3 to 6 Mystery symbols are randomly added to reels 2, 3, 4 and 5. These symbols won’t be replacing Mystery symbols, Scatters and Wilds.
Free Spins features
When 3 or more Scatter symbols appear anywhere on the reels, Free Spins will be activated. However, what Free Spins feature is going to be activated, will be decided by nobody else other than you! There are 3 different Free Spins types to choose from, The City of Thieves Free Spins, The Temple of Serpent Free Spins, or the Walls of Tarantia Free Spins.
Your choice is depending on what you’re looking for in a video slot. If you love to win often with lower wins, the Low/Medium volatility City of Thieves Free Spins are perfect for you. In this Free Spins feature, Tower Wilds are available in overload and this time, it can appear on all reels.
The Walls of Tarantia Free Spins are offering the same Low/Medium volatility so these Free Spins are an option too. However, in this Free Spins feature it’s the Battle Wilds that rule, and also these Wilds have the ability to appear on all reels.
The Temple of Serpent Free Spins is perfect for those players looking for higher wins instead of many wins. In this Free Spins mode both Mystery and Stacked Mystery symbols are available in abundance as they appear on all reels.