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Everything originates from something, and this Evolution slot originates from the master game developers at NetEnt. With its unique take on the evolution of species, it has designed a quirky looking casino game where reels spin from bottom to top, instead of the other way around.
Dive in and join the species of the ancient world as they evolve into higher paying symbols during the Free Spins bonus game.
The slot has 3 rows, 5 reels and 25 fixed paylines, and the first thing you will want to do is to adjust the bet level and coin value to fit your preference. You can do this on either side of the spin button, where the bet level goes from 1 to 10, and the coin value goes from 0.01 to 0.50. This means that you have a range of bets to choose from, starting from 0.25 going all the way up to 125.
The symbols of the game are all unique organisms, each with their own name (which are all very complicated and which we will refrain from mentioning). The lower-paying ones are all single-cell organisms, while the higher-paying symbols are more ‘animal’ like creatures. Besides these, there’s also a standard wild symbol, as well as a scatter on the reels. The wild will substitute for all other symbols except the scatter.
This game is all about the moment in time millions of years ago when life first came to be. We are therefore located deep underwater, where, amidst seemingly nothing but darkness, cells divided and mutated to become life forms. The reels spin from the bottom up as if to imply that that’s the way of life, up from this dark ocean of neon creatures.
The button menu has been given a rather discreet grey tint, almost to mimic the membrane of a cell.
There’s plenty of exciting soundtracks and sound effects in this game, and it’s one of the earliest NetEnt games where their craftsmanship shone through. The base game has a pretty calm soundtrack, while the Free Spins bonus amps it up with a more funky sounding ambience.
Landing three or more Free Spins scatter symbols will activate the bonus feature, where you emerge from the water to continue playing on land. The number of Free Spins you will begin the bonus with will depend on the number of scatters you landed, where 20 Free Spins is the max amount possible. All winning combinations during the bonus will activate the ‘Evolution’ feature, which will evolve all bet line symbols to the next level symbol. For example, if you land a payline with the lowest paying symbol, it will evolve to the second smallest, and you will no longer get the lowest symbol for the entire duration of the bonus.
Once all Free Spins are used, the total win amount is presented, and you descend back into the ocean for the main game.
This is a quirky slot that brings some new fun aspects to the game with spinning reels from the bottom up, and also by incorporating the concept of evolution not only in the theme but also in the feature of upgrading symbols.
The bonus round is definitely the main event of this game, and unfortunately, since the base game only has a wild to entertain with, it might be a bit tedious waiting to hit the bonus. We still think it’s a fun game, and it’s surely one of the NetEnt classics that gave an indication of what they were capable of in regards to quality games when it first launched.
This game is unfortunately no longer available. If you want to play something similar, check out Space Wars slot or Starburst slot.