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Taking inspiration from the sub saharan eagle of the same name, Microgaming’s Untamed Crowned Eagle slot boasts 243 ways to win with its pay lines that are spread across 5 reels of 3 rows. Being the 2nd slot game out of 4 in the Untamed series, speaks Microgaming’s successes and confidence confidence in keeping with the continuity of these slots. With several features on offer from the Gamble mechanic, after every winning round, to the added benefits attributed to Wilds and Scatters, there’s a lot on offer in this slot that may come as a surprise and that a player definitely should become familiar with before staking real funds.
All of the standard user interface features one comes to expect from Microgaming slot games are present here. Auto play and bet amount customisation is present front and center, with the ability to choose from several preset and personasiable options available when clicking on the ‘Auto Play’ button and likewise by clicking on the ‘Bet’ icon, players can hop between select number of coins and coin size for each spin. In addition, ‘View Pays’ at the bottom left allows players to browse through the pay tables and unique game rules. Another feature players should become familiar with on this slot is the Gamble mechanic, which lets you stake your winnings from a single round on enhanced payouts with the risk being the possibility of losing everything from the round.
Taking visual cues from the natural habit and the majestic nature of these beautiful creatures, Untamed Crowned Eagle showcases several special symbols represented by this truly unique creature in the wild. Scatter symbols are embodied by a close up of the eagle’s eye, while Wild symbols are featured with the game’s logo. All of the classic slot symbols; 10, J, Q, K and A also have a transparent background, allowing the mountainous backdrop to peer through, which does a nice job of tying into the highly natural theme of the game. The gamble feature is also represented by a globe, further adding to the adventurous and wild spirit of this slot game.
With chill out background music and a relatively subdued collection of sound effects, Untamed Crowned Eagle’s audio seems to aim to invoke feelings of soaring, which comes through with the backup choir vocals. There is also a lot of percussion throughout the audio of this slot game with each Wild symbol, as well as the Gamble mechanic, which changes up the theme to add a bit more of an exciting upbeat twist to the music heard during regular play. Overall there’s a lot going on here that manages to nicely tie together the aspects of African nature and high flying eagles.
Apart from the above mentioned Gamble mechanic present on every winning round in regular Untamed Crowned Eagle also has a whole host of other intriguing features. Collect a Wild for instance allows players to gather together up to 4 Wild symbols, which are stored at the bottom of the reel that they were landed on. Getting all 4 on a single reel turns the entire reel Wild for the next 4 spins, which means that the Wilds never go to waste on any given round. 3 or more Scatters unlocks free spins, which also have the added random benefit of the Lucky Nudge feature, which means that a Scatter can be nudged from above or below the rows to then appear on a paying line. If that wasn’t all, Soaring Wilds allows for random win multipliers to appear when you least expect it.
The main highlight of Untamed Crowned Eagle is definitely the variety of different mechanics that offer players a mixture of features that provide potentially high rewards, along with features that have a high chance of being encountered. The fact that these features, along with the audio and visuals, all do an excellent job of tying in with the main theme of slot is also great to see. While it may not necessarily be one of Microgaming’s more popular slot games, the Untamed series has had several sequels as a result of their long running success and Untamed Crowned Eagle is definitely worth trying out, at least in free mode.