How seriously did the game designers at NetEnt take the theme when creating their Evolution slot? Very. Not only are the graphics – with symbols starring various ersatz missing links and evolutionary steps – lovingly done, each animal icon is identified by its scientific Latin name. So who needs cherries, oranges and plums when you can have bestia denta, crustacio springa and primo blobuli?
Things typically run the same in Evolution as in your ordinary five-reel online slot game: wild symbols substitute for other symbols and appear in the middle three columns, while three scatters enter the player into the bonus round. And here’s where things change.
Beyond the three or more scatters (helpfully marked “Free Spin”) earning the player exactly what is promised – up to 20 freebies with a massive 100x bet multiplier – an interesting bonus round is entered. On each winning free spin, the symbols paying out “evolve” into higher-paying symbols. By the end of 10 spins or so, one lifeform has proven dominant – and the winnings get, let’s say, more perfectly adapted to the player’s environment.