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Who doesn't like a good alien slot machine? Alien Robots is a good one - this is a medium volatility title from NetEnt with a whoppng 96.6% RTP (good odds). The futuristic, colourful art-style is the clear winner of this game, but gameplay doesn’t lag behind, and neither does the winning potential if you play all your cards right.
While the idea of robots seems to be rather commonplace today, the word itself isn’t even a hundred years old. Originally, it came from the play R.U.R, written in 1920 by Czech writer Karel Čapek, where it was used to describe a fictional humanoid. So NetEnt’s latest title, Alien Robots, is a bit too early to celebrate the word’s 100 year anniversary.
But it offers a 5x3 playing field with 30 flexible paylines and the option to switch to 243 ways to win by doubling your wager. It also offers a free spins bonus for collecting enough Scatters, and the ability of having expanding, sticky Wilds during those extra turns, so, it’s fair to say that we’re willing to forgive NetEnt for rushing this out too early. Just this once.
The user interface isn’t the sleek, black and white one that we’ve become so accustomed by now. The title was released back in 2013, before NetEnt settled into its style. But the silver and green looks nice enough, and it fits the somewhat cold, robotic feeling that also fills the reels. The visuals are colourful, upbeat and look quite fitting for the futuristic setting they were going for, and the awesome animations certainly help with that, as well.
As far as symbols go, you have the standard fare of playing card icons like 10, J, Q, K and A. We’re usually not big fans of this look, but we quite like the digitised look they have going here, which makes them look more retro, and yet, somehow it makes it fit with the rest of the symbols and visuals. The rest are comprised of colourful robots of various shapes and sizes, each with a specific function assigned to it with the purpose of helping secure your big, important scores.
To win the free spins, you need to collect three, four or five Scatters, which will reward ten, twenty or fifty extra turns, respectively. During the free spins feature, however, NetEnt’s release allows you to win additional extra turns by collecting those same Scatters again. The second feature also triggers during free spins. Namely, when a Wild appears during free spins, it will expand to cover the entire reel, and will return to a regular Wild after a single re-spin.
Now, don’t misunderstand us, this loop can be quite effective when it all lines up. The expanding Wilds make a world of difference when they appear at the right place, but it can feel lacking from time to time. Nowadays, a lot of titles have multiple features, so much so that there’s always something going on to spice up gameplay, but that’s simply not how companies did things back in 2013. If you prefer titles that don’t have a lot of bonuses to overwhelm you, this would certainly be a good pick for you.