Blood, gore, violence and a battle to the death for territory. It sounds more like a plot for a Hollywood movie, doesn't it, rather than the intro for an online slot? But here we are, nonetheless joining the battlefield in NextGen Gaming's slot titled 300 Shields Extreme. I might be unable to reel off the names of the battalions joining you in this slot, but I can tell you about the stats attached to it instead. This is a 25-fixed payline game with a slightly below-average RTP of 95.29% and a maximum win of 17,770x bet.
With the word extreme being thrown around in the title of the slot, you might expect this to be an all-action machine, but the reality is that the standard base play is very tame indeed and more like a game of toy soldiers than an epic battle. Thankfully, all is redeemed with a free spin feature that gives you a chance to collect shields and build up your win multiplier. Reach the top of the meter and land a win that includes a wild, and it will be multiplied by a massive 300x. One last addition for those that can't wait to trigger the feature organically is the bonus buy option. Part with 100x the current stake, and you can access it instantly.
I'm not sure that heading straight out into battle is the best idea, so why not get prepped first and try out our free demo slot of 300 Shields Extreme, it's available to play below.
300 shields extreme SLOT THEME, STAKES, PAYS & SYMBOLS
300 Shields Extreme slot paytable
Whilst some themes of slots get milked for all they are worth, like fishing, some are left relatively unscathed from the mass of developers now in the iGaming industry. One such genre to avoid the surgeon's scalpel is that of Sparta; although there are still plenty of games based around this and Rome, it's just nothing quite like the stacks of western or sweet-related titles that now seem to be released every week. So, if you're partial to a bit of combat in your online slotting, I'd suggest you take a look at Nolimit City's outstanding Legion X, or even the upgraded version of 300 Shields that is, of course, called 300 Shields Mightyways, which has 262,144 ways to win.
On with today's review then, we'll start at the paytable, where the highest value symbol in the game is the scatter, which is worth 100x the bet if five land in view. The next most valuable symbol is the wild, weighing in with a very respectable 40x for all five on a payline. This is followed by the archer and boat, which pay 10x for a completed line of five, and finally, the sword and arrows, worth 8x for a full payline. Dropping down to the low pays, we have the industry standard royals, with the Ace and King paying 6x for all five, the Queen and Jack worth 5x, and last up, the ten and nine, which will award 4x for a five of a kind win.
There are only nine possible bet sizes that you can play 300 Shields Extreme at, and the lowest of these is €0.25 per spin, with the maximum being €12.50. With this slot's potential in the bonus round, we don't think you have to play it at an exceptionally high stake to reap the possible rewards.
base game & modifiers
300 Shields Extreme slot base game
300 Shields Extreme is played over a standard reel format of 5x3 with 25 fixed paylines throughout the gameplay. Creating a win and adding some cash to your balance will require you to land three matching symbols from left to right. However, in the case of the top four paying symbols, only two need to hit for a win to be paid. Unfortunately, that's all the base game has to offer, but fear not, the best is yet to come.
300 shields extreme slot bonus features
There is just one main feature that can be activated within the game, and to trigger this free spins bonus, you will need to land three or more of the shield scatter symbols anywhere in view. If you successfully do this, you will enter the bonus round where, if luck is on your side, you could win a massive 17,770x your stake per single spin!
The bonus feature will start you off with five free spins, and any winning combination that involves the warrior wild will multiply that win by x2. What you're now hoping will happen is that as many of the shield scatter symbols will land in view as possible as this progresses you up the shield counter meter on the left-hand side of the screen. The following amount of shields is required to unlock the corresponding rewards.
Collect 2 or more shields: Five additional spins are added, and all wins involving the warrior wild will be multiplied by x5.
Collect 6 or more shields: Five additional spins are added, and all wins involving the warrior wild will be multiplied by x25.
Collect 12 or more shields: Five additional spins are added, and all wins involving the warrior wild will be multiplied by x300.
* Players should note that landing three shields in one spin will re-trigger the bonus feature and add five spins to your total, no matter how far you have progressed up the shield meter. If you can land a re-trigger early on into the bonus, your chances of reaching the top will increase dramatically.
Love it, or loathe it, the bonus buy phenomenon continues to gather pace, and 300 Shields Extreme also offers players the chance to trigger the free spins through a feature buy option. Those of you who would like to take up this offer can do so at the cost of 60x your stake.
300 shields extreme slot review final thoughts
For those unaware, 300 Shields Extreme is a remake of NextGen Gaming's original slot, 300 Shields. There isn't really any difference between the two, except for a cleaner game design and the fact that players can purchase the bonus game, which wasn't possible in the original version of this slot.
With the possibility of reaching a 300x multiplier, this slot can pay out huge wins, just like the original, but you have to be prepared for plenty of low-paying features as well. The base game is notably horrible on this slot, and your balance can soon be depleted without any base wins to keep it topped up, but this is to be expected as the game has to compensate for the massive wins it is capable of paying out.
If you choose to buy the bonus on 300 Shields Extreme, then ensure your deposit limits are set in place. You will soon see for yourself how brutal the bonus round can be, and if you have paid 60x your stake to trigger it for a little return, then you're not likely to want to keep doing it over and over.