Theme of The Game
Orient Express has been designed based on a very popular train service, from the late 19th century, which traversed the European continent from west to east. It started out in Paris and it traveled to Venice, Belgrade and eventually reached Istanbul. This luxury train service was available for a long time and it is still very well known, thanks to the glamour that surrounds its stories.
Yggdrasil Gaming created the mobile slot machine with the same name, and they’ve made sure to build its graphics around the train and the people that are traveling with it.
There are four game modes and four accompanying background images that are shown behind the reels. The symbols remain the same ones, including the image of the train, the card suits and the passengers. It’s an excellent design, worthy of a mobile slot machine with a retro feel, like any game based on the Orient Express should be.
For the last couple of years, the mobile slot machines that Yggdrasil Gaming has released have impressed a lot of players. They can design some incredible slots, though they have a couple of less impressive games on offer as well. Look at a game like Orient Express though, and you will find out what they can achieve in their better titles.
How To Play It
The usual betting range in a mobile slot machine from Yggdrasil will start from $0.01 per line, and this happens here as well, so you have to wager at least $0.20. At the other end of the betting range, you get a maximum value of $100, so each line can get up to $5.
This game has 5×3 reels and there are 20 fixed lines inside. You form combinations on those active lines and you take advantage of the four game modes and their different features. The interface is the standard one from Yggdrasil Gaming, very easy to use and figure out.
The thing that will stand out the most in Orient Express is the presence of the four game modes, in which you travel every time that you trigger the free spins. Once you’ve gone through all four game modes, you can select for yourself which one you prefer after each free spins feature. The game modes are associated with Paris, Venice, Belgrade and Istanbul, four of the cities through which the train passed.
Paris has the advantage of the Walking Wilds, which will move to the left and will grant the player re-spins. As long as you still have these Walking Wilds on the reels, the re-spins will continue. These symbols appear at random on the reels.
Get to the Venice game mode, and there you will have a Multiplier Clock that you can use, with values going from 2x to 5x. The multipliers are applied to the winning spins, at random during paid spins and for all wins during free spins.
In Belgrade, you have small trains that go from the right to the left, giving you wild reels when they stop at a column. During the base game, if triggered the feature gives you 1 to 3 wild reels. The free spins give you 1 to 3 guaranteed wild reels each round.
Istanbul’s powers include a postcard that can fly to random symbols and transform them into wilds. 2 to 12 symbols can be turned into wilds each round.
As for the free spins, you trigger those with 3 to 5 Globe scatters, and you get 7 to 30 free spins out of them.
The bigger combinations can deliver 1,000 coins during most rounds or up to 5,000 coins during Venice game mode, where there are multipliers present. Cash wise, you can get up to $25,000.
It’s a good game, with a theme that is well chosen and implemented, but also with a lot of features to be explored.