Platooners is part of the ELK Studios collection of slot machines, and at the same time it appears to be a sequel for another game of theirs, called Bloopers. This time, we’re looking at an action movie inspired theme, with the set for it coming in the form of a jungle that’s filled with dangers.
As a player in Platooners, you will have 178 lines to form wins on, with 5x4 reels that will spin. These are connected lines, so not quite regular ways to win, and they bring you bonus games, three random types of Action Spins, scatters and wilds. The top reward in this game is expected to reach 2,500x the stake, or up to $250,000.
Betting and Prizes
You wouldn’t expect a game with ways to win to be using all the available lines in betting, and Platooners doesn’t do that either. You will be spending your money on a fixed imaginary number of lines, with values ranging from $0.20 to $100 for the total amount. ELK Studios slot machines tend to have 100 coins in them at all times, so the maximum coin value allowed here will be $1.
Now, to look at the rewards that will be coming your way in the game, the best possible spin that you can get in it will bring you a reward of 2,500x the stake that you used that round. This means that you can get a win as high as $250,000, if you had the highest bet active. The RTP that they’ve gone with is a good one, but which doesn’t stray away from the pack, being set to 96.3%. Expect for this to be a slot machine with medium-high volatility.
Platooners Slot Features
First, let’s take a look at the features that you can get at random, the so-called Action Spins. These pop-in between your regular spins, so after one has ended, and bring you Platooners to fire weapons towards the reels, as they begin to spin again. The Platooner is a cute creature, coming in three versions, each one with another random feature to give you.
The Green Platooner has rockets and will launch them in the direction of reels 1 and 3, adding matching symbols to them and increasing the odds of forming a win that round.
From the Red Platooner, you get grenades, which are thrown in random positions, turning them into wilds. This happens on the last three reels.
Yellow Platooner will use bullets, fired from a machine gun towards the 2nd to 5th reels. You will have a guaranteed 5-symbol win from this.
Now, to get to the bonus game of this slot, it’s called Platooners vs Snakes, and you get it via 3+ bonus symbols which form a combination on a regular pay line. In the 15 rounds that you start with, Platooners will attack a snake, and can even get additional attacks along the way. Defeat a snake, and you get to fight at the next level of the game, with bigger payouts on the line.
Wilds are also there, and they are used in their usual roles, being perfect replacements for regular symbols that you need to form a new combo.
Theme & Design
The theme gives us an action movie set, somewhere in Hollywood. The stars are three creatures, the Platooners, which are colored in green, red and yellow. They’re the stars and they fight on a jungle set, against a snake. It’s an excellent design, something that ELK always seems to deliver.
It’s a very interesting addition to the Bloopers series, and it can be enjoyable, in the usual style of ELK. If you enjoy medium to high volatility titles, it might be the game for you.