The race is on in New Jersey, as the top NJ online casinos are locked in fierce competition over the size and variety of their game libraries. Golden Nugget recently announced the addition of its 500th game, making them the first NJ site to reach that milestone.
Unfortunately, many of the vast number of online slots on the market today are seemingly the product of developers just going through the motions. Indeed, boring graphics, tired themes and overly simplistic bonus rounds have found their way into far too many releases.
That’s not the case with Golden Nugget’s epic new exclusive slot, Sword of Destiny, an impressive fantasy-inspired title absolutely packed with exciting bonus features and potential rewards.
The layout and design of this 5-reel game is something to behold, and is more comparable to a movie poster for a fantasy film than artwork created for a slot machine.
You’ll notice the unique touches built-in right away. Instead of the standard landscape layout so commonly seen in online slots, the Sword of Destiny game window is set in a portrait style, creating a towering and dramatic effect.
The high-value symbols are represented by items you might find in any magical, Dragon-infested kingdom, and include a Castle, Evil Knight, Flask and Scroll. An ornate Sword takes its place as the Wild symbol, while the XZONE symbol serves as the Scatter.
Base game symbol transformations
With four special features built into the base game, Sword of Destiny players don’t necessarily need to trigger any additional bonus rounds to win big. These can be initiated during any normal spin, and begin with the reels expanding to add two more rows to the game window. When that happens, you’ll watch as regular symbols transform into either Wilds, or into more valuable icons.
The conversions can happen in the following ways:
- Clumped Wilds: Up to three reels are filled with an Expanding Wild symbol
- Random Wilds: Between 4-9 positions are converted into Wilds
- Picture Wilds: A large image expands covering between 4-10 symbol positions, turning them Wild
- Symbol Upgrade: Two or more Flask, Glove, Necklace or Scroll symbols are replaced with either the Sword Man, Sword Lady or Castle symbols
The features add a little spice to what can sometimes be the boring period between hitting a slot’s marquee bonus rounds.
Free Spins Bonus and Multipliers galore
Sword of Destiny’s Free Spins Bonus is certainly eye-catching, and is presented in a way you won’t see in other games. The fun begins when three scattered XZONE symbols hit the reels, awarding eight free games and a 2x multiplier on the total bet.
When the bonus kicks off, the standard artwork is removed from above the reel set and is replaced by what amounts to a special paytable. There you will see a collection of eight Multipliers, ranging from 2x to 10x stacked on top of one another. During every Free Spin, one of the Multipliers will be applied to your winning combinations. When a Multiplier has been awarded, it is removed from the top menu and replaced with another.
Keep on the lookout for any additional XZONE symbols, each of which awards an extra Free Spin.
Temple Tower Jackpot feature
This SG Interactive slot doesn’t stop at a Free Spins Bonus, it goes the extra mile with a Pick’em feature that pays out increasing prize amounts at the low end, and three jackpots at the top.
The bonus is triggered when three Orbs appear on reels 1, 3 or 5. Once activated, players are presented with a ladder comprised of 16 steps that each contain cash prizes. 20 coins are then displayed in four sets of five and three picks are awarded. Each coin is worth between one and six steps up the ladder. Once all your picks have been completed, you’ll be awarded the prize corresponding to that rung on the ladder.
Sword of Destiny’s inspired graphics will make it instantly attractive to fans of fantasy series like Game of Thrones, but should impress nearly any gambler.
Players who enjoy the opportunity to win large jackpots with a single spin will love the Temple Tower Jackpot feature, which offers a chance at three substantial static jackpots, while those preferring traditional Free Spins Bonuses will have fun racking up Multipliers during the XZONE Free Games round.
In all, Sword of Destiny represents an epic gaming experience, making it a worthy addition to Golden Nugget’s ample slots collection.