Blade is one of the more interesting characters in Marvel Comics lore. This vampire hunter is a human who carries many of the traits of vampires within him, due to his mother being attacked by one of the creatures as he was being born.
His adventures have been chronicled in a number of different comics, as well as in a more recent film series. Now, Playtech has brought Blade and his hunt to the world of online slots in the Blade slot machine.
How to Play Blade Slots
Blade is a 20-line, five reel slot machine that’s available at most Playtech-powered casino sites. In this game, players have most of the standard betting options available on other Marvel slots, including the ability to wager up to ten coins per line, and adjust their coin size from £0.01 to as much as £5.
The object of the game is to match identical symbols across your active paylines, with only wins from left to right counting. The basic winning symbols are the ever-present card ranks (tens up through aces), while bigger wins can be obtained by matching weapons like blades, bullets and guns. The biggest standard symbol is the vampire, which awards a prize of 1,000 credits per coin wagered if you can hit five on the same payline.
There are also two of the classic “special” symbols included in this game. You couldn’t have a Blade slot machine without including the man himself, so of course Blade appears as the wild symbol. He has the ability to link up with any other symbols to make winning combinations, while also having the power to score big wins on his own. For five Blade symbols, you’ll win 2,500 credits – the most you can win on a single line without the Blade Split features, which we’ll talk about later.
In addition, there’s also a scatter symbol (the Blade logo) that appears on all reels. Match three or more of these and you’ll win a prize equal to a multiple of your bet on that spin – anywhere from 6x for three symbols, to (appropriately) 666x for hitting all five.
Bonus Games in Blade
There are three bonus features available during Blade: a free spins game, a truly unique feature that opens up the potential for incredibly big prizes, and the always popular Marvel Jackpot game.
FREE SPINS GAME
If you hit three or more of the Blade scatter symbols during the same spin, you’ll earn a bonus of 15 free spins. These free spins start with a random multiplier that can range from 2x to 5x, and which applies to all of your wins during your free spins.
However, this random multiplier will constantly be changing throughout the course of the bonus round. After every winning spin, the multiplier will move up by one, up to the maximum of 5x. Similarly, should you have a losing spin, the multiplier will fall by one (but never below the minimum of 2x). During gameplay, the scatter symbol will also act as a bonus wild symbol, and you can win additional free spins that can keep the game going indefinitely!
BLADE SPLIT FEATURE
Here’s one of the most unique and thematic bonus features I’ve seen in a long time. There’s a special Blade Split symbol that can appear on the final reel on any spin. If it does, and you have at least one winning combination on the reels, expect to have your winnings increase dramatically! The final winning symbol on any winning payline will be cut in half, splitting into two symbols and thus making your win longer. For instance, if you had a win of three jacks, the final jack will be cut into two, making your payline now pay out for four jacks instead!
There’s an obvious question here, and the answer is yes: this feature can result in you ending up with six-of-a-kind on a payline! There are special six-of-a-kind payouts for every symbol, and these tend to be way higher than the five-of-a-kind payouts. For instance, remember when we said five wild symbols would earn you 2,500 credits? Six will earn you an amazing 25,000 for each coin you wagered – enough to make you feel like you’ve won a jackpot right on the reels! Even the lowly ten offers 250 credits for six of them.
Marvel Progressive Jackpot
As with all Marvel Comics slots at Playtech casinos, Blade can grant you entry into the Marvel Jackpot Multi-Level Progressive game. This feature is triggered entirely at random, with the only factor affecting the odds of unlocking it being how much you wagered on a given spin.
Once you’re in the game, you’ll pick symbols to reveal jackpot icons from a grid. Once you’ve unlocked three of the same symbol, you’ll win the associated jackpot. These range from the Power Jackpot, worth hundreds of pounds, to the Ultimate Power Jackpot, which has awarded hundreds of thousands of pounds in the past.
Other Notes on Blade
Blade’s graphics may not be the most impressive you’ll see at Playtech, but the game still has a good atmosphere to it. The sharp and modern graphics really befit the character, especially as he has been portrayed in more recent years. I also really enjoyed the bonus features, especially the splitting symbols, which is something I’d never seen before! If you love the Blade character or just want to check out some unique features, I’d recommend playing Blade.