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The Ivanhoe Pokie Is A Retro-Modern Mix

This is a one-of-a-kind 3 reel slot! This Ivanhoe slot, created by Elk Studios, has a medieval mythology backstory, the game itself is reminiscent of the earliest computer games and even has pixilated screens, yet the bonus features are state of the art. Add a 300,000 pot to the mix and you’ve got a very interesting pokie game on your hands!

Gameplay

The Ivanhoe 3 reel, 3 line slot has 17 paylines and 6 base symbols, including red sevens, blue sevens, the ‘BAR’, a watermelon, lemon and cherries. The only other two symbols in this game are the Ivanhoe flag bonus symbol, which can cover an entire reel, and the crown. The crown only appears on the middle reel and acts as a blocker to payline combinations in the base game, but as a wild in the bonus free spins levels. There’s a backstory to this game, written in the pixilated scrolling bar at the bottom of the screen, which sets the scene in Medieval England in the times of King Richard and Prince John. The background is also vaguely Medieval in style, with trumpeteers blowing their horns and banners attached.  The game itself  is very reminiscent of the old school pokies machines you’d find in a pub or a Rotary club with machinated sounds of the reels spinning.

Special Features

There are two special features to this game. One is the betting strategies option, where you click on the money stacks symbol at the bottom left of the screen and choose from the betting strategies available. This will automatically change your bets according to your wins and losses, depending on which strategy you choose. When you get x3 Ivanhoe Bonus symbols in the base game, you trigger the first Bonus level, called ‘Ambush, which gives you 5 free spins with a x2 multiplier. If you win 2,500 coins in the first level, you get bumped up to the next level with an additional 3 free spins and a x3 multiplier. This keeps going until you either run out of free spins or reach the maximum 300,000 coin win on the highest level. Pretty advance bonus game for a 3 reeler!

Verdict

The theoretical RTP here is 96.3%, but we didn’t really get the right symbols often enough to get much of a win, even in the bonus games. We liked the betting strategies option, but overall, the wins didn’t really make up for the ‘almost retro’, mix-and-match theme.