Powered by NetEnt, Evolution is a 5-reel Video Slot game with 25 fixed paylines. Up to 10 coins can be wagered per line, and the value range is 0.01 to 0.5. The maximum payout in the regular game is 500 credits per line bet, with a theoretical RTP of 96.3%.
All payouts are detailed in the game’s pay table, but it is also possible to play for free in the Practice Play mode. This gives players the chance to build their confidence and skills before making any wagers. This is especially important in this game, because it offers a Skill Stop feature that allows players to control when the reels stop as they try to create paying configurations.
When players feel that their reel stopping skills have improved and they are ready to put money down, this can be done in Pounds, Euros, Canadian Dollars and US Dollars. Instead of using the Skill Stop Feature the game can also be left completely up to chance, and the AutoPlay mode can also be activated, to spin the reels automatically if they want to keep winning but have to carry on with other things.
General Game Theme and Feel
The central idea in this game is the evolution of life on planet Earth, and this concept is carried through in various ways. The higher-value regular reel symbols include animals from different stages of the evolutionary process – a Draconius Rex, a Basilisk Pluma, a Basilisk Hairicus, a Bestia Dentum and an Albus Slugus. The creatures are all very well formed and rendered, and the names seem to have a humorous tongue-in-cheek quality to them.
The lower-value symbols are the usual playing card symbols, but the numbers and letters are held jelly-like organisms with more pseudo-scientific names. Animations punctuate every win and the creatures move on the spinning reels with an organic motion. The background to the reels is a deep blue that seems reminiscent of the primordial soup, and the sounds that accompany the action also suggest an ancient time and the beginning of life.
Special Symbols and Features
The Wild Symbol in Evolution is the Bubble, with the word Wild written inside in letters that look like they could be gametes or DNA dividing in a cell. It can appear on Reels 2 to 5 only, and can stand in for any regular reel symbol to create winning combinations. The only symbol that the Wild can’t substitute for is the Free Spin Scatter, also a bubble containing the words Free Spin in a similar font to the Wild Symbol, which can be scattered anywhere over the reels to win.
When 3, 4 or 5 Scatters appear on the reels, the Free Spins Bonus Round is triggered and players are awarded 10, 15 or 20 Free Spins respectively. When any winning combination lines up during the Free Spins, the innovative Evolution feature is activated once the payout has been made. Here all symbols in the triggering winning combination and all matching symbols anywhere on the reels become Wild Bubble Symbols and create many more winning opportunities.