Indian Spirit in the Heart Of The West End

So there I was last night, sitting in the rather eloquent and celubrious setting of the new Hippodrome Casino in London’s West End, bashing the button of a Novomatic Gaminator machine which didn’t seem to like it very much. I’d just come round from Napoleons Casino on Leicester Square where I’d sat, bashing the button of a Novomatic Gaminator machine which didn’t seem to like it very much.

I felt a theme developing. So I decided to try something radical and play a game I wasn’t so familiar with. Step forward, Indian Spirit.

I had come across Novomatic’s Indian Spirit slot before, briefly – online at Star Games – but I hadn’t played it for long before getting winked at by my favourite Super Gaminator games, Book Of Ra and Katana which sit alongside Indian Spirit. If you play Novomatic games, you may have already noticed that I tend to be drawn towards sadistic, money-hungry monsters that promise the world but rarely deliver anything more than a small lump of rock in the middle of a cold ocean masquerading as an escape from reality. High volatility…yup, that’s what sucks me in!

It seemed that after 10 minutes or so of playing Indian Spirit, I’d found a kindred spirit! This slot is more volatile than an Indian war party it would seem but I was growing to like it.  And I wasn’t even winning! In fact, 2 hours later I was about £400 down playing at £1.60/£2 a spin. Ouch. That’s when I hit the 5 Indians.

For those that know slots but don’t know Indian Spirit then the gameplay is similar to Aristocrat’s 50 Lions or 50 Dragons, or like Zeus and Palace Of Riches by WMS (check out the Indian Spirit video at Slotjunkies). You get stacked symbols on all reels – in this case amazingly, Indians – and a free spin feature which awards 10 free spins with no multiplier. What does happen here though is that you get stacked wilds chucked into play. And re-triggers if you are lucky. That’s when the fun starts.

The one aspect that might put players off – high volatilty dictates this one – is that to trigger the free spin feature on Indian Spirit you need to get the Golden Eagle symbols on reels 2, 3 and 4 simultaneously: no mean feat! The irony is that this event is equally as rare as the Golden Eagle itself.

What I do like particularly about this game though is that you don’t *need* the free spins to get a big hit. The stacked Indians in the base game are where I got my £340 hit (from a £2 stake) right at the end of my session to leave me only marginally down. And that was without stacks of Indians. In fact, all 5 reels stacked full of Indians and I wouldn’t be sitting here now writing this article as I’d have a hangover worthy of a second sequel!

So it wasn’t a profitable night but it was a fun night. Topped off with a curry – what could be better? Apart from lots of stacked Indians obviously. Try Indian Spirit next time you see an Admiral machine or a Novomatic Super Gaminator if it has that game pack. Or play it online* but don’t bet too big! When it’s hungry, it’s vicious!

*Footnote: if you decide to play Indian Spirit online, check out another Novomatic game, Mystic Secrets while you are there. It’s another volatile (online-only) slot with stacked wild reels in the free spins and is superb!