Review of Captain America: The First Avenger Slots
Any red-blooded American is going to write a biased review of Captain America Slots – its civic duty after all! However, the good news is that this release from Playtech actually deserves a bit of praise since they could have totally mailed it in and people would have still played it, but instead they put forth a solid effort. Although as explained below, “good” is pretty much the highest compliment that can be given to it.
Personally, he’s never been one of my favorite superheroes but you have to respect a crime fighter who takes on the name of your country as his moniker. Those of you who reside in the U.S. are probably nodding in agreement and the rest of you reading from around the world can probably understand too. That’s why it’s totally understandable if you want to label this release as a “disappointment” – it just doesn’t live up to the greatness that something with “America” stamped on it should be.
Therefore, it’s only right that this honest review of Captain America Slots fights off the home team bias and reports the truth. It’s just the American way.
The screenshots below give you a taste of the action and an idea of what’s on offer here. The imagery is sharp and there are tons of effects that add to the overall enjoyment of the game, with the Expanding Wilds being one of the highlights. On the flip side, there is a lot of grey in this game and an overall shortage of unique symbols so you just might find yourself feeling a bit hungry for more.
After taking a hiatus with most of the other comic book heroes from the 1940s, Captain America re-emerged in the mid 1960s when the American public was ready for graphic novels once again. The story picked up where it left off, depicting the classic battle of “good vs. evil”.
Known in mortal form as Steven Rogers, this soldier was used as a guinea pig for the government’s secret Super Soldier project and acquired human perfection through an experimental serum. Since that time he has been protecting the USA from evil and defending the freedoms of liberty-loving citizens around the world.
This game basically follows the plot of the 2011 movie, Captain America: The First Avenger, through its imagery and characters, beginning with the transformation of Rogers into a hero. You even get to battle super villain Red Skull head-on in the hopes of defeating him and grabbing huge cash prizes along the way.
Even though Captain America Slots breaks the cardinal rule of using a “9” as one of their symbols, we still have to give them a decent overall grade in this category. They actually split the symbols into good and evil, with two versions of each / one for each side.
So there are 2 shields, 2 pilots, and 2 sets of dog tags. Oh – they definitely get a few extra points for having two Wild symbols, as well! Here’s what you’ll find:
- J (Jack)
- Q (Queen)
- K (King)
- A (Ace)
- Red Iron Cross
- Super Soldier Dog-Tags
- Steven Rogers
- Super Soldier
- Captain America Shield
- Hydra Logo
- Captain America Logo (Scatter)
- Captain America (Expanding Wild)
- Red Skull (Expanding Wild)
- Free Games Logo
The Captain America Shield and Hydra Logo symbols pay the most for five across the reels with 2,000 coins each. The payouts then drop dramatically with Steven Rogers and the Super Soldier paying 300 coins for 5 of a Kind, and bringing up the rear are the symbols of Super Soldier Dog-Tags and Red Iron Cross with 150 coins for five.
As with most Marvel Slots games, Captain America is linked to their “Mystery Progressive Jackpot“, which offers four different prizes. This means that at any time during any spin you could be whisked away to their progressive jackpot area where you will keep flipping tiles until you have matched 3 of the same prize symbol. The jackpot round is then over and you win the corresponding prize amount to whatever you’ve matched.
These prizes have been known to grow quite big, with the largest usually being well into the 6 figures. It’s one of the best progressive network jackpots around and it’s definitely one of the main attractions of Marvel games.
So this machine is kind of weird when it comes to its bonus rounds. Many would argue that there is not a “real” bonus area in Captain America Slots, but you could also easily fall on the other side of the debate. Technically you enter a bonus round before you begin your free spins mode because first you are presented with a block of 9 tiles that you can choose from. These tiles will give you more free games, increase your prize multiplier, or dish out a special prize. So doesn’t that sound like a “bonus round” to you? Exactly.
Each time after you choose a tile, Red Skull shoots a lightning bolt at Captain America but he’ll deflect it with his shield and blow up the square that you selected, in order to reveal the prize that was hidden underneath. The graphics of the battle are fun but certainly not ground-breaking by any means.
The bonus round & free games are triggered when you hit Captain America anywhere on Reel #1, the Free Games Icon anywhere on Reel #3, and Red Skull anywhere on Reel #5 during the same spin.
The “Super Energy Free Games” in Captain America Slots is one of the game’s stronger points and each time is different because the round depends on what you previously revealed in the bonus area. Your choices determine the cash prizes that you win since the bonus wins are multiplied by whatever amount you have revealed. So if you keep flipping over shields that have “+1x Multiplier” under them, your multiplier will continue to grow until you hit a “Collect” symbol.
In addition, there is also a special mode that awards 2 “Super Spins“: the “Villain Super Spin” and the “Hero Super Spin”. If you nail this whopper of a prize you will get an Expanding Wild symbol on a reel and an extra wild symbol added to the board as well. With each Super Spin only the symbols from that character are on the reels (good or evil), so it is much easier to get 3, 4, or even 5 of a Kind.
Lastly, while free-rolling you can also receive the Tesseract (the glowing cube) which adds even more free spins to your total. This comes at random and is always a welcome boost to the bankroll.
Playtech did a great job on the animations of the game symbols like the Super Soldier and the Wild. Whether it’s the zoom effect on certain items, or having planes flying behind the images in a symbol, the game has a perfect amount of moving pieces. The screen always seems to be active, but not so much that it’s distracting or annoying.
All of the characters were designed in high quality, with lots of shiny armor and weapons throughout.
Audio & Soundtrack
The soundtrack to this game is quite addictive and most of you will probably be big fans. It sounds like “techno music” and it was definitely made on a synthesizer that sounds like it’s from outer space. It’s a nice background accompaniment to the game and works well with the furious action.
This release has a few extra audios courtesy of the actual voices that speak to you during certain times. For example, “You win free games with Power Features” is dryly said in a Brooklyn accent whenever you access the bonus round for some reason.
All of the other game audios are pleasant, such as the reels stopping or payline wins being added to your balance, with no major complaints or praises.
Fans of Marvel Comics are definitely going to want to try this game out: it’s a ton of fun when you first start playing it and there’s a lot going on. However, many players probably won’t go back to it that often once the original excitement has worn off. The reels just seem a little bare when compared to all of the other games out there, and the lack of moving pieces on the reels can dampen your enthusiasm.
Others may find the Captain America special features too uneventful and cash out as soon as they’ve seen them once, and the lack of a proper bonus round is probably what will push most players away. That said, there’s definitely enough meat on the bone to satisfy those who worship the superhero and just want to play anything that has his name attached to it.
Although this game looks fine and is ok to play, it’s pretty much exactly like the original motion picture – lacking in substance to the point where you’ll probably be left feeling underwhelmed and a little bored. True fans should manage their expectations accordingly.
Bonus Video of Captain America
We’ve posted a lot of these CinemaSins videos on the website because they’re always funny and we just can’t get enough of them. Here is one of the best one’s they’ve ever done: “Everything Wrong with Captain America: The First Avenger“.
Be warned: if you are a super fan of this film you will not want to watch this video – they absolutely kill it…and it’s hilarious. Enjoy!