Name:  Fate of Fortune

Developer:  ELK Studios

Paylines:  81

Reels:  5

Rows:  Up To 5

RTP:  95%

Variance:  High

Top Payout:  10,000x

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About This Slot

In the race to produce the most whacky and out-there slots, ELK Studios are certainly amongst the front-runners. From heist-based games like Lake’s Five to the futuristic Nitropolis and the alien-caper, Visitors, there is never a dull moment when these guys are in town. Once again, ELK have got creative with this highly volatile number that will give you a chance to hit wins of up to 10,000x when you stare into the crystal ball.

First up there are some intriguing aspects to this game that make is stand out from the crowd. The 5 reel layout is off-beat – check out the 5-3-1-3-5 row set that creates a diamond formation. And then there is the 81 paylines – not a standard configuration for an online slot. And behind all this we have an atmosphere that is both mystical and otherworldly with an unlikely combination of choral and death metal music in the background adding to the intensity.

Then … when the game loads, a voice greets you with the ominous message “Your fate is sealed”, which sets the tone for the rest of game!   So, right off the bat we get the sense that this game has something different to offer us.

RTP, Variance and Top Payout

First up, like our other favourite games from the ELK catalogue, Fate of Fortune is boasting a high volatility. There are no prisoners here – so beware and choose your bet size accordingly. We started at a 20p minimum to get the hang of it. Even try a few free spins to get warmed up before diving in. It can help to get the lay of the land.

The Return to Player meanwhile is set at 95% which is a little under average – that may put some people off. There are no clear reasons as to why this is the case, so we will leave that with you to ponder. But overall, looking at the config of the game we would say that this one is suited to the high rollers – those with a taste for high risk gameplay and a bankroll to match. If you want to get anywhere close to the 10,000x top payout then you are going to need to land some good multipliers and symbol combinations … and have patience!

Symbols and Graphics

Let’s just say the artwork here is of a very high quality – check other ELK releases too which all have this characteristic. The reels are set against a backdrop of a forest and stone-buildings. In the middle is a fortune teller, hand spread around the crystal ball which itself can randomly deliver features at any time – more on that in a moment.

Meanwhile, the paylines in Fate of Fortune run both ways and you need to match at least 3 matching symbols to hit a win. The symbols include 3 ethereal ladies with colourful hair and 3 magical runes. The red lady pays 2x stake for 5 of a kind, while the blue lady awards 1.5x stake and green lady pays up to 1x stake. The runes award from 0.5x to 0.7x stake for 5 matches on the reels.

Other symbols trigger special features.

You’ll find the pink W symbol, which is the Wild, along with the blue W symbol, which is the expanding Wild. There is also a Mystery Symbol, the question mark, which appears stacked, along with a Multiplier symbol represented by 3 Xs. Finally, you’ll find a crystal ball with a red W inside – this is the Fortune’s Favor symbol which triggers a range of special features.

What We Like

  Very atmospheric
  Imaginative layout and ‘pays both ways
  Packed with features
  Up to 50x multipliers
  Stunning artwork

What We Don't Like

  Below average RTP

Gameplay and Features

As creative as they are with the artwork, ELK have produced a game with a. high quality selection of features too – 8 in total, from wilds and multipliers to nudges and mystery icons. Here is how they all work:

Wilds

The blue W is the expanding Wild and this can appear on reels 2 and 4, expanding into the outer reels to guarantee a win – this is unsual in itself as most wilds expand vertically. The pink W is the regular Wild, which can substitute for the other symbols to create more winning combinations.

Mystery Symbols

Mystery Symbols appear on any reel except the central reel and will transform into the same matching symbol.

Nudge Spins

Landing 3 or 4 Scatters triggers unlimited Nudge Spins. You’ll receive Mystery Stacks of the same symbol which nudge one position down on every spin. You’ll also get a progressive Multiplier which increases on every spin.

Crystal Ball

The crystal ball can randomly trigger the Fortune’s Favor feature on any spin. Watch for it lighting up to unleash any of the following:

  • Multiplier: a random multiplier of up to 50x
  • Lady Swap: premium symbols are transformed into the same lady symbol
  • Locked Wilds: A Wild appears on the central reel and a Respin is awarded. The Multiplier for the Wild increases by 1 until you hit a win.
  • Walking Wilds: A Wild appears on the central reel and a Respin is awarded. The Wild splits and walks to reels 2 and 4, continuing to walk on each spin until they leave the screen.

Free Spins

Not satisfied with that little lot? Then there is also a free spins round, triggered by hitting 3 or 4 bonus symbols anywhere on the reels on one spin. The free spins round uses Mystery Stacks of symbols and multipliers to crank up the tension. With 3 bonus symbols triggering you’ll get 1 stack, with 4 bonus symbols you’ll get 2 stacks. In each case you will get a 1x multiplier to start

With each spin the stacks nudge down 1 place from their starting position, increasing your multiplier by 1x each time. When all your stacks have left the reel set, then the round ends.

Our Verdict

Fate of Fortune is so packed with features it’s remarkable. So, although this is a crazy ride thanks to the high volatility there is so much going on with regular modifiers and a few trips to the free spins round, we think pretty much everyone will enjoy the game. Just start with low stakes to avoid burning through your cash too quick. This slot is also brimming with intensity and atmosphere, so if the mysterious vibe floats your boat, this is another big tick.

In terms of wins, the Multipliers are where you’ll find the best payouts and hitting these will bring the 10,000x stake top payout within striking distance. The only drawback we can find is the below average RTP which is a little disappointing. For alternatives, find out more about high RTP games here.

All in all, Fate of Fortune has great ambiance and so many special features, everyone should have a few spins to reveal their fate!

Useful Resources

ELK Studios Own Game Profile Page