Leading Australian slots developer, Aristocrat has taken the real-life legend of World War I German pilot, Manfred von Richthofen, as the basis for its historical war-themed slot, Red Baron. This 243-ways-to-win slot has five reels and three rows, with a top jackpot of 7 500 coins.
Red Baron includes free spins, a scatter symbol, two wild symbols, multipliers, and an interesting guessing game bonus.
Red Baron Theme Remains True to History
Together with his beloved Danish hound, Moritz, Rittmeister von Richthofen ruled the WWI airspace in his bright red Albatross D. III. bi-plane fighter aircraft, earning global notoriety and admiration as the Red Baron.
As with its other historically themed slots, Aristocrat has taken great pains to accurately represent the true story that inspired the Red Baron slot, making it a real treat for history buffs who like a bit of a gamble.
With a cloudy blue sky in the background, the Red Baron reels are not set in a console but, rather, appear to simply float in space. Some of the symbols included in Red Baron include fighter planes, crosshairs, iron crosses, Zeppelins, the Red Baron himself, and even his fearless four-legged friend, Moritz.
Red Baron does not have a full soundtrack but it does feature a number of appropriate sound effects – such as the drumming of a military marching band and the swoosh of passing aircraft – that are heard whenever winning combinations are landed.
Red Baron Bet Limits and Ways to Wager
As mentioned, Red Baron works according the 243-ways-to-win system, which does away with standard paylines and allows matching symbols to pay out for three or more in a row, regardless of where they land.
Red Baron players therefore select entire reels, instead of paylines, on which to wager – with the minimum number of reels set at three. To activate the entire board, players must wager 25 coins and coin values range between 0.01 and 5.00 credits, bringing the max bet per spin to 125 credits.
Two Iron Cross Wild Symbols
Counter to standard practice, Red Baron features not one but two wild symbols. Both wilds take the form of the Prussian Iron Cross, a prestigious medal which was awarded to the Rittmeister in honour of his 80 air combat victories. In the base game, the Red Baron iron cross wild can stand in for any other symbol except the scatter to complete winning combinations. Then, in the bonus round, the Red Baron wild has the additional benefit of applying an 8x multiplier to all wins that it helps to create.
To unlock the Red Baron bonus round, players need scatter symbols…
Free Spins on the Target
The Red Baron scatter symbol is the target sign or crosshairs that von Richthofen used to take aim at enemy fighters. If players land the scatter symbol anywhere on Reels 2, 3 or 4, the blue sky on the screen turns red and they are awarded a generous 15 free spins.
A Guessing Game in the Crosshairs
The Red Baron bonus round is made even more interesting by its additional guessing game. Before the round commences, players may attempt to predict the number of crosshairs scatter symbols that will appear – to a maximum of 40 – in the bonus round. If they guess correctly, a multiplier equal to the number of scatters landed is applied to all Red Baron bonus round wins.