Playtech’s Archer Pokie Review
May 23, 2014
These days, the 243 ways format is fairly common. It gives you as many ways to win as possible on the standard five reels-by-three rows format that's popular for pokies, and that leads to a very exciting game. Archer was the very first game by Playtech to use this format, and it's known for having a particularly high volatility. You need to be careful when you play this game because the volatility is higher than the vast majority of pokies out there, so you might not be used to the swings that you get when you play. You can counter these swings by playing smaller bet sizes with longer sessions than usual.
Archer has a medieval theme, and it's a particularly feature-rich game. As mentioned above, Archer uses five reels with the 243 ways format, and the coins range from $0.01 to $0.25 each. It takes a 25-coin bet to activate all of the ways to win, and you can multiply that by up to 10 for a 250-coin bet. It only takes $0.25 per spin to play this game, so it's well within anyone's bankroll, but just beware of the extremely high volatility and the swings that naturally come from this.
The gold symbol is pretty important in this game because it's wild, and it will appear on the second, third and fourth reels. The archer symbol is the highest-paying symbol in the game, and five of it on a payline gives you a 1,500x payout. However, because the 243 ways format is used, you'll make plenty of other payouts as well. Five of the lady symbol will get you a 1,000x payout, and other payouts are available at 750x, 500x and 250x. The high volatility of this game comes not from the initial payout schedule but from the bonus features.
The Expand and Split feature is a pretty big deal in this game. If you get a win that includes a symbol with an arrow on it, and there's a scatter symbol on the reels at the same time, then it will expand in the direction of the arrow. This gives you some pretty big payouts. You can also win free spins where the Expand and Split feature is triggered on every single spin regardless of whether or not the symbol is used in a winning combination as long as the bow and arrow scatter shows up on the reels.