There’s no reason that fun and high quality should be mutually exclusive, and Ogre Empire is a perfect example of a merger. The game is fundamentally enjoyable: great characters, fun sound effects and music, and the whole vibe is chilled. However, at the same time, the quality of the graphics is superb and the generosity of the payouts can be staggering.
Let’s take a proper look at Ogre Empire, and see if it’s as good as we think it is!
Gameplay Overview & Symbols
It’s unfortunate that you can only wager up to $25 a spin with Ogre Empire – it’s the kind of game where you want to wager big in the hope of winning even bigger! After all, you can earn up to a ludicrous 8,000x your stake on the perfect spin.
The game’s main character, the big ogre, is like a slightly more menacing, less glib version of Shrek – like if Christopher Nolan had worked at Dreamworks. The symbols are set into a large granite wall, looking like a dramatic, old-fashioned theatre. The text and script is equally “oldie style”, really putting you in the medieval mindset.
The animations, sound effects and jovial theme tune are perfectly matched with the game, and it’s a joy to play. It’s a 5×3 layout, and every winning combination can be gambled by flipping a golden coin: call it right, and you double your money; get it wrong…and it’s gone.
This is where the game starts. Triggered when the sun symbol fills the full middle reel, the ogre is awake and the royal family are all slumbering in their beds. Randomly activated, the ogre will get up and smash the rock symbols on-screen with his massive club, making way for new symbols to fall into place. This tends to lead to winning combinations!
In addition to the Daytime Ogre Smash, players can land a powerful wild symbol: the Sun Blossom Flower. Wherever it lands, it multiplies, transforming adjacent symbols into fellow wilds and generating huge wins! But as we know, night always follows day…
Night arrives when the moon symbol fills the centre reel, and it’s accompanied by a nice little payout. While the ogre sleeps, the King, Queen and the Joker wake up and start affecting the game. In particular, the joker is a multiplier wild which is worth 2x if part of a winning combination. If you manage to get 3 joker wilds as part of the same winning combo, then you’ll get an 8x whacked into place – huge!
The Night Blossom Flower does the same thing as its daytime counterpart, and is still an extremely powerful symbol.
While there isn’t a free spins round which most players might expect, there is plenty of opportunity to take home big bonus winnings – the two flowers in particular are game-changers. Overall this is a light, fun, and enjoyable slot which has the added benefit of paying out very kindly. Thumbs up all round!