Eagle Sun (Lightning Box): Overview
Eagle Sun gives players the chance to head out west in a Native American themed slot from Aussie company Lightning Box. Alongside the Native American imagery are swarms of eagles, which makes sense given the title. Eagle Sun naturally has shades of Red Tiger’s Eagle Riches about it. But, being Lightning Box, they have added a bit more complexity to the gameplay. It’s not quite Astro Pug, as all of its rows and reels make sense, but it has more going on than first meets the eye. Do all those extras work with Eagle Sun this time around? Saddle up and take a look.
The visuals are quite good and locate Eagle Sun out west on the range. The background has that manifest destiny look to it, all beaming sunlight, peaceful and harmonious; there’s even a tepee off to the side. Clearly, this is before the wagon trains poured in to upset the balance. The soundtrack is in theme too with soothing Native American music complementing the pastoral scene. The graphic standard is upset somewhat by the clunky UI. It has either been done that way on purpose to give it a retro land-based style, or the execution is poorly done. We’ll let you be the judge of that. Either way, it contributes to giving Eagle Sun a physical slot vibe, an older one at that.
When it comes to the game grid, Eagle Sun has two modes. During the base game, it has 5 reels, 4 rows, and 40 ways to win. Bets start relatively high at 40 c/p and go up in increments of 40 before topping out at £/€160 per spin. RTP is slightly below average on 95.76%, and Lightning Box has rated the volatility as high. There are several features where the game’s best payouts can be hit, but the base game ticks along at a respectable rate as well. Reel spins are a little jerky, a little old fashioned looking, and like the UI, it’s hard to tell if that was done on purpose.
The paytable splits symbols into low and high pay groups. The low pay symbols are 10 – A royals which have little decorations on them like feathers and necklaces. The high pay symbols are all Native American icons such as a dream catcher, drums, a lady, a warrior, and a paramount chief. The chief has the highest value at 6.25 times the stake for five of a kind. There are two wilds, an eagle wild and a landscape wild. Both payout in combinations of 2 or more and substitute for any other regular pay symbol.
Eagle Sun (Lightning Box): Features
In Native American culture, eagles might have represented truth, honesty, majesty, courage, freedom, power and wisdom. In Eagle Sun, they are all about the coins. It starts with the Respin feature. The Eagle Spin symbol appears on the middle reel, and just one in view triggers a Respin. During the Respin, only blank positions or Eagle symbols show up on the reels. When Eagle symbols land, they add +1 to a count meter and trigger another respin. When no more Eagle symbols land then the respins end. Then, an Eagle Spin occurs and the number on the meter is the total number of wilds that are added to the spin. Eagle Spin symbols can also substitute for all other pay symbols.
The scatter is the key to the main bonus round, and 3, 4, or 5 triggers 7, 12, or 16 Free Spins. Rows are doubled from 4 to 8, and paylines rise from 40 to 80 during the feature. Any Eagle Wild that lands on a free spin is collected and added to the count meter. When the free spins come to an end, then there is one final Super Eagle Spin. Here, all of the collected Eagle Wilds are added to the expanded grid, and any wins paid out. During free spins, a tick symbol also enters the game, and if one lands on every single reel, then they award 5 more free spins.
Eagle Sun (Lightning Box): Verdict
For a Lightning Box slot, Eagle Sun feels quite restrained. Its features do offer a certain level of intricacy but nothing that a quick trip to the paytable won’t explain away. In that sense, it is one of their better slots, though it is far from being a great game. Fans of the genre might be able to derive some fun times from it, as long as they aren’t looking for an epic payday. Eagle Sun doesn’t have huge potential. Lightning Box has capped wins at £224,000 which equates to 1,400 times the max bet. It is possible to hit that on one Super Eagle Spin if you have collected enough Eagle Symbols to do so. All 40 will be needed to stack the grid and trigger that level of payout.
It wouldn’t be a Lightning Box slot if something felt slightly confusing. When it comes to Eagle Sun, that is its look and feel. As mentioned before, the animations are UI are either successfully done in a retro style or poorly designed. It is hard to tell. Not that they have a massive impact on the overall enjoyment of Eagle Sun, just something that stands out.
Eagle Sun is not the best Wild West slot out there. It isn’t a patch on a heavyweight like Dead or Alive 2, for example. Still, when you bundle all of the old fashioned elements with the visuals and theme, it is something of a nostalgia trip. Eagle Sun does possess a certain amount of charm in that regard. Wild West fans pining for the good old frontier days might gain some entertainment value from it. Other players will struggle to find much satisfaction with the low returns and awkward mechanics.