- »Quickspin Holiday Slots: Big Bad Wolf and Crystal Prince
Quickspin Holiday Slots: Big Bad Wolf and Crystal Prince
At this time of the year, many online casino game developers release a holiday-themed title. Quickspin decided to double the fun and release two new slot games – one on November 24 and the other on December 1.
The first one, released on November 24, puts the game into a magical land of snow and the beauty of nature. Even the Northern Lights play a part in the game. The Crystal Prince, also known as Jack Snow, waves his want to change the weather but only to highlight the wonders of winter.
The Big Bad Wolf Christmas Special game will appear on most Aussie online casinos on December 1 with a unique take on the children’s tale about three little pigs. The wolf, in this case, is a familiar character from the 2013 Quickspin game called Big Bad Wolf. Considering its consistent popularity through the years, developers turned it into a Christmas-themed game with the wolf in Santa’s cap.
Both games are likely to become player-favourite pokies in short order.
Crystal Prince Basics
Between snow-capped mountains and against a soundtrack of calming music, Crystal Prince offers a rather large grid with six reels and eight rows. The RTP is 96.04% with medium volatility.
The game starts with 4,096 paylines but opens up to 262,144 lines. The top possible payout is 11,500x the bet.
Players can spin for as low as $0.20, and high rollers can bet up to $100 per spin.
The highest-paying symbol on the board is the prince himself. With the bet set on the $0.20 minimum and calculating six symbols on a payline, these are the payouts:
- Crystal Prince = $0.40
- Pink gem = $0.16
- Orange gem = $0.14
- Green gem = $0.12
- Blue gem = $0.10
- Red or yellow snowflake = $0.06
- Green or blue snowflake = $0.05
Gameplay and Features of Crystal Prince
The Wild Frost Wild – a gold square with a W in the middle – can appear at any time and substitute for all symbols except the Wild Frost Multiplier Wild and the Bonus Scatter.
Speaking of the Wild Frost Multiplier Wild, it is a gold diamond shape with either x2 or x3 in it. It substitutes for all symbols except the Wild Frost Wild and Bonus Scatter. It simply provides a multiplier for any winning line that includes it. Also, if two or more of them appear on a payline, it multiplies the multipliers.
The Bonus Scatter is a snowflake with a blue center. They award free spins as follows:
- 3 scatters = 8 free spins
- 4 scatters = 10 free spins
- 5 scatters = 15 free spins
- 6 scatters = 20 free spins
During each free spin, at least one Wild Frost Wild or Wild Frost Multiplier Wild will appear on each spin. There may be up to four of them per spin. And if two Bonus Scatter symbols appear during the bonus spins, the player wins three additional spins.
Another feature is Snowfall, which happens with any winning spin and opens a new row of symbols. Every subsequent winning spin delivers an extra row until it reaches the maximum of eight. When that happens, it breaks the Blizzard Seal and delivers one, two, or three Wild Frost Multiplier Wilds onto the grid.
The Blizzard Seal break also activates Blizzard Mode. It locks all winning symbols and holds all wilds, scatters, and high-paying symbols in place. Unlocked symbols fall away, and the remaining symbols tumble downward as new symbols fall into those empty positions. This keeps happening until there is no new winning payline.
Special Buy Feature
Crystal Prince players will have access to the Buy feature. Any player can activate it during base game play, though it costs 60x the bet. Even playing the minimum, it costs $12. But, the purchase automatically triggers the Wild Frost Free Spins with three, four, five, or six bonus scatters.
It should be noted that the Buy feature increases the RTP to 96.52%.
Big Bad Wolf Christmas Special Basics
The Big Bad Wolf isn’t your traditional wolf. This one wears skinny jeans, a tight green shirt partially covered by a red jacket, and a Santa-style hat. As the sun sets and the snowy landscape delivers a beautiful backdrop, the music is light but with an air of sneakiness. The wolf watches the grid from the left.
The little piggies and versions thereof make up the symbols on the grid, as do the traditional A, K, Q, J, and 10. The grid is a wooden barn decorated for the holiday and covered with snow. It also has five reels and three rows.
Big Bad Wolf Christmas Special has an excellent RTP of 97.34%. It is a medium-volatility game with 25 paylines.
The minimum bet is $0.25, and it increases incrementally to the max bet of $100 per spin.
Gameplay and Features of Big Bad Wolf Christmas Special
There are a number of great features in this slot game, set to be released to Aussie casino sites on December 1.
The first feature to explain is Swooping Reels, which is tumbling symbols. When a player hits a winning payline, that payout counts and then the winning symbols fall away. New symbols fall into those spaces in the hopes of another winning payline. This process continues until there are no new paylines.
Pigs Turn Wild comes into play on the second win in a Swooping Reels series. Every second win – so also the fourth, sixth, etc. – turns a pig into a wild symbol.
The Wolf Scatter is, of course, the key to free spins. When three of them appear on the reels during base game play, a bonus round of 10 free spins begins.
The free spins round is called the Blowing Down the House feature. The wolf tries to catch the pigs and blow down their house, hence the name of the feature. Players try to collect moon symbols appearing on the last reel that can add up to extra free spins and a possible x2 multiplier. In addition, the Pigs Turn Wild is in effect.
Players can also retrigger the free spins if three Wolf Scatter symbols appear.
Where to Play Quickspin Games
The two new releases from Quickspin are available to players at some of the top Aussie pokies sites. As mentioned, Crystal Prince is available now, and Big Bad Wolf Christmas Special will be there on the first day of December.