Teaming up with independent game studios might have been one of the best business moves online gaming giants Microgaming have made in 2018. As a result of this new strategy, there is a whole new series of fresh titles such as Rabcat’s Crystal Rift adding plenty of diversity to Microgaming’s existing portfolio of games.
Crystal Rift is a superbly designed 5 reel and 25 payline video slot. It takes you mining for a 1,000x line bet jackpot and a gameplay powered by Cascading reels and a couple of highly unorthodox features. It comes not with free spins, multipliers of usual bonuses but rest assured it will bring plenty of excitement and joy nonetheless.
The futuristic Crystal Rift slot houses an RTP in excess of 96% which puts it midway through the volatility scale. Rabcat made sure to present this game as a highly affordable product with bet values ranging from €0.25 to €50. Furthermore, players will be delighted to hear this highly innovative title is also available through all devices and platforms.SHOW MORESHOW MORESHOW LESS
A splendid distribution of colours is the first thing you’ll notice as the playing screen loads on the Crystal Rift slot. Crystals of different shapes, sizes and colours are – obviously – game’s elements all of which come with different coin values.
Eight crystal symbols are joined by the Wild which replaces all other symbols in a payline to complete a winning combination. It’s the only special symbols in the game as well as Crystal Rift does not come with a Scatter or any sort of a Bonus symbol.
Crystal Rift slot pays for combinations of at least three matching symbols lined up from left to right. The largest combination per payline will be paid. Wild is the most valuable symbol in the game rewarding you with 1,000x your stake.
The number of pay lines is fixed but all other elements of the game can be adjusted to match your own preference – and most importantly budget. The maximum bet stands at €50 with the €2 stake per payline. On the other end, the minimum required per spin is €0.25 at the lowest coin value of €0.01.
Weirdly enough, even though it is being shown below the main spin button, the Auto Play option was not available at the time we tried the game for the sake of this review.
The Crystal Rift online slot is powered by a highly popular and favourable Cascading Reels. Those familiar with the term will tell you it’s a form of a re-spin basically. Each time a winning combination is achieved, winning symbols will disappear from the grid and new ones will fall in their place to potentially create new combinations. With Rabcat (and Microgaming)’s Crystal Rift slot this feature has been named the Bonus Falls Feature.
Wild Grid Feature – at the beginning of each spin, and before you even get a chance to benefit from the Bonus Falls (cascading) feature, a Wild Grid will be chosen at random. It’s basically a differently-shaped selection of symbol positions. In case you get three successive cascade wins on the trot, this Wild Grid will be fully activated and all symbols within it will turn into Wild symbols for that following spin – or cascade if you like it better. This feature comes with four different levels:
Basic grid includes as little as two positions and the maximum of six. Super grid starts with three selected positions and works its way up to nine, whereas the insane grid does not go below six chosen positions and can result in some lucrative payouts.
Crystal Rift is – in one word – an impressive game. Microgaming has done well to team up with Rabcat as this studio pulled a rather positive surprise with this futuristic slot. Five reels, 25 paylines and the lack of free spins or multipliers might sound like a major put off but there is plenty of action going on here to keep you in.
Cascading reels are the first attraction, knowing that wins can result in successive spins which resemble re-spins. Additionally, Rabcat put a touch of innovation and ingenuity here as well with its exciting Wild Grid feature.
This game is gravitating towards the middle of the variance level with an RTP of 96%. It was a safe bet from Rabcat who needed to test the terrain with such a novelty slot and probe before going full force forward. Still, with a 1,000x line bet win possibility, it’s more than appealing.
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