In the gambling industry, staying fresh and innovative isn’t such an easy task. The slot themes are often repetitive, although some providers do manage to present them in a unique way. One of those themes is the era of the Middle Ages. But not all stories are told since the Crusades aren’t mentioned all that often. Elk Studios has rectified that with its latest Crusader slot.
Pick up your sword and be one of the last standing strongholds in the city of Acre attracted by the mighty Mamluks. It is the year 1291, and Crusader King Edward the 1st has summoned his order to help him defend the city from the invaders.
The provider has a question for you:
“Will they prevail, or meet their precursors in heaven?”
Everything can happen at this 5x4 slot that brings highly interesting gameplay.
A Great Addition to an Outstanding Portfolio
Elk is one of the iGaming software developers who tends to provide quality over quantity. The brand invests in creating original, high-quality titles and this takes time. It is the reason why the developer doesn’t have a portfolio that stretches for miles, but it is also the reason why it is one of the best in the industry.
Besides concentrating on special features and graphics...
…the company also pays attention to options that go beyond gaming itself. They give individual online platforms the ability to offer bonus and promotions to individual players in the form of challenges, and in-built mechanisms for running slot tournaments with different prizes and rewards.
So the latest slot...
…is joining the ranks of one of the player’s favorite slots such as Micro Knight, Hit It Hard, Respin Cirkus or classic game Route 777
What Makes Gameplay So Interesting?
There are 26 paylines at the start of the game, but that can change in any point of the game if the symbols align correctly - up to 12 symbols high on each reel, will increase the number of paylines to 98!
If that’s not enticing enough, the winning potential of up to 2,500x the stake might do the trick.
Since this game has a medium to high volatility, it can speak to different types of players. With the RTP of 96.10%, it gives nice returns to the player, in the average slot range.
While the expanding reels option is always a fun addition...
…the highlight of this slot are its numerous features.
- Crusader Wild
- Expansion symbols
- Extra spins
A Word About the Special Features
The special features in this game are quite simple, and all of them are connected thought Crusader symbol in some way. Which is a great way of honoring the main character and the general theme.
This symbol is a wild card, with the usual power to substitute for any other regular pay symbol. You can only encounter it on the first and fifth reel where it lands either fully or partially in view. When it appears partially in view, it will trigger re-spins for each position it is nudged up or down until coming into full view.
Two Crusader wilds, covering both reels simultaneously, will trigger the bonus game and 8 extra spins.
During the extra spins, the wild Crusaders on the outside reels will be locked in position for the duration of the feature.
…a new symbol enters the game represented by an arrow image - the Expansion Symbol. Whenever this symbol appears, it adds one additional spin, and also expands the reels by adding one extra row. The grid maxes out at 12 rows high, increasing win ways up to 98 at the most.
Source: “Crusader - Live Now!”. ELK Studios. March 23, 2020.