Free Crusader slot
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Crusader slot by Elk Studios takes us back to realm of the Red Cross of St. George with a storm erupting around a castle in the background and dramatic medieval music playing too. It's a nice bright start unlike with Merkur's rather dingy Knight's Life slot but not as odd-looking as WMS' Knight's Keep. I also hope it can prove as entertaining as Microgaming's old classic King Arthur slot now that we're on the medieval trail, so will this game turn into a crusade of fortune for our bankroll?
On The Reels...
We get 26 fixed pay lines on a 5x4 grid with symbols appearing stacked and singly. The Chalice is 10x bet for 5-of-a-kind, Chest 5x, Dagger 4x, Red Cross 3x, Blue Shield 2.5x, Gree Shield 2.25x with three card values of 2, 1.5 and 1x from Ace down to Queen. There are no scatters for reasons that will soon become apparent but you get Gold Wilds on the centre 3 reels and it's the Crusader that really matters!
If part of the stacked Crusader lands on either reel 1 or 5 then it will count as a Wild and award re-spins until it has nudged fully into view one row at a time, in other until words 4-rows high. You get any wins during this process but what you really want is the Crusader on the other end reel to land during this. The re-spins then continue until both end reels are fully Wild which in turn triggers the main bonus of 8 free games.
In these free games, you can get arrows landing on the centre 3 reels. Every time one does, the grid will expand by one row and an extra spin is granted. The reels can reach up to 12 rows high by which point you would be playing 98 pay lines and don't forget the outside reels stay Wild for the duration. The maximum win is 250,000 coins, but the game is worked out to playing 100-coins as base bet, so this is only 2,500x stake.
Crusader slot does look good and the sound effects, music and animations do no detract from the overall playing experience at all, they're quite decent. The RTP is 96.10% and the Crusader re-spins occur quite frequently although you'll seldom win more than 50x bet in the base game. It's all about the free games and these are a lot scarcer as you'd imagine but are good to watch with the chance of some quite decent rewards. I'm not saying this game is the Holy Grail for slotters, but it ain't bad at all...