Prepare some rum and tobacco as an offering – Baron Sunday himself now steps onto the reels! Morbidly elegant in his black tailcoat, black top hat and dark glasses that hide the empty eye sockets, this powerful spirit brings with him black magic, mischief, and a grand reward for the lucky ones. This is a review of the “Baron Samedi” video slot by Yggdrasil.
Baron Samedi is one of the loa, powerful spirits, in the Haitian Voodoo. He has power over the dead -he is the one to welcome the soul of the deceased into the next world. The Baron often looks like a skeleton dressed in a black tailcoat and a flashy top hat. Despite the appearance of a corpse, he loves the joys of life: strong liquor, cigars, crude jokes, debauchery, and mortal women.
The Baron is often called upon by the practitioners of black magic; he can help curse someone or cause premature death. However, he can also restore an ill or wounded person back to life and health when the fancy takes him.
“Baron Samedi” is a five-reel, three-row video slot with 25 paylines that pay from left to right, and an RTP of 97%. The maximum win in this slot is 25,000 coins.
The lower-level symbols are the square-, diamond-, triangle-, and hexagon-shaped stones. The most profitable of them is the Hexagon which pays 35x your bet for 5 symbols in a row. The Higher-paying symbols are the male and female Voodoo Doll, the Priestess impersonating Maman Brigitte (the Baron's wife), and the Priest who is the embodiment of the Baron Samedi himself. The Wild symbol, the intimidating Voodoo Witch Doctor, can substitute for any regular symbol. The Mystery symbol, a Bottle of Rum, will only appear during the Free Spins and Respin rounds. When a spin ends, the Mystery symbol is turned into any other random symbol.
In Bitcasino, “Baron Samedi” slot is available on both desktop and mobile devices. You can use either BTC, ETH or SOC for betting.
The Card Collection
An exciting feature that adds an extra interactive dimension to this video slot is the Collectible Cards. There are four types of cards altogether, ranging from 1 to 4 (weakest to strongest):
New Player Starting Card
When you launch this slot for the first time, you receive the Starter Card kit which consists of the following:
You can activate different cards and update your collection with them. Note that you can only manipulate your card collection during the Free Spins round.
Here is the list of cards that you can collect and/or activate during the Free Spins game:
This Respin feature is triggered when two Free Spin symbols land on the reels. In addition to the respins, you also get three Collectable Cards. The cards’ Features are then added to the individual card collections and applied to the spin.
This feature is triggered when three or more Free Spin symbols (a skull in a top hat) land on your reels. 3 Free Spin symbols bring you 7 Free Spins and 50 coins, 4 Free Spins symbols mean 12 Free Spins and 375 coins, and 5 Free Spins Symbols award you 15 Free spins and 25,000 coins.
For every Free Spin round, you will be dealt three cards. The card collections that you complete during the Free Spins will be played after this bonus game is over.
The Free Spins symbol can only appear in the base game.
Once you complete a card collection, you will be rewarded with three Extra Free Spins. The collected card is not added to the collection during this round but instead stays in the position of the first card, and its feature is applied to the Extra Free Spins bonus game. If you’re lucky enough to complete two card collections in a single spin, these are activated and then played out successively. One the collection is full, it will be reset.
The average coin value used during this bonus round is the same that was used when the specific card was collected.
"Baron Samedi" video slot is absolutely striking. The visuals are beautiful and very detailed, the music and sound effects are of the highest quality, and all these combined let you feel like you are actually sitting at a wooden divination board, with the ice cubes softly crackling in your glass of rum, and the smoke rising from your cigar while you cast the symbols that regulate the affairs of the living and the dead among the tools of your somber trade – the skulls, bones, candles, and rosaries. Art-wise, this is one of the best games made by Yggdrasil so far, showing great attention to detail and respect for the source material.
The rules can initially seem difficult to grasp, with the Card Collection feature having so many combinations and applications. However, this feature creates a fascinating crossover between the slot and the card game and allows you to interact with the symbols on your reels on a whole new level.
All in all, this is a must-play. The player’s experience is quite different from what the regular slot games offer, but, in the end, it is really down to your luck – if it holds, you can win a fabulous prize of 1200x your bet.
Words: Jelena Schmidt