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Travel to the mysterious world of Russian fairytales: join prince Ivan as he travels to the faraway lands to confront an immortal sorcerer and wrestles the kidnapped princess and the ancient gold from his cold, bony fingers. This is a review of the “Ivan and Immortal King” video slot by Quickspin.
The tale of Ivan Tsarevich and Koschei the Deathless is a very popular story that comes from Russian folklore. Koschei is a wizard who has found a way to make himself immortal: he hid his own heart in an egg, and the egg is in a duck, and the duck is in a hare, and the hare is hidden in a chest that is hanging among the boughs of the great oak tree. Having rendered himself deathless, Koschei has indulged in multiple deeds of malice, killing valiant warriors and amassing an immense treasure. Finally, he goes a step too far and kidnaps the beautiful Vasilisa, the bride of Prince Ivan.
You now have a chance to join Ivan, helped by the Wolf, a strong and clever ally, in the quest to free Vasilisa, slay Koschei and lay your hand on that enormous pile of gold.
“Ivan and Immortal King” is a 5-reel, 3-line medium-variance video slot with 20 paylines that pay from left to right and an RTP of 96,29%.
The lower-paying symbols are the five gemstones that pay from €5 to €6.25 for 5 of these in a row. The higher-paying symbols are Zmei Gorynich (Russian three-headed dragon that pays €15 for five symbols), the Grey Wolf (a faithful helper €22.50 for five symbols), Vasilisa the Beautiful (a wise and charming princess kidnapped by the evil King, pays €35.50 for five symbols), Koschei the Deathless ( the evil Immortal King, fabulously rich and incredibly avaricious, paying €50 for five symbols), and Ivan Tsarevich (the young prince who is out to defeat Koschei, paying a dazzling €100 for five symbols).
The magic chest that contains the Immortal King’s death is the Bonus Scatter Symbol that launches the Free Spins bonus game. The golden coin with the crowned skull on it is the Progress Scatter Symbol that boosts your multiplier during the Free Spins. The Wild Symbol can substitute for any other symbol except for the two types of Scatter symbols.
Baba Yaga is a powerful witch in Russian folklore. She lives in the very depth of the forest in a cabin that is standing on two chicken legs. Her means of transportation is a large mortar that she flies in using the pestle to steer. Also, this charming lady is reported to be a cannibal. However, in Ivan’s story, she is not an adversary but a valuable ally.
The Baba Yaga Surprise bonus is triggered randomly. The with will hide four adjacent symbols that she chooses randomly, and then two scenarios are possible. One is that 1-3 hidden symbols will get replaced by the Bonus Scatter symbol (in the base game) or by the Progress Scatter symbol (in the Free Spins game). The other possibility one random symbol will replace all the hidden symbols to guarantee you a win.
The Free Spins bonus game is triggered if three or more Bonus Symbols fall on your reels. You get 10 free spins for 3 Scatter Symbols, 14 free spins for 4 Scatter Symbols, and 18 free spins for 5 Scatter Symbols.
During the Free Spins Bonus Game, you can collect the Progress Scatter symbols that activate the next multiplier levels for you. Once you unlock the next multiplier level, you get 4 additional free spins.
The Free Spins levels are as follows:
“Ivan and Immortal King” is a very beautiful game that is drawing on a source that is incredibly rich and yet very little explored – the Russian folklore. Quickspin has done a great job in telling an old story in the language of a slot game. The visuals are colorful and simple but at the same time have enough texture to look attractive to those who are not aware of the background that the imagery comes from. The characters are easily classified so that one still gets an impression of a story told in this game, and the animation is dynamic is funny - after all, how often do you see it actually rain frogs on the reels?
The chances of getting the big win in this game are quite high, the Free Spins bonus game being the main instrument for that. The potential win that can be taken away from Koschei’ treasury is 40,000x the bet. Overall, “Ivan and Immortal King” has all the right ingredients of a good slot game: the story, the imagery, the dynamic and interactive gameplay, and a massive win that is just a few clicks away.
Words: Jelena Schmidt