Our friends at Thunderkick have just launched a new series of high volatility slots! The first slot in the series, Beat the Beast – Kraken’s Lair, is launched and ready to play!
Beat the Beast – Kraken’s Lair, what you need to know
Thunderkick have FIVE high volatility slots planned for this Beat the Beast series, and they have kicked things off with a cracker.
The game has a classic 5 reel, 3 row format. Low symbols are card values (10, J, Q, K, and A).
Higher symbols are artefacts from the depths, including a trident, a golden kraken statue, an amulet, a chest stuffed with treasure, and an oversized purple kraken, straining to jump off the reels and take the player on.
Low symbols require three on a payline from the left to generate a win, but high symbols only need two.
Lastly, a golden disc with a stylised kraken on it acts as both a Wild and Scatter.
This last symbol is the most important, and the hardest to describe. Like a tentacled kraken, the Wild symbol will sometimes reach out to the symbols around it and convert them into another symbol. In our test play this appeared to happen randomly, and most often if the Wild landed on Reel 2. All three symbols from Reel 1 would be changed into a single high symbol. As only two high symbols are needed to make a match, and there is already a Wild sitting on Reel 2, this creates some decent wins.
Land 3 Wilds on a single spin and the Free Spins game launches. As this is a high volatility slot designed for players who especially like high volatility slots, the bonus game is pretty important.
The Free Spins Game
During our test play, we triggered the Free Spins game twice in just over 100 spins (although only one Free Spins game is on the video). Both times it came from landing 3 Scatters/Wilds on a spin, and we were awarded 10 Free Spins for the bonus game.
During each Free Spin, a hurricane like vortex sits on top of the spinning reels, turning into a golden Kraken Wild once each spin resolves. As in the base game, these wilds reach out to symbols nearby and turn entire reels into this symbol (and in our experience this happened a lot more frequently in the Free Spins game than the base game).
Since every spin is guaranteed at least to have at least one of of these Kraken Wilds, there are certainly some good opportunities for big wins. The position of the Kraken Wild is, of course, crucial to getting a win. From our experience, Reel 2 was the best place for it to land, while Reels 4 or 5 were not much help.
What we love about Beat the Beast – Kraken’s Lair
Some slots are all about exploring a landscape of surprising features, while others are all about targeting a big win. Kraken’s Lair is very much the latter – players who gravitate to this slot will be hoping to win big in the Free Spins game.
By the way – the fact that we hit the Free Spins game twice pretty quickly does not mean Beat the Beast – Kraken’s Lair is not a high volatility slot, as we did not manage a big win in either Free Spins game. Being a high volatility slot is not just a matter of having a rare Free Spins game!
While Thunderkick’s new game is not overly complicated, it does what it is meant to do and does it well. The animation, graphics, and music are top class and the game is an entertaining play.
Expect to see four more high volatility slots during 2020 from Thunderkick in this Beat the Beast series, all with a different beast to conquer!
What’s up with all these Krakens anyway?
The mythological sea creature which comes up from the depths to destroy ships is a reasonably well known beastie, but it seems odd that two large game producers would release Kraken-themed slots within the same week. Pragmatic Play’s Release the Kraken is a mere seven days old!
We spoke to one of the game producers at Thunderkick and we said, “Hey, what’s up with all the Krakens? Why is everyone releasing Kraken slots all of a sudden?”
The producer we spoke to was genuinely surprised to hear there was another recent Kraken slot on the market. It appears to have been a complete coincidence. If you are hoping Kraken slots will be the next big craze and become as big as Ancient Egypt themed slots, you might be disappointed.
Which of the recent Kraken slots is best? We will let you decide.
Where can you play Beat the Beast – Kraken’s Lair?
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