Quickspin has invented a brilliant new slot mechanic that you simply have to see!! Wild Cauldron is released on 11 February and we think it is going to be HUGE!
Wild Cauldron – how it works
Wild Cauldron is a “tumble” slot with symbols falling into above. Unlike other tumble-style slots, any winning matches stay in place while all of the non-matching symbols disappear. If a spin results in at least one win, the spin continues as winning symbols stay in place while a new batch of symbols tumble down from above (this is called a “Locking Symbol Tumble”). The spin continues until there are no new matching symbols.
This mechanic basically turns Megaways on its head. It is simple to follow after a few spins (see our test play video below) and we think it very well might be the next big thing in slots!
In addition to matches that grow with every tumble, the number of rows also expands. Wild Cauldron starts out with six reel, four row format. As matching symbols are left behind with each Locking Symbol Tumble, the new symbols pile up higher and higher. Eventually the game can max out with eight rows (creating a 8×6 grid) and 262,144 ways!
Low symbols are represented by magical symbols on grey stone tiles (an eye, a pentagram, a crescent moon, a green circular squiggle, and an ancient triangular-looking symbol called a “triquetra”). High symbols are all cute little monsters of various shapes and colours (green, blue, purple, orange, red and yellow).
There is a bright red Wild with a golden W on it. Every time a Wild lands it ups the win multiplier by 1x (up to a 5x maximum) for the remainder of that spin. It also remains in place for the Locking Symbol Tumble (even if it is not part of a win) and continues to act as a wild for possible future matches.
The Scatter symbols is a circular green bottle full of a magical potion. Players need to land FOUR Scatters to launch the bonus game (which we found to be pretty difficult during our test play). On the up side, Scatters always remain on the board for Locking Symbol Tumbles and additional scatters can fall down from above at any time.
The Free Spins game
After landing four or more Scatters on a single spin the bonus game is launched. This begins with a gigantic potion bottle hovering over the screen before pouring its green contents into the magic cauldron at the bottom of the screen.
The format for free spins is the same as for the base game, except the expanding rows and multipliers are persistent for the entire bonus game. This means if a player gets several Locking Symbol Tumbles and the rows max out to 8, there will be 8 rows in the following spin. Likewise, Wilds raise the multiplier by 1x for the duration of the free spins game.
Why we love Wild Cauldron
There is a lot to like about this game, but the innovative mechanics are the standout feature. Like all good ideas, it is hard to understand why nothing like Locking Symbol Tumbles has been done before. Why have we only seen slots which remove wins from the reels and not the other way round?
The graphics, animation, and sound are all top notch as well. The designers at Quickspin like to get the details right, and Wild Cauldron is a great example of their quality work.
Our only quibble is possibly the bonus game. It a relatively difficult to land four scatters, and after the long wait we thought the bonus game might be more of a surprise. But this is only a minor point.
There can be no doubt that Wild Cauldron will be a big influence on slots to come for a long time. Playing a “slot of the future” is a great thrill.
Where can you play Quickspin?
Anyone as excited about this game as we are should be full of anticipation on 11 February when Wild Cauldron is released.
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