Crystal Queen Slot
Quickspin proudly announced Crystal Queen as one of its flagship titles. This is understandable to anyone who has spent some time with Quickspin slots, as Crystal Queen truly looks to combine some of the most popular features and themes in Quickspin history.
With the popular swooping reels and the opportunity to uncover a full 56 paylines and a 5x multiplier, there’s plenty to get excited about in this release.
Crystal Queen Free Spins and Bonus
This slot as a massively rewarding free spins bonus, but the base game is just as satisfying. At the start, Crystal Queen is a regular 5×3 slot. As you can immediately see however, there is much more to it. 3 horizontal rows are clearly frozen over. Unlike slots with a similar mechanic, such as NoLimit City’s Ice Ice Yeti, they are quite easy to unfreeze. Wins don’t have to occur near the ice to break it. Any win immediately unlocks an additional row.
Thanks to the swooping reels feature, this isn’t all. The winning symbols are immediately replaced with new symbols that fall onto the reels from above, at no additional cost. With unfreezing a row, you have gained a 2x multiplier, so if the new symbols lead to another win, that amount of money is then multiplied by 2.
If you’re lucky enough to land another win, that is then multiplied by 3. After the third consecutive swoop, all reels are free of ice. Any additional wins have a 5x multiplier attached to them.
Each new row adds 12 additional bet lines:
- 20 paylines are standard
- With one additional unfrozen line you have 32 bet lines
- 5 lines total give you 44 bet lines
- The complete slot with 6 free lines has 56 bet lines
Crystal Queen offers two different types of wilds. There is a regular wild, which appears on reel 4 and 5 in the base game. The spreading wild is slightly more exciting. It appears on reels 1 to 3 and adds between 1 and 5 wilds adjacent to itself.
During the free spins bonus, the regular wild appears on reels 1,2, 4 and 5. The spreading wild appears on reel 2 to 4 during the bonus round.
To start the free spins, you need 3 scatter symbols. These look like a sun with a red centre and are easily distinguishable to the other symbols due to their bright colour.
The feature does not retrigger, but the free spins have a lot to offer. Other than offering more reels to land wilds on as described above, during free spins the slot also pays both ways.
During free spins, the reels are completely free, meaning you’ll play with the full 56 paylines.
Crystal Queen Theme and Symbols
This Quickspin slot is built after a fairy tale by famous Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. It tells the story of Gerda, who has to free her best friend Kai from the throes of the Snow Queen.
Gerda, Kai and the Queen all appear in the slot, as well as a reindeer who plays an important part in the story.
The low-paying symbols are 10, J, Q, K and A respectively. 10, J and Q all pay 1.2 times your wager for 5 symbols. A and K pay 1.6 times your bet for 5.
The high-paying symbols have these values:
- The reindeer pays 2.4 times your wager for 5
- Kai pays 3 times your wager for 5
- Gerda pays 4 timey your wager f 5
- The snow queen pays 5 times your wager for 5
- The wild pays as much as the snow queen symbol
The amounts might seem a little low at first, but you have to keep in mind the multipliers that are not all that difficult to attain in this slot.
Due to the constant falling of symbols, Crystal Queen can feel quite fast-paced. Add to that how there are no animations to watch other than reel movement, and there is not a whole lot to see. The symbols are nicely designed, and the reels sit in a snowy landscape. Compared to other Quickspin slots, we have seen better however, especially when it comes to animations.
The music is very cheerful, maybe a bit too much so, but this certainly comes down to personal taste.
Crystal Queen RTP and Volatility
Crystal Queen comes with a theoretical RTP of 96,16%. This is a good number, one that most Quickspin slots reach. With the number of features in play it’s surprising that the volatility of this slot is low to medium. You can feel it. While naturally the very lucrative free spins bonus is harder to reach, the Swooping Reels plus multipliers lead to regular stacked wins.
How to play Crystal Queen
A lot of the fun of fun in Crystal Queen comes from excitedly watching whether the Swooping Reels feature can stack up a win. Watching row after row unfreeze in the hopes to make the 56 paylines never really gets old. The spreading wilds add some extra action, as you never really know how many wilds you will land this time.
Of course the ultimate goal of this slot is the free spins round with its many additional features. There is however more than enough going on in the base game with a single click.
The layout of this slot can change from 5×3 to 5×6. With wagers starting from 50p and going all the way up to £100 a spin, it’s not necessarily a slot for gamblers with a tight budget. The maximum win of 850 times your win may seem a bit small, but with this volatility you’re likely not hunting for big one-off wins.
Snow Queen is a lot of fun for those who’d like the satisfaction of regular wins over big ones. It is positively stuffed with features that all regularly trigger. The features all have more to do with the regular theme of snow rather than the fairy tales that inspired this slot, but this is just a minor gripe. Quickspin has certainly gone back to the low-volatility slots that were so popular for a time and added one of its most popular features. We think there’s a lot to like, but do try it for yourself to make up your mind.