Crystal Queen Slot Gameplay and Bonus Features
Quickspin often use the re-spins game mechanics in their slots, and this is present in this game as well, and the game plays out differently than any other Quickspin game. Your board will initially be 5x3 symbols large, with the upper three rows frozen. You unfreeze them one by one by landing a win. Whenever you land a win, the winning symbols will explode, and the vacant spaces will be filled by symbols falling from above. That means that in each re-spin you'll have a whole new set of symbols, which makes it a bit more difficult to land consecutive wins.
Whenever you unlock a row on your board, the win multiplier will increase. It will be x2 when you unlock the fourth row, x3 when you unlock the fifth, and finally x5 when you unlock the sixth board and play the 5x6 board with 56 paylines. Each new row will add exactly 12 paylines.
When you land three Bonus Scatter symbols anywhere on your board, you'll enjoy a free spins game in which you'll have the entire board unlocked, and not only that, but the 56 paylines will pay both ways! There are no win multipliers here but this is a fun bonus round that will definitely produce some nice wins.
The theme of the game is excellent and the game doesn't look old at all, it might as well be a modern release. There's a Reindeer, a Prince and a Princess, and a Queen. It's up to each player to imagine roles for these characters, as Quickspin says this game is themed around the Snow White fairytale but the characters really look a lot like the ones from Frozen, that was released two years before this game.
The four main symbols pay decent prizes for a re-spins game with multipliers, and the Queen is the best symbol of all, she'll pay 5x your bet for five-of-a-kind. The other three symbols pay 4x, 3x and 2.40x respectively. The five card symbols aren't too bad either, as they can already give you your stake back on a single payline if you land five of them.
There are two Wilds in the game – the regular one appears on reels 4 and 5 in the main game and on reels 1, 2, 4, and 5 in the Free Spins Game. The Spreading Wild appears on the first three reels in the main game and the middle three reels in the free spins game, and every time it lands it will add from 1 to 5 additional adjacent Wilds.
The game is very well set up, and it's loads of fun to play. The game seems to be paying very well, much better than what the theoretical payout of 96.16% – a low value for Quickspin – would indicate. This is one of those slots that are just enjoyable to play as they pay well and the extra features get triggered often. You got Spreading Wilds, Multipliers, Free Spins, the board that opens up to 5x6, and all that for €0.10 per spin.