Crusader is a slot focused on the final attempts of the Crusaders ruled by Eduard I to hold the city of Acre. They aim at fighting back the Mamluks in 1291. The latter was a group that ruled Egypt for 3 centuries until the Ottomans arrived.
Crusader is an epic slot with a lot of boosters and extra modifiers. They ensure thrilling and lucrative rounds. You will win from expanding and sticky symbols, increased number of rows and pay-lines and other features. ELK Studios plan the game to be available for the middle of March 2020.
The game uses 5 reels on 4 rows and 26 pay-lines, which can be extended during the bonus round to become up to 98. Players can place wagers from 20p to £100 per spin. ELK Studios are transparent and reveal the RTP of the slot to be96.1% and hit rate at 21.2%.
Crusader includes a wild feature with a special expanding wild symbol. It triggers respins and covers a full reel each. This wild becomes a sticky symbol during the bonus round and covers reels 1 and 5. On the middle 3 reels, you can land a special Expansion symbol that activates one row expanding of all reels. This can lead to a maximum of 12 rows on the 5 reels. Moreover, the pay-line also increase up to 98. The jackpot in the slot is capped at 25,000 times your stake or £2,500,000 at the most!
Crusader is a thematic slot inspired by the medieval battles in the 13th century. Expectedly, the Crusader cross is used in plenty of symbols along with daggers, goblets and the like. The Q, K and A royals are in knights fashion of styling. The wild is a red Crusader cross on a golden ornamented background. The soundtrack is epic and dramatic.
Around the grid, you will see a fiery and dark scene with rocks on the left and fires on the right. The atmosphere is in the spirit of battles. You will see a Crusader warrior on the expanding wild. The design of the game is pleasant, done precisely and in the spirit of the slot. Yet, ELK Studios tend to create even more stunning visuals of their games.
The pay-table consists of gold-encrusted and religiously themed symbols. This is something you would expect from the topic of the slot. The low-value symbols are Q, K and A royals. Their payouts are from 0.25x to 1x, 1.50x and 2x stake respectively for 3 to 5 symbols of a kind.
There are 3 medium value symbols of 3 different crosses. They pay from 0.50 to 2.25, from 0.75 to 2.50 and from 1 to 3 times your stake for matching 3 to 5 on a pay-line.
The premiums include a dagger, a chalice/grail and a box with a Crusader cross. The dagger returns from 1.25 to 4 times your stake, the box with the cross – from 1.50 to 5 times your stake. The most rewarding symbol is gold-encrusted grail. Land 3, 4 or 5 of it in a paying combination to win 2, 4 and 10 times your stake.
There is a red cross with golden, which is the wild as the inscription on it suggests. It can replace all other symbols except the expansion ones. As with the rest of ELK Studios slots, players can apply and test 4 different betting strategies. These are the Optimizer, Leveller, Booster and Jumper.
The Crusader symbol is a wild and as such, it substitutes for other regular symbols. You can see it on reels 1 and 5 only fully or partially in view. When it lands partially, it triggers a Respin and then it starts to nudge to cover a full reel. Getting 2 Crusader wild symbols at the same spin, makes them fully expanded during the respin. This triggers 8 Free Spins.
You will begin the free games with 4 rows and 5 reels. On the 1st and 5th reel, Sticky Crusader wilds will stay for the rest of the feature. The booster here is an Expansion symbol that can land on the middle 3 reels. The Expansion symbol is the one with a red arrow. It expands with one row all the reels upwards many times and can reach a maximum of 12 rows in total.
The sticky Crusader wilds also expand and gives you extra sticky wilds. Additionally, each expansion symbol rewards with extra free spins. Every new row also increases the number of pay-lines up to 98.
Crusader has a medieval theme and offers a diversity of extra modifiers. They can lead to many respins and the activation of the Free Spins. The top payout is 25,000 times your stake, which is rather abundant. The slot has medium to high volatility. It will appeal to fans of games like Holy Diver, Knights of Gold and similar ones.