“Release The Kraken” – Big score or slight bore?
UnPhiltered Slot Review: Release the Kraken by Pragmatic Play
Pragmatic Play is an odd provider. They are the slot version of Heinz beans. 57 varieties, of mixed quality. They have something for everyone, 3 reels up to 6 reel, land-based copies, original ideas, crazy concepts, and now moving into the Blueprint style of slots which is aimed at the UK and similar regulated markets. This game is of the latter mould, but they have made a few changes to the Blueprint concept of slots, with some increased volatility, more reels, different style of bonus, and smoother graphics and content. What’s more, they currently are giving away 1.5million Euros in “daily drops and wins”, which is just an insane amount of money.
Diving down to the basics (Oh there will be some puns here), we have a fish-based game. Hardly groundbreaking stuff but the graphics are quite decent, the spins are smooth, as you come to expect from Pragmatic, and the slot just makes sense. It’s easy to work out how it works without reading the pay-table, and I like that from a game. The symbols seem to be based on Finding Nemo, the turtle and shark look identical, but the slot looks good. I oddly really like the bubbles that pop up on the side of the screen while you spin. Not sure why but its quite fascinating!
My main issue with Pragmatic games is their “win up to 180,000x” claims. I will dare them to openly share me a win on Peking Luck of anywhere up to that amount. You see crazy amounts on their game load screens, insane possible wins, but I have found nothing close to the max wins ever. It drives me insane to see these claims with no-one ever getting close to those amounts. Id love to wrap my tentacles around that size of a win but I can’t see how it’s ever possible.
Getting to the game, its medium volatility it seems. nothing dramatic. The up to 10,000x claim seems to be a full screen of jackpot symbols after collecting 10 wilds somehow in around 9 free spins. No idea how this is possible but let’s swim past that claim. The base game is simple, 5 reel 4 line slot, 20 ways up to 40 ways in the bonus. Two bonuses are available on this game, a simple underwater chest collector, which seems to average about 25x, and a free spins bonus. There are 3 random in-game features like any Blueprint game, giving 3 types of wilds which can boost that spin.
The free spins also have a bonus buy of 100x. As the volatility is medium on this game I don’t see the benefit of a bonus buy on this game. I tested 30 buys to see what the ranges were, and between 60x and 130x was the standard outcome. The max was just over 200x. The bonus involves between 7-10 free spins it seems, collecting wilds which roam around and multiply your win by how many wilds are on the screen. It’s a simple older concept, it looks nice, but it’s just a bit… plain.
Legal – The RTP of the game I played was 96.5%. Pragmatic does make different sizes of RTP (Which I hate) so make sure you are playing on the 96.5% version. Available on all licences.
Score – Its a copied game idea, but it is not a dry game. Its got some play-ability, this will appeal to more UK markets I believe, and ties in well with timing for their drops and wins promotion. It looks good, it plays well, but it’s not exactly… great. Its an average release and I cant see this being a game people bonus buy on either. It’s in the middle of trying to be many different things at once. It does OK, but it doesn’t nail any of them.