Temple Stacks – Splitz or Shi*z?
UnPhiltered Slot Review: Temple Stacks by Yggdrasil
Hold the phone. Someone is making their own version of Megaways? What crazy thing will the slots companies think of next? All kidding aside, we have had a plethora of Megaways slots recently (Does anyone realise how much BTG is making off this?!) and also some variants. Temple Stacks “Splitz” is the next contender. But does it nail the landing?
For once I don’t like the graphics on a Yggdrasil game. It’s unoriginal and bland. While the low paying symbols are fine, anything that isn’t AKQJ10 is a joy to see, the high paying symbols just look… crap. They are dull, overly simple, and the whole game looks very cheap. The music, on the other hand, is very good, so at least there is some familiar Yggdrasil quality to behold.
Things get more fun when we look at the new “Splitz” design they created. Getting around the Megaways trademark and patents must be hard, so credit where it is due for finding a way. A full stack of mystery symbol can land on any reel, and it will be split a random number of times up to 12. This by my maths makes 248,832 ways to win. Which for a 5 reel slot is pretty huge. In the base game, this does make for some volatile wins, in 1,000 spins I had 300x and 130x from a lower paying symbol being split more times than Kim Kardashian (That’s my one per review). 3, 4 or 5 bonus symbols offers a free spins bonus, with more symbols giving a better bonus choice, while 2 bonus symbols offer a free respin to see if you can land the third.
The bonus game is even more volatile. Its a choice bonus (which is fine, the problem of choice adds for a fun dynamic to a bonus), but the choice is extreme, to say the least. Choosing between 15 free spins with less splitting symbols and less possible ways (3 to 9 splits), and fewer amounts of splits if they land, all the way up to 3 free spins where they can all split 12 times but a minimum of 6 times. This game takes volatility and throws it down your throat, with a max win of up to 25,000x. This size is capped, which makes sense for a game like this, as with those ways it would be over 1million times stake for high symbols As the base games wins are minimal for medium-sized amounts, this is one of the more volatile recent releases by any provider.
This game benefits from having no bonus buy. While avoiding issues with regulations, it also adds some fun to the base game because you can see the way the game pays and plays without being torn to shoot for a huge win for a 100x stake for a change.
Legal Stuff – RTP is 96.10%. Max win capped at 25,000x. Offered on all licences.
Score – I did not expect to like this game. From when it opened and the graphics looked so dull, I wasn’t impressed. The bonus feature is good, possibly a bit too volatile on the offer of just 3 free spins, but you don’t “have to” click that one, so I don’t mind there being such a duck-in-an-tsunami crazy option (Poor ducks). The score here comes down to the question “Does the game-play make up for an uncommon bad Yggdrasil designed slot?” And the answer is probably Yes. It’s not amazing, but it’s definitely playable. Its a new twist on Megaways, which is always welcome, as churning the same slots out week after week gets old, and it’s not copied from somewhere else (That I can recall anyway). It’s fun and volatile. It’s poorly designed and bland. But most importantly it’s new and fresh. It brings an idea that someone hasn’t had before. And that is what review sites usually cry out for, so you cant drop down a score too much for the fact it’s not a finished product.