About Crystal Quest : Deep Jungle Slot
Crystal Quest: Deep Jungle from Thunderkick is themed around the adventures of explorer Gemma, her Snake Henchman and the Monkey General. This rather strange slot is set in the ‘unexplored jungle world’ and Thunderkick are planning to release 5 more slots in this series. The developer will be hoping to emulate the success of its popular Beat the Beast series, this time with a more light-hearted atmosphere.
The jungle background is colourful with green and purple tones, while plants climb the sides of the screen and wins are accompanied by showers of gold coins. The game uses the Avalanche mechanic, so each spin releases a drop of symbols and any winning symbols are removed to be replaced by new ones – and more winning chances.
You’ll find a 6-reel setup with 4,096 ways to win. The colourful, blocky stone symbols remind us of the Beat the Beast slots, such as Quetzalcoatl’s Trial. This game also has a standard 96.14% RTP a minimum bet of 10p and a high volatility rating. This all makes it ideal for players looking for high variance gameplay with plenty of risk. The top award in the jungle is 15,000x stake.
Symbols and Paytable
The symbols in Crystal Quest: Deep Jungle include vibrant crystals, the Monkey General, Snake Henchman and treasure chests. The crystals pay from 0.8x to 1.8x your bet for 6 matches. The Snake and Monkey characters are more generous with the Snake awarding 5x your bet for 6 matches and the Monkey giving you 20x your bet for 6 matches.
The treasure chest is the Scatter and this can trigger the Free Spins round. There is also a pink Mystery Symbol, which can transform into other matching symbols for a win boost.
The top payout of 15,000x stake will be most likely achieved through retriggering Free Spins and taking advantage of the Progressive Multipliers during this feature.
Gameplay and Features
Avalanche Mechanic and Progressive Multipliers
The Avalanche mechanic means you get many winning chances from one single spin, as all winning symbols are replaced with new ones – and more opportunities to win. In addition, you also get a Progressive Multiplier added to your payout after each consecutive Avalanche. The Multiplier is reset to 1x for the next new spin.
Free Spins Round
If you land 3 Scattered treasure chests, you’ll trigger the Free Spins round. You’ll get 12 Free Spins with 3 extra Free Spins for each extra Scatter. During the Free Spins, you’ll get more spins added to the total if you keep hitting more Scatters with no limit to the amount you can trigger. Best of all, the Multiplier doesn’t reset during Free Spins.
Wild Explosion Feature
During Free Spins, if you have a losing spin with Wilds on the screen, the Wilds will explode to destroy the other symbols on their reel and row. New symbols then appear in their place to provide another chance to win.
Mystery symbols can appear at any time, which are pink snake heads. These explode to reveal new symbol matches beneath.
Crystal Quest: Deep Jungle is the first in a new slot series from Thunderkick. Unlike the menacing atmosphere of the Beat the Beast series, this is all about cartoon fun, so it will appeal to a different player set. We love the weird Snake and Monkey characters, while the Avalanche mechanic with Progressive Multipliers offers solid gameplay, but the highly volatility means it’s possible to go a long time without a good bite. The Mystery Symbols don’t do a lot, but when you trigger Free Spins this is where it gets interesting. The Multipliers can keep climbing and unlimited retriggers make this the most rewarding part of the game. The Beast series started to dwindle in the end, so only time will tell if Gemma’s adventures will be sufficiently varied to keep it interesting. This first jungle outing is a strong start though – roll on the next instalment.