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Crystal Prince

Based on Scandinavian folklore, this pokie has loads to offer. Instead of the traditional reels, this game has a tiled grid of 48 which is slightly different to the regular 5 or 6 reel pokies. The grid expands and as it does, so do the winning ways which are displayed at the top of the reels. Starting at 4,096 right up to a huge 262,144 ways to win with all 48 tiles active. The screen starts with 24 active tiles, with each successive win adding another row at the top. The topmost row is protected by the blizzard seal which can only be broken by the Crystal Prince after 4 wins in a row.
Symbols
One of the most anticipated symbols on any pokie is always the scatter symbol as it is usually the trigger for the bonus round. In this game the scatter is symbolised by the giant snowflake. Up to 6 scatters can appear at once and trigger the bonus round where you are awarded up to 20 free spins. The wild frost is one of the two wild symbols and substitutes for most symbols. It has no intrinsic value. Wild frost multiplier wild also substitutes for most symbols plus adds a multiplier as long as there are at least 2 on the same winning way. The crystal prince is the most valuable symbol on the paytable and awards up to $400 for 6 of a kind. the gems are also grouped into the top paying symbols and these are followed by the various snowflakes

Features

Blizzard mode
Blizzard mode is triggered when all rows in the grid have been activated by 4 consecutive wins. The Crystal Prince himself appears to shatter the Blizzard Seal. Blizzard Mode is essentially one long respin where all winning symbols, high value and wild symbols are locked into place, creating more chances for the following cascade to result in a win. For each winning combination created, the symbols evaporate, and the remaining symbols collapse into the spaces leaving room above for even more symbols to tumble down. Blizzard Mode ends in a flurry of golden snowflakes as soon as there are no more winning combinations.
Buy feature
The buy feature in this pokie is particularly handy since the scatters land few and far between. For 60 times the current bet or between $24 – $12,000, the buy feature will manually activate the free spins round.
Wild Frost Free Spins
The number of free spins awarded depends entirely on how many scatters are in the triggering spin. For 8 free spins a minimum of 3 scatters are required with additional wilds and multipliers are thrown into the mix. There are no global multipliers although there is the chance of getting additional free spins for 2 or more scatters during the feature round.
Strategy
This pokie has both a high return to player and volatility. It also has a wide betting range starting from 0.40 up to $200 per spin. This all points to high stake players with a fairly resistant bankroll. The free spins round is not the cash cow that is usually found in high variance games, which makes the buy feature a big black hole for anyone impatient enough to be tempted by it. Best strategy is to start small and get settled. This pokie will take a long time to reach the true payout ratio.
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