Cash Quest: Slot Overview
Hear the word 'quest' in other entertainment forms, and protagonists are often chasing grails, philosopher's stones, or healing the land from evil. In slots, quests are generally better suited to money motivated individuals. A prime example is Cash Quest, a fantasy-themed game from grid slot experts Hacksaw Gaming. In this one, players are transported to a sword and magic type world on a quest to collect cash, utilising such features as cluster pays, cascades, a trademarked multi-modifying Boostbar, and free spins.
In Hacksaw's words, Cash Quest is a 'magnificent adventure game set in a magical forest with swords, skulls and great treasure…' That nicely sums up the view greeting players when they load the game. The studio hasn't gone overboard with the visuals, nor have they been as stylistically individual as they often are, think of games like Toshi Video Club, for example. Instead, they've kept Cash Quest refreshingly low key. A jolly middle ages inspired soundtrack is accompanied by cheerful popping sounds as symbols land to get players in a questing mood.
Played on a 6 row by 6 column game grid, winning clusters are created when at least 5 identical symbols land connecting vertically or horizontally. Wins are removed by the cascade feature, filling spaces with new symbols, and continuing until no new wins hit. Mathematically, Cash Quest is a medium volatile adventure, while the RTP comes in two forms. One is when playing the game naturally at 96.32%; the other is when buying free spins, which nudges it up ever so slightly to 96.36%.
Playable from 20 p/c to £/€100 per spin, 10 cute sprites appear on the table as the game's paying symbols. From low to high are bones, skulls, boots, meat, shields, bottles, gold tokens, swords, dragons, and gold jewellery. Clusters top out at 26+ symbols, and values for landing this number vary from 15 to 25 times your stake. A blue stone 'W' is the wild symbol, landing in any position on the board to substitute all other symbols except the free spins icon.
Cash Quest: Slot Features
Cash Quest uses something called a Boostbar to inject various modifiers onto the game panel. This feature is available in the base game and when free spins have been triggered.
When the 'BB' book symbol appears on the reels, it triggers the Boostbar feature. Above the grid, the game's logo moves out of the way to reveal 4 special modifier symbols on the Boostbar:
- Blocking Stones – these are like dead symbols that take up space on the Boostbar.
- Magic Lantern – this symbol leaps onto the board and clears all symbols from it, allowing new ones to drop in.
- Splitter Symbols – these can be any of the paying symbols with a green number on them from 5 to 30. When triggered, the respective number of symbols leap onto the grid.
- Wilds – 5 to 30 wild symbols are added onto the game board.
- Symbol Multipliers – this can be added to any pay symbol. A multiplier between x2 to x30 is displayed in the top right corner. If a matching symbol cluster hits, its value is multiplied by the applicable number.
- Global Multipliers – these are values of x2 to x100, which are applied to all wins occurring in the current game round. If there is more than one Global Multiplier in view, the values are added together before being applied.
Landing 3 scatter symbols in the base game awards 10 free spins. There are more Boostbar activator symbols in free spins than in the main game, though the round cannot be retriggered. Also, there are slight changes to the values awarded from the various Boostbar modifiers.
If buying the bonus round is a possibility, then 10 free spins can be bought for 119 times the total bet. Doing so instantly triggers the free spins round and increases the RTP from 96.32% to 96.36% for the round.
Cash Quest: Slot Verdict
While Cash Quest isn't one of those Hacksaw games that really gets under your skin, it's a successful grid slot by most measures. If any studio has their grid slot production line running red hot, it's these guys. Hacksaw's formula has been well-honed after several excellent releases, and Cash Quest is another good example of the team's ability to meld graphics, sounds, features with their own playable x-factor. Hacksaw slots make it easy to keep hitting the play button, and while Cash Quest might not be the most compelling slot the studio has done, it's still easy to justify having one more spin.
It's too bad Hacksaw doesn't provide information like bonus game frequency, thereby making comparisons between games easier. Anecdotally, one of the nice things about Cash Quest was that it seemed to trigger free spins organically more often than some others the studio has released. Let's not point any fingers here, yet certain Hacksaw bonus games have been tricky to trigger in the past, making them arguably better suited to bonus buy players. Cash Quest was not quite so challenging by comparison. In addition, the same Boostbar features appearing in free spins appear in the base game as well, albeit at a lower frequency.
Most probably, it's the Boostbar that will lead to Cash Quest's best moments. This isn't one of those Hacksaw games where you steadily construct a multiplier or collect wilds, then blast them on the screen amidst a build-up of tense expectation. Instead, big wins come from throwing out a large number of high pay symbols or popping a multiplier or two. All spur of the moment stuff which can drop from nowhere. One benefit is this can happen at any moment, no matter what phase you are in. Get on a good run, and Cash Quest offers rewards of up to 7,500x the bet.
To sum up, Cash Quest is another rock-solid grid slot from Hacksaw Gaming. It might not haunt your dreams like their heavyweighs, but Cash Quest's pleasant presentation, features, and potential rewards make it as playable as any other.
Cash Quest succeeds because it strikes such a good balance between its fantasy theme and its grid slot roots while offering a nice twist through its Boostbar mechanic.