Crystal Prince: Slot Overview
Players after a slot to celebrate the festive season, but who aren't into the religious thing, nor the Coca Cola rep in the red suit, can thank Quickspin for coming up with an alternative option. The Swedish developer has dug deep into its Nordic roots to find inspiration for Crystal Prince, a wintery slot based on Scandinavian folklore that avoids the narrower band of appeal most Christmas slots find themselves wedged into. Don't be too caught up in the gentle charm though. This rather volatile cracker can pop at any moment. Fortunately, its potential rewards aren’t the cheap plastic knickknack kind that breaks 3 seconds later.
The action takes place on a 6x8 sized grid made up of 48 individual tiles onto which 4 rows of symbols are dropped into play on each new spin. There are plenty of empty positions above the rows though, indicating the game’s ability to expand quite drastically as you will learn. At first glance, Crystal Prince is not one of Quickspin's most intricate-looking games. There is a lot of blank space surrounding the grid which is located in an icy cavern, surrounded by snow-covered rock. The sparse visuals mix well with the soundtrack though, which is one of the most soothing you'll come across - like an auditory representation of a snowflake falling gently to the ground. The mix sets a relaxed and almost magical atmosphere. Gameplay wise, Crystal Prince sort of falls into the same category as Quickspin's Glyph slots, namely Golden Glyph and Ghost Glyph.
Players can enter the frozen realms of the Crystal Prince on any device by selecting stakes starting at 20 p/c, rising to £/€100 per spin. Try not to let the soundtrack pacify you into a false sense of security because the rather high (4/5) volatility can bite like a northerly wind. It can also potentially lead to surprisingly massive hits too which we'll cover in the verdict. In the meantime, a slightly above average RTP rating of 96.04% will have to tie us over until then.
It might look a little like a grid slot, but Crystal Prince actually uses a left to right, pay-all-ways system providing a default 4,096 ways to win. Of course, when rows expand, so does the number of win ways. As for the paytable, symbols are split into three types. The low pays consist of four snowflakes in blue, green, yellow, and pink. Mids use the same colour scheme but are crafted as gems, capped by the Prince who makes up the sole high pay symbol. Six of a kind wins are valued at 0.25-0.3x for the lows, 0.5-0.8x for the mids, and up to 2x the bet for six princes.
Wilds come in two forms – a standard Wild Frost Wild or Wild Frost Multiplier Wilds. Both substitute for any normal pay symbol while multipliers come with modifiers of x2 or x3. If more than one multiplier is used in a winning combination, the values are multiplied together, rather than added. They also fall in abundance during free spins, covered below.
Crystal Prince: Slot Features
Crystal Prince has several features to enhance the miniscule value of its symbols. The list includes a snowfall mechanic, a Blizzard Seal, Blizzard Mode, and Free Spins. Each win triggers the snowfall feature, adding a row of new symbols to the grid. Extra rows continue to be awarded as long as new winning combinations land – up to 8. At this height, players get 262,144 ways to win.
When the grid reaches 8 rows high in a sequence, the Blizzard Seal is broken. When this happens, 1-3 Wild Frost Multiplier Wilds are randomly added, also activating Blizzard Mode.
In Blizzard Mode, winning symbols, plus any wilds, scatters, or high symbols are kept, while all others are removed, letting the remaining symbols tumble to the bottom of the grid. Extra symbols cascade down to fill the gaps, possibly leading to more wins. Blizzard Mode remains in effect as long as there are extra winning combinations.
The final symbol of note is the oversized blue snowflake scatter. It lands anywhere, awarding 8, 10, 15, or 20 free spins when 3, 4, 5, or 6 are in view respectively. Before each free spin, 1 to 4 Wild Frost Multiplier Wilds or Wild Frost Wilds are added to the grid. Moreover, during the feature, two scatters on the board awards 3 extra free spins.
The final extra, which is jurisdiction dependent, is the bonus buy feature. For the relatively reasonable cost of 60 times the bet, 3 to 6 scatter symbols land on the next spin. Accessing the bonus this way also attracts a higher RTP rating of 96.52%.
Crystal Prince: Slot Verdict
Quickspin's stated aim when designing Crystal Prince was to 'create a winter game for everyone, whether you celebrate Christmas or not', and it has certainly met that objective - a decision, both open minded and business savvy. Initially, this is achieved through the plainly pleasant graphics, but more so from the captivating and atmospheric audio which draws you into its world. This includes music, as well as the tinkling on-grid effects.
Of course, soothing sounds only count for so much in a slot. The critical part of the deal is gameplay which can turn quite exciting. Main game action might be a bit pedestrian at times since symbol values are so low. Yet, piling on extra rows to break the Blizzard Seal and enter Blizzard Mode can be surprisingly effective. The real magic of Crystal Prince has a chance to shine when the grid is filled with high pays, wilds, and multipliers. During simulated spins, Quickspin recorded payouts of 11,630.65 times the bet, so big wins are possible.
Crystal Prince might not come across as Quickspin's warmest work at first. However, the features can heat up, despite the sub-zero temps and the open world that the win-all-ways set up provides feels like a breath of crisp, cold fresh air. Get the features firing, and you'll be glad you shunned Santa's Lapland in favour of the Prince's grotto instead.
Crystal Prince is a thoroughly entertaining and atmospheric seasonal game that can be quite a bit of fun for anyone able to grasp its dynamic nature.