Mining Fever Slot (Rabcat): Overview
If you have ever had the urge to head down a mine shaft with a bunch of dwarves and mine for gold, Rabcat's got your back. The Microgaming partner has come up with a new mining themed slot with a dash of fantasy to it. Its choice of theme is fairly niche, but they have tied it in convincingly with the game's features. Players are joined by three cheerful dwarves who not only give the game a bit of character but dole out several features. In some ways you could technically classify Mining Fever as a mythological slot too. Some scholars say that dwarves, or Dvergar, originated in the Norse sagas. Others argue the point, quite passionately. It's obviously a contentious issue, so let's not fan the flames of that etymological debate and hack into the action instead.
If you didn't know otherwise you could be forgiven for thinking you've loaded up a game from Yggdrasil at first. And no, not because Yggdrasil has their own Dwarf Mine slot - the two are totally different in virtually every respect, it's just that Mining Fever has an Yggdrasil-y feel and look to it. That's no bad thing; both companies have fantastic graphics teams. In saying that, Mining Fever is not quite the stunner Treasure Heroes was but it's easy on the eyes all the same. The game is set in a vast mine with carts buzzing around the screen on tracks. If it gets distracting in any way, players have the option of switching animations off. For a visual reference, the view is like the scene in Harry Potter when the heroes whizz around the vaults underneath Gringotts Bank.
Mining Fever is classically set up using 5 reels, 3 rows with 243 ways to win. Bets from 1 p/c to £/€2 are multiplied by 20 to provide total stakes of 0.20 to 40 credits per spin. As we have come to expect from Rabcat, volatility is on the low side and its low key math model produces an RTP rating of 96.13%. It's not an all or nothing gold rush down this shaft, but more something to wind down to after work with a hot glass of milk, as wins come small and frequent. In fact, the free spins round was triggered on the very first spin of our test run. That was a surprise, but even more shocking was when free spins were triggered again a mere 6 spins later. Bonuses evened out in the long run but it’s not a slogfest to trigger features at all.
The paytable is a mix of old and new symbols, nicely drawn in both regards. Card royals J-A make up the low pays and have a solid, rock/rune look to them. The premiums on offer include gold-encrusted stones, hammer tokens, a ring, a chest, and a crown worth 25 times the stake for five on a line. The wild is also worth the same amount for five of a kind, and only pays out in that combination. Three or four wilds are worth nothing. All the same, the wild can substitute for any symbol in the shaft except scatter symbols.
Mining Fever Slot (Rabcat): Features
Mining Fever has 3 scatters that unlock several different base game Modifiers. Each is one of the dwarven characters with a particular mining skill appropriate to their names– Driler, Bombur, and Thundar. They trigger features in two ways. The first way is if two of the exact same symbol land on the reels. When this happens 1 or 2 Bonus Spins are awarded with the respective Bonus Spins feature activated. The 3 modifiers work like so:
- Driler's Dwarven Drill: this feature comes with 1 Bonus Spin. During the spin, Driler drills through one of the first three reels stacking it with wilds.
- Bombur's Dwarven Bomb: Bombur comes with 2 Bonus Spins. When activated, a bomb is randomly placed in position anywhere on reels 2, 3, or 4. On the first Bonus Spin, the bomb acts as a wild symbol. On the second Bonus Spin the bomb detonates and adds 2-4 wild symbols anywhere on the reels.
- Thundar's Dwarven Hammer: Thundar brings 1 Bonus Spin with him and slams reels 1 and 2, or reels 2 and 3. The chosen reels are then totally stacked with the exact same symbols.
Finally, if each one of the dwarven scatters lands on the reels simultaneously, they award 8 Free Spins in which you will benefit from the Dwarven Gold Train feature. It's a little less exciting than it sounds. The 'train' is more or less adjacent wild symbols. They move 1 position to the right and vertically in a random direction on each spin. If the train moves off the grid to the right, it comes back into view on the left, continually moving until the feature ends.
Mining Fever Slot (Rabcat): Verdict
Mining Fever is more of what we have come to expect from Rabcat. That is, pleasant graphics and decent features which are let down by a math model cruising in neutral, and potential that is less than impressive. Casuals or those enamoured by the characters and indulging in a bit of light-hearted fun might appreciate what Mining Fever has to offer. Those looking for massive, intense rewards won't find them here and will quickly get bored.
In its favour, it does have a number of features which keep the game flowing. The issue with the features is that they mainly revolve around wilds, so there isn't much variety with what they do. Sure, features can produce nice wins now and then, but by their very nature they are unable to pull off anything epic. A cheeky multiplier or two would have boosted its appeal, but it's not that type of game. At best are single spin rewards of 500 times the stake, and even that is pushing luck hard.
What Mining Fever does is alright, but it's underpowered. There is a wealth of mining themed slots out there, and competing with the big titles in the category is a tall order indeed for the dwarven heroes of this tale.
The Mining Fever online slot from Rabcat is an absolutely stunning game wasted on a dreadful mathematical model.