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Steam Squad: Slot Overview

Steampunk's fusion of past and future, advanced technology with a 19th-century steam-powered influence, provides excellent visuals, which some online slot makers have been keen to make use of. Depending on your definition, slots that could be lumped with the Steampunk label could be certain entries in Relax Gaming's mega Money Train franchise, Coils of Cash from Play'n GO, Yggdrasil Gaming's Cazino Zeppelin Reloaded, and the most iconic of them all, NetEnt's 2015 hit Steam Tower. Red Tiger is a developer which feels ideally positioned to make one of these sorts of games, as its slots often possess a sort of science meets mysticism effect already. Today's example is Steam Squad, and for it, Red Tiger has injected a set of features that play into or off of, or around its scatter paying wins system.

Drifting through the clouds in the base game is a flying contraption of questionable dependability, housing a 6x6 gaming panel. Game world is super important when doing a Steampunk slot, and Red Tiger has layered on quite a good one. A bizarre underwater realm greets players at the home screen before the camera pans up into the aforementioned cloud domain for the main game. When triggering free spins, the action moves back below water, and your guess is as good as ours as to what the back story might be, but it might be fun for some to fill in the blanks with their own powered-by-steam fantasies.

Steam Squad slot
Steam Squad slot - base game

While the game world is powered by steam, Steam Squad is powered by a medium-high volatile math model generating a default RTP of 95.64%. Passengers on the flying contraption can pick a stake of 10 c to $/€20, and a feature buy is available to skip to the bonus round. To win, you'll need to land 10 or more matching symbols anywhere on the reels, which not only triggers a win but leads into wipeouts and other features covered below.

Steam Squad's symbols are made up of 5 gems as the 5 low pays coloured purple, blue, green, red, and gold, then a doggie, a scientist type, a lady, and a male character as the high pays – all in possession of flying goggles. A 10-11-of-a-kind scatter win pays out 0.4 to 3 times the bet, though payouts increase to 5 to 25 times the bet when getting 20 or more identical symbols in view. Wilds are not part of Steam Squad's game world.

Steam Squad: Slot Features

Steam Squad slot
Steam Squad slot - free spins

The special symbols and features in Steam Squad are winning wipeouts, amplifiers, power up, a booster row, free spins, and a buy feature.


When a scatter win occurs, the corresponding symbols remain on the screen, while all other symbols except free spins scatters are removed. The winning symbols drop to the bottom of the reels, and the empty positions are filled with a symbol drop. If the win is improved, then the process repeats until no new winning symbols land.


On each spin, random multipliers of x2 to x100 appear above each reel. When a reel is filled with winning symbols, the respective multiplier is awarded and applied to the total of the win at the end of the spin. If more than one multiplier is awarded, the values are added up.

Power Up

At random, after non-winning symbols are destroyed, a winning symbol may power up. When this happens, the symbol clones itself, filling the whole reel.

Booster Row

Also at random, on a spin, a metal frame may appear on one of the rows. If this row is filled with winning symbols, a booster is activated. The booster triggers after no more winning symbols land after a winning wipeout. The booster may create a winning symbol in place of a non-winning one and continue the wipeout, or if a multiplier is activated, it will increase the multiplier by +1, +2, +3, +4, or +5. After the booster is applied, the metal frame moves to a higher row, which is not filled with winning symbols.

Free Spins

Landing 3, 4, 5, or 6 scatters on a base game spin awards 8, 10, 12, or 15 free spins, respectively. During the feature, landing 3, 4, 5, or 6 scatters awards an extra 3, 5, 7, or 10 free spins, respectively. In free spins, the booster row is always active, and it may move between spins. In addition, when a reel is filled with winning symbols, all multipliers shown above reels are increased by +1. Multipliers are incremented until the end of the round.

Buy Feature

Players may buy the free spins feature for 70x the bet, and doing so comes with an increased return value of 96%.

Steam Squad slot
Steam Squad slot - free spins

Steam Squad: Slot Verdict

With Steam Squad, do we have a studio holding two red hot tropes in their hands – Steampunk and scatter pays, then bringing them together to create something wildly experimental, or is this a desperate bid to leap on two separate trends at the same time? Debatable as the end result has its ups and downs. Scatter-paying mechanics have really taken off recently, helped along by slots like Pragmatic Play's Gates of Olympus, Gates of Olympus 1000 and its many follow-ons. Nowadays, it seems like every other studio is getting in on the act. Red Tiger itself has dabbled in the past; Sugar Monster is an example, and it has dabbled again for Steam Squad, where a number of features work alongside the scatter-paying mechanism.

It's not a bad mix either. You can picture the boffins at Red Tiger, Steampunk goggles resting on foreheads, cogs flying about the place, sizzling bolts of electricity lighting up the workshop. It's a bit slow and sluggish at times, and the max win is a tad disappointing. In a game with so many sizable reel multipliers, topping out at 3,235.4x the bet seems a bit contradictory. Perhaps the game's maker was running on Victorian exchange rate values when it was coming up with win numbers. If that figure doesn't dampen your enthusiasm, then there's enough going on in Steam Squad regarding scatter-paying activity to warrant a look.

If Steam Squad was a rickety airship cobbled together using cogs and dials and pistons and so on, a question remains over how reliable it would be for flying high above the planet through the clouds. In the end, Steam Squad felt like a contraption that would probably provide willing participants with an interesting ride if they aren't hugely picky about the final destination.


Steam Squad provides a fairly scenic ride, but its final destination isn’t hugely exciting.

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