The Grand (Quickspin): Review
In this Art Deco-themed video slot taking inspiration from The Great Gatsby, you're invited to indulge in glitter, glamour and luxury as Quickspin takes you on a ride to the boisterous 20s and the Golden Age of Hollywood. Those familiar with Quickspin and its portfolio of slots might experience the odd feeling of Deja Vu. There are clearly elements of other Quickspin slots here, namely Sevens High, Second Strike and Wins of Fortune as well as a touch of Yggdrasil Gaming's Nirvana.
The Grand comes with a slightly unconventional setup. The 6 reels are in a geometric form where the rows are 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5 symbols high from left to right, allowing for 214 ways to win. Playable on both mobile devices and computers from between 0.10 to 100 Eur per spin, the entertainment is delivered through an array of features that include nudge reels, random wilds and synchronized reels, all of which can combine to great effect with the help of the GRANDomizer. More of that further below.
With its fusion of art-deco stylings and geometric design, The Grand is initially quite enticing. It has the sophisticated touch and gleaming gold frame of a classic Hollywood theatre abstracted against the luminescent neon stylings of the backdrop, giving it a distinct visual identity. The symbol set is rather simple in design and includes low-value diamonds, clubs, spades and hearts as well as a couple of premium gemstones, purple and green in colour. Returning 8 times your stake for 6 of a kind, the green gemstone is the most valuable of them all.
The Grand (Quickspin): Features
Central to the game are three features out of which one at a time can trigger randomly in the base game. The following features are on offer:
- Synchronized Reels: between 2 and 6 reels are synced to stop at the same position. Reels of the same row-height are synced as pairs.
- Random Wilds: when triggered, 4 to 8 wilds are randomly positioned on reels 2 to 6.
- Nudge Reels: when the nudge feature comes into play, up to 3 reels can be nudged to your benefit.
In the Free Spins bonus, these three features can be unlocked and combined to apply on each spin simultaneously. First, however, you need to land 3, 4, 5 or 6 scatter symbols which will go on to give you 6, 9, 12 or 15 free spins respectively. Now, it all comes down to the GRANDomizer which appears when you land 3 bonus symbols on reels 3, 4 and 5. The GRANDomizer is essentially a feature wheel that will unlock one of the previously mentioned features along with 1, 2 or 3 additional free spins. The unlocked feature will activate on each spin and last for the remainder of the bonus. Unlock all of them and the features will be applied in the following order on every spin to follow: Sync, Wilds and Nudge.
The Grand (Quickspin): Verdict
The Grand is a high variance slot with a relatively low max win of around 2900 times your stake as observed during Quickspin's testing phase with 100 billion spins played. The max win per single spin, however, is 1712 times your stake should you land a full-screen green gems, something that is far more likely to happen in the bonus where all three features can combine to great effect.
Overall, The Grand is a rather mediocre slot. Though elegant, the visual design grew a bit tiresome on us and our motivation took a dive in-between bonuses as a result of the tedious base game. Single-handedly, the features appear ineffective and nothing exciting seems to ever come out of it. We're not big fans of this one, but seeing how well Second Strike and Seven High has worked for the company, this one might just turn out to be a hit nonetheless.