Tiger's Glory (Quickspin): Introduction
Those who were having a laugh about Quickspin's low variance infamy have been silenced, or at the very least now have to dig for other puns to throw at the Swedes. The iGaming landscape has shifted formidably the past two years which has left a few of the giants standing on the platform scratching their heads as the train disappears in the distant horizon. Thankfully for Quickspin, they seem to have made it right on time.
But creating a successful online slot with a lifespan stretching past two weeks doesn't only come down to high maximum win potential. There's more to it than waving multi-mega-ways and 'win up to xx,xxxx' eye candy in the face of the players. Undoubtedly, some providers are struggling to achieve equilibrium and need more work in order to perfect the science of producing entertaining ultra high variance games that have the power to enthral players while sucking them dry, which, when it comes to high variance, is the nature of the beast.
Expecting Quickspin to fall back into its comfort zone, we were relieved to see a game that not only stays true to their new direction but also takes it one step further. With the vast majority of Quickspin's slots being limited in terms of pay lines, the 4096 bet ways found here is a breath of fresh air.
The reel set is a hefty one too, stretching over 6 reels with 4 rows set against a painting of the mighty Colosseum with two Roman pillars flanking both ends of the action area. Visually it's undeniably a good looking game, although far from the best the studio has produced. The way the Tiger overpowers the Gladiator in the Tiger Battle feature, for example, looks more comical than majestic as it was likely intended, and the soundtrack seems like a bit of an odd choice and something that would work better in a WWII movie. Those are just minor details, however. On a positive note, the deep red scatter shield symbol stand out well and has a strong pull, and the gameplay itself is smooth and flawless.
Tiger's Glory (Quickspin): Overview
Symbols on the reels include the standard 9, 10, J, Q, K and A low-value symbols along with 5 premiums represented by four individual Gladiators and a Tiger, the latter being the most valuable giving you 10 times the stake for 6 across a pay line. The Tiger symbol also plays a very central role in the free spins feature as you will see. The standard wild symbol is only present in the main game but is quite rare which it possibly has to be not to significantly increase the hit frequency.
The symbols appear in stacks of 2 but can, in combination with other symbols, produce full stacks of premiums on the reels. The max potential in the main game is not amazing but has the capacity to dish out wins of 200 times the stake or more. Being a high variance slot, most of the juice is stored in the free spins feature.
Quickspin has made things easy for us players by displaying the value of the symbols in actual cash reward which updates on the fly as you alter your bet size. Speaking of stakes, Tiger's Glory accepts bets between €0.40 to €100, meaning it may not be suitable for some of the low-rollers that like to stick to €0.10-0.20 bets.
Tiger's Glory (Quickspin): Free Spins
3, 4, 5 or 6 scatter symbols trigger 7, 10, 15 or 20 free spins respectively. When initiated, players will benefit from an additional symbol referred to as the Enraged Tiger symbol, wearing a red frame around it to differentiate it from the standard Tiger symbol. When it lands on the reels, a feature very similar to the ones seen in Yggdrasil's Viking's slots is played out. If the Tiger defeats the Gladiator, it turns into a sticky wild for the remainder of the bonus. Moreover, Tiger symbols do not need to land on consecutive reels to form winning combinations.
On top of each reel is a +1 extra spin symbol. If the Enraged Tiger symbol wins its battle, an additional free spin is awarded which means the bonus feature can be re-triggered with a total of 6 free spins.
The free spins feature has massive potential. Quickspin advertises a maximum win of 12,000 times the stake but has been observed to generate win of over 13,800 times the stake during the testing and certification phase.
Tiger's Glory (Quickspin): Verdict
We have to admit that we have a weak spot for sticky wilds and in combination with the win-all-ways (4096 bet ways) setup we can't help but fall head over heels. It definitely seems to us as if Quickspin is growing more and more comfortable in its new skin and Tiger's Glory is proof of the fact that the studio is starting to seriously master the skill of high variance.
Of course, the high variance might scare some of the noobs away because, let's face it, a lot of people have to lose in order for someone to collect a 5000-10,000x win, but Quickspin has managed to produce a slot that is surprisingly well balanced and entertaining to play despite a lack of features in the main game.
We haven't exactly been overwhelmed with screenshots of truly massive wins produced by Quickspin slots yet, but should those start to drop in there is no stopping this studio. The hype is only a 10,000x win away.