Crusader slot review (Elk Studios)
Crusader is an Elk Studios video slot that deals with the heroic knights who fought against Eastern rulers on distant and bloody crusades
Now you might expect fierce battles, clashing shields and swords, and severed limbs with such a serious theme.
To us, that’s a bit disappointing. Elk Studios keeps it all very politically correct with the Crusader slot, and we can, although we appreciate more violent slot games, understand Elk’s choice. For example, we wonder how a bold provider like Nolimit City would have shaped and developed this theme?
Anyway, in terms of gameplay, there’s quite a bit to enjoy. This slot game doesn’t go all out anywhere, but enough is going on to at least keep us engaged.
And sometimes you can also bring home a real treasure: the maximum win is 2,500 x the total bet. Not enough to pay off your castle’s mortgage, but enough to buy an engagement ring for your damsel and keep the fireplace burning.
Crusader gameplay and features
The Crusader video slot is played on a 5 x 4 playing field and has 26 fixed paylines. At least, in the base game. During the free spins bonus, the number of paylines can grow to as many as 98.
Stakes start at 20 cents and run up to $€ 100 per spin. If you like, you can also choose to play with one of the four preset Elk Studios betting strategies.
The variance of Crusader is medium, and the theoretical payout rate is 96.1%.
Symbols and payouts
The wild symbol comes in two variations: a regular version and the Wild Crusader.
The first one only appears on the middle reels, and the second version is needed to activate the bonus round. We will explain more about this later.
Do you spin five wilds on an active payline? Then you win 10 x the total bet.
The premium symbols (golden grail, treasure chest and a dagger) are worth between 4 x and 10 x the bet with five the same.
The medium symbols consist of three shields with those typical crusader symbols on them. Spin 5 identical ones on an active payline, and you win between 2.25 x and 3 x the total bet.
Finally, there are the cheapest symbols of the lot, the card symbols (Q, K or A), 5-of-a-kind yields between 1 x and 2 x the total bet, so just enough to break even… on the most recent spin, that is.
Luckily the next feature helps you to improve on this return to player.
Wild Crusader Respins
If a Wild Crusader drops on reel 1 or reel 5, you have won the Wild Crusader Respins. The wild will be nudged in steps up or downwards until the reel shows a complete image of the crusader. In the meantime, you get free respins.
Free spins bonus
If you spin on both reels 1 and 5 and a Wild Crusader, then what? Then you win eight free spins. But only after all the respins have been spun. Maybe meanwhile, you’ll grab some decent payouts as well.
During the free spins, it is possible to spin upgrade arrows.
These will help you earn more spins and more paylines (which means a higher playing field).
Every arrow earns you:
- +1 extra row of symbols
- +1 extra free spider
You can “build” a playing field of up to 12 rows high, reaching up to 98 paylines.
The maximum win during the bonus round is limited to $€ 250,000.
Our verdict on Crusader
Elk Studios’ Crusader is a well-developed slot, but it could have been so much better.
With a rawer, a more intense theme, and with higher variance, you would have had a world-class slot.
Now we have a slot you absolutely will enjoy, but not one you are itching to play again.
You will understand what we mean when you compare Crusader with our Elk Studios top 10 best slots.
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