Inspired by Russian folklore, this Thunderkick video slot features the traditional Russian wooden dolls called Babushkas, coming in sets where dolls of decreasing sizes are placed one into another.
The high quality graphics we’ve come to expect from this developer is well complemented by Russian music background, creating the right atmosphere for Babushkas to play in. Along with a chance of Free Spins with guaranteed Wilds, get ready to be surprised by a pretty unique symbol-upgrade feature which will either create new winning combinations or increase the amounts you win from the existing ones.
Software: Thunderkick Reels: 5
Paylines: 17 Coin value: $0.10 – $100
Wild: Yes Scatter: No
Free Spins: Yes Bonus Game: No
Multiplier: No Gamble: No
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Paylines are fixed at 17, so head for the token icon and choose your bet size anywhere from $0.10 to $100. You’ll be playing with Babushkas of different win values, the only other symbol being the Wild Egg in few variations. It may seem a bit difficult at first to identify the value of each Babushka when playing, but there is actually a rather discreet way to help you tell them apart, as each has a different number of dots on their aprons.
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Wild, depicted as the Egg with a letter W, shows up only on reel 3 and substitutes for all other symbols.
When it appears on the reels, it will spin and potentially show a star, in which case it will open to reveal one of 3 Mystery features: the Scare Bear, which you’ll recognize by little thunderlights, the Charm Bear, surrounded by hearts and giving you a whistle, or the Dance Bear, with music notes flowing around its head.
If the Mystery feature you’ve triggered is the Scare Bear, your lowest value symbols on the reels will upgrade to the next symbol of a higher paytable value, either 1, 2 or 3 times depending on the size of the bear. While Charm Bear upgrades ALL symbols by 1 level, Dance Bear awards 7 Free Spins. While you’re spinning for free, each time a new Wild Egg will appear on reel 3.
If the Bears are a no-show for a while, you can make use of two other special features.
After you hit a winning combination, a Winning Symbol Upgrade is activated and upgrades all the icons participating in the win to the next higher value symbols, but only if it creates a new or a longer winning combination.
Should all 15 symbols on the reels be of the same value after the upgrade has been done, Wipe feature will get them upgraded once again. Finally, if the Wipe Win condition applies to the highest value symbol, Ghost icon will award you a special win.
Babushkas Slot – Our Verdict
It took us so long to spin the first Wild Egg that we started to wonder if the game somehow malfunctioned. They are there, only a bit shy to show up. The slot is claimed to have RTP of 95,8% (definitely not the best slot online) but it didn’t feel that way, so we either weren’t very lucky or it’s really long-term based. Generally the feel was action was a bit slow and rewards quite modest. If there is a chance of a big win, we’ve clearly missed it.