Crystal Caverns Slots Machine
This colourful slot is has the full title ‘Dungeons and Dragons: Crystal Caverns’. It is one of several slots which are based on the popular role-playing game. In some ways this is the most basic, the main game at least having a lack of the monsters you might associate with the Dungeons and Dragons games. What this does have is beautifully drawn gems and the ‘tumbling reels’ system which means wins explode, allowing more symbols to fall into the gaps left behind. There is a free spins bonus round included too – this has a completely different set of symbols on the reels. You’ll be pleased to know that this does include the famous monsters.
Reels are set within the frame of a rocky cavern; this has a lot of details including some weathered skulls set into the top. Symbols themselves are over a black background, which helps to bring out the excellent light-work which has gone into the crystals. These seem to sparkle and are jagged formations – rather than the cut ones you find in many gems-themed games. Other symbols include 3 different warriors, presumably the different character classes from the D&D game. Other than a clinking sound when the symbols fall into place, the sounds are reserved for wins. This involves short bursts of classical music, which feels very much in keeping with the fantasy type theme.
Playing Crystal Caverns
There are a maximum of 20 lines, which can be adjusted by the player. You can bet from 1c and up at most casinos, with the ability to bet several coins per line as well as adjust your bet size. Keep in mind that the tumbling reels system means that you will often have 2 or more wins per spin.
Top prizes are awarded from the D&D logo, which is worth 5000 coins for 5 on a line, 500 coins for 4 and 100 coins for just 3. Next in the pay table come the characters, with a bald guy worth up to 1000 coins, the red haired woman worth 500 coins and the blond haired guy worth 300 coins. The crystals make up the smaller wins.
There is a wild symbol in play. This has a Celtic design and the word ‘wild’ on it, and substitutes for all of the regular symbols. This will also explode when involved in a win.
The final symbol says ‘bonus’, this appears on the first, third and fifth reel in the main game, and will trigger an initial 6 free spins on a new set of reels when it does appear.
Bonus Game for Crystal Caverns
Monsters in the bonus reels are scatters; which means that they pay out regardless of where they land on the reels for 3 or more. The wins are smaller, though they will add up nicely as any 3+ monster spin gets you a prize. There are also 4 types of jewels, which pay like regular symbols for 3+ on a particular line. Only the top symbol (the D&D logo) remains from the main game.
While you start with 6 free spins, there are plenty of opportunities to extend this bonus game. 3, 4 or 5 bonus symbols get you an extension of up to 20 more spins. If you are lucky enough to get there, there is a maximum limit of 300 free spins per bonus round.
Summary for Crystal Caverns
The main game did not really capture the spirit of Dungeons and Dragons for me, or at least what I understood of it. This is more a gems / tumbling reels game than one based on fantasy or adventure. Fortunately the bonus game made up for this with some entertaining monsters and potential for big pay-outs combined. This is an attractive and professionally created slot, and will no doubt have its fans. If you enjoyed the other D&D slots, then why not take it for a spin?