Crystal Forest Slots
This game has a dark, brooding and mystical theme complete with crystals, potions and toadstools. WMS have marked this as ‘HD’; and the high-definition graphics certainly live up to the name – with a lot of detail both for the winning symbols and the background.
There are a lot of these ‘mystical’ themed games around, which means that to stand out some interesting game-play is needed. This is achieved through cascading wins. When you hit a winning combination, it will disappear – allowing the symbols to fall into the spaces left behind. New symbols will then appear at the top of the reels to fill the holes. This can create new winning combinations, which are tracked on a meter to the left hand side of the reels. The 4th and subsequent wins trigger free spins games – which have cascading wins of their own.
Playing the Crystal Forest Slot
There are 25 win-lines on this slot; these are fixed, meaning you only need to decide on your coins amount before you spin. The smallest is 1c per line, or 25c per spin – with $5 per line ($125) being the biggest spin amount. An auto-play option is also available.
When you press spin, the symbols seem to float into place above a transparent background of the dark forest. The usual computer tunes of the older WMS slot games are replaced with chiming sounds, which contributes to the overall mystical theme. The vivid colours of the lantern, rabbit, butterfly and wand make this slot a visual treat. For me the unicorn is the stand out symbol, appearing to leap out from the reels. Animations are limited, with fiery sparkles taking the place of the symbols actually moving.
Confusingly there is a jackpot symbol, though no jackpot. This is the biggest paying symbol is worth up to 750 coins if you get 5. This could indicate that progressive jackpots are available on this game at some live casinos. Symbols with the glowing surrounds will pay out 500 coins whether they 5 of one type appear, or whether they are mixed. These include some beautifully produced symbols such as the fairy, Unicorn, Butterfly, Ladybug and Mushroom. There are 7 more regular symbols, headed up by the rabbit, which have lower pay-outs. With multiple wins possible within a single spin due to the cascading reels function, these small wins can quickly turn onto larger total prizes.
The remaining symbol is a forest view with the word ‘Wild’ on it. This counts as any of the regular symbols, and appears only on the middle 3 reels. You will find that this is often stacked (appearing on 2 or even 3 rows of the same reel), which means it can contribute to many different winning combinations.
Instead of bonus symbols, the feature on Crystal forest is triggered by getting the 4th cascading win on any one spin. If you do this you will get 7 free spins, though the 5th through 8th cascading wins are even better. The number of free spins goes up to 50 for the 8th win.
The feature starts with a graphic of a forest view, and the reels turning from a dark blue to a darker red colour. The symbols stay the same and the game will quickly run through your spins, with your total wins accumulating on the bottom right of the reels. You can retrigger more spins while you are playing by getting 4+ wins for any one spin. When this round is over you get a message giving your total win, and then return to the main game.
This slot is part of a crowded niche, with mystical themes available in every casino and online slots site. What makes this one stand out is the quality of the production; it really does deserve the ‘HD’ tag. The game-play is made more interesting by the cascading wins, which can see a small starting win turn into a very profitable windfall thanks to the free spins starting from your 4th win.