The medieval enchantment of Crystal Ball is brought to life using clear no-nonsense graphics and well sized symbols. The base game has a simple set up with the action taking place in the dark and murky wooded area outside the wizard’s mansion. In the free games, the game is given an orange background glow and the sound effects intensify, to add to the suspense and enjoyment of the free game play.
The game’s theme also extends to the symbols on the reels. There are four higher value theme related symbols including the wizard, a bottled magic green potion, a unicorn and a chain pendant holding a blue gem. The lower value symbols are represented by the royals A, J, K, Q and 10. The crystal ball itself acts as a wild and scatter symbol, which is where the slot takes its name from.
In addition to being the wild symbol, the crystal ball can also act as a scatter symbol and it provides the opportunity to win 10 free games. The crystal ball will award a scatter payment when at least three of them land anywhere on the reels. When this occurs ten free games are activated. Once the free game bonus is triggered a bonus symbol is automatically selected before the free games can commence. The bonus symbol can be any symbol except the crystal ball. The free games continue with the same playing concept; however, if the bonus symbol lands on any two or more reels, a payline win is awarded even if the symbols are not adjacent to one another along a payline.
Upon landing a win, players have the choice of two gamble features that can be used to try to increase the winnings. These options will automatically appear below the reels on the right-hand side of the display screen. The two options are the ‘Ladder Gamble’ and the ‘Card Gamble’.
The Ladder gamble option is accessed by pressing the button with the ladder symbol. Each upward step of the ladder represents a higher value win. Players have the chance to work their way up each rung of the ladder and increase the winnings as they go. However, if the gamble is unsuccessful it can lead to a partial or total loss of the initial win. The ladder gamble will highlight the value of the potential win or loss during each particular turn. There is also an option after the base game win, and each successful gamble thereafter, to collect half of the gamble win and continue to gamble with the remaining amount, which is perfect for those who want to reduce the risk.
The card gamble is entered via the button with the card symbol. Again, you have the chance to increase your win only this time the gamble is placed on guessing the colour of the face down card at the top of the pack. After picking a colour, the top card is revealed and if players have chosen correctly then the payout is doubled. Selecting the wrong colour results in the gamble being fully lost. Similar to the Ladder gamble, there is an option to collect half of the win or gamble win and then continue to gamble with the remainder.
Crystal Ball slot is a high volatility game and it has an RTP of 96.12%, which is slightly above average for online slots. Low volatility slots pay out small amounts regularly, whereas high volatility slots pay out large amounts less frequently. As such, players may have to play several spins of this slot before they see a return.
The slot has a top standard payout of 1000x that is won by landing five wizards along a payline. The unicorn can payout up too 400x, the green bottled potion and blue gem pendant payout up too 150x while the royals payout between 20x and 30x. Of course, with the aid of the gamble feature, it is possible to win far more than this from a single spin.
How to Play
Crystal Ball is an easy to play slot. Before spinning the reels, all the player needs to do is set his/her total bet per spin using the buttons beneath the reels. The total bet should be divided by 20 to calculate the individual payline bet. All the player then needs to do is click on the spin button. There is also auto play functionality that can be used to set up to 100 spins in motion complete with win and loss limits.