Some slots are pieces of art – beautiful graphics, svelte animation and captivating music. The Eye of the Kraken is one of them. This new slot game by Play’n Go takes after the legendary sea monster that is said to dwell off the costs of Norway and Greenland.
Within each arm rests a treasure box, some are filled with cash and some with nothing at all. As you play, you’ll embark on a mission to collect torpedoes, battle this many-armed sea monster and wrench the treasure boxes from its clenches. Will you succeed in this battle with monster and man? Will you walk away richer than others?
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|Release Date||October 2015|
|Casino||Various. Play at 32 Red Casino|
|Software Provider||Play’n Go|
|Slot type||Video slot|
|Platform||Android App, iPhone App, Browser|
|Return to Player (RTP)||95.67%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||3 reels/ 18 paylines|
|Min/ Max Bets||10p to £10 per spin|
|Free Spins||9 free spins|
|Features||Click Me Bonus, Free Spins, Wilds, Scatters|
|Cons||Slow to accumulate sizeable wins|
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Eye of the Kraken has 3 reels and 3 rows; and only 8 paylines. When I first loaded the game onto my phone, this simplicity took me aback a little. Today’s slots are flush with hundreds of paylines; classic 3-reel slot configurations are usually reserved for fruit machines. Indeed, Eye of the Kraken is a modest slot that anyone would enjoy.
Contrary to the dangerous sea monster that the game shares its name with, this slot game is a perfectly safe bet. The game algorithm is configured to produce plenty of small wins and lots of action. If you have the budget to play for 100 spins or so, you’ll come across the bonus games. Now, this is where the money lies.
Besides spinning for regular wins, you must aim to collect torpedo symbols. You need to collect 50 of these torpedoes in order to trigger the Eye of the Kraken Bonus Game. In this game, you’ll get to choose from one of six prizes; three of them are empty and three of them contain cash multipliers.
Granted, this mission usually takes a little while. The torpedo symbols only appear in ones and twos, instead of clusters. Occasionally, you are rewarded well for this arduous task. Pick the right one and win 500 times your bet! Other times, the Kraken is a true beast that takes your money and offers meagre 10x multipliers in return.
Since waiting for torpedoes makes for a dull game, I’ll suggest that you enjoy the free spins and wild symbols instead. The Eye of the Kraken is generous with both of these. The Wild symbols are served up by the Kraken himself. When its tentacles spread across the reels, some or all of the symbols turn wild. Of course, this increases your chances of winning greatly.
If you get 5 diving helmets, you’ll trigger 9 free spins. During the free spins mode, you’ll also get a special wild symbol and treasure chests with instant cash wins. These treasure chests usually reveal multipliers worth 20 or 30 times your bet.
The best aspect of this game has to be the graphics quality. Eye of the Kraken is beautifully rendered. I love how majestically the Kraken’s tentacles emerge and wrap around the reels; the dark ocean background and the fitting theme music. Of course, since the game is developed from a reputable gaming studio – Play’n Go – the reliability of the game is guaranteed as well.
The game loads without an error on all devices, be it a mobile phone, tablet or laptop. There is no extra app to install; simply head to a mobile casino on your Internet browser and play away.
A studio full of artists
Play’n Go is a Swedish gaming studio that prides itself on producing premium slots. Its portfolio of 50 games feature simple game mechanics and gorgeous artwork. Take Riches of Ra for example – this game combines beautiful renderings of the Egyptian times and an exciting Gamble feature! The Play’n Go studio is also well known for their table games. Their video poker and black jack versions evoke a very luscious feel, thanks to their graphics and sophisticated back-end system.
Here are my closing thoughts. The Eye of the Kraken is an easy-going game, very simple and plenty of small wins. However, you must not expect to win a fortune in this game. There aren’t any big wins or mega jackpots to shoot for.
I set my sights on winning 25% on top of my starting budget, and this turned out to be a reasonable target to reach. I had a good time, but this game would not be a mainstay on my personal gaming roster.