Who is she who comes forth, as bright as the sun, as beautiful as a roller-skating muse in an 80s musical, as formidable as a powerful princess with a magic sword? It is the Queen of the Crystal Rays, and you can meet her on the reels of a new online slot at Vegas Palms online casino from the end of July!
The new title, the result of another successful Microgaming-Crazy Tooth Studios collaboration, is steeped in the realms of fantasy, so you can expect it to go beyond the norm. The visuals, which have an awesome retro cartoon style, but this is not just about looks. It is every bit as powerful as the strong female figures that started coming to the fore in cartoons more than 30 years ago. From the structure of the reels, to the bonus features, the Queen of the Crystal Rays is set to defy expectation. Her majesty’s slot goes live on 31 July 2019.
Crazy Tooth Who?
If you are wondering whether you actually have heard of Crazy Tooth Studios before, you probably are not alone. Ben Hoffman founded the iGaming development company in 2011.
The developer has focused on producing slots that have themes, visuals, and mechanisms that appeal to a modern audience. Like Stormcraft Studios and Fortune Factory, it was an obvious choice of collaborator for Microgaming. The first title to result from the collaboration with the leading provider was Arctic Valor. This is being followed up with the Queen of the Crystal Rays.
At a Glance
The new slot will take us into a fantasy realm where a beautiful queen uses ancient magic and crystals the colours of the rainbow to defend, rule, and grant boons to her subjects. The first sign of her potential generosity is the fact that there are 6 reels instead of the usual 5.
How much of a difference does 1 extra reel, and 4 rows instead of 3, make? A big one, and it becomes all the more obvious during one of the Queen of the Crystal Rays special features, when the 25 paylines of the base game double in number. Other signs that the queen has exciting things in store for lucky players are the Wilds, Multipliers, and Bonus symbols that appear among the other online slot icons. Minimum and maximum bets are set at 0.20 and 50.00 coins per spin, and the game has an RTP of 96.70%. The Any Adjacent Pays™ mechanism, which is used in the game, means that like symbols need land on adjacent reels only to form combinations that pay.
Exploring the Game
The world in which the Queen of the Crystal Rays lives does not seem to have much natural colour in it. Instead, light and colour are conjured from the magical stones. From the look of the pay table, the crystals and other paraphernalia is capable of more than a pretty light show.
The queen, the cauldron in which she brews her potions, a fine chalice, a treasure chest, and blue, green, red, and purple crystals are the themed symbols on the reels. The crystals offer lower-value payouts, while the other images offer bigger ones. They are not the only symbols, however, because you also will see Wild, x2, and Bonus icons in neon colours.
The Wild can substitute for any of the regular images. The x2 also is Wild, so it also can help other icons form winning combinations. That is not all. Being a Multiplier means that it also will double any payouts it helps form. The Bonus symbol acts as a Scatter, which means it can form its own paying combinations, and it can trigger the bonus game, from any position on the reels. The multiplier it applies to bets when it creates a win can be as high as 5x. You need to see 3, 4, 5, or 6 Bonus symbols land to gain access to the special round.
The Queen of the Crystal Rays bonus round has 4 stages. Before each one starts, you will see various payout amounts on the reels. The amounts touched by the rays that shine from crystals will be yours.
The Crystal Ray feature, which can be activated at random during the base game, is when you can see the initial 25 paylines expand into 50 lines. The winning potential of the Free Spins that are part of the feature is enhanced when the rays shine and reflect across the reels. When this happens, they will produce Wilds and x2 symbols.
Are You Ready?
The launch of the Queen of the Crystal Rays is a few short weeks away, and, as you can see, it looks like it is going to be a gaming rush that players will not forget in a long time. It is not often that a slot like this one comes along, so make sure you are at Vegas Palms Casino at the end of July!