Graphics - 82%
Gameplay - 89%
Bonuses - 86%
Value - 75%
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Cossacks: The Wild Hunt
Cossacks The Wild Hunt is a video slot from Microgaming in partnership with Foxium. Moreover, the slot has a 6×6 reel configuration and up to 46,656 ways to win. Slot studios bombard us with ancient Egyptian or Norse themes every day. Suffice to say it’s nice to see a different theme for a change.
Microgaming in partnership with Foxium delivers something unique for a change. The Cossacks originate from Eastern Europe and populated regions around the Black Sea and the Dnieper River. By the way, the word Cossack means ‘adventurer’ or ‘free man’.
The Cossacks were also responsible for the colonization of Siberia. One of the harshest regions on the planet, a shining testimony of how hardy these people were. Furthermore, we associate the Cossack history with violence, adventure, and bloodshed. In any case, enough of the history lesson. Luckily Cossacks The Wild Hunt slot is more fun less the gruesome bit. Let’s see what you’re up against when you play the slots for real money?
First off, you’re playing for a jackpot of 10,000x your stake. As such the volatility is medium to high. Add the max bet of $25 per spin, $250,000 big ones paints a rosy picture. Casual players can play the slot at a min bet of $0.25 per spin. Secondly, the Free Spins feature comes with Blocker Tiles and Multipliers.
Cossacks The Wild Hunt runs on the Cascades. Whenever a winning combo drops, the symbols disappear, and new ones replace them. This can lead to a chain reaction of winning spins. Further, each cascade increases the multiplier by 1+.
The average return to player percentage of Cossacks The Wild Hunt is 96.19%. Some online casinos will offer you a lower RTP of 92.23%. Make sure you always play with the default RTP. Another interesting thing about the slot is its hits frequency of 31.76%. You can expect a payout on roughly every 3rd spin you make.
Blocker Tiles of up to 4×5 appear in the middle of the grid. You’ll notice that they pitch as special or pay symbols. The two outer reels contain blocker tiles, they’re just reel filler. That’s the way we see it. You’ll play with up to 36 symbols in the default mode on a 6×6 grid. If you manage 46,656 ways to win it’s the Wonderways. Play in the main game is medium variance, but Foxium beefs it up to high variance in the free spins.
The symbols that populate the reels are 9 to Ace. The high-value symbols are bears, boars, bears, wolves, Roman, Taras, and Yana. When 6 matching symbols pop you’ll pocket anything from 0.6x to 1.5x. This is not much but the special features make up for it.
The slots package comes with a few Modifiers too. The To Arms! modifier sees random arrows fly in different directions across the reels. They change random symbols to create wins of up to 6 matching symbols.
The next Modifier is ‘Release The Wilds‘. The symbols transform into wilds when blades pitch.
The business end of Cossacks The Wild Hunt is the Free Spins. Before you can trigger the bonus you need 4 scatters symbols that spell out the word, ‘H’, ‘U’, ‘N’, ‘T’. They trigger 8 free spins with multipliers that don’t reset.
In fact, they continue to grow! When extra scatters pitch they offer you two extra free spins. You’ll also snag 3 or more free spins when 4 golden axe symbols appear. Okay, let’s circle back to those blocker tiles quickly.
The Foxify feature removes the blocker tiles from the main game. It’s a costly feature that will cost you 5x your stake when you activate it. More importantly, the Foxify feature boosts the hit rate and improves your odds of initiating the free spins.
If you’re chasing the 6 o’clock flight. You can purchase the free spins for a fee of 100x, 250x, or 400x. That’s for the 3x free spins with 8 free spins along with multiplier wins from 1x, 10x, or 20x. The bigger the multiplier value; the more expensive the free spins buy-in.
Keep in mind, you’ll play with blocker tiles and the Foxify Mode is not available.
Our testing phase consisted of 100 spins for a bit of high octane action. The Cascades only comes into full swing in the free spins. Furthermore, they boost the multiplier wins. If you’re wondering how so, we bought our free spins for 100x, the cheapest option. As you can see we didn’t muck about. Long story short we won 30x our stake.
The base game is difficult to plow through. The most cascades we strung together was 3. Play the slot with dummy money and test the buy option at the different multiplier levels. It can’t hurt if you write down your playing experience.
Foxium never did it for us up and till now. Cossacks The Wild Hunt definitely places it on the Whizz’s team’s slots radar. It’s one of those ‘over-the-top’ slots that just about does everything right. We feel that it has enough grit in it to last a slot’s lifetime, how long that may be. Needless to say, we’re glad Foxium invests its time and resources into such an interesting theme.
The Cascading mechanic along with the special features snap into action from the first spin. Interestingly, it reminds us of Megaways slots. Be careful when you activate the Foxium feature it can turn on your bankroll like a Siberian tiger. The jackpot potential of 10,000x is not the biggest. Yet, it’s the playing experience right to the brass root tacks that counts.
A slot machine that’s on a similar keel is Play’n GO’s, Charlie Chance and the Curse of Cleopatra. Players can cash in on Free Spins with Modifiers, gorgeous visuals, and a 5,000x jackpot! Make sure you check it out.