Graphics - 72%
Gameplay - 68%
Bonuses - 61%
Value - 31%
Whats not so hot?
Mystic Orbs is a video slot from ELK Studios with 5 reels, 5 rows with Cluster Pays. The setting tees off at an ancient temple with a distinctly Asian vibe.
Elk Studios is no slouch when it comes to big-budget slots. The studio’s previous release Stars of Orion was a winner with players.
To receive a payout you need 5 or more matching symbols on the grid. Elk Studios sweetens the pot with Cascades, Orbs, the Bonus Game, and X-iter.
The volatility is medium to high and the jackpot is 10,000x your bet. Moreover, Mystic Orbs has a hit frequency of 28%. So, you’re looking at a winner on every 4th spin.
The RTP of Mystic Orbs is 95%. That’s lower than the industry average of 96%. Keep in mind, when you spin those reels you’ll be playing for a $1 million jackpot.
In this case, we justify the RTP because the jackpot is huge. Without derailing the slot review of Mystic Orbs.
The visuals of Mystic Orbs are quite on par with what we’d expect. For low pays, there are Asian symbols of sorts.
Then, there are animal symbols and a mystic symbol to wrap things up. The top win for a max Cluster is 400x your bet.
That’s if you find enough mystic symbols on the board. Wilds appear on the grid as well and they sub symbols adjacent to them.
Mystic Orbs or Cascades Avalanches, allow winners to disappear from the grid. In return, new symbols replace them.
As long as you snag 5 or more matching symbols it’s a case of rinse and repeat. That’s to say successive wins until a winning combination no longer appears.
Special Orbs can land as either normal Orbs or Charged Orbs. They are Wild and they explode if they don’t participate in a win.
Also, they work with the Feature Reel located above the reels. If they land below a Feature Reel symbol, they’ll net you a modifier.
If that’s a Charged Orb instead, it will active all the modifiers on the Feature Reel! These modifiers are:
Bonus – triggers the Bonus Game.
Orb Payout – gives you a bet multiplier.
Multiplier – activates a win multiplier or adds to it.
Extra Life – will give you an extra Cascade.
Upgrade – upgrades a symbol type for up to 3 Cascades.
Orb Siege – transforms symbols into matching ones.
Find the Bonus symbol on the Feature Reel or collect 5 Orbs to trigger the Bonus Game. In this feature, you’ll get 5 free spins or drops in which Orbs will appear.
Now, when 5 more Orbs pitch you’ll receive more free spins. The kicker is that your win multiplier stays intact during free spins, with no resets.
There are 5 X-iter options that you can use to buy bonus rounds and other modifiers. These cost from 5x to 500x and vary quite a lot in terms of what they can do.
You can buy single Orbs, or you can trigger the Bonus Game the conventional way.
Make no mistake Mystic Orbs is a fun slot. However, the volatility kept knocking us out of the slot. Everything is grandiose from its bonus rounds, Orb symbols, and modifiers.
Our testing phase didn’t deliver any notable wins. The big wins are there but you’ll have to grind out the features.
Mystic Orbs is another captivating slot from ELK Studios. The Orb modifiers make it stand out big time, even though the 95% RTP spoils the fun a bit.
We still recommend Mystic Orbs to fans of Cluster-based video slots. It has that otherworldly charm that comes with the high payout potential of 10,000x.
As an alternative, we recommend Joker Bombs from Hacksaw Gaming. It’s a 6×5 game that has a fresh payout system.
You only need to find 8+ matching symbols anywhere on the board to get a win. It’s like every symbol is a Scatter and it makes for a lot of fun.
You can look forward to Multiplier Bombs and Free Spins. This can all combine to produce neat wins of up to 5,000x.
The hit frequency is decent enough at 23.54%.