|Game Type:||Video slot|
|Whats hot:||Whats not so hot:|
|Played on a 6 reel set||Difficult to trigger the free spins|
|Clear-cut visuals||Some players will find it steep|
|Plenty of bonus rounds|
Where to play?
We’ve seen a lot of interesting online slot machine releases in 2019, there’s no doubt that iGaming developers are trying to see who can come up with the most innovative and captivating slots.
Quickspin set down the marker with The Grand, it’s a high variance video slot with an Art Deco theme based on The Great Gatsby of the 1920s era. Compared to other slot games the layout is different to what we’re used to because it’s played on a 3-3-4-4-5 reel set (6 reels) and it offers 214 Ways to Win. The top cash prize (non-progressive jackpot) up for grabs on a single spin is £171,200 and playable on mobile phones from £0.10 to £100 per spin.
If we explore The Grand’s bonus rounds there’s a Free Spins feature that awards up to 15 free falls along with random wilds, Nudge and Sync Reels. The interesting bit about the bonus modes is that they combine to form a ‘GRANDomizer’ that’s triggered when you hit 3 bonus symbols on reels 3, 4 and 5 offering extra goodies.
The visual fidelity of The Grand is loaded with pomp and flair, the symbols on the reels compliment the theme well, you’ll see low value card symbols (diamonds, clubs, hearts, spades) and gems of different colours (green, blue and purple). The symbol that’s the most lucrative is the green gem, 5 of them on the reels at the maximum wager pays 8x your stake (£800).
The Grand has a RTP (theoretical return to player percentage) of 96.58% which is unusually high for a high variance slots.
The bonus rounds can be triggered randomly on each spin.
The Grand slots is played on a 6-reel set as such anything from 2 to 6 reels can be synced as pairs if they’re the same height.
4 to 8 wilds can be added randomly to reels 2 to 6.
Nudge Reels and Free Spins
The free spins is initiated by 3, 4, 5 or 6 scatters that triggers 6, 9, 12 or 15 free spins. It’s a unique free spins feature the same bonus rounds that apply in the main game kicks in on each free spin. Furthermore, the free spins is juiced up with a GRANDOMizer feature (when 3 bonus symbol appear on reels 3, 4 and 5).
What is the GRANDomizer feature exactly? It’s a wheel, once triggered it gives you an extra 1, 2 to 3 free spins. Should you unlock all the features you can benefit from Sync, Wilds, a Nudge feature and up to 8 wilds for the bigger payouts.
We tip our hats to Quickspin for trying something different yet The Grand did not grabs us despite offering a free spins, nudge, sync and a slew of random wilds. The bonus rounds are supposed to ‘combine’ for the big wins which we did not see even though we threw £100 at it.
Given that it’s high volatility action it’s one of those games that leaves you hanging especially during the free spins. We sincerely hope Quickspin recovers quickly from this blunder, we’ve always been impressed with its slot games especially Ivan and the Immortal King and Dwarfs Gone Wild.
The Grand high variance frequently asked questions
How many bonus rounds does the game have?
It has 5 starting with the Free Spins, random wilds, nudge, sync reels and the GRANDomizer feature where all the features combine for maximum effect, i.e the big wins.
Of the bonus rounds which one offers the biggest wins?
No doubt the free spins feature, it took us 75 spins to trigger it at an average bet per spin of £0.50 (£37.5), expect a few dry spins it’s a volatile slots. We notched up a win of £25 which is kinda disappointing given that we’ve spend £37.50. On paper the big wins occur here unfortunately it didn’t smile on us but it doesn’t mean you won’t hit it big.