For their 2018 title Ivan and the Immortal King, the Swedish software developer Quickspin finds an inspiration in Russian folklore. It is based on the popular Russian fairytale and tells the story of Ivan Tsarevich who is on his mission to kill the immortal king Koschei. Warrior princess Maria Morevna is a female character appearing on the reels as well as Baba Yaga, a supernatural being represented as an old witch, that will from time to time fly over the reels and boost your winning chances by casting spells. The slot comes equipped with a super-exciting free spins feature played through six levels with multipliers increasing up to 20x.
Visually, this is one of the best looking Quickspin titles. It uses 5 reels set within an enchanted forest with 20 paylines to place your bets on. Before you start spinning the reels, set your stake by choosing a bet value from $0.20 and $100 per spin. To win a prize, land 3 or more symbols of a kind on a payline left to right. If you don’t feel like spinning the reels manually, activate up to 1,000 automatic spins. You can set the loss and win limits at which autospins will stop.
Ivan Tsarevish himself is the top paying regular icon awarding 100x your bet for a five of a kind combo. Other high-value symbols include the immortal king, Maria Morevna, wolves and dragons. Gems in different colours pay prizes of lower value. Wild depicted as the golden ornament is another lucrative icon that grants a 100x your total bet payout for a five of a kind. Bonus Scatter is represented as the chest and it is in charge of triggering free games.
The Baba Yaga Surprise feature can be triggered on any spin at random to help you trigger the free spins feature or win a prize. The old witch can choose one of the symbols and replace up to 4 hidden symbols into it, providing you with a chance to create a winning combo. She can also replace up to 3 hidden symbols with Scatters thus helping you enter free games.
Once you get 3 or more Chest Scatters anywhere in view, you will receive between 10 and 18 free spins. The feature starts at the Chest level when activated by 3 Scatters and each additional Scatter in a triggering combo unlocks the next level. The free spins feature is beautifully designed and fully based on the story of Koschei whose soul is hidden within a needle. The needle is in an egg, the egg is in a duck, the duck is in a hare and the hare is in a chest. These are levels through which you can play free games and each of them comes with a multiplier going up to 20x.
To move up the levels you need to collect 3 coin progressive Scatters. Not only that you will level up, but you will also receive 4 additional free spins. The good news is that Baba Yaga can appear to add progressive Scatters to the reels as well, making it easier for you to move up the levels.
While Ivan and the Immortal King can seem a bit overwhelming at first, once you start playing the game, you will enjoy the smooth gaming experience with multiple opportunities to win. However, keep in mind that this is a highly volatile offering from Quickspin, meaning that you can see a series of dead spins before a big one kicks in. It takes time to trigger the free spins feature, but it can turn out to be quite lucrative. The game’s RTP sits at 96.29% while a maximum possible win you can hit is unbelievable 40,000x your total bet!