Embark on a mythical journey to the top of the world on the slot from 4ThePlayer powered by Yggdrasil’s YGS Masters platform. 9K Yeti is taking you on a high-volatility reel climb that follows the footsteps of the elusive creature. Your bravery to reach the peak of Mount Everest will be rewarded with wild substitutions and a free spins round with treacherous snowstorms that can lead to wins of up to 9,012 times your bet.
Entering the immensely crowded online gaming market is quite an endeavour by itself, requiring determination, perseverance, creativity and a vision to deliver games that are not only entertaining but also come with a win potential high enough to please an increasingly spoiled casino community. The folks at 4ThePlayer are not novices as they look back at decades of experience where they founded Ash Gaming and spent years developing real money games after their acquisition by Playtech.
By founding 4ThePlayer at the end of 2018, they set out on a new journey in a highly competitive industry that has massively evolved in the last decade, not least because of the fast advance of mobile gaming. Their Big Reel Portrait Mode is the first sign that they mean business and are not in it just for the ride. Instead of the usual 20% coverage, the trademarked Big Reel Portrait Mode will cover 60% of the display by stacking the reels vertically, spinning from right to left and paying from top to bottom. The reel mechanic will surely raise a few eyebrows in the casino community. The main question though is whether the games will do that too. Time to take a closer look at their first slot release that is bound to hit the casino lobbies on 14th November 2019.
9K Yeti is a video slot with six reels, four rows and 4,096 ways to win. Pays are awarded for two to six matching symbols on adjacent reels from left to right only. Your expedition to find the mythical creature on desktop or mobile starts at 0.10 credits and peaks at 25 credits per spin. The has high volatility with a generous RTP of 97%.
Great effort seems to have gone into creating an authentic scene that climbers encounter on their way to the summit of Mount Everest. Named Goddess Mother of the World in Tibetan, it rises majestically above all else on this planet. While the base game sees the peak on a bright sunny day, the scenery will change dramatically during the free spins with the sky darkening from the imminent snowstorm. A slightly harrowing soundtrack adds to the suspenseful atmosphere while sherpas, climbers and of course Yeti populate the ice-frosted reels.
The pay symbols start at the low end with the card royals from 10 through to A, awarding 2.5x to 3.5x your bet for a single six of a kind. They are followed by climbing ropes, pickaxes and tents at the medium level. Hitting six across the reels will yield 4x to 5x your stake. The premiums are a sherpa, a mountain climber and Yeti, paying 6x, 6x and 8.8x your stake respectively when six land on a spin.
A postcard view of Mount Everest marked with the word itself is the wild symbol, substituting for all regular symbols, while an icon with Yeti’s footprints acts as the scatter.
Judging by its cover, many players and especially novices might see 9K Yeti as a simple slot with only a single feature because today’s games usually come with a flurry of random modifiers and bonus features to keep us on the edge at all times. What most players don’t know is that each extra feature takes up a portion of the RTP which in itself can then dilute the overall win potential. Hence, having just one should not be a disqualifying criteria when we are looking to play a slot.
For their debut, 4ThePlayer stuck to the tried and tested formula of high volatility gameplay with a free spins round, although they included a modern twist for the feature. Plus, contrary to most slots, you can score the maximum win of 9,012 times your bet in both base game and free spins. You will need to hit 1,024 ways of Yeti symbols or in combination with wilds to achieve the feat.
Three, four, five or six scatters landing anywhere on the reels in one spin will trigger 8, 15, 40 and 88 free spins respectively. And no, 88 is not a typo. You can retrigger 5, 8, 15 and 50 free spins for the same number of scatters, up to 880 free spins in total.
While there are no multipliers for the round, the earlier mentioned twist will come into play the soon you hit a Yeti and a wild symbol on a losing free spin. It will set off a snowstorm and reshuffle one or more Yeti and wild symbols, placing them into a new position to guarantee a win, thus turning a losing free spin into a winner.
Combining 4,096 ways with high volatility and big win potential has brought us some truly exciting games. Classics such as Raging Rhino from Williams Interactive (WMS) are to this day immensely popular slot machines. Hence, it comes as no surprise that the team at 4ThePlayer chose this format for their first-ever creation and the result is surprisingly good.
Intense gameplay is mixed with suspenseful sounds and harrowing cries of the beast while a mega win could happen on any spin, be it in the base game or bonus feature. Not to forget is the generous RTP. Exactly how most slot players like it.
We at GMBLRS look forward to taking 9K Yeti for a spin with real money when it is released. Only time will tell whether 4ThePlayer is destined to ascend to new heights, their first slot surely is a right step towards the summit.