Delve into the ancient legends of the Huangdi era on the Relic Seeker slot from Pulse Gaming powered by Microgaming. The reigns of the mytho-historical Yellow Emperor date back more than three millennia, elevating him since to one of the sacred Three Sovereigns and Five Emperors in Chinese culture and religion. On Relic Seeker, three explorers are on a quest to find the sacred relic with rolling reels, symbol upgrades and a free spins round with potential multipliers.
Relic Seekers is a video slot with five reels, three rows and 25 fixed pay lines. Wins are paid for three to five matching symbols on a line from left to right only. Playable on any desktop or mobile device, it will offer bet sizes from 0.25 to 100 credits per spin. According to the brief, it is a medium to high variance game with an RTP of 96.03%.
Visually, Relic Seekers takes you on hair-raising descend into a deep cave where the explorers expect to find the sacred relic. The game window is a medieval Perpetuum that will jump into action on every spin. Artistic takes of relics can be found at the bottom of the paytable, while a dog and the three adventurers feature at the top. Pays for a five of kind rang from 4x to 18x your bet An oil lamp is the wild symbols while a second smaller Perpetuum serves as the scatter. Lining up five wilds will award 42x your stake.
Have you played Big Bad Wolf from Quickspin lately? Then you will know how this pay mechanic works. Microgaming has been using similar mechanics on Lara Croft: Temples and Tombs as well as Jungle Jim: El Dorado, although the progressive multipliers on consecutive wins have now been replaced with symbol upgrades.
At the start of a spin sequence, symbols drop from the top onto the reels and any winning combination will be exploding after the payout to make room for new symbols to fall into place. Plus, scoring minimum two winning cascades within the same spin sequence will start upgrading the three characters to wild symbols. You will need two, four and six consecutive wins to see all three character symbols turn into wilds. The spin sequence continues until no new wins occur after a fresh cascade.
Hit minimum three scatters to trigger 10 free spins, which can be retriggered. The upgrade mechanic will work just like in the base game but there is one more kicker. Collect three relics on reel five to get +2 free spins and then another three relics for another +2 free spins and an x2 win multiplier, which will apply to wins after it was activated only.
Well, it looks like Microgaming decided to use the Jungle Jim rolling reels mechanic ad absurdum as it has proven very popular with punters. Gonzo’s Quest from NetEnt and Bonanza from Big Time Gaming have similar mechanics and are today among the most played slots in online casinos. Whether the recipe elevates Microgaming back into top ranks of game developers remains to be seen. They surely have plenty to catch-up on as their last releases have been all dead on arrival.