Mr Green Casino will shortly be adding the new ELK Studios slot titled Crusader to their casino, the official release date is the 17th March 2020.
Crusader sets the scene back in the year of 1291 with the Crusader Knights defending the last stronghold in a final stand battle, in terms of the theme essentially this just involves the Crusaders appearing on the reels and acting as wild symbols and a mixture of other Knight related symbols on the reels.
The base game is a regular 5×4 reel 26 payline slot, with a mixture of heavily stacked symbols on all the reels, on the first and last reels there are special Crusader wild symbols that can cover the entire reel and act as wild symbols.
When these land even partially in view they will nudge and move one position on each subsequent spin until fully covering the reel and acting as a wild also. To trigger the main bonus round you need to have 2 of these Crusaders wild symbols fully covering the reels at the same time which then awards the free spins bonus round where things start to get more interesting.
During the free spins round you start with 8 initial free spins with the possibility of earning plenty more, the crusader wilds on the reels are locked in place for the entire bonus round, and special new symbols are added which can increase the reel size every time they land in view awarding +1 extra free spin each time too, the regular reels can grow in size from the regular 5×4 slot into the maximum 5×12 reel slot with increased paylines up to 98.
With the wild Crusader reels remaining sticky throughout the bonus round, essentially you are looking for matching stacked symbols on the middle 3 reels which can also include wilds for the biggest win potential on this machine.
In comparison to previous ELK slots, this one seems very straightforward with a distinct lack of special features or new innovation but definitely quite volatile at the same, with increased paylines and heavily stacked wilds, one big hit can transform a bonus round, with a maximum exposure of 2500x bet!