Very often, slots that draw on cultures tend to veer towards the Scandinavian. That’s no surprise, given that many game studios and their teams come from the countries in northern Europe. Ivan and the Immortal King is a welcome break from that trend, exploring a fascinating bit of Russian folklore. Top marks to Quickspin for choosing to give this legend a modern interpretation!
Ivan and the Immortal King follows Ivan Tsarevich, a fictional character whose exploits have inspired many Russian fairy tales. Ivan has a range of depictions but he is always brave and true, with well known creatures and characters from Russian folklore serving as his friends or foes.
With this game, online slots provider Quickspin once again shows off its inimitable design skills with rich visuals and animations, and the inclusion of Slavic motifs. Set in an enchanted forest, Ivan and the Immortal King treats players to several in-game features that stand to boost players’ chances at taking home a win.
- Release date: 11.12.2018
- Game: Ivan and the Immortal King
- Game provider: Quickspin
- Number of reels, rows and paylines: 5 reels, 3 rows, 20 paylines
- Bet levels from min to max: £0.20 to £100
- Maximum win: x 40,000 initial bet
- Special features: Baba Yaga Surprise feature, Free Spins, Scatters, Wilds, Multiplier levels
- Jackpot – No
- Mobile – Yes
- Return to player: 96.29%
- Variance: Medium
Ivan and the Immortal King bonus features
Before getting stuck in to this casino game, it’s a good idea to learn a little more about Ivan and King Koschei. The King may be immortal but there is a catch, which our hero Ivan is keen to exploit. The King keeps his soul well hidden. He has concealed it inside a needle, which is hidden within an egg that is inside a duck, which is inside a hare and finally, inside a chest. One imagines that in an age before two-factor authentication, ensuring security was a whole other ball game.
It’s this part of the legend that is utilised in one of the game features, which we will talk about shortly. On the game screen, players will encounter 5 gemstones that act as the low-value symbols. Of higher value are the dragons, wolves, queen, King Koschei and Ivan symbols. Ivan is the most generous symbol, rewarding up to 100 the initial stake when 5 land on a payline.
Ivan and the Immortal King Free Spins
Remember that list of things that were hiding the King’s soul? This is where they come in. The Free Spins feature is triggered when 3 or more Bonus Scatters (shaped like treasure chests) land on the reels. Three Scatters equal 10 spins at Chest level; 4 means 14 free spins at Hare level and 5 will result in 18 bonus spins at Duck level.
During the free spins rounds, another Scatter type can be seen – the Coin Progressive Scatter. These activate the next multiplier level every time the player collects three of them. Every three Coin Progressive Scatter symbols will apply a multiplier higher than the current one as well as 4 additional free spins.
Multipliers up to x20 can be applied to spins and at Level 6, the very last level, the player receives 30 free spins in total, with x20 applied on the last four spins.
It might seem like an uphill climb to get to the final level but if luck is on your side and the Free Spins feature is triggered with 5 bonus scatter symbols, you get to start out at level 3 (Duck level), with a x3 multiplier active. That makes the prospect of reaching the top much more manageable.
Ivan and the Immortal King bonus
The bonus feature on this slot is named after another popular Slavic folk character – Baba Yaga. And just like in the fairytales, Baba Yaga can be benevolent or ambivalent on these reels.
Baba Yaga, who appears as a grizzled old crone, shows up at random on Ivan and the Immortal King. If she is feeling generous, she will help the player by hiding 4 random adjacent symbols from the reels and then replacing them in one of two ways.
First, she could replace between one and three of the symbols with Bonus Scatters during the base game (triggering Free Spins) or with Coin Progressive Scatters during free spins rounds, which will help the player activate higher multipliers sooner.
Another option is that Baba Yaga transforms all the symbols into the same, randomly selected symbol, thus guaranteeing a win.
The Wild symbol can substitute for any other symbol on the reels, except for the two Scatter symbols. It pays out as much as the Ivan symbol i.e. the highest value.
Ivan and the Immortal King jackpot
There is no progressive jackpot attached to this Quickspin slot. However, thanks to the many multiplier levels available, players can be looking at generous wins regardless.
Ivan and the Immortal King has a Return to Player of [%], which sets it at roughly average for this kind of game. Combined with a medium level of variance, players can expect to land regular, modest wins.
Ivan and the Immortal King Mobile
Quickspin has made it a priority to ensure that all players, no matter their preferred way to play, can enjoy their games. This is why Ivan and the Immortal King is fully mobile compatible and is a joy to play on tablet, smartphone and computer devices.