Desert Raider Review
|Desert Raider||Slot Review|
|Software||SpinLogic Gaming (RTG)|
|Win Free Spins||Yes, scattered and a feature|
|Play For Free||Yes|
|Any Way Pay||No|
|Minimum Bet||$0.20 per spin|
|Where to play||SlotoCash, Las Vegas USA, Rich Palms Casino, Slots Plus|
For those who enjoy the the tomb-raiding style of movies, the Desert Raider video slot is right up your alley. Themed after a medley of Indiana Jones, The Mummy, National Treasure and the like, Desert Raider is pretty much what you’d expect when you close your eyes and hear those blockbuster titles. But let’s get right into our Desert Raider review and see what this new slot machine actually has to offer the players.
Overview and Gameplay
As already mentioned, the theme of this video slot is tomb-raider adventure based. It is a 5-reel slot with 20 paylines and high volatility. The latter meaning that the slot could payout big at any time, but it also means that it could go into a deep lull for a bit. It is perfect for the player who wants to take a higher risk, but stands to gain a higher reward in return.
The symbols include that standard 9 through Ace playing cards as the lower paying ones, followed by the higher paying ones based on the Egyptian mythology. Those include, in order of lowest prize to the highest, the Eye of Ra, Ankh, Duamutef, Scarab and the highest paying symbol, the Wild, which takes the image of an explorer, presumed to be you playing the game, and is an expanding one to cover the entire reel.
The Desert Raider slot does have a scatter symbol, which is an old book, and three or more of those will not only give you a prize, but also trigger the Free Games feature. Sadly, the Free Games feature is the only one this video slot offers, besides the expanding wilds, which are available during regular game-play , as well. However, the Free Games feature comes with a twist, making this video slot worth playing for a while, so let’s take a look at the details.
Desert Raider Feature: Free Games
In order to enter the free games feature, the player must hit 3 or more of the Scatter symbols, being on a payline not necessary. Three Scatters will give you 10 free games, 4 will trigger 12, and 5 will start 14 Free Games. The free games are played at the triggering wager amount and they payouts do not change, i.e. they are not doubled, tripled, etc. But, the free spins feature has its own feature, which redeems this video slot and it is during the free games when players will have the chance to hit it big.
Special Morphing Symbol Feature
This extra feature, available only during the Free Games is what makes Desert Raider an interesting slot machine to play. Once you hit 3 or more of the scatter symbols, you will enter the free games feature, but before it actually begins, the slot will randomly select on of the symbols on the board to act as a Special Morphing Symbol.
If during the free spins feature, the chosen morphing symbol forms a winning combination, it triggers the feature of the same name. The symbols will expand to cover and will be held, moving to the left with every consequent spin, until all of them disappear. As you can imagine, this offers the opportunity to make it big during the free spins. And if that was not enough, should the game select the Wild symbol to be the special morphing symbol, an expanded wild will hold on reel 3 for the entirety of the Free Games feature.
During the free games feature, the scatter symbols remain on the reels, which offers the opportunity to re-trigger it, adding 5 extra spins every time 3 scatters appear anywhere on the game.
Overall, we found the Desert Raider video slot to be just OK for general play, but above average if you are after a high volatility game with a chance to win big. The regular play is somewhat boring, even with the expanding wilds, which slow down the flow of the gameplay a bit, due to their animation, even when they are not part of a wining combination (or any winning at all). But other than that, there are no jackpots, no small sub-features or surprises.
The Free Games feature, with its own twist, is certainly innovative and we have to admit – it does offer the opportunity for some massive payouts. It is interesting, exiting and the addition of the possibility of re-trigger is welcomed. Depending on the casino you choose to play this game, you have the chance to crank up the bet level and shoot for some serious winnings.
The high volatility of the game, however, means that you could potentially have a lot of the Free Games throughout your bankroll limit, or have little to none. And since the most exciting part is during those free spins, while the regular gameplay is borderline snooze-fest, after our review, we could only give the Desert Raider three and a half out of five Snoopies.
Desert Raider Screenshots