I remember sitting in the Empire casino at Leicester Square one day and getting a really decent hit on the Gaminator slot, Book of Ra. Because the free spin feature threw me something good I had drawn a small audience (of 3!) and after the feature finished I said something like “Hmmm… which game now?“ The guy behind me said I should try Gryphon’s Gold because it was easy to get the feature. So, I did. And on the first spin I hit the free games feature! I liked this weird-looking gryphon bird from that very first moment! The Novomatic slot is no longer restricted to land-based casinos but can be played online for free
or for real money right here.
The setting is the fairy tale kingdom of Winalot (aptly named as I did unlock the Free Games Feature right away). For those of you who don’t know, a gryphon – or griffin – is a mythical creature with the body, tail and back legs of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle, as well as having an eagle’s talons as its front feet. The game features several magically animated symbols such as a unicorn, a nymph, dwarves, mushrooms, and a castle among playing card icons A, K, Q, J, 10 and 9. The slot’s highest paying symbol is the gryphon, which is also the game’s Wild and replaces all icons apart from the Scatter. The enchanted forest icon is the slot’s Scatter; three or more of these will activate the Free Games Feature.
Even though the online game is all about what looks like an enchanted kingdom with dwarves and unicorns, its design has a land-based feel; it’s like looking at the screen of a slot machine – buttons and all – in an actual bricks and mortar casino. It does have some good graphics, especially when you land two of a kind in a winning pay-line, however it has nothing on the top NetEnt or Microgaming’s movie themed slots. The soundtrack is typical Novomatic with some magical sounds thrown in when you hit a couple of Scatters. You also get a soundtrack change with some medieval music during the Free Games Feature.
The video slot is a high volatility slot with a 5x3 reel layout and just 9 adjustable pay-lines. The RTP is pretty good at 95.13%-97.10%. The minimum bet per line is 1 credit and the maximum is 100 credits, perfect for high rollers and those with large bankrolls. What’s great about the game is that the Wild symbol comes with a 2x multiplier when one or more of them appear on a winning pay-line. The maximum pay-out on this online slot is 900,000 credits which you can win by landing five gryphons on a win-line. The video slot also has a Gamble feature which gives you the chance to win up to 5x your bet after each win just by guessing the colour (black or red) of the next card in the sequence. If you guess incorrectly you will lose your newly acquired winnings.
As for the game itself, it is like Dolphin’s Pearl and also the Gaminator game Lucky Lady’s Charm in that the free spin feature is triggered in the same fashion and the spins are played in the same way, that is, by three to five Scatters in any position. You are awarded 15 fee games at 3x your bet (this means that your winnings will be tripled!) with frequent retriggers.
It’s a fast slot which plays well and has some good graphics, although the Deluxe version is even better than the original in terms of graphics and soundtrack. The Free Games Feature is where the gryphon’s treasure’s at with that 3x multiplier and possible retriggers. Plus, anyone can play the game with its large credit range.
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