The Kraken is a mythical giant squid, first described in the XV-XVI centuries by Scandinavian sailors and travelers. Despite the name, the monster does not have to be killed in the game. On the contrary, the three game icons of the Kraken are the most valuable ones.
Release date - February 2020. Provider - Thunderkick. Kraken's lair is the first slot machine in the Beat the Beast series. There are five slots in the series with similar mechanics.
Thunderkick company, known for its innovative approach, finally released a simple classic slot, even in appearance resembling the games of the Novomatic provider from the beginning of the century. However, the Thunderkick design is at the level of 2020. Musical accompaniment is in the style of Hollywood heroic films.
Kraken's Lair slot machine is a free game without registration
The playing field is 5 x 3 (five reels). There are nine fixed lines. The minimum number of symbols in a combination is two for more valuable ones or three for cheaper ones. (Everything is very similar to Novomatic slots). Paid sequences are built from left to right from the first reel. In one round, all the combinations that appeared are counted and paid for.
Symbols: payouts and features
There are 10 regular symbols.
Valuable symbols: Kraken-monster (the most valuable one), Small Kraken, chest, medallion, trident.
Payouts for two symbols in a combination: from half to one and a half of the total bets, for three symbols: 2.5-10 bets; for five symbols: 25 – 50 bets. Five Kraken-monsters give a super win – 500 bets.
Cheap symbols – five higher card denominations. Payout for five: from 10 to 15 bets.
The only special symbol is the Golden Kraken emblem. It works both as a scatter symbol and as a wild. It can appear on any reel. As a scatter, the symbol is paid in any place on the screen, regardless of the lines according to the scheme: 200, 20 or 2 bets for five, four or three symbols. In addition, if five symbols appear on the line, there will be a 500 bet win. The special character also activates free spins.
In addition to the function of replacing other symbols, the emblem increases their number on the playing field. If a special character was involved in a combination, all symbols in the chain are expanded to the entire reel. After the expansion, multiple combinations are paid for. A simpler explanation: everything happens as in the Book of Ra and Book of Dead slot machines, but in standard game not in the bonus game. However, Kraken-monster never expands.
Beat the Beast: Kraken's Lair bonus game
The rules of the Beat the Beast: Kraken's Lair slot state that the maximum win in a round is 7777 bets. This is just advertising. In fact, the possible win in one round is 5790 bets. This is five special characters along the line (500 + 200 bets), plus three chains of the most expensive basic icons (500 + 50 + 40 bets), plus the entire field filled in by the highest symbol after its expansion (4500 bets).
Beat The Beast: Kraken's Lair is the most popular of the 42 video slots provided by Thunderkick at the mid-2020. The reason is the similarity with the games of the most popular provider on the market - Novomatic. Return to player in the "Kraken's Lair" slot – 96.12%. Volatility is marked as "high" by the provider, but it feels closer to average due to frequent symbols extensions and two-symbols combinations.