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Grand Galore Demo
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Overview: The Grand Galore
The stage is set with red velvet, diamond-jetted curtains languishing in the background. Did we buy tickets to the cabaret? No, we are about to play The Grand Galore slot, the most recent offering by Elk Studios. Set for release on the 1st of September 2020, this game offers a good mix of old world casino charm, handsome symbols, and a decent winning opportunity to boot.
Symbols and Payouts
The Grand Galore slot pays from left to right, starting on the first reel. There are 6 reels and 4 rows that offer a total of 4,096 ways to win, and you have to land at least 3 matching symbols to strike a winning combination. What makes this video slot unique is that the reels expand after each win. At the end of a winning game, all the reels that contained a winning symbol will expand and the game reconsiders the new layout for additional wins. This can continue until all the reels contain 10 rows. When all the reels contain 10 rows there are 1 million ways to win, which can result in some very exciting spins.
The symbols include four of the royals: J, Q, K and A on the lower end. The higher paying symbols consist of four different types of gems, as well as a ruby-encrusted panther that resembles a sphynx. The pays seem low, with the highest paying symbol, the panther, paying out 0.2x, 0.4x, 0.6x, and 1x the total bet for 3, 4, 5, or 6-of-a-kind respectively. However, the wins accumulate quickly due to the fact that the reels expand and recalculate for additional payouts.
Players that love a good wild symbol and a classic scatter won’t be disappointed. The Grand Galore slot features a gold-themed ‘W’ symbol that substitutes for all the other symbols except the bonus symbol. The bonus scatter is straight out of the original video slots’ playbook, with a big diamond in the centre and the word ‘BONUS’ written across the bottom.
The game lets you start your bet at 0.20 per spin, up to a maximum of 100. The RTP of 96% offers some decent play time, with a very respectable hit frequency of 22.9. The maximum win that can be paid out on a single spin is 10,000x the total stake, which can result in wins as high as 1 Million when playing on the maximum bet. This is a grand slot indeed.
The main focus on this slot is its ability for consecutive payouts on a single spin. Consecutive spins incorporate expanding reels that give you more ways to land winning combinations after each win. But the action does not stop there. The slot has an exciting bonus game, the introduction of which is amplified by the good-looking bonus scatter symbols.
When a respin occurs after a winning combination has landed, the game might synchronise some of the reels. Between two and five of the reels may be activated for a synchronised respin at any time. The feature is random so there’s no way of determining which reels it will include.
Three or more of the scatter bonus symbols will unlock the bonus game. Landing 3 scatters will award 10 free spins, 4 awards 15 free spins, 5 awards 20 spins and 6 bonus scatters will award a whopping 25 free spins. When the bonus games are in play, the Grand Respin feature is certain to trigger after every 5 consecutive wins. During the Grand Respin feature, the reels expand in the following way:
- First Grand Respin: Reel 4 will expand
- Second Grand Respin: Reels 4 and 5 will expand
- Additional Grand Respins: Reels 4, 5, and 6 will expand
The bonus games can be retriggered during the free spins, but there is a maximum limit of 50 free spins which can be reached.
Verdict: The Grand Galore
There is not much not to like about this game. Everything from the 1930s theme to the diamonds, rubies and emeralds scream ‘classic video slot.’ The slot plays with a high volatility, so remember that when placing high stakes bets. It also incorporates a tension-building slow-roll reel, illuminated with gold streaks for added pleasure. The Jazzy instrumental maintains a good beat in the background and offers a good pace during the bonus games. The Grand Galore slot will remind many players of a Megaways mechanic, but we think Elk has a winner here that plays with original features and exudes a classical atmosphere at the same time.