Defenders of Mystica Slot Review 2023
Time to break open a virtual time capsule and wind back the clock a few hundred years, or simply practice a spot of make-believe as we’re off on yet another highly volatile adventure stepped in antiquity powered by Swedish studio Yggdrasil Gaming.
Except, things aren’t quite as they seem and this is no usual jaunt through the ages. For starters, the action is hosted on a quite distinct reel layout presented in a unique 3-5-5-5-5-5-3 arrangement whose border enjoys a golden shimmering frame bearing a golden sun and half-crescent moon. Furthermore, wins can start at reel number 1 and 7 – paying both ways in other words – which leads to a larger-than-expected combination of winning ways.
As to the game backdrop, well that’s quite the picture, too. If we were a gambling lot (of which we are), we’d hazard a guess at somewhere like Transylvania in the daylight, insinuated by the game’s focal point – a towering castle perched upon a mountainside.
The abundance of fairies does throw that conjecture into question, but nonetheless, it’s clear we’ve been invited into some captivating, fantasy realm complete with picturesque waterfalls and idyllic medieval dwellings dotted about.
Defenders of Mystica Base Game and Features
Back to those rather sultry-looking fairies, and they appear prominently throughout Defenders of Mystica, representing the slot’s high payers in an assortment of colours where 7-of-a-kind wins worth up to 2.5x the bet are on offer.
Royal card values from 10 to Ace make up the low-paying symbols, meanwhile, while Wilds also appear on the paytable, substituting regular symbols and additionally carrying multiplier values between 1x and 10x at random.
As to win ways, players are supplied a max of 28,125 across the unconventional 7-reel configuration which sees payouts boosted by a relatively small number of features.
Mystery Symbols are first up, depicted as orb symbols able to land on reels 2-5. Mystery Symbols do nothing out of the ordinary, transforming into the same identical symbol when landing in multiple instances.
Mystery Symbols are also fundamental to Defenders of Mystica’s next feature in the spotlight – Respins. Respins kick in every time Mystery Symbols participate in a winning way, locking triggering symbols in place while clearing all others and initiating a cascade to permit new ones to fall in.
Defenders of Mystica Free Spins
Defenders of Mystica’s main event is triggered in a somewhat unusual manner. Just two scatters are needed – on both reel outermost reels – to earn 7 Free Spins. Now, if any Mystery Symbols were present when Free Spins triggered, they’re transformed into scatters and add one spin apiece to your haul.
If Mysery Symbols go on to form part of a win during the feature, they drop to the bottom of the reels where they remain locked in place until its conclusion. On a final note, it’s not possible to retrigger Free Spins.
Defenders of Mystica Bonus Buy
Jurisdiction-permitting, parting with the equivalent of 100 times your stake via the Bonus Buy facility gets you instant access to Free Spins.
Defenders of Mystica: Our Verdict
It’s safe to say Defenders of Mystica left a greater impression by virtue of its pristine visual output than its stock of features, flipping from sunkissed daylight to vibrant evening hours depending on the phase of the game.
Our misgivings owe much to the underwhelming way the slot went about performing – a little cumbersome in general, while doing its expanded grid size and pay-both-ways engine a disservice by bolting on a thin amount of low-powered features.
Tipping the scales at 10,000x the wager, max win is not to be sniffed at though, and pulls up the game’s review score to more respectable territory. Predominantly base game players like UK residents can also take comfort from the flurry of Mystery Symbols that arrived in the base game to counterbalance the tedium of waiting around for Free Spins to trigger organically.
There will no doubt be scores of Yggdrasil fans leaping to the Defence of this November 2023 release, but for a slot experience assuring a weightier helping of Mysticism, we’d advise you to take your search elsewhere