Crazy Tooth Studios and Microgaming have just announced an exciting new video slot. Queen of the Crystal Rays will be rolled out on 31 July 2019, and promises to take you on an adventure to a magical realm. If you loved David Bowie's The Dark Crystal movie, you owe it to yourself to check out Queen of the Crystal Rays! The magical gem-inspired theme is perfect for players at Ruby Fortune, and you are going to love this new addition to our online slot line up!
An Epic Slots Partnership
For the past few years Microgaming has been collaborating with some of the most exciting up-and-coming developers in the casino software industry. Their partners include Fortune Factory, Slingshot Studios and Stormcraft Studios. The mutually beneficial project has proven very successful. Fledgling companies get the resources, reputation and distribution power of Microgaming, while the legendary brand is able to offer some very innovative new games to its customers.
Crazy Tooth Studios is one of Microgaming’s newest partners. Founded in 2011 by Ben Hoffman, it was named after his dog's snaggletooth. With extensive experience in the casino game industry, having worked for International Game Technology, Hoffman felt that the time was right to launch his own slots-focused company. Crazy Tooth Studios is known for dynamic themes and crisp graphics, making them an obvious partner for Microgaming. Their first collaboration was Arctic Valor and, bolstered by this success, they now bring you Queen of the Crystal Rays.
Journey to the Crystal Kingdom
Queen of the Crystal Rays is set in the eponymous Queen's realm, where she rules with the help of some magical crystals. The graphics are crisp and high-definition, but the neon colours, flashing lights, shards of jewels and even the font that is used for the writing somehow evoke the feeling of a 1980’s television show. Get ready to enjoy the action with a healthy dose of nostalgia! The introductory video will tell you all you need to know about the Queen's story, and engage you right away.
Symbols on the reels include the Queen herself, a goblet, a pot of gold and other riches and treasures. The minimum bet is 0.25 coins, and the maximum wager per spin is 50 coins. There are up to 50 paylines on this 6-reel, 4-row extravaganza, and the Any Adjacent Pays™ system is used. This gives you a bigger chance of winning, since all you need to do to trigger a payout is land 3 of the same symbols on any adjacent reels. When more than one combination lands at a time, you are awarded the highest-paying win.
With a theoretical Return to Player Percentage of 96.7% and a top jackpot of 2597.45x your total stake, the base game in the medium-volatility Queen of the Crystal Rays is more than exciting enough. However, Microgaming is known for its penchant for special features, and has worked with Crazy Tooth Studios to make sure players are treated to some exciting extras.
Extra Features Fit For a Queen
The first special extra to tell you about is the colourful Wild Symbol. This can stand in for any regular icon, to help create many more paying rounds. The 2x Wild Symbol not only substitutes for other images, it also acts as a multiplier and doubles every win. There is also a gorgeous Crystal Rays Feature and a Free Spins Bonus Round, to boost your wins even more.
Crystal Rays and Scatters
The Crystal Ray Feature can be triggered at random in the base game, and is awesome in the true sense of the word. When this happens, 25 additional paylines are added to the reels. This increases your chances of a payout dramatically, but then the action is taken up yet another level when the rays are “activated”. They bounce off crystal reflectors on the reels to change direction, and when the reels stop spinning Wilds or Wild Multipliers light up along the rays' path.
The only symbol that the Wild can't replace is the Scatter, a sparking blue and pink creation that bears the word “bonus”. When 3 or more of these land anywhere on the screen at the same time, all wins are multiplied by your total stake. In addition, the 4-stage Bonus Round is activated. Before each stage, the reels are filled with credit values that you could win. On every Bonus Spin, the crystal rays are activated and trigger any awards that fall in their path. You could get up to 5x your total stake with the magic of the reflectors!
Light Up Your Life With Crystals
If you're looking for a game to thoroughly engage and reward you, Queen of the Crystal Rays is it! Don't forget to check out this glittering Microgaming and Crazy Tooth creation when it drops at the end of July.