Released: October 2016
Free Spins: No
Wild symbol: Yes
Scatter symbol: No
Coin Values: 0.10 up to 100
Jackpot: 1x Coins
Frog Grog slot is another piece of software by Thunderkick. The theme of this is magic, wizardry and potions, and both the scenery and soundtrack play into that. It’s quite fresh, and probably had been planned for release on Halloween, but looks like it came a bit late. Still, the game’s loads of fun, and you can play it on all the usual platforms – desktops, mobiles, tablets, phablets, you name it. The scenery includes a bubbling cauldron, with reels taking the appearance of a shelf with sorcerous paraphernalia behind it.
If we cut it to the bone, we see that just like most of current titles in slots reviews this one is also a slot with 5 reels, 3 rows, and 23 one-way paylines (left to right). The jackpot (or max payout) is 200xthe stake during the base game, while the highest theoretical win can go up to 1,616x, though there’s no progressive jackpot. The minimal bet is the usual1 coin per line, per spin, whereas the most you can stake is 10coins total. The value of each coin varies between 10p and £100. There are no free spins per se, but there are three (and a half, or four, depending on how you want to count it) bonus features.
Let’s Uncover the Secrets of its Magic
Basically, your biggest win is ten times your stake, for five moths or butterflies, depending on the light and the angle you’re looking at it, and the minimum goes right down to two times your stake for five blue vials. Some other symbols include a green potion, a jar of red potion with what looks like a heart within, a glass case with a rose inside, a purplish potion, and, of course, the wild symbol – a burping frog.
Dropping Symbols with Multiplier feature
This is the 1.5 feature we mentioned earlier. You could view it as a whole, or consider the multiplier part as a separate feature, it makes no difference game-wise. Frog Grog is a drops game, where the symbols included in payline winning combos are replaced with new symbols What happens here is – symbols drop in, they get wiped out if they’re in a winning line (not unlike what happens in Gonzo’s Quest), and the winnings are accredited to your account.
As far as the aforementioned multiplier goes, basically what happens is you get an increasing multiplier as you go, counting up to 7x. The multiplier increases as long as you get winning combos (in continuity), multiplying by 1on the first spin, then 2x, 3x, 5x and 7x, skipping 4 and 6, which is odd (pun not intended, but welcome).
Wild Frog Burp feature
What the wild frog symbol does is, basically, substitute for any other symbol, as per usual. However, where it differs from a regular wild is this – after giving you the wins (helping you achieve a winning combo, to put it more plainly), it will move all symbols on the same row and column by burping at and across them. This will substitute all symbols except the other frogs (if there are multiple ones on the screen), which means you got a chance for far more symbols to drop in than during the base game.
Mystery Game feature
The Mystery Game is another bonus round. It may activate randomly during any spin, provided no winnings occur. The Mystery Game will remove all the symbols except the moth, the flower and the frog, which are the highest value ones. Just plop! Into the cauldron they go! (This plays nicely into the sorcerous theme of the slot.)
Now, seeing as the Mystery Game appears randomly, this also means that there is no scatter symbol to trigger it, and you might have to wait a good long time to actually play it. Or, it may trigger on your third spin, there’s no sure way to tell.
A Page from the Grimoire
On paper, the game has medium to high variance, but during the gameplay it might seem excruciatingly low. Still, it’s fair to say it’s fairly volatile, with a potential for substantial wins. As noted, there are no free spins, but t does have three bonus features, as well as a decent RTP (96.1%) that could be a wee bit higher. Its most redeeming features are the good graphics and smooth animations.
A word to the wise before we part ways – don’t be heavy on your mouse looking to get the Mystery Game feature. It might take a long while for it to come into play. So, go easy on your mouse and your funds. Happy spins!