ELK Studios are bringing the funky back. Welcome to Jellyton, a strange, but marvellous planet, filled with square-shaped carnivore monsters. Yep, it’s quite the setting, but this is ELK Studios that we are talking about. Many times they have surprised us with amazing and unique themes and slots. To be honest, they might be one of the most unique providers there is now, you never know what to expect from these guys, and that is the beauty of their slots. Cluster Slide is the latest project from the Swedish based studio and it has plenty of tricks up its sleeves.
ELK Studios like to be different, in the most positive way possible. They don’t pump out a bunch of 5x3 Egyptian slots, so as we said, you are always in for a surprise. Cluster Slide is another Cluster Pays slot, which takes us on an extraterrestrial journey. The Sci-fi theme has been used many time before, but providers always seem to find a way to make their slots unique. Cluster Slide is not only interesting to look at, it also possesses a mighty potential. The max win can go up to 10,000x, like on many ELK Studio slots, for example, Katmandu Gold and Nitropolis.
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Cluster Slide Slot Review
Gameplay and Payouts
ELK Studios are fond of Sci-fi theme, so this is not their first rodeo in this regard. Cluster Slide action takes place on a fantasy planet named Jellyton. The planet which is home to these monsters is a bit dark and maybe not so inviting, but the 3 planets above are colourful and the music is funky and cheery, so overall it’s positive vibes. The big 7 x 8 layout is situated between crystal-like stones, while colourful jelly monsters sit tightly inside. Cluster Slide is a Cluster pays slot, so wins are made by clusters of 5 or more identical symbols, which can be matched horizontally and vertically.
The Jellyton name comes from the inhabitants of the planets, as these monsters are made out of jelly. This especially can be seen when new symbols land on each other or when they explode on a new win. It would be rude not to say hi, so let’s meet the jellies of Cluster Slide. Jelly symbols come in sets of two, which are the low and high-value monsters. On the low side, we got the green, purple, yellow and red jelly monsters. High symbols follow the same colour sequence, but these monsters are furrier, oh and the red high monster has a moustache and a crown, for some odd reason. Cluster Slide feels a bit inspired by Reactoonz, especially before the jellies explode, as then we see their real one-eyed faces.
Cluster Slide is a wonderful mix between casual gaming and hardcore grind. The medium-high volatility works great with the Cluster Pays. You will find just the right amount of action. By that we mean, that there aren’t too many dry spins, but there also aren’t too many low wins. As you know with clusters, it’s possible to find yourself sitting for multiple seconds on a single spin, just to get a 2x at the end. The default Cluster Slide RTP is 96%, but this is a subject of change, which depends on your preferred casino. Cluster Slide Bet Range is 0.20 – 100. The high potential payout for ELK Studios usually revolves around that 10,000x, which we also have on Cluster Slide.
Above Cluster Slide layout you can spot a Generator that fills up after every successful cluster win. More symbol involved in the cluster, the further Generator value is pushed. Once the meter is filled up, one of the Feature Wilds is awarded. To simply put it, these are wild symbols that come with one of the following special effects.
• Big Wild – expands a random symbol to a size of 2x2
• Random Wild – replaces 2-4 random symbols with wilds
• Multiplier Wild – increases the multiplier by 1x
• Upgrading Wild – upgrades one symbol type to a higher value
• Removing Wild – removes one symbol type from the layout
There is also a regular wild symbol on Cluster Slide, which is a pink jelly with a blue “W’ on it.
Cluster Slide Bonus Game is available once you land 3 Bonus symbols. Opposed to regular spins, Bonus Game comes with 3 Wild Drops. The first drop will turn the existing bonus symbols into wilds and it will add 3 regular wilds additionally. The second drop comes with two 2x2 wilds. The third and final drop adds a one big 3x3 wild symbol.
Cluster Slide also presents an X-iter mechanism, which essentially is a bonus buy option. It allows players to buy the bonus for 100x or to buy four other variants of drops.
Cluster Slide definitely is a new experience. It obviously looks to be inspired by Reactoonz, but it is an impressive game all on its own. The funkiness of the presentation might not be for all, but we enjoyed our share of an oddity. Most importantly, the gameplay is fun and so are the bonus features. Cluster Slide is not a whole new world, because it is obviously inspired by other titles, but it is refreshing, so overall a solid job from the ELK Studios team.
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