Crystal Mirror may seem like just another forgettable slot machine from Red Tiger to fill out an operator’s portfolio at first. The game isn’t perfect, but it does have some redeeming qualities. Let’s look at ourselves in the mirror and see if we can figure out what they might be.
Initial impressions aren’t very impressive, but they’re also not horrible. Red Tiger has opted for visually pleasant simplicity, with dark tones highlighting the glitter of jewel-toned emblems. It’s like if a club had hung some extra mirror balls and hosted a Euro riche theme night, where the clientele pretended to be affluent European nobility. The music is soothing, oddly complementing the game’s flashy visuals.
The game has 6 reels and 4 rows, and players can wager anywhere from 10 pence to $/€20 every spin. Players have only 20 paylines to hit in such a large area. Before the setup gives you the willies, there are a few conveniences that make the most of the available space. The reels’ mirrored appearance is the most noticeable. The symbols on either side of the grid seem to be reflected in the middle, as if a mirror were placed there. See the “Features” section for further explanation.
On the mathematical side of things, default RTP is the familiar Red Tiger value of 95.77% while volatility hovers in the medium+/high level. While waiting for free spins can be frustrating at times, the added benefits are usually well worth the inconvenience. There is no new content in the free spins mode, but the bonus game is vastly improved by a change to the behavior of wilds.
There are 9 standard pay symbols, including a wild, a scatter, and low, medium, and high value groups. Six of a kind of any of the four low-paying suits (clubs, spades, diamonds, and hearts) is paid anywhere from 0.6 to 1.5 times the wager. Meanwhile, all of the high-paying symbols are crowns, ranging from a simple gold band to an ornate, headache-inducing ensemble. Win between 2 and 8 times your initial wager if you line up six crown symbols along a payline.
The Mirrored Reels feature is crucial to the action. Each spin results in a pair of identically stacked symbols on reels one and five. Reels 2+5 and 3+4 spin identically in time with each other, reflecting each other’s movements. Full-screen wins are achievable at any time in the game, regardless of whether you’re playing the regular game or the free spins bonus, because symbols can land stacked.
Super wilds, nudges, and free games all work in tandem with the mirrored reels feature. The 1×4 Super Wild, which takes the form of a massive pill bottle, may fall into view entirely or in half. In the base game, if the Super Wild is partially in view, it may be nudged to cover the complete reel.
Keep your eyes out for the whirling scatter, since landing 4 or 6 of these during the main game will trigger 10 or 15 free games. Once inside the feature, all fully visible Super Wild symbols will remain stationary for the remainder of the bonus round. In addition, Super Wilds that aren’t covering the entire reel are always pushed to expand.
Results from the Magic Mirror
Red Tiger is a frenzied producer, cranking out slots at a dizzying rate. On the one hand, they’re developing game-changing slot machines like Gonzo’s Quest Megaways. However, they also release a great deal of subpar slot machines like Crystal Mirror. You’ll know you’re playing a Red Tiger game inside the first few seconds. The paytables all appear to be the same, with the same gold stars and the same accumulation of paylines following a win. These spaces rarely generate more than a minor disturbance, although there are a growing number of them.
This is the category in which Crystal Mirror firmly resides. It has the flashy Red Tiger veneer, but the numbers aren’t that impressive. While waiting for the free spins, the base game offers nudging/super wilds to help you knock out decent wins.
The wait for the additional games was a bit long, but they were worth it. And certainly, free spins are when the magic of locked wilds and mirrored reels come together. When four wilds stopped spinning on reels 2-5 and mirrored symbols appeared on reels 1 and 6, that was the finest combination. It ensured that the remaining free spins will all result in wins right up until the feature’s conclusion.
A full screen of the premium crowns is only worth 120 times the stake due to the low number of paylines and moderate symbol value. Thus, we did not even come close to unlocking Crystal Mirror’s full potential of 5,240 times the stake, but the result was still satisfactory.
Overall, Crystal Mirror is just another Red Tiger slot machine that isn’t going to change the world. It’s not great, but it’s not terrible either, thanks to the free spins feature where locking super wilds and mirrored reels work together to create winning combinations. Even if Crystal Mirror doesn’t leave much of an imprint, it might still provide some fun times.