South Africa-based Aurum Signature Studios is one of those juvenile studios with limited market outreach, making fully-delving into their craft a hassle. And truth be told, they probably would have stayed in that cocoon for longer had they not joined the transboundary Quickfire marketing platform powered by industry-giant Microgaming late last month. A Tale of Elves, the first slot to be released under the collaboration, suggests that we all don our ugly sweaters because it is that time of the year!
Play A Tale of Elves For Free — Mobile & PC
We are off to Santa’s Workshop to meet his little helpers! Play A Tale of Elves for real money here or enjoy a free demo below:
- Return to Player: 95.07%
- Volatility: Very High
- Bet Range: €3-12
- 243 Win Ways Slot
- Paying Scatters
- Stacked Symbols
- Bonus Round (3 Options)
- All Devices: Chrome Books, Smartphones, Laptops, etc.
- All Browsers: Chrome, Mozilla, Safari, Edge, Explorer, etc.
- Code: HTML5
Slot Design, Algorithm Stats, Basic Rules, & Paytable
Not hard to guess, A Tale of Elves opens to Santa’s territory up on the North Pole. As tradition holds, elves work here all year round, helping Santa, the right jolly old elf, to prepare for his sleigh ride come Christmas Eve. Players willing to join Santa’s little helpers can do so with bets ranging from 0.3 to 12 units of the primary currency. That achievable on any device provided that it supports internet browsing.
As for the layout, there’s nothing new to bring about the wow factor. There is the same 5X3, 243 Win Ways layout we have seen with previous Aurum Signature Studios releases like Deadmau5 and Microgaming slots such as the renowned Game of Thrones. We will see whether that’s where the similarity ends when we get to the algorithm stats and features.
Starting with the algorithm stats, we get a unique combo of stats, starting with a default RTP of 95.07%. The volatility is rated high as a warning to those who might think that the elves are here to play.
Landing a win involves lining up three to five of a kind anywhere on the grid, provided that the symbols are aligned left to right. That is thanks to the player-favorite 243 Ways to Win format, which is also responsible for the 20000x potential A Tale of Elves brags.
On the paytable, players find the usual J-A fillers as the low-payers and a quartet of elves as high-pays, shelling out up to 8.3x. There is also a Christmas wreath wild and a Santa scatter, which on top of their respective tasks, pay up to 16.6x and 200x, respectively. Important to note, wilds can show up stacked on any spin to increase the chances of winning big. Also, landing two scatters in the base game may not unlock free spins, but it awards a random prize of up to 50x Bet.
Landing at least three scatters in view presents three free spins options for the players to choose from. Here they are:
Yellow Elf Free Spins
· 8 free spins
· 5x win booster multiplier
· Yellow elf appears stacked
Orange Elf Free Spins
· 10 free spins
· 4x win booster multiplier
· Orange elf appears stacked
Green Elf Free Spins
· 14 free spins
· 3x win booster multiplier
· Green elf appears stacked
Blue Elf Free Spins
· 18 free spins
· 2x win multiplier booster
· Blue elf appears stacked
The choice is yours! But considering that the yellow elf is the most valuable on the paytable, we would go for the corresponding offering, any time!
A Tale of Elves — Our Verdict
A Tale of Elves is a Christmas remake of Microgaming’s Game of Thrones 243 Ways. Some algorithm stats might be different… the gamble feature might alsobe left out, but that’s downright what it is. Bad thing? Well, not entirely because you could argue that this is what virtually all developers usually do for their Christmas-themed slots. Delegating the remaking duty to their newly-signed Quickfire partner, Aurum Signature Studios, also shows how eager Microgaming is to uplift its partners.