maybe while taking in some birdwatching, Quickspin suggests a trip to the lofty heights of the Appalachian Mountains. This vacation has been ruined by a horde of undead, who have made as much noise as a noisy popcorn eater in the theater. The next thing you know, you’re hiding up in a dilapidated cottage, armed to the teeth with a 12 gauge and ready to blow the brains out of the walking dead.
Sounds like a B-grade horror flick, and to be quite honest, Cabin Crashers is a B-grade horror flick in all the best ways. Quickspin combines blood and laughs in a tribute to rural America full of alligators, moonshine, and spine-tingling Appalachian gothic. The playing field is a 53 grid with 20 fixed paylines on which to land winning combinations. Quickspin’s simplistic depiction of a tree-lined mountain in the background is reminiscent of a slot by Hacksaw Gaming. You can make out the cabin from the name way back there, and it’s to this makeshift shelter that you’ll want to make your way during the free spins bonus round.
Quickspin’s audio team has composed a fantastic Oh Brother, Where Art Thou-inspired score to go along with the action. The main game is a slow-burning tub-thumper with a nasty violin overlay, while the bonus game goes full Dukes of Hazzard.
You may play Cabin Crashers on any of your devices, and you can place wagers as low as 20 pence per spin and as much as £/€100 per spin. It’s a completely random event, however players may influence the risk-reward ratio via four free-spin alternatives. Grave picks can be triggered spontaneously or purchased, and their RTP varies accordingly. Theoretical returns range from 96.18% to 96.19% if you follow the sustainable route, and from 96.49% to 96.52% if you want to buy the bonus. Quickspin has given volatility a perfect score of 5 out of 5, and after giving it a thorough go, it’s hard to argue with that assessment.
When three or more identical symbols appear in a line, starting at the leftmost reel and moving to the right, the player receives a payout. The lower half of the pay table consists of the usual 10 through Ace card symbols; these are followed by mid-pay objects like moonshine bottles, axes, guns, gator heads, bear heads, and hockey masks. When landing in lines of five of a kind, these higher value symbols pay out prizes of 5x to 40x the wager. So much for the fundamentals; let’s move on to the extras!
Crashing the Plane: Slot Bonus Rounds
Multiplier Wilds are the game’s main feature and may be activated in both the regular game and the Zombie Siege Free Spins bonus round. When a Multiplier Wild appears on reels 2 through 4, it appears as a zombie and must be shot to reveal its multiplier value. During regular play, its value is determined at random between x2 and x5, whereas during free games it is fixed and determined by the option selected in the Grave Picker. When more than one Multiplier Wild is utilized on the same win line, the values are added together to determine the final win.
Reels 1, 3, and 5 all have scatter gravestone symbols. When you land three of them in the same spin, the Grave Picker scene will begin. To initiate the Free Spins round in Zombie Siege, players can select from one of four alternatives. There is a trade-off between danger and reward in graves with fewer free spins. Those four options are:
Grave 1: 12 free spins with a maximum win of 5,111x and wilds that reveal a multiplier of x2 or x3.
Grave 2 has a maximum payout of 6,843x and offers 9 free spins when wilds reveal a 3, 4, or 5x multiplier.
Grave 3: 6 free spins with a maximum win of 9,822x when wilds reveal an x4 or x5 multiplier.
Grave 4: 6-20 free spins with a maximum prize of 22,144x when wilds reveal one of the aforementioned or an x5 multiplier.
Grave 4 has the highest degree of uncertainty, since it might award 6 free spins with a multiplier of x2 or x3, or it could award 20 free spins with a multiplier of x5 only appearing on wild symbols. What’s more, wild symbols that appear during free spins are sticky, which means their multipliers may be employed for the remainder of the round.
Instead of waiting for free spins to trigger by landing Gravestone Scatters, players in jurisdictions that allow them to purchase bonus features can purchase them for 75 times the original stake.
The Slot’s Decision on Cabin Fever
You probably wouldn’t guess that Quickspin created Cabin Crashers, which isn’t your usual zombie slot. The packaging is cute and fun, and the functions are easy to use. Cabin Crashers immediately jumps out in terms of sound and visuals, yet it did remind me of Hacksaw Gaming’s Mystery Hotel. Maybe it’s because both games depict an out-of-the-ordinary region of the planet where locals band together to cover up sinister goings-on before word gets out.
The humor in Cabin Crashers is superficial, so keep your gun handy and be on guard. The game is as unpredictable as a resurrected corpse: lifeless one minute and raging for more the next. When luck isn’t on your side, it may be terrible, but when the proper symbols line up, it can be magnificent. It appears like sticky wild multipliers are experiencing a revival, inspired by such games as Pragmatic Play’s The Dog House and Quickspin’s own smash hit Eastern Emeralds.
Once you’ve parked a few sticky wild multipliers at the beginning of a free spins round, the excitement level is sure to rise. For a more up-to-date example, think of Relax’s Top Dawg$. When more than one multiplier appears on a win line in Cabin Crashers, the values are added together instead of multiplied. Cabin Crashers’ maximum payout is 22,144 times the wager, hence the two games have similar maximum win potential. The Grave 4 selection is a crapshoot if you want to aim for the big payout, since you could as well get 6 free spins and a multiplier of x2 or x3 instead. Players that favor predictability will appreciate having the Grave1-3 alternatives available, since they still have a shot of winning even if they don’t play perfectly.
There are now a small number of zombie-themed slot machines available, with the vast majority taking the more realistic approach taken by games like Lost Vegas and 1 Left Alive. Quickspin goes against the grain by creating a game that seems more interested in giving players a good chuckle than in feasting on their flesh and blood. Don’t relax your guard; Cabin Crashers is a deadly serious slot with a chance at glory if you can keep the invaders at bay.