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1 Reels 5
2. Paylines 98
3. Progressive No
4. Maximum coins 98
5. Jackpot 1000
6. Maximum jackpot in coins 200
7. Multiplier No
8. Scatter symbol No
9. Free Spins Yes
10. Betting range from $0.2 up to $100
11. Coin Bet Range from $0.01 up to $5
12. Coins per line 1
13. Bonus Game Yes
14. Wild symbol Yes
15. Payout percent 96.1

ELK Studios is very well known for delivering thematic slot games with interesting and exciting premise to them.

This 5-reel, 4 rows and 26 paylines video slot release is quite thrilling to play, with a lot going on on the reels, promising to ultimately bring some rather generous rewards.


Set in the Middle Ages, more precise in the 13th century during the siege of Acre, as the Templar knights fought for the Kingdom of Jerusalem, this title does a very good job of bringing that excitement of knighthood and honor, akin to the romanticized movies such as John Boorman's "Excalibur".

Which is to say, while the background depicts a fortification under an ominous red sky, music is heroic and uplifting, working well with the fast spinning of the reels.

Graphics are more than decent though the effect of the templar knight slamming his sword to the ground whenever wilds hit the win appears a bit laggy.

Symbols consist of your classic A, K, and Q symbols, accompanied by royals, which follow the theme of medieval warfare.

Betting Options and Functions

Betting in coins range from 0.10 to 100.00.

The maximum bet is $100 with maximum payout being 2500x per stake, meaning there is a possibility of a $250,000 per spin.

With RTP of 96.10 and medium to high volatility, don't expect high wins regularly. This slot will test your patience in that regard, but with the expansion of the reels, Wilds, and free spins, a lot will be happening in front of you, keeping you engaged in the game.

Dashboard is simple, providing the spin button, the menu button, a way to change the height of your bet and an option to set an auto spin, ranging from 10, over 25 and 50 to 100 automatic spins.

What Are The Features?

The aforementioned Crusader Wild feature is one of the staples of this game. Two of such Wilds can be achieved during the same spin on reels 1 and 5 whenever the crusader appears fully on all five reels.

If both of those sticky Crusader Wilds appear in all five reels, this will trigger the Bonus Game feature, during which 8 free spins will be rewarded to the player.

During this there is also an arrow that works as an expansion symbol, expanding the reels by one more row with the possibility of expansion up to 12 rows if it appears multiple times, increasing the number of paylines up to 98!

The highest paying symbols consist of three kinds of crosses, the dagger, the chest and the grail that pays x10 the stake when all five land in the same spin.

Sad to say, there is no jackpot of any kind.

Our Take

While certainly not the most modern, nor the highest paying slot release out there, ELK Studios’ Crusader is nevertheless very entertaining and exciting to play. This is mostly due to the sticky Wilds and the expansion symbol that can rearrange a 26 payline slot into a 98-pay line one.

The RTP could be a bit higher and the slot’s evasive nature due to higher variance will make you sweat before you land a significant win, but if the features land in the proper order, there is a generous reward that may make it all worth it in the end.

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