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Released March 2019
The Dwarf Mine slots game is produced by Yggdrasil Gaming. Yggdrasil Gaming take their name from Norse mythology where Yggdrasil is a magical tree where dragons lived and Odin sacrificed himself. Yggdrasil Gaming are one of the smaller slot development companies on the market at the moment – primarily focusing on lottery and scratch card game – and do not offer a full casino platform. They lease their games out to casinos using other platforms as a bolt on package. Yggdrasil Gaming publish the Return to Player/House Edge of their slots games within the game help file. The House Edge of Dwarf Mine is 3.2%.
Dwarf Mine is a 5 reel game that is 4 symbols high. The game does not use traditional paylines, instead you form winning combinations when you land the same symbol on consecutive reels. A minimum of three symbols across three reels are needed, unless it is a super high paying symbols, which case you only need 2 across 2 reels. Multipliers are available when you land more than one identical symbol on the same reel in a winning combination.
Super High Paying Symbols – The super high paying symbols are the gemstones. There are 4 in total: a red, blue, yellow and green gemstone.
The red gemstone is the game’s most valuable symbols paying out 25 times the bet in combinations of 2, 50 times the bet in combinations of 3, 60 times the bet in combinations of 4 and 100 times the bet in combinations of 5.
The blue gem stone is the next most valuable symbols, paying out 25 times the bet in combinations of 2, 45 times the bet in combinations of 3, 55 times the bet in combinations of 4 and 90 times the bet in combinations of 5.
The yellow gem stone is the next most valuable symbols, paying out 25 times the bet in combinations of 2, 40 times the bet in combinations of 3, 50 times the bet in combinations of 4 and 80 times the bet in combinations of 5.
The green gem stone is the next most valuable symbols, paying out 25 times the bet in combinations of 2, 35 times the bet in combinations of 3, 45 times the bet in combinations of 4 and 70 times the bet in combinations of 5.
Drill/Bonus – If you can reveal a Drill symbol then you will increase the size of the reels by adding an additional row of symbols at the bottom of the reels. This is the only part of the reels where you can find the Collectable symbols. Each Drill you reveal will increase the size of the reels by 1, up to a maximum of 3 additional rows. The Drill will also trigger the game’s Free Spins feature. If you can land 3 on the reels at once you will be given 10 Free Spins.
Free Spins – Three or more Drill symbols on the reels at once will award you 10 Free Spin on an expanded 5x7 grid.
Collections – At the side of the reels there are 4 boxes, each one containing a different colour of Collectable symbol. Each box can contain 5 symbols and when the game starts you 2 are added to each box, meaning that you need to gain 3 of each colour to initiate the “Collection Free Spins” initially, and then 5 every time after.
Collection Free Spins – If you can trigger the Collection Free Spins then you will gain 5 additional spins. All the symbols during those spins will be super high paying symbols and will be played out over a fully expanded 5x7 grid.
Dwarf Mine is a difficult game for me to get my head around. As all Yggdrasil games do, this looks good, but it doesn’t look as good as many of the others in their back catalogue. The problem stems from the type of game that it is, as gems-based games are never going to blow us away with their good looks. The dwarf at the side is well drawn, the symbols look as good as they can look but the background is little more than a brown mineshaft, offering little to please the eye. There are few features too, making this all feel very underwhelming. Don’t get me wrong, coming from another developer, I would be impressed, but we’ve all come to expect so much form these guys that anything short of exceptional feels a little disappointing. However, the house edge of this game is so good that it really does make most of those criticisms fade away into nothingness. A rate as low as this is offering excellent value for money, making Dwarf Mine a game we have to recommend you play.