Calavera Crush Review
Day of the Dead is one of the biggest celebrations across the world that honours the fallen from the 31st of October until early November. This day remembers the dead and celebrates their lives rather than commiserating their losses.
Naturally, this leads to beautiful and stunning celebrations which is why so many slot developers decide to use it as a theme. Ultimately, this is how Yggdrasil's Calavera Crush found life!
Playing on 6-reels with 5-rows, this grid slot matches up clusters of symbols of 8 or more and unleashes free spins, multipliers and big wins. Calavera Crush has everything a Day of the Dead slot enthusiast wants and more!
When you think of Day of the Dead, bright and vibrant colours often come to mind. That is exactly what is going on in Calavera Crush. In the background, the slot is shown to be set in a graveyard but one filled with colourful banners, fireworks and candles.
At the forefront of the reels, there are sugar skulls, candy and roses throughout the reels. The name of the slot is literally translated to head-crush, but it's more lighthearted than it sounds as the slot is a celebration of life. We suggest the name comes from Candy Crush as the gameplay tries to replicate this.
Everything a fan of Day of the Dead could need can be found right here with colourful skulls and lively animations. Of course, it's made even better with the catchy mariachi score playing in the distance.
It's not every day that you get a grid slot from Yggdrasil and Calavera Crush is absolutely wonderful with gameplay. Firstly, there are free spins and multipliers to keep players entertained with no overly complicated mechanics throughout.
There is a bonus buy button for non-UK players to buy the bonus round as well as a golden bet feature to increase the bet by 25% to up the chances of triggering a bonus. These can be found in the middle of the screen with the spin button and bet level button just underneath them.
Sadly, there has been a recent trend of slot developers thinking that 5,000x the stake is a huge amount and it's slowly becoming the norm for acceptable amounts. Players can only win up to 5,000x the stake in this slot which is still a great amount but under the expected average from Yggdrasil. We'd easily expect 10,000x the stake which would've made this slot unmissable.
Despite the lower amount of 5,000x the stake, the win potential for Calavera Crush is still decent with an RTP of 96% as well as a high volatility level leading to big wins but less frequently. The win potential still has the potential to be huge but will not be earth-shaking.
Calavera Crush is wonderful in terms of the presentation and overall design. The gameplay is fascinating with the grid slot mechanic paired with free spins and multipliers. Of course, there could be more but it would make the slot too complicated.
Our only real issue with the slot is the maximum win of 5,000x the stake - but it's nothing too low to be off-putting completely. There's no denying that Calavera Crush is fantastic and is certainly worth a spin (if only just to see the beauty of the design).