Primal Spirits Review
Primal Spirits is a simple game but it can take a couple of minutes to get used to. With totem poles wielding their symbol-morphing powers and throwing multipliers around all over the place, you do wonder where to start!
The great thing is that Quickspin hasn't tried to make it overly complicated with either their explanations or the way in which the features function. We know from previous experience that some providers seem to go out of their way to give you a migraine as soon as you hit the spin button!
Just keep an eye on the totem poles on either side of the reels and remember that those wins can keep on coming as the tumbling reels come into action.
If you've ever played a Quickspin production before, then you'll recognise the high-quality audio-visuals straight away. They always manage to capture the essence of the theme perfectly through the symbols, backdrop, sound effects and background music.
The scene is a fiery pit, presumably to summon the spirits to dish out their pressies. This is set in a dark forest backdrop and brings the game together perfectly. There are some beautiful touches here and there with animations as symbols change from low-paying to high-paying ones throughout the features. The symbols also feature on the carefully crafted totem poles to create the symbol upgrade.
The only issue we have is that one of the symbols is a little different to the rest. It has the power to change all of the low-paying symbols and this is represented by what appears to be a pair of pants rather than an animal. All hail the golden Y-fronts and the power that they possess!
The vast majority of your time will be spent traversing the base game. It's a simple 5x3 grid with tumbling reels and several features, as we've already discussed. The only interaction necessary from the players is to pick the bet totals and decide if they want to manually hit the spin button or go for autospin, instead.
Unfortunately, this option isn't available for UK customers. Nor is the feature buy-in where you can pay 150x your total bet to make your way straight to the free spins round. Finally, despite the tumbling reels, the 25 paylines have a regular function—no cluster pays or anything like that.
The animal symbols have decent payouts—much better than the gems—but it isn’t until the multipliers start kicking in that the real prizes start to flow. Wild symbols will lend a hand as they step in for all others, except the bonus scatters. They also have value in their own right as paying symbols ranging from 20x to 125x the line bet total.
Multipliers can end up beyond 20x and create massive payouts during the free spins so it might be worth jumping straight in if you have that option. It isn’t cheap though at 150x your bet so think carefully.
The max payout stands at 8,623x the stake and bets range from 0.25 to 100. The RTP comes in at 96.02% but check before you play as this may change depending on where you live. Volatility is set extremely high which explains the massive payouts that are possible during the bonus round. But expect to see your balance get hurt along the way.
Quickspin games have a very familiar feel, which is great if you like to stick to what you know. However, if you want something a bit different from standard paylines and just a free spins round to look forward to, then you may need to consider a different provider.
The clever touches that make symbols transform and collect multipliers are nice additions. Without them, we probably wouldn’t have stuck around to play for quite as long. High volatility means that the game certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted so be prepared before you embark on this journey.