The world’s largest diamond, known as the Pink Dawn, is on display in the safe room of an elegant Parisian art gallery, and it is up to a burglar named Jewel to steal it. Her quest is at the heart of The Vault, a forthcoming online slot developed by Snowborn Games for Microgaming.
The slot, which has 5 reels, 20 paylines, and several bonus features, is due to go live at Mummys Gold Casino the end of April. It will join other popular games like Mega Moolah that have been released by the developer, and it promises to be as big a hit.
A Look At The Reels
Set in the art gallery in which the Pink Dawn and other valuable objects are being stored, The Vault reels feature themed symbols that would tempt many a burglar. The symbols that award larger payouts, in descending order of value, include the Pink Dawn, a clear diamond set in gold, a green cabochon in a jeweller’s case, and 2 bars of gold.
According to Microgaming, 5 Pink Dawn diamonds on a payline can award a payout of as much as 2000.00. The symbols that award lower value payouts include A, K, Q, J, and 10 playing card icons that look like they’re formed from steel. A ‘W’ framed in gold, and a diagram showing various mechanisms are the bonus symbols.
The Wild Symbol
The gold-framed ‘W’ is The Vault’s Wild symbol. It can form its own paying combinations, the most valuable of which matches the payouts awarded by the Pink Dawn.
It also has the power to substitute for any of the regular symbols if it lands in a position in which it can help create or enlarge winning combinations. The only icon it cannot replace is the diagram Bonus symbol.
The Respin Feature
One of the roles of the Bonus symbol is to trigger The Vault Respin feature. Between 2 and 4 symbols need to land for this to happen.
The triggering symbols will stick to the reels while the other positions respin, which could result in a winning combination. If the respin produces 1 or more Bonus symbols, another respin will be awarded with the additional triggering icons also stuck in place. If consecutive respins land a Bonus symbol on each reel, The Vault Bonus round will trigger. If a respin does not produce a Bonus icon, the base game will resume.
The Vault Bonus
You could see The Vault Bonus round triggered by landing additional Bonus symbols during the Respin feature, or you could see it triggered by landing a Bonus symbol on each reel in the base game. The Bonus feature follows Jewel into the Vault itself.
The round starts with 10 Free Spins with a 3x Multiplier of the base game bet. During the round, the Wild remains in expanded form on the whole of the middle reel. The Vault Bonus also features 2 unique symbols, those being the 1x and 1+ icons. The first of them increases the Multiplier by 1x whenever one lands, and the second awards an additional Free Spin whenever one lands.
Inspired By Bestselling Novels
While the visuals of The Vault were inspired by computer games and action films, the character of Jewel has much more defined origins. According to the game provider, the inspiration for the burglar is found in the best-selling Millennium series of novels written by Steig Larsson.
Lisbeth Salander, the protagonist in the books popularly known as the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, provided Snowborn Games with the starting point for Jewel’s character. Whether the online slots character will appear in a trilogy or series of games of her own remains to be seen.
Playing the Game
The Vault will go live at Mummys Gold Casino on 28 April, and when it does, you can adjust the coin denominations so that you can play it for between 0.20 and 40.00 per spin. In keeping with the theme, the slot has a very high volatility. According to Microgaming, the Return to Player rate (RTP) is 96%, and the hit rate is 19.97%. From what we’ve seen so far, The Vault is going to be a worthy addition to Microgaming’s portfolio, and we cannot wait to play it.