Crusader Slot Review – ELK Studios

ELK Studios recently revealed their next game venture for the third month of the year. The reveal did not showcase much but gave us a release date and theme ideas. Now I have had the opportunity to play the game for myself before the upcoming release date. ‘Crusader‘ is set to launch March 17th, across all sites.

This game has a theme based on the Crusades. Which were religious wars in Europe and western Asia in the 11th and 17th centries. The slot background shows a building in the distance on mountain terrain. There is simple scenery and bright clouds to give an interesting atmosphere. For the background, I was expecting it to be set in the centre of the battles, instead of a simple landscape.

Crusader has a setup of 5 reels by 4 – 12 rows, this includes 26 – 98 pay lines. This game is medium variance due to the max win capped at 2,500x and set RTP of 96.1%. You can bet from £0.20 -£100.

Crusader Symbols & Paytable

This game has 12 symbols in total, this includes 6 low paying symbols. These are represented by Q, K, A, green shields, blue shields and red shields. There are also 3 premium symbols, these are represented by knives, books and a chalice. In addition to these paying symbols is an expansion symbol, wild and crusader wild. The highest paying symbol is the chalice, this symbol pays 10x for 5 across a pay line.

The expansion symbol expands all the reels upwards to a max of 12 rows and awards an additional free spin. The regular will substitutes for all symbols except the expansion symbol. The crusader wild can trigger a respin. A partial hit trigger respins until it has nudged into full view. Two crusaders in full view will trigger the free spins feature.

Crusader Features

The wild Crusader wilds remain locked for the duration of the free spins feature. The expansion symbol comes into play, expanding a row and awarding a free spin when it lands. The grid can expand to a max of 12 rows, which increases pay lines to 98.


Overall, this game has very simple mechanics and lacklustre gameplay. I expected a lot more from this game when announced by ELK Studios and think this game could have been improved. Be sure to try the game for yourself on release and check out our exclusive casino offers.