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The Vault

Fortune Games® Slots Review of The Vault Slot Game 

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The Vault Slot: Overview

Developer Snowborn Gaming has a couple of new slots on the way, including jewel heist The Vault. In terms of amount of games available, Snowborn has teamed up with Microgaming and still has a pretty limited catalog at the time of writing.

A previous space slot called Portals is hard to find - it's not even mentioned on the developer's website. Snowborn plans to release two slots in the upcoming months to fill the empty cabinet. One of the most interesting stories is The Vault, which revolves around Jewel, a burglar planning a high-tech vault heist. Let's put on that balaclava and join Jewel as she cracks safes to steal other people's stuff.

Jewel's backstory is based on Lisbeth Salander from Steig Larson's Millennium series. It's not just any vault she's robbing. 'The Pink Dawn', the world's largest diamond, is being robbed from a Parisian art gallery. There is a dark background; Snowborn calls it 'Paris Noir', and 5x3 transparent reels that reveal a laser-filled room with a safe in the back, along with 20 paylines that crisscross the reels like glowing green anti-thief lasers.

There is a clean, modern look to the accompanying UI. The stakes area allows players to adjust their bets from 20 percent to 40 percent and engage auto spins with ease.

There is a video game quality to the slot's visuals. The PS2 style symbols are perhaps the least attractive part of the game. The regular pay symbols come in two forms: 10-A royals and theme-inspired premiums. Gold bars, a diamond case, a jewel, and a pink diamond are arranged from lowest to highest.

For five of a kind, this big pink stone pays out 100 times the stake - four times more than the next symbol.

The quest to steal the world's largest diamond is pretty much an all-or-nothing endeavor. Snowborn programmed The Vault with a high degree of volatility in keeping with the theme. In the long run, a 96% RTP and a 19.97% hit rate even things out a bit. The Vault remains a volatile prospect, despite those stats.

The Vault Slot: Features

There are several extra features in Snowborn that appear during the base game or must be activated to give players something to look forward to. There are two types of wilds.

A standard 1x1 tile substitutes for all symbols except bonus symbols. Five of a kind combinations of the standard wilds also pay 100 times the stake. During the Vault Bonus round, another wild completely covers the middle reel.

Vault Bonus Free Spins are triggered when 5 scatter symbols land in view to award 10 free spins. The Vault Bonus can be hacked in this way. Every time an 'x1' symbol lands, the Vault Bonus multiplier increases by 1. There is also a '+1' symbol that adds an additional free spin, and there is no theoretical maximum number of free spins.

Respins are triggered when two or more bonus symbols land on the reels. As a result, the bonus symbols are locked in place while the reels are respun. Another Respin is awarded if another bonus symbol lands. The Vault Bonus is triggered if five bonus symbols land on the reels, or if no more bonus symbols land.

The Vault Slot: Verdict

Snowborn has clearly put a lot of thought into The Vault. As easily as they could light the slots world on fire, they haven't created anything blazingly unique.

With a more considered approach, they have crafted a decent-looking slot, without being stunning, as well as filled it with cinematic animations that add depth to the game world. Before they drop in that viciously volatile game engine, the extensive back story and the character named Jewel flesh things out further. It might not please everyone, but it gets points for originality.

Additionally, the Vault gets points for a bonus game that can be a cracker when players manage to trigger it. With a locked wild reel and a x3 multiplier, this is a great way to start and it can get even better with more multipliers and free spins. Players and cat burglars can take advantage of the cracked vault here.

*All values (Bet Levels, Maximum Win, etc.) mentioned in relation to this slot game are subject to change at any time