We travel to the corners of Russia for Thunderkicks latest slot creation, Babushkas.  Babushkas is a slot that is based on those Russian dolls that fit neatly inside one another.  These dolls, which to many are the things that Granny had in her bedroom, and to others are the creepy dolls you see in charity shops, are actually not called Babushkas, but are actually known as Matryoshka dolls; however, for those of us who never knew that Babushkas work well enough for this slot game.  Babushkas is a five-reel slot game, it has three rows and has a fixed seventeen payline structure.

Our Verdict:

The first thing that is worth addressing when we look at Babushkas is the subject matter.  Yes, you don't often see a slot game which theme is those little dolls, however, somehow it works really well and is a great slot game.  Babushkas has a great look and some cute little graphics and animations, and it is set on a purple patterned background.  The sound effects and music that accompanies the slot is also really enjoyable and seems to be some sort of Russian tune.  You also have two great bonus features which seem to trigger fairly regularly and offer a great chance of winning the top prize.

Wild Symbol:

The Babushka wild symbol is the symbol with the doll on it with "W" on the front and is the only special symbol you have on Babushkas.  This symbol is special for two reasons, firstly, the Babushka wild symbol has the ability to substitute for all other symbols on the reels.  It does this so it can create winning combinations when it lands instead of the matching symbol in the combination.  The second reason why it is a special symbol is that it is the symbol which is going to trigger one of the bonus features which will provide you with a chance to win a big jackpot.

Symbol Upgrades:

The first bonus feature on Babushkas is the symbol upgrades feature.  This a feature which occurs during the base game when you land a winning combination involving one of the standard symbols – the doll symbols of varying colours.  When you do this, one of the symbols on the neighboring reels of lower value will be upgraded to match the symbols in the combination.  If a new winning combo is made the process will continue until no more wins are made.  If you manage to upgrade all symbols on the reels to the max value yellow doll, then they will become ghost symbols, and you will win 100x your stake.

Wild Mystery Bonus:

The wild mystery bonus is the second bonus feature that can be triggered on Babushkas.  This feature is triggered by the wild doll symbol, which only appears on reel three.  If it does it may spin to reveal a star and award one of the following bonuses:
Scare Bear – Depending on the size of the bear the lowest value symbols on the reels will be upgraded once, twice or three times.
Charm Bear -  all symbols on the reels will upgrade one level.
Dance Bear – you are awarded seven free spins and a new wild added to reel three for each spin.

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