While the hard working insect makes honey, you can make money. If that does not sound corny, that is the message coming out from BetSoft’s new visual beauty. The developer has transformed a real beehive into a set of reels with a honeycomb design. Though the game has a cartoon touch to it, the apiary theme has been implemented with graphical finesse. The setting however, is far from where a beehive is expected to be. It seems to be a subject of beekeeping alchemy, hence the name.
The sole icon, which fits the theme, is the mushroom. Maybe the supposed mystic nature of the hive may have negated reel symbols from nature, but card royals in a beehive? As if even mysticism couldn’t provide other elements related to an apiary. There is no bee to be seen anywhere though there are various fireflies, which have key roles in the game play. The scatter in this game is a flask, which stands outside the reels and provides free spins when it gets filled with nectar.
However, the most outstanding visual feature of the game is the honeycomb reel set. Designed in a 3-4-5-4-3 grid to resemble a beehive, the reels pay for winning combinations from both ways. Though the symbols drop vertically, the reels are configured diagonally, and the 30 paylines offer myriads of cluster wins that can taste like nectar of the gods. Mystic Hive is a feature-rich game, which can be immersive as well as extremely rewarding if lady luck decides to beam down on you.
Mystic Hive is a low to mid variance game with an interesting base game where the payouts keep replenishing your bankroll while you wait for the bonus games to kick in. The bonus is where the main action lays. Though the game has a reasonable return to player rate of 96.13%, it is lower than many other games from BetSoft. The maximum win potential of 243 times the bet comes to $19,440, which can be more realistic than the theoretical maximums of other games with similar volatility.
Betting starts at $0.10 per paylines and can go up to $90.00 for all betways in this game, which is designed to be low-paying. As usual, the card royals are the lowest value symbols, paying $0.15 to $0.75 on landing on 3 to 5 reels respectively. The corresponding values of the blue, red, and violet gemstones are $0.45 to $1.20. The mushroom pays $2.25, $3.75, and $7.50 for 3, 4, and 5 of-a-kind appearances. The most valuable regular symbol is the green gemstone, which awards $3.00, $7.50, and $15.00 for appearing on 3, 4, and 5 reels.
Line wins in Mystic Hive pay both ways, from left to right and vice versa. Most wins are made on diagonal reels, while win combos can also be made on adjacent reels strictly horizontally. However, due to the configuration of the grid, some paylines have all 5 positions, while others get to make only 3, 4 of a kind winning combinations, and are not capable of awarding the highest amount on that payline. However, this is merely a technical inconvenience, which takes nothing away from the win potential.
Fireflies are busy creatures and play crucial roles in Mystic Hive from outside the reels. Three types of fireflies will randomly hover around the honeycomb during spins and each has game features attached to them as follows:
Free spins are awarded in Mystic Hive when the jar filled by the red fireflies with nectar wins is full. It practically overflows on the reels with 5 free spins, and literally with the spreading wilds that are activated with the feature. All the fireflies around the honeycomb disappear during this round, only to reappear once it ends.
When the wilds land, they will spread from their original positions to adjacent cells of the honeycomb with every consecutive free spin. The wilds will keep spreading till there are no cells to spread to or no free spins left. The wilds will disappear at the end of the bonus round, but by that time, they could have taken over most of the honeycomb and have given you some spectacular cluster wins.
The HTML5 programming of Mystic Hive builds an interface that is fully compatible with major mobile operating systems. Hence the game can be played on all smartphones and Apple devices that run on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Blackberry, etc. The interface also restructures the game’s platform to the small screen, so you can enjoy the game in original audio visual quality.
Just make sure you have uninterrupted internet connectivity. We also suggest you take advantage of your mobile’s landscape mode to get the most out of Mystic Hive, including we hope, winnings.
BetSoft is not a leading games developer for nothing. Mystic Hive is a beautiful slot with innovative features, led by the creative honeycomb design, friendly fireflies, and the spreading wilds. Though players who prefer high paying games will give this a miss, Mystic Hive will find many conservative players who do not hanker after big jackpots.