The Vault of Fortune is a storage room full of valuable antiques and rare treasures. On the reels they include necklaces with studded card suit gems, porcelain, ornate vases, a jewel-studded European crown, and a Faberge egg. But beneath these antiques also lies a mini fortune, which can be yours when you play this beauty of the slot from Yggdrasil. This is an elegantly designed slot with the dynamics of cascading or avalanche reels, which has a lot of winning potential even in the base game.
The avalanche mechanism gives you multiple winning combinations in the same spin by dropping new cascading symbols for more potential identical combos. Your win multipliers go up by one every time you land winning recipes in the same spin. The game has a wild lever symbol, which can substitute for all symbols except the scatter to help form winning recipes. When it does that, it turns into a golden slab and fills the whole reel. Then it will stick to the reel to enable more avalanche wins with higher bet multipliers.
The scatter is the cryptex, the cylinder-like mini vault made famous in the book, The Da Vinci Code. Land at least three of them anywhere on the reels and trigger the free spins round. However, that’s not very easy. Expect to go through a significant percentage of your betting budget before you land those elusive cryptexes.
Vault of Fortune is played on 5 reels, 3 rows and 20 paylines. The paylines are fixed, which means you have to bet on all of them. The upside is, theoretically you can also across all those paylines, which can do wonders with the increasing multipliers.
Vault of Fortune’s return to player rate is a comfortable 96.2% with an acknowledged hit rate of 19.4%. This means that your winning combinations are made in slightly less than 1 in 5 spins. Though the game has a medium to high volatility tag, the progressive multipliers can make the proceedings quite profitable in the base game itself. Still, you want the three cryptex scatters and trigger the free spins round when the vault plundering begins in earnest.
All the bejeweled but low-value card suits pay out $0.80, $3.20, and $16.00 for 3, 4, and 5 of a kind appearance respectively. The corresponding values for the ornate vase and porcelain cat are $1.60, $6.00, and $30.00. The Faberge egg is next in the pecking order, paying you $2.00, $8.00, and $40.00 for landing on 3, 4, and reels respectively. The royal crown is the most valuable symbol with awards of $2.40, $10.00, and $50.00, which is 25 times the minimum bet.
In the base game, after the progressive multiplier wins end, the multiplier is reset to one. However, during the free spins, the last win multiplier remains. Another round of wins begins with that higher multiplier, which can potentially lead to some explosive wins. The maximum jackpot of Vault of Fortune is 11,000 times your stake. The wins ceiling is actually just theoretical. It has been capped at $1,050,000. This amount is based on the maximum bet value.
It might take some time and there can be many false alarms. But when three to five cryptex scatters do appear anywhere on the reels, they trigger the free spins round of the game. You will awarded 8, 12, or 20 free spins depending on how many cryptex scatters landed.
If a multiplier higher than one was active in the base game when the scatters landed, it is carried over into the free spins game. And as mentioned above, the multiplier will not reset to one after the end of successive round of winning combos. Land three or more cryptexes during the free spins will re-activate the free spins round. You can get a maximum of 40 free spins in the game.
Looting the vault is also profitable time-wise if you can plunder on the go. Online games are optimized for playing on mobile with HTML5 technology. While flash is no longer available on cellular devices, HTML5 creates a mobile interface that allows games like Vault of Fortune play out in hi-fidelity audio visuals. You can enjoy Vault of Fortune better in landscape mode.
The game’s platform is compatible with Android, Windows Phone, and iOS, and the like, so the game can be enjoyed on all smartphones and tablets. Online games require that you have at least one standard browser on your mobile, and a stable internet connection for uninterrupted gaming, preferably a 4G spectrum.
Vault of Fortune has not been created as a ground-breaking slot. The features are nothing new, but they have been combined and utilized by Yggdrasil in a commendable manner. The game does what it is meant to do – provide wholesome entertainment and some significant wins. The progressive multipliers give more meaning to the avalanche/cascading reels mechanism, which is also graphically dynamic. This gives a definite fillip to the base game.
The game also has thoughtful design elements. Discerning players will appreciate the authentic look of a museum vault, with the right lighting and shadows. The artifacts displayed are genuine, and feature some recognizable art and antiquity. What makes Vault of Fortune stand out in our opinion is that it is graphically esthetic, entertaining, and potentially profitable, all in a pretty unassuming way.