Grab your axes and prepare for a treacherous journey upon the high seas as MicroGaming have launched their new and exclusive video slot, Karamba Clan, in conjunction with the online casino of the same name – karamba.com.
This release sees a resurgence of the once familiar 9-payline slot games. Played on 5 reels and 3 rows this continues the current trend of Nordic-themed games, which have become increasingly abundant on the market of late.
Upon setting sail with your Viking brethren and firing up Karamba Clan, you’ll be transported to the middle of an unknown ocean, seemingly at battle with the mighty Karamba Kraken. As a fierce storm rages in the background audio, the quest that you have embarked upon unveils hidden dangers as you go in search of the incalculable treasures lost to the watery abyss.
The game mechanics utilised in this video slot are basic and easy to understand, whilst all of the necessary functions are conveniently located around the game screen.
Payout information, bet per line, overall bet size and the autoplay buttons are displayed and there’s also the option to engage faster spins by enabling quick spin mode. However, we suggest that you use the latter function sparingly, as it can lead to sudden decreases in your bankroll.
Overall, there aren’t a great many features to trigger when playing Karamba Clan, but those that are available, enhance each spin with greater payout potential.
The bearded Viking wild symbol doubles all base game wins and the scatter symbols can set you on a course for the free spins bonus round, where exciting multipliers await!
We’ve already touched upon the basic structure of the Karamba Clan video slot, featuring a 5×3 reel set and 9 fixed paylines, but before you weigh anchor and set sail you’ll want to understand the essentials.
As there are 9 fixed paylines on this video slot, your overall stake will be determined by how much you wager per line. There’s a wide range of betting options which should appeal to casual players along with those that consider themselves high rollers. More on this in our bet limits section.
Like many other Microgaming titles, this video slot features instantly recognisable symbols, which are seemingly emblazoned on Viking shields, to denote wins of a lower nature: 9, 10, J, Q, K and A.
Wins of a higher nature are denoted by symbols that encapsulate this games prominent Viking theme: shield, helmet, Viking banner, axe and a longboat. Landing as few as 2 of these symbols on any active payline can award wins, but if you’re lucky enough to land 5 longboats, for example, you will receive €3,750 when playing at the maximum stake.
There are also 2 more symbols that appear in Karamba Clan and they are perhaps the most valuable. One of which is the bearded Viking wild symbol, which substitutes for all other symbols except the scatter and also doubles all payouts when part of a winning combination.
The other is the scatter symbol and if 3, 4 or 5 of these land anywhere on the reels, you’ll be awarded 15 free spins, where all wins will be trebled!
Like many other Microgaming video slots, Karamba Clan offers a competitive RTP (Return to Player) of 96.10%. However, one thing that we should point out is that this game is considered to be highly volatile.
You may go through a sizeable number of spins before triggering the free spins bonus round, but if you have the patience, along with the bankroll, Karamba Clan has the potential to be a highly rewarding slot.
Karamba Clan Features
Whilst Karamba Clan doesn’t boast as many features as other MicroGaming titles, the ones that are present can lead to some huge wins.
When either bonus is triggered, certain multipliers come into play to improve all wins. In their own right they are rewarding, but when they are activated together, the enormous payout potential of this game is truly revealed.
They key to accessing these features are the Viking wild symbol and scatter symbols. We shall go into further details of what they can offer below.
Karamba Clan Feature 1: Viking Wild Double Wins
The first feature on offer in Karamba Clan is activated via the Viking wild symbols. Whenever one or more of these symbols appear in a winning combination, all wins will receive a 2x multiplier – perhaps as a result of this titular hero’s glorious beard.
As is customary with wild symbols on most video slots, they cannot substitute for scatter symbols. They do however offer some of the game’s largest wins. When 5 appear on a single payline, you will be
Karamba Clan Feature 2: Free Spins
15 free spins are available to adventurers brave enough to face the kraken. 3, 4 or 5 of these scatter symbols appearing anywhere on the reels will trigger the bonus round where a 3x multiplier awaits!
Whilst the number of free spins isn’t increased if more triggering scatter symbols appear, they do offer payouts of their own. 3 symbols award 5x your total bet, 4 symbols offer 20x and 5 will result in a 500x payout!
Upon entering the free spins round, every win will receive a 3x multiplier, but that’s not all. The Viking wild symbols are also in effect here and if you’re lucky enough that they create a winning combination, their respective multiplier will also be applied. This means that you can potentially receive a 6x multiplier on your wins!
What’s more is that these free spins can be retriggered. 3 or more scatter symbols appearing on the reels during this feature will award even more lucrative spins.
One of the most important aspects of any video slot’s gameplay is the range of available betting options. After all, you may not want to be limited to be playing at smaller stakes than you would typically prefer and conversely, you don’t want to be priced out of playing a game that you like the look of.
Fortunately, Karamba Clan offers a wide betting range that should appeal to all sorts of iGamers. Casual players can spin their way through the high seas from as little as €0.09 per game round, whilst bolder adventurers can play with stakes as high as €45 per spin.
Obviously, your chosen stake will have a direct impact on your potential returns, just as the value of the winning combination would.
For example, if you were to land 5 wild symbols on a single payline you would receive a 10,000x multiplier on that lines stake. What this means in purely financial terms is that if you were playing with the lowest available overall wager of €0.09 per spin this combination would pay €100.
However, if you’re a high roller and staking the maximum of €45 per spin, this would yield an incredible €50,000!
As enticing as these potential wins are it’s important to play within your means, so never be afraid to stake smaller amounts to extend your play time.
You can see a full breakdown of Karamba Clan’s betting limits in the table below.
Bet Per Line Total Stake
Now that we’ve explained the bet limits, this leads us on to explain what the maximum win is when playing Karamba Clan.
As with a great number of video slots, the maximum win is dependent on which stage of the game you are currently in.
For example, when playing at the maximum stake of €45.00 during the base game, the highest valued symbol is the wild. Landing 5 of these on an active payline will net you an astonishing €50,000.
However, if you were to achieve this same feat during the free spins bonus round, you would also benefit from a 3x multiplier. This would result in €150,000 being awarded for that individual payline, not to mention the additional wins gained from other lines, due to this symbol being wild.
a medium variance slot.
Karamba Clan On Mobile
As Microgaming were amongst the first to venture into the mobile market, it should come as no surprise that their latest releases, including Karamba Clan, have all been optimised for the smaller screen.
As this game is exclusive to karamba.com, you will need to navigate to their mobile-friendly site, via one of many supported devices, whether that be: Android, iPhone, iPad or any other market-leading smartphone or tablet.
You will experience the same high definition visuals and impressive game features as you would when playing on a laptop or desktop computer, as no quality is lost by choosing to spin away with a tap of the screen.
So board your boats and raise the sails, navigate the unrelenting ocean waves in search of glory and treasure when playing Karamba Clan on mobile.
Our Xpert Review
Whilst 9-payline video slots could arguably be called outdated there is evidently still room for them on the market, hence this recent Microgaming release.
However, if you’re a fan of more modern video slots, which feature plenty of new and innovative mechanics, then perhaps Karamba Clan won’t specifically appeal to you.
For those that enjoy this style of slot game though, there is more than enough to keep you engaged for quite some time and the hunt for the massive potential payouts in the free spins round is one that will ensure you keep a weathered eye on the horizon.
Due to this game’s high volatility, we feel we should offer a word of warning if you’re planning on playing at higher stakes. Whilst Karamba Clan offers a competitive RTP percentage, the nature of this type of video slot can lead to some dry spells, even when surrounded by water as far as the eye can see.
On the other hand, it could offer great bounty if it decides to go on a winning streak, it all depends on which way the winds are blowing.
Ultimately, we would have liked to have seen a few more features added to Karamba Clan, considering it is an exclusive release. Microgaming have been responsible for some of the most widely-acclaimed games over the years and we can’t help but feel this offering falls slightly short of their usual high standards.
That being said, whilst Karamba Clan is unlikely to win any awards, it may perhaps win