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Mystic Hive slot review

Added by Betsoft. Information last updated: 06/05/2021

User rating:

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Tester rating:

2.8 (1)

Game information

Game supplier:Betsoft

Release date:08/2020

RTP:96.13%

Volatility:High

Max. win:bet x 243

Mobile version:Support all devices

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Highlights

Volatility

Freespins

Paylines from both sides

Non standard reels

Wilds

Themes

Fairy tales & fantasy

Magic & mystery

Nature & animals

Riches & luxury

3D

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RTP (Return to player):
96.13%
Volatility:
High
Max. win:
bet x 243

Bojoko score (compared to other slots on Bojoko)
29
Betsoft score (compared to other slots of supplier)
40
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Slot tester's review Trystan Michielsen

Slot tested

Mystic Hive is the slot that wants to bring the beehive into game form, giving players non-standard playing reels as well as paylines from both sides and free spins to make the hive come alive.

Experienced studio Betsoft released Mystic Hive in 2020, showing off their tendency to try out new things occasionally, and presenting this in a visually appealing way. The slot is built up out of a honeycomb that is between 3 and 5 tiles wide and 5 tiles high. Although the appearance and the name of the slot imply that bees are the main focus, this doesn’t come across in the design.

There are some animated bugs flying around the screen as you play but these distinctly do not look like bees but fireflies, who I don’t think build hives. Simultaneously, the symbols in the game are card letters and gems, which don’t feel like they are connected to the setting at all. Even though everything looks good, the disconnect between the expectations and the actual appearance makes it feel jarring.

Maybe the game is good for power players that enjoy something new and don’t mind how it looks. To accommodate players, you can pick a bet between £0.10 and £90 per spin. Wins are calculated through paylines with a total of 30 paylines on the screen.

Symbols

As I mentioned before, Mystic Hive uses a collection of pretty-looking but disconnected symbols. They are lightly animated when part of a win and through the use of colours and unique shapes, they stay easily distinguishable. Nonetheless, it all feels thrown together without a lot of forethought. Due to the unique size of the playing field, the cluster pays mechanic and the number of symbols, the game is listed as High Volatility.

The symbols include:

  • Wilds: Wilds substitute all other symbols in the game and take on the highest value symbol to create a win.
  • Green Gem: Max. 10x your bet with five-of-a-kind in a winning cluster.
  • Mushroom: Max. 5x your bet with five-of-a-kind in a winning cluster.
  • Purple Gem: Max. 0.8x your bet with five-of-a-kind in a winning cluster.
  • Red Gem: Max. 0.8x your bet with five-of-a-kind in a winning cluster.
  • Blue Gem: Max. 0.8x your bet with five-of-a-kind in a winning cluster.
  • Ace: Max. 0.5x your bet with five-of-a-kind in a winning cluster.
  • King: Max. 0.5x your bet with five-of-a-kind in a winning cluster.
  • Queen: Max. 0.3x your bet with five-of-a-kind in a winning cluster.
  • Jack: Max. 0.3x your bet with five-of-a-kind in a winning cluster.

Games will receive wins regularly. In my experience, most spins will get you a win, but the low payouts for even the highest-paying symbol mean that you will require either a special feature to activate or to get a number of wins at the same time. This is where the high volatility comes from. There is no jackpot to speak of, with the highest win 243x your bet.

Features

Mystic Hive makes use of its non-standard reels and a selection of random features to introduce a lot of randomness to the game. If you like this depends on the type of player you are. I found it to be rather confusing more than anything, but even so, the features tended to be quite beneficial. Especially the free spins mode will be a favourite amongst most players.

  • Non-Standard Reels: The game is built like a honeycomb, between 3 and 5 rows wide and 5 reels high. Paylines are still counted as normal.
  • Wilds: Wilds substitute all other symbols in the game.
  • Fireflies: There are 3 random types of fireflies that can appear during the base game.
  • Free Spins: If there are 5 fireflies on the screen at the same time, they can fill the flask and trigger the free spins mode with 5 free spins.
  • Sticky Wilds: During the Free Spins mode, Wilds become Sticky and stay on the screen for the entire mode.

The fireflies are a random element of the game, able to appear at any time during the base game. There are 3 different coloured fireflies that each have a unique effect on the game.

  • Green Firefly: The Green Firefly improves the number of fireflies on the screen, making activating the Free Spins mode more likely or making the multiplier higher.
  • Yellow Firefly: The Yellow Firefly rewards a stacking multiplier depending on the number of Yellow Fireflies on the screen. You get a multiplier equal to the number of Yellow fireflies +1.
  • Red Firefly: The Red Firefly fills up the flask. With 5 fireflies, the flask is filled and the player receives 5 free spins.

As I said at the start, I don’t think fireflies make hives or honey so it is a weird association. The way they work also isn’t made clear by the gameplay itself and I had to look in the paytable to figure them out. Their impact is neglectful, only really helpful in triggering the free spins mode occasionally.

The Free Spins mode is a more interesting part of the game but it won’t create any huge wins either. Expect more of the same but with Sticky Wilds. Wins are not worth enough to really feel like the mode is worth activating.

In Conclusion

Mystic Hive is a unique slot with a number of features that work together in different ways. I feel like the game made some very odd choices when it comes to its appearance, the use of symbols and the fireflies. It felt like the creators didn’t know that hives are associated with bees and that most of what they show here has nothing to do with bees.

When it comes to the gameplay, I thought it was acceptable. Even though there are a number of different features at play I didn’t think they were all that interesting. Out of the 3 types of fireflies, only 2 actually impacted the game. Out of those 2, only the one that activated the Free Spins mode helped get any wins.

It’s a nice game for people that want something new but aren’t looking to relearn how slots work. Instead, this game lets you jump right in if you’re alright with occasionally triggering things without understanding how or why.

Overall rating:

2.8

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  • Features

    Wins and bets

    RTP (Return to Player):96.13%

    Volatility:High

    Max. win:bet x 243

    Min. bet:£0.1

    Max. bet:£90

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    Reels & playlines

    Reels:5

    Rows:5

    Non-standard layout:

    Max. lines:30

    Min. lines:30

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    Languages

    You can play Mystic Hive in English, Finnish, Swedish, German and 22 other languages.

    All supported languages:
    English, Finnish, Swedish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Turkish, Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese

    Currencies

    Mystic Hive supports GBP, EUR, USD, CAD

    Stats

    Release date 08/2020
    14th newest on Betsoft 319th newest on Bojoko
    RTP 96.13% 0.27% > average
    48th highest on Betsoft 1,212th highest on Bojoko
    Win up to 243 x your bet
    109th highest on Betsoft 2,388th highest on Bojoko
    Paylines 30 50% > average
    18th highest on Betsoft 720th highest on Bojoko
    Min bet £0.1 per spin
    52nd lowest on Betsoft 504th lowest on Bojoko
    Max bet £90 per spin
    78th highest on Betsoft 1,576th highest on Bojoko
    Rated 0 by 0 members
    The most rated on Betsoft 39th most rated on Bojoko
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    Trystan Michielsen

    Trystan Michielsen

    Trystan Michielsen is a Dutch native who started his career as a content writer for various small businesses who were interested in creating an online presence.

    When the opportunity arose to move to Malta and work in the iGaming sector, Trystan didn't hesitate to make the plunge. Here he worked as a Content and SEO specialist for different companies before moving back home.

    Now acting as a freelancer he maintains his connection with the online slot community by playing and reviewing the wide variety of videoslots that are released.

    Trystan enjoys playing the slots that offer a full experience, focusing on more than just the technical details but keeping an eye on its presentation. Graphics, music and style can create a game that's more than the sum of its parts.

    A writer at heart, putting thoughts to paper is something he's done for as long as he remembers. In his free time, he enjoys writing fiction as well as watching and reviewing movies.

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    Game supplier:Betsoft

    Release date:08/2020

    RTP (Return to player):96.13%

    Max. win:bet x 243

    Mobile version:Yes

    User rating: 0
    Tester rating: 2.8

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