Baron Samedi by Yggdrasil Gaming released on 22.11.2018 is a 5-reel & 3-row online slot with 25 paylines and a 97% RTP. This is a voodoo-themed game offering players a max win of up to 1000x their stake. Baron Samedi can be played on all devices from €0.25 to €125 per spin and is considered a medium volatility game.
Design and Symbols
As usual with Yggdrasil games, the design is superb. The game board is set on a tabletop with tarot cards scattered above and below the board. The board itself appears to have been fashioned out of wrought iron and either side of the reels you see fantastically drawn Voodoo objects such as a bird’s skull, neck-beads, dice, bones, animated burning candles and a smoking cigar, while in the corner a sliver beaker of what looks like blood sits with ice cubes bobbing around the surface. There are also placeholders for three tarot cards above the reels, and these come into play during the bonus rounds.
There are 8 regular symbols. The low-value symbols are represented by purple, blue, green and red gemstone, while the higher value symbols are green and brown Voodoo dolls, Maman Brigitte and Baron Samedi, the highest value symbol, who pays 4.8x bet size for 5 on a pay line. There is also a wild symbol of a scary-looking skull in ceremonial Voodoo attire (which seems to be relatively abundant during gameplay) and the scatter is the Voodoo free spin card. There is also a Mystery symbol which is of a bottle of rum on a green background. This only appears during the bonus rounds and will turn into a random symbol at the end of the spin.
The special features in Baron Samedi both operate in the same way and they are the Voodoo Respin, Voodoo Free Spins and Extra Free Spins.
A Voodoo respin is triggered when 2 scatter symbols land in one spin. Prior to the spin starting the three placeholders above the reels are each allotted a random Tarot card, and each one will in some way enhance your free spin. There are 36 different cards in total and they award enhancements such as; win multipliers, stacked symbols, random wilds, guaranteed five of a kind, mystery symbols (and so on and so forth). All enhancements will be applied to your respin thus increasing your chances of winning.
Free spins are awarded by landing 3 or more scatters on the reels. Land 3 for 7 respins, 4 for 12 free spins, and 5 for 15 free spins. Incidentally, if you are lucky enough to land 5 scatters in one spin you’ll win a huge 1000x your bet size on top of the free spins. The free spins operate in exactly the same way as the respin, although after each spin you will receive three new tarot cards.
Extra Free Spins
Collect enough of the same tarot cards and you can win extra free spins. As previously mentioned, there are 36 tarot cards in total, and they are each given a strength ranking of between 1 and 4 (the strength of each card is indicated on the corner of each card). You can earn extra free spins if you complete a collection of any card. The amount of each individual card you need to get in order to complete the collection depends on the strength of the card. This amount ranges from 50 cards (for the lowest strength cards) to just 10 cards for the highest strength. Complete any collection and you are awarded 3 extra free spins with the completed card locked into the first placeholder for all 3 spins. You can view your card collection any time by clicking above another placeholder at the top right of the game board named “collection”
Baron Samedi Summary
Baron Samedi is an extremely ambitious slot from Yggdrasil and one that has been executed amazingly well. As always with Yggdrasil, the design and animation are second to none – everything looks superb. Also, the special features with all their intricacies are well thought out, unique, and highly enjoyable to play. With so many tarot cards with so many different functions and strengths and collections it may seem a little confusing and daunting at first, but trust us that it takes no time at all to get used to it. Basically, all you need to know is that during any free spin you’ll get 3 tarot cards to help your chances of landing a win – the rest of it will follow along without the need for you to know any more than that until you figure it out for yourself.
I can actually see this game appealing across the board. Certainly, rec players will go for it but as it sits pretty much smack bang in the middle in terms of volatility there are enough wins to keep the low variance players happy, and the free spins offer the chance for some pretty big wins for those who want a little more action. Another great release from Yggdrasil who just seems to be getting better and better.