Enter a mysterious Middle Eastern souk for the chance to win big in the volatile Grand Bazaar slot. Powered by Ainsworth, this 5 reel, 100 payline slot comes with a free spins feature where your wins will be boosted by wild multipliers. Play from between £1 and £75 per spin.
A grand hall forms the backdrop to Grand Bazaar – symbols on the reels have a historical Arabian feel and include shiny necklaces, brightly coloured pointed slippers, stringed instruments, gem encrusted teapots and ornate lamps. Land 5 of the latter in a payline in the base game and you’ll receive 200 times your line bet.
Appearing on reels 3, 4 and 5 only in the base game, the Grand Bazaar logo is the wild – it appears as stacked and can fill up entire reels. It substitutes for every symbol apart from the scatter.
The hands filled with jewels are the scatter symbols – hit 3, 4 or 5 of them anywhere on the reels and you’ll be rewarded with a payout of 1, 5 or 100 times your total bet. You’ll also say open sesame to the Free Games feature and be awarded 8 free spins.
During the feature, the Grand Bazaar stacked wild is added to reel 2 as well as the usual reels 3, 4 and 5. The hands won’t get you a payout during the feature but will instead act as a wild on the middle 3 reels, substituting for everything bar the Grand Bazaar wild.
When the hand lands, it will be replaced by a standard wild on the following spin and will remain frozen in place for the remainder of the free spins. If 2 or more hands appear, you will get an additional free spin – there’s no limit to how many extra free spins you can earn.
Keep a special eye for the Grand Bazaar symbol on reel 3 – when this hits, a multiplier of 1x, 2x or 3x will randomly appear in all the remaining free spins before the feature draws to a close.
There’s plenty to get your head around in the free spins – all you really need to know that this is where the vast majority of the action in Grand Bazaar comes from. The feature isn’t that easy to trigger but can deliver some fine results on the occasions it does appear. Like many Ainsworth slots, the variance here is on the high side so some careful bankroll management is recommended.
If you have the funds, and patience, to cope with the swings, it’s possible to fly away from the Grand Bazaar with a magic carpet full of coins if fortune is smiling. If you like the theme, NetEnt’s Arabian Nights is a jackpot slot whilst Playtech’s Sultan’s Gold is a high variance favourite of mine.