Thunderkick’s Beat the Beast: Kraken’s Lair Slot Review

Beat the Beast: Kraken’s Lair is a 5 reel, 9 payline slot from Thunderkick that is the first in a series of high variance titles – each focusing on a ruling beast. High variance and with an RTP of 96.12%, this Norse mythology slot can be played from 10p to £100 a spin across all devices including smartphones. It comes with an Expanding Win feature where a symbol will expand to give more of the same symbol on the reels. There’s also up to 20 free spins where a Kraken emblem wild appears on every free spin.

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Beat the Beast: Kraken’s Lair Theme/Symbols

Beat the Beast: Kraken’s Lair base game

With a Norse mythology theme, the Beat the Beast: Kraken’s Lair slot focuses on the beat that terrorised sailors off the coasts of Norway and Greenland. A giant squid essentially, you are taken under the water where you’ll see sunken ships – it has that distinct Thunderkick style which is great.

Symbols include A, K, Q, J and 10 low value royals as well as tridents, pendants, treasure chests, kraken idols and the kraken himself. The latter is by far the most high value symbol with 2, 3, 4 or 5 in combination giving you 1.5, 10, 50 or 500 times your stake.

Winning combinations are formed by getting 2 or more symbols (3 for the royals) from left to right on successive reels. To help you win, there’s a gold Kraken emblem wild/scatter symbol which replaces all symbols– 5 of these on show will pay out 500 x stake.

Expanding Win feature

Beat the Beast: Kraken’s Lair Expanding Win featureBeat the Beast: Kraken’s Lair comes with an Expanding Win feature – when you get a winning combination involving a Kraken emblem symbol, the winning symbol (for example the treasure chest) will expand individually. This can help fill the reels with high value symbols.

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Beat the Beast: Kraken’s Lair Expanding Win feature

The Kraken emblem symbol also acts as the scatter – 3, 4 or 5 will give you 2, 20 or 200 times your stake and trigger the Bonus Game feature. Beginning with 10 free spins, a single Kraken emblem symbol will be randomly placed on any reel prior to each free spin – this increases your chances of triggering the Expanding Win feature. Furthermore, you can also retrigger the feature to give you 10 more free spins and 20 in total.

Beat the Beast: Kraken’s Lair thoughts

The Beat the Beast: Kraken’s Lair slot game is simple in terms of gameplay – however, it’s a high variance game that packs quite the punch. If you’re lucky, you could win 7,777 x stake on each spin or free spin – it’s more likely in the free spins due to a Kraken emblem being added on every free spin.

All in all, Kraken’s Lair is a good slot to kick off the Beat the Beast series with some serious payout potential. If this mythological beast is appealing, Pragmatic Play’s Release the Kraken is recommended – it offers 10,000 x stake payouts on each free spin.

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Review by Chris Taylor

Review by Chris Taylor

Chris is a slots expert that has reviewed and played over 4,000 online slots. Having being in the iGaming industry for over 16 years, he knows how slots work, how bonus features are triggered and how the RTP and variance affect the gameplay.