21st Aug 2020, 10:04:08 AM
Thanks to the studio’s reputation for delivering superior visuals, high volatility and unique mechanics, new games from Push Gaming are always eagerly anticipated by fans. And this sense of anticipation is heightened by the providers relatively low output.
While the majority of its competitors release one or two games per month, we didn’t see a new title from Push Gaming for some time now.
This can be explained by the fact that it’s a relatively small studio that prioritizes quality over quantity. And that approach certainly pays off in their latest releases.
As the name suggests, this is a marine-themed slot which features sharks heavily. Suitable imagery indeed, considering the brutal nature of the game. There are no real surprises in the game itself, but volatility and potential are the highest we’ve ever seen on Push Gaming slot so far.
With 5 reels, 4 rows and 20 paylines, Razor Shark also utilizes Mystery Stacks. These fade to disclose matching symbols or Golden Shark Symbols which reward the player with bet multiplier coins or scatter symbols.
The Free Game feature, the slot’s highlight, can combine Mystery Stacks and win multipliers for a potential payout of up to 50,000 times your stake. Dive into this deep-sea adventure with stakes from 10 cents to 100€ per spin.
As is to be expected from Push Gaming, the production quality is first-rate. Cartoon style graphics are combined with an extremely catchy theme tune, which will have you tapping your foot to the rhythm, as well as adding excitement and tension to the game.
Set in the ocean, the reels are set against a background of corals and colourful fish. Lower-value symbols include swim fins, diving tanks, underwater cameras and diving masks. Much higher value are the four sharks in different colours: blue; green; purple and orange. The last one is the most rewarding, with 5 on a full payline returning 25 times your stake.
The wild is the Great White shark, naturally, and it can substitute far all other symbols except scatter. It’s also the most valuable, paying 50 times your stake for 5 of a kind.
The Mystery Stack feature is central to the game. Stacks of four seaweed symbols can land anywhere on the reels, on any spin. When this happens, the Nudge & Reveal feature clicks in. Using this feature moves Mystery Stack symbols down one position and also open them up to reveal a new symbol on each spin (which are free). These will either be matching symbols or Golden Sharks.
Golden Sharks in the Mystery Stack activate the Razor Reveal feature. Once this is triggered, each Golden Shark will disclose either bet multiplier coins ranging from 1x to 2500x, or scatter symbols.
And if all that isn’t enough, we also have the Free Game feature. This comes into play when you land three or more scatter symbols anywhere on the reels in either the main game or when Razor Reveal is triggered.
During the Free Games play, the second and fourth reel are filled with Mystery Stacks. These move down one position and reveal new symbols with each spin until they disappear from view. When this happens, the feature ends, unless additional mystery stacks appear to keep it going.
In addition, a win multiplier increases your bet by 1x with each nudge of the Mystery Stacks. Taken all together, this can result in mind-boggling, life-changing wins of up to 50,000 times your stake!
Once again, Push Gaming has attempted to outdo itself, and succeeded. This time mostly through drastically increasing volatility and potential.
Unwary players lured in by its cute cartoon appearance will be left reeling (pun intended) by the high volatility of this machine, which could deliver a life-changing win or the much more likely flat-line session.
There are some fundamental similarities to Tiki Tumble. This gives Razor Shark more of the feel of a sequel rather than a unique offering. This may come as a surprise to Push Gaming fans who have become accustomed to original after original, but is not necessarily a bad thing.
With well thought out features, beautiful design, ‘mini’ jackpots in the main game and massive potential in the Free Game, Razor Shark is yet more proof that Push Gaming are masters of the high variance niche. The game might not appeal to all but for those of you who, like us, are into high volatility, it’s like a mouth-watering seafood platter.