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Release the Kraken Slot Review (Pragmatic Play)

Release the Kraken SlotPragmatic Play is a developer that has grown tremendously over the past couple of years. This can be attributed to the excellent games that they develop. Release the Kraken is their latest release (Jan 2020).

The design of this game borrows its inspiration from the legends and some scary creatures of the ocean.  The design is not as scary though since the developer has used some beautiful icons for the reels. On its reels are fish, turtles and a number of other creatures all waiting for you with a smile.

As a player who is always on the lookout for slot games from renowned developers, I took some time to try my hand on Release the Kraken.  Here is my personal view of the game:

The slot comes on 5x4 reels and 20 active lines. Top payouts can stretch all the way to 10,000 xs which is quite impressive, and especially to high rollers.

There are a number of features available like scatters, wilds, bonus games as well as some free spins.  Release the Kraken comes with medium-high volatility with an excellent RTP of 96.50%.

Betting and Prizes

If you have tried a few games from Pragmatic Play, you already know how the developer’s system works. Just like is the case with most of their other slots, this new release comes with 20 fixed lines. Wagering starts at $0.20 and the highest that you can use per spin is $100.

Release the Kraken has high payout potential and the slot’s jackpot 10,000x the stake is one of the things that drew me to it. A bet of just $100 can make you walk home a millionaire with $1,000,000. It’s even better considering that the slot comes with medium-high volatility which makes the gaming environment much more favourable.

Release the Kraken Slot Features

The most common feature on most modern slots is the wild and sure enough, it’s present on Release the Kraken.  Appearing as a Wild Bubble, this feature can also be used as a substitute for the regular game symbols. It also awards you with excellent wins that can go to as high as 25x the stake per each single betting line.

A bonus feature is present here, to trigger it; you will need to form a combination of scatters which should appear on both reels 1 and 5. Reel 1 consists of the Ship Bonus symbol, while reel 5 comes with either a Free Spins Wheel or the slot’s Chest Bonus.

Sunken Treasure is another useful feature on Release the Kraken. With it, you can be allowed to make a pick which will earn you a reward.  

During the free spins mode, the number of betting lines doubles and the end up becoming 40. Afterwards, you get a boost to the multiplier every time a wild earns you a win. At this point, the wilds will become sticky and they move around every spin.

Theme & Design

The star of the game is the Kraken: this creature is an octopus-like monster that is repeatedly mentioned in the legends of the Norse. However, I never saw it anywhere in the design of this slot.  

It only appears as a random feature whereby, it shows up on the gaming screen with its tentacles. Other symbols used on this slot game include logos, fish, ships, wheels, turtles, treasure chests, sharks, and Royals.


The descent mix of features, excellent RTP, as well as medium volatility, make this slot one of the best releases from Pragmatic play in the recent past.  I love the way Pragmatic Play has played around with the design, and I can recommend this slot to players of all levels that you can play for real money.

UPDATED ON: by James Worden