Developed by Yggdrasil Gaming, Baron Samedi is a bizarre video slot themed around Haitian Voodoo tradition. Not a god – more of a spirit – Baron Samedi is the embodiment of death, as well as fertility in the syncretic religion. Recognised in popular culture for his villain-like traits, the loa (Haitian for “spirit”) of the dead is a sacred entity beyond the traditional concepts of saints or angels. Baron Samedi was portrayed by Geoffrey Holder in Live and Let Die (1973), so you may have seen a dark lord of the dead with white face paint and a top hat before. Somehow, the character looks scarier in the video slot despite being cartoonish. Anyway, the game is lots of fun and it comes complete with a 97.0% RTP and a max prize of 1,200 times your stake.
You can form winning combinations along 25 fixed lines. Baron Samedi himself is the high-paying symbol, followed by a female voodoo spirit. They each have their corresponding voodoo dolls. Lower values are assigned to different coloured gems. The Wild is a creepy symbol of a shaman with an animal skull mask. Regardless of his looks, he will help you create winning combinations. Choose the size of your bet in the range of ₹10 – ₹12,500 and you’re ready to spin the reels of the Baron Samedi slot.
Three Free Spins symbols trigger the free spins round. Depending on whether it’s triggered with 3, 4 or 5 special symbols, this bonus delivers 7, 12 or 15 free spins respectively. Two Free Spins/Scatter symbols are enough for one re-spin. Remember the cards we were talking about before? Well, the stack of your cards remains on the table above the reels and you will earn more cards during the Voodoo Re-spins and Free Spins rounds.
For instance, should you win a re-spin, Baron Samedi will reward you with three cards. Each card represents a feature and there are 36 of different features and feature modifiers assembled in four collections. Every collection contains 10 cards. They involve multipliers, low-paying symbols being switched with high-paying ones, random Wilds, fully Wild reels and super stacked symbols.
Baron Samedi slot offers medium variance and completely bonkers gameplay that probably won’t win over the more conventional punters. Looking at it, the game is marvellously designed. A lit cigar has animated smoke coming out of it constantly, which adds an element of motion and liveliness to the interface. While extremely creative and imaginative, the game may be somewhat complicated for recreational spinners. It’s hard to predict how much spins it takes for one to fully grasp how the slot actually works. Baron Samedi RTP is high, but you need to really commit in order to trigger the most rewarding features.