Published: August 15, 2016|Updated: May 19, 2020

Babushkas Slot Review (Thunderkick) — Undress Russian Dolls for 100x Wipe Wins

The more you pop, the more they rock. The new Thunderkick takes a unique approach and is called Babushkas. From what it looks like, you may need a bottle of vodka for the ultimate experience. No need to worry about the music, the soundtrack to dance to is readily included.

See the full review below for the 4 unique features that come with the Babushkas slot.

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Symbol Upgrade Feature – Unlock High Paying Symbols

Babushkas Symbol Upgrades feature.
Symbols have 7 levels. Level 0 is the best.

Babushkas is a 3×5 reel slot with 17 fixed lines.

It’s the same as with Esqueleto Explosivo that features dropping symbols, and The Rift that came out in June 2016.

Unlike any other Thunderkick game, Babushkas features special symbol upgrades.

So here’s the deal. There are 7 ranks in total, ranging from 6 to 0. All winning symbols or dolls of a specific rank always upgrade, but only if it creates new or longer wins. So all you have to do is get that first win and watch the dolls upgrade to form better and bigger wins.

Contrary to what we may think, it’s the lower rank symbols that are the most valuable. As such, the level 6 symbol is the Baby one, and level 0 symbol is the oldest and wisest Babushka.

The mission is simple – fill up the entire screen with the smallest doll to get that ultimate Wipe Win celebration.

Babushkas Wipe Win celebration.
Fill entire screen with oldest Babushkas for Wipe Win like this.

And here comes the Bear to help you achieve just that.

3 Bear Mystery Features – From Free Spins to Symbol Upgrades

If there are Russian dolls then there must be a bear too.

To get him on the screen you need the Wild Egg symbol on reel 3 to reveal a star.

It’ll then open to award you with one of the three random bear mystery bonuses.

Here they are, one by one.

Scare Bear – Upgrade up to 3 Times

Babushkas Bear Mystery Feature in action.
Scare Bear feature in action.

If you reveal the Scare Bear then all of the lowest valued symbols will start upgrading in a sequence.

This can happen for up to 3 times depending on the size of the bear, so your Russian dolls will get that much smaller and more expensive.

Charm Bear – 1 Level Upgrade

This one’s quite simple.

If you reveal the Charm Bear, he’ll upgrade all symbols by 1 level.

No more, no less.

So you may want to trigger this one instead.

Dance Bear – Free Spins Bonus with Guaranteed Wild Egg Symbol

Babushkas Free Spins bonus.
Win 7 Free Spins with guaranteed Wilds.

Get the Dancing Bear on reel 3 and you’ll win a Free Spins bonus.

It starts with 7 rounds, during which a new Wild Egg appears on reel 3 on each spin.

And from what it looks like the feature cannot be retriggered.



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Babushkas will be out on 24th August, 2016, right after the Rio Olympic Games.

It’ll come with the Russian dolls that can upgrade for better pays and Wilds that may reveal one of the 3 Bear Mystery Features. Based on the stats provided, it also promises to be played on the max level of excitement (10 out of 10 on Thunderkick’s scale) and at a low risk.

All in all, this will be an ideal online slot for entertainment. However, there are two drawbacks that come with the Babushas slot’s very low variance.

Firstly, it’s Thunderkick’s very first video slot with RTP that’s below 96%. To fix that, have a go at the 1429 Uncharted Seas slot, which is also played at a low variance but with the studio’s highest average RTP of 98.5%.

Secondly, it has a very small jackpot – just 390x the total stake.

See Esqueleto Explosivo, which is low risk and pays up to 700x the total bet line wins, or Fruit Warp, which can stun you with its huge 11,000x the total stake jackpot and unusual gameplay.

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