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Gypsy Moon review

Return to player
94.129%
Game technology
HTML5
Game provider
igt
Popularity
Medium
Configurable winlines
Yes
Progressive Jackpot
No
Gamble feature
Yes

Quick verdict

Pretty to look at but poisoned by a lack of RTP info, this slot is one of those what-might-have-been things. Look for another slot in your crystal ball.

5.63
Guru Score

Theme and Storyline

Leaning heavily on problematic stereotypes of travelling communities as sources of mysticism and fortune-telling, Gypsy Moon’s theme has not aged especially well. Even the name courts disaster in the UK, where many people categorise the term "gypsy" as a slur.

Ethnic insensitivities aside, Gypsy Moon offers up a Victorian vision of the gypsy fortune teller as a kind of gothic connection to some old and pagan magic. The background is a moonlit night sky with candles, crystal balls and tarot cards on the reels.

Gypsy Moon slot win
Win in the Gypsy Moon slot

Graphics, Sounds and Animations

The graphics are beginning to look a little dated, but are not unattractive. The symbols are well drawn and the background of stars is pretty. The deep blue colour scheme gives the whole game a nighttime feel that fits with the gloom of a fortune telling.

The animations do what they need to in order to keep things clear and readable though and each symbol has a simple winning animation.

Gypsy Moon slot 5-of-a-kind win
5 of a kind win in the Gypsy Moon slot

The sound is also simple but effective. The music that accompanies a spin is atmospheric and the sound effects that signal a win are exciting.

Overall, the slot is not especially elegant, but it looks alright and works well enough.

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Gameplay

Although at first glance Gypsy Moon has a nice simple five reel setup with three rows, it also hides an intriguing innovation. By clicking a button, Gypsy Moon can toggle between an any way wins system (giving 243 ways to win) and thirty fixed paylines.

Where the 30 win lines take thirty, naturally enough, the any ways system takes 50 coins. Unfortunately, this interesting option is more or less pointless as the game provides no information on exactly how this affects volatility or the return to player.

Gameplay video featuring a big win

Wilds, Bonuses and Free Spins

The Wild symbol substitutes for all symbols except the Scatter symbol.

Three or more Scatters will trigger the Free Spin Bonus. This Bonus provides four options that balance either a large number of spins with a small multiplier or a small number of spins with a high multiplier.

Gypsy Moon slot free spin choices
Free spins choices in the Gypsy Moon slot

The more Scatters you hit, the higher the spins and multipliers of the four options. For example, three Scatters will give the player a choice between: 30 spins and a x1 multiplier, 15 spins and a x2 multiplier, 10 spins and a x3 multiplier, or 7 spins and a x5 multiplier.

The Bonus can be retriggered up to a maximum of 500 free spins.

Bet Sizes, RTP and Variance

The return to player of this game appears to range from 92.02% to 96.18%. For reference, our yardstick for average is roughly 96%. It should be noted that most sources, including the makers, are inconsistent on how much the RTP actually is, and although they acknowledge that the two modes affect the RTP, there is no reliable information on how the RTP is affected.

It is a little unclear from the publisher’s literature what effects that range. The RTP is certainly different depending on which set of win lines you choose. Many publishers offer better RTP to higher stakes players, which may be what is happening here, or RTP may depend on which bonus game the player chooses with the higher volatility options most likely having the best RTP.

Gypsy Moon normal play paytable
High symbols paytable for a normal play with 30 winlines
Gypsy Moon slot Super Play paytable
High symbols paytable for a Super Play with 243 ways system

The range of bets on the site we tested ran from a minimum bet per spin of $/£/€0.50 up to a maximum of $/£/€50.00 per spin.

The volatility of this game is medium, which makes it a weak match for our slot machine strategies.

Conclusion

Gypsy Moon is an interesting but difficult slot.

It has some interesting features like its wide range of bonus choices and the fact it can be played as an any way wins slot or a 30 win line slot.

On the other hand, it has no reliable RTP information and uses unhelpful stereotypes to build its world.

We would also prefer a higher volatility to match this slot with our slot strategies. If the RTP was higher it might make up for it, but the shady info on RTP all but rules this one out.

Author: Jon | This review was last updated: 2020-08-19T08:39Z

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