It’s not easy to stay at the top of today’s online gambling industry. And leading developers, such as Nolimit City, know that offering fresh and innovative teams is sure to give them an advantage over their rivals. The company’s development team went over and beyond to find the inspiration for its game and managed to discover it in an unusual place.
That’s how Karen Maneater came to be. These terms are familiar to broad audiences of players, although we have to point out that the latter should be taken more literally. Anyway, the game follows on from the xWays Hoarder xSplit release. The action takes place in post-apocalyptic surroundings, with famous North American landmarks populating the landscape. Your main goal is to stay alive and not let Karen eat your flesh.
Welcome to Karen’s World
Once the game starts, you’ll enter an insane world with equally insane volatility. We’re not exaggerating, as this is the way Nolimit City describes its rating. Karen Maneater uses a six-reel grid with a 2-3-3-3-3-3-3 row layout. However, the reels are dynamic, meaning some symbols expand to take up to seven positions.
You can play the game in two ways. The first option is the regular mode, where you can bet from $0.10 to $70 per spin and make the most out of a Return to Player of 96%. The other one is activated by the xBet switch. It raises the stake by 30%, brings a guaranteed Scatter on the second reel, and has an RTP of 96.34%.
To get paid, land matching symbols on adjacent reels, starting from the leftmost one. Initially, there are 486 different ways to win, but you can significantly boost that number. Low-value symbols, such as beer mugs, toilet paper, batteries, syringes, and AK-47s, pay up to 1x the stake for six of a kind. On the other hand, high-paying icons deliver payouts of up to 3x your stake.
The post-apocalyptic world of Karen Maneater is full of dangers but can also be very rewarding. Nolimit City has added several exciting features, so there’s a lot to play for.
Scatter symbols appear only on the four middle reels. Whenever they land, the reels to the right will expand by an additional position. When one or two Scatters hit, there’s a chance to turn into xWays icons. However, if three or four Scatter land on the reels, they’ll activate the Bonus Meal round.
xWays and Infectious xWays
xWays symbols can also land only on the four middle reels. Once that happens, they turn into regular symbols and display a number (2-4) to indicate how many instances of a particular symbol they represent. Infectious xWays land on the first reel only to reveal an icon of up to seven positions in size. All symbols of the same type will also change to the same size.
Whenever Wilds land on the rightmost reel, they can nudge to move to the bottom position. They’ll increase the multiplier by one whenever they move, adding its value to symbols populating the last reel. When one of the symbols is affected by an Infectious xWays icon, its multiplier will double in size.
Three Scatters triggers the Value Bonus Meal, awarding players seven spins and three Sticky xWays symbols. Landing four Scatters will deliver the Deluxe Bonus Mean, consisting of ten freebies and four Sticky xWays.
Triggering Scatters turn into Sticky xWays until the feature ends, while reels stay expanded. When xWays reveal a size, they will begin at two and go up by one for every successive win up to forty-two. A Scatter can upgrade Value Bonus Meal spins to the Deluxe version, adding three more spins to the count and turning the Scatter into a Sticky Ways icon.
In some jurisdictions, players will be able to use the Nolimit buy menu. There are three available options:
- Paying 100x the stake triggers the Value Bonus Mean, with an RTP of 96.4%.
- 500x the bet activated the Deluxe Bonus Meal and a payout percentage of 96.47%.
- 542x the stake can trigger the Value Bonus Meal + Infectious Wild or Deluxe Bonus Meal + Infectious Wild. In this case, the RTP is 96.61%.