Swintt heeds the call of the wild in Mystic Bear XtraHold™

June 1, 2022 | Sarah Blackburn

Award-winning software provider’s innovative new slot gives players the chance to get their paws on maximum wins of 10,000x with the help of lucrative XtraHold™ re-spins

Having already visited the jungles of South America this month in Montezuma, sought-after slot studio Swintt is preparing to venture into the wild once again in Mystic Bear XtraHold™ – an exciting new Select release that offers maximum wins of up to 10,000x players’ bet.

Set to a dense forest backdrop, Mystic Bear XtraHold™ is a five-reel, 25-payline release that features all kinds of majestic animals on its reels. Unique symbols to appear in the game include wolves, falcons and the magnificent Mystic Bear, with pawprints and full moons acting as bonus-triggering scatters.

However, like many of the recent releases in the Swintt select catalogue, Mystic Bear XtraHold™ also includes the provider’s popular “Buy Feature” option. This means that if players don’t want to wait for those lucky scatter symbols to land, they can manually trigger either of the slot’s bonus rounds for an additional wager, giving them instant access to hugely rewarding free spins and XtraHoldTM re-spins.

Looking at the two features in more detail, it’s the latter that gives the slot its XtraHold™ tag, as whenever players land six or more full moon symbols during a base game spin, they’ll activate the lucrative XtraHold™ re-spin feature. When this happens, all triggering full moon symbols and their stated cash prizes will remain locked on the reels as a series of three complimentary re-spins begins.

As the XtraHold™ feature takes place, the re-spin counter will drop by one after each new round is completed. However, should players manage to land a further full moon, both the symbol and its prize amount will again stick to the reels as the re-spins are reset. This process will continue until no new re-spins are triggered or full moons entirely fill the reels, at which point a giant bonus will be paid out.

In addition to the XtraHold™ re-spins, landing three, four or five pawprint symbols during the base game will trigger five, eight or ten free spins respectively. This feature takes place on an upgraded set of reels where the second, third and fourth columns will spin together to form giant Mega Symbols.

Naturally, with these Mega Symbols filling the centre of the game board, players will only need to land matching icons on reels one and five to trigger the slot’s maximum five-of-a-kind wins. Not only that, but should a full moon Mega Symbol – along with its enhanced mega prize amount – appear on the central reels, players will also trigger the XtraHold™ re-spin feature on top of their current free spins.

David Mann, Chief Commercial Officer at Swintt, said: “Swintt has always been known for its innovative and exciting bonus features, so having already introduced players to popular additions such as XtraLock™ and XtraWild™, we’re delighted to debut our new XtraHoldTM system in Mystic Bear.”

“This ground-breaking game mechanic enables players to fill the reels with full moon symbols as they unlock increasingly valuable instant cash prizes. With the Mystic Bear XtraHold™ bonus awaiting any player who’s lucky enough to completely fill the game board, it’s a hugely rewarding feature that will help the new slot become an instant classic when it debuts at our partner casinos later this month.”