Grim The Splitter Dream Drop Slot Review
Slot Provider: Relax Gaming
RTP: 94% | Variance: High | Maximum Win: 10,000x
Our Score: 7.8
About Grim The Splitter Dream Drop
Reviewed by: Mark Wadie
Published Date: 12th January 2023
How We Review Slot GamesWe test and rate all slot games across 5 criteria, assigning a score out of 10 for each and an overall score that is an average of the 5. To build an accurate assessment of each game we gather information from the supplier and play in real play or demo mode. Find out more.
Grim The Splitter Dream Drop is the 9th in the Dream Drop Progressive Jackpot series from Relax Gaming. It was released on 11th January 2023. Other games in the Dream Drop series include Snake Arena, Templar Tumble 2 and Dream Drop Diamonds. The themes are varied but none as creepy as this where you are sat in front of a grim reaper style character who reveals cards in the way a normal slot spins it’s reels. As well as looking for matches across paylines, you also look out for wilds that can split and clone a reel.
Alongside a top payout of 10,000x there are also FIVE JPs to play for including the multi-million pound Mega Dream Drop prize! Game on!
Grim The Splitter Dream Drop Game Information
- RTP: 94%
- Variance: High
- Maximum Win: 10,000x
- Progressive Jackpot: No
- Reels: 5
- Rows: 3
- Paylines: 25
- Minimum Stake: £0.20
- Theme: Magic
- Features: Wilds, Splitting Reels, Free Spins, Stored Splitters, Dream Drop Jackpots
Grim The Splitter Dream Drop Review Scores
- Gameplay and Features 8
- Maximum Win 8
- Theme and Design 8
- Paytable 8
- RTP and Variance 7
What Our Reviewer Says ...
"Another finely crafted progressive slot with a huge JP from a consistently excellent game provider!"
Our Score: 7.8
Grim The Splitter Dream Drop Pros and Cons
What We Liked
- Up to 20 of a kind wins and 750x payouts
- Superb £1,000,000 top JP prize
- Innovative card-based reel set
- High volatility for maximum excitement
- Available at most UK slot sites
What We Didn't like
- Slow to pay out due to high volatilty
- Less features than other DD JP slots
Theme & Design
Our Score 8
The game is set in a darkened room where The Grim Splitter himself sits. He is a hooded, Grim Reaper-style skeletal character who sits behind a table bedecked with ominous skulls and knives. A standard reel set has been forsaken for rows of cards that turn at on the Splitter’s command. The atmosphere is not strictly horror – there is a cartoon, ghost train kind of feel to it with creepy laughter, lots of cobwebs and melting candles to set the scene but no out-right fright-fests.
Overall, this slot is good-humoured and fun and plays on the theme of destiny which fits well with the idea of chasing down those huge JPs!
RTP and Variance
Our Score 7
What is RTP?RTP (Return to Player) refers to the amount a game will pay out in cash prizes expressed as a percentage of all the money wagered on that game. For example, a 96% RTP means a game will pay out £96 for every £100 wagered. This is an average number and will vary from one session to the next. Read more here.
What is Variance?Variance refers to how far a game will deviate from its RTP over time. High variance games deviate a lot and produce uneven win distributions and unexpected windfalls. Low variance games provide a more stable and even distribution of wins. Read more here.
Grim The Splitter Dream Drop has an RTP of 94%. That is lower than average but take into account that a 12% contribution is being made to the JP on every spin.
Like many Relax Gaming games, this is also a high variance slot and that was reflected in our test session. It’s a tough nut to crack and will produce some frustrating times before any big wins kick in.
Our Score 8
What Is Maximum Win?Maximum win refers to the maximum amount a player can win from one spin. It is expressed as a multiple of the stake. For example, where the maximum win is 100,000x, from a £1 stake, the maximum win would be £100,000.
The top payout outside the progressive is 10,000x. This is standard for Dream Drop Jackpot slots. It’s a good prize to aim for though it falls short of some of the much higher payouts you’ll find on other Relax Gaming slots like Money Train 3 (100,000x) or Multiplier Odyssey (50,000x).
Symbols and Paytable
Our Score 8
Once you sit yourself down across from the grim one, on his signal the cards will turn. They are laid out as 5 reels and 3 rows, and there are 25 active paylines. You’lll need to hit 3 or more identical symbols across a payline from left to right to score you a win. But the reels can split as we shall see, which increases the size of the grid and the length of a payline, with the possibility of splitting 5 reels into 10, or even 20 in the free spins round!!
Symbol values are not huge BUT remember, the lines can stretch out as more and more reels get cloned. Here is how the paytable looks:
Low payers are the suits: clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades. The payouts here are from 0.4x for 3 on a line up to 120x for 20 on a line.
High payers are the scary looking bats, hawks, wild cats and hyenas. These pay from 1x for 3 on a line up to a huge 750x for 20 on a line.
Wilds land anywhere to sub in for others to complete wins AND split the reels.
Bonus symbols are needed to trigger the free spins round and DD symbols, 5 in all, will trigger the jackpot round where you are GUARANTEED a win on one of the five jackpots.
Features and Gameplay
Our Score 8
Wilds and Splits
The base game hinges entirely on the Wild. Anyone who has played Nolimit City slots will know all about splitting cells, but few slots have been built entirely around that as a main concept.
Here, every time a wild symbol lands it splits the reel its on. The reel duplicates so you now have a cloned reel amongst the five. You can of course split more than one and in the base game have 10 reels in play. This makes for much bigger payouts – 10 of a kind!
Free Spins and Stored Splitters Create up to 20 Reels!
Now things get better still …
Land 3 bonus symbols (or more) and you’ll trigger the free spins round. Here you get 7 free spins and one more for every extra scatter above the three. During your spins you can earn another one for every scatter that lands, and split scatters get you TWO more free spins.
But that’s not all …
Every scatter that triggered the round, and those that land during the round, are stored above the reels. They are unlocked when a wild lands … now you get the original split from the wild AND splits from the scatters stored above.
It’s splitting crazy! This way, no less that TWENTY symbols can be in play across the board, allowing lines of 20 identical symbols and those huge payouts of up to 750x!
The Main Event – Dream Drop Jackpot Feature
Once again, the format has been tweaked slightly. But the principle is the same.
You’ll need to land FIVE DD symbols across all five reels to trigger the jackpot round. It so simple – 15 cards are laid out face down. Each one will turn to reveal the name of one of the five JPs – Midi, Maxi, Major and Mega.
Players choose one card at a time and keep picking until three of the same type are revealed. When you reach this point, the relevant JP pays out.
Seeing of the JPs is as follows:
- Rapid: £1
- Midi: £5
- Maxi: £100
- Major: £25,000
- Mega: £1,000,000 *
*The seed value for the Mega Jackpot started at £500,000. It increases by £500,000 after every second win. This will continue until it reaches a maximum of £10,000,000.
The Final Verdict
Our Score 7.8
The Grim Splitter is not an action-packed game so if you are a fan of super-complex high-risk slots like Nolimit City put out, this won’t be for you. All the action centres around those wilds and splitting reels. It makes for quite monotonous gameplay, particularly as the variance level is so high. You can find yourself on a very frustrating run of dry spins with no action at all before the wins kick in.
But that is what volatile gaming is all about. And with the potential to see multiple splits and up to 20 reels in the free spins round, it’s worth riding out those tough spells to unlock the more dramatic moments. A 20 reel spin and a win of a few hundreds x would be pretty special after all!
As for the progressive – this is a worthy edition to Relax’s excellent series and we hope to see that continue to grow over the next 12 months.
Good luck chasing down those Mega payouts!
Boom or Bust? 200 Spins On Grim The Splitter Dream Drop
To give you an accurate and honest assessment of the games we review our writers play 200 spins. Whilst this is a useful tool to help us review games and to give an example of what might happen when you play, keep in mind that 200 spins is only a very small sample and cannot be used to accurately predict what might happen over another 200 spins. The outcome of all slots play is always random.
We tested The Grim Splitter at Casumo with real money stakes of £1 and 20p over two 15 minute sessions. You can see a summary of our wins and losses below.
Session One: 15 Minutes
- Start Balance: £132.04
- End Balance: £98.90
- Win / Loss: £33.14
- Biggest Single Win: £8.20 from 20p stake (around the 7.42 mark)
- Free Spins Round Feature Triggers: None
- Dream Drop Jackpot Feature Triggers: None
Session Two: 15 Minutes
- Start Balance: £104.68
- End Balance: £121.24
- Win / Loss: + £16.56
- Biggest Single Win: £43.90 from 20p stake during free spins
- Free Spins Round Feature Triggers: Once (around the 4.54 mark)
- Dream Drop Jackpot Feature Triggers: One (£6.70 Rapid Jackpot) (
During our gameplay The Grim Splitter behaved exactly as you would expect. Most of our wins were small change and we didn’t unlock the bonus round once in the first 15 minutes. However, in session two things kicked on nicely around the 5-minute mark when we unlocked the free spins with three bonus symbols.
Things suddenly get interesting as the lights come up, scatters are held above the reels and multiple reel splits open the game up to much bigger payouts.
During free spins we earned three Mega Wins – £14.80, £16.80 and £11.90 – from a 20p stake. At one stage there 13 cards on the table with ALL five reels split into 2 or 3 cards. You can sit that in the video here.
Highlights Video From Testing Including Free Spins Round
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