The Grim Splitter Dream Drop Review

From Relax Gaming

Relax Gaming go dark with the latest instalment of their Dream Drop Progressive series. Featuring a tarot-card style 5x3 reel set and a deathly figure dealing the pack, this game turns on a Splitter feature where reels split into two identical sets of cards. Up to 20 symbols can form a win line this way. Look out as well for the free spins round and the headline DD feature with FIVE JPs available up to £1,000,000!

OUR RATING:

Score
9.0

Name:  The Grim Splitter Dream Drop

Developer:  Relax Gaming

Paylines:  25

Reels:  5

Rows:  3

RTP:  94%

Variance:  High

Top Payout:  10,000x

Jackpot:  Yes

Release Date:  January 2023

Features:  Wilds, Splitting Reels, Free Spins, Stored Splitters, Dream Drop Jackpots

About This Slot

NOTE: Screenshots and Videos on this page are taken whilst we played this game for real money on Casumo Casino.

The Grim 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 …

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. Your task is to line up identical symbols across the paylines and hope for wilds that split the reels to create bigger wins, or land enough DD symbols to trigger the jackpot round!

 

We Spun The Grim Splitter Dream Drop Slot With Real Money Bets – Here’s What Happened

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.

Watching the Grim Splitter himself become increasingly agitated as the win value increases until he sets on fire and explodes is particularly satisfying.

We also cracked the Dream Drop bonus round but we only won a £6.70 rapid jackpot. You can see that here.

RTP, Variance and Top Payout

Like many Relax Gaming games, this is a high variance slot and that was reflected in our test session. The key numbers are largely what you will find in the other Dream Drop games: the RTP is 94% – taking into account a 12% contribution to the JP on every spin – and the top payout outside the progressive is 10,000x.  The hit frequency is 20.02%.

Symbols and Graphics

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!!

There are the symbols:

  • 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.
  • DD symbols, 5 in all, will trigger the jackpot round where you are GUARANTEED a win on one of the five jackpots.

What We Like

  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 Don't Like

  Slow to pay out due to high volatilty
  Less features than other DD JP slots

Gameplay and Features

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.

More Games Like The Grim Splitter Dream Drop Jackpot

If you like The Grim Splitter you might also like these games:

Neko Night Dream Dropwith a lighter, Japanese anime theme, Neko Night is another way to chase down that £1,000,000 Mega Jackpot. It comes with a higher base game jackpot of 20,000x but a slightly lower RTP of 93.98%. Wilds, Persistent Wilds and Multipliers are the key to unlocking the big wins with re-spins awarded for every wild that lands.

Wild Chapo Dream DropAlternatively, take a jaunty trip into the Mexican deserts with Wild Chapo, a dynamite-happy gringo at a roadside bar who is helping you score wins with sticky wilds, free spins, re-spins and multipliers. This game has 30 paylines, a 94% RTP and the same 10,000x top base game payout as The Grim Splitter.

 

Where to Play The Grim Splitter Dream Drop – Further Recommendations

We also recommend these slot sites to play The Grim Splitter Dream Drop:

Voodoo DreamsThis SuprPlay casino is currently offering 50 free spins with winnings paid in cash alongside a 100% match bonus up to £50. It’s a great place to enjoy the Dream Drop series and particularly The Grim Splitter. Voodoo Dreams has a supernatural feel and an immersive theme. Be ready to be spooked!

CasumoAlternatively, try one of our favourite online slot sites, Casumo, an independent casino with a massive slots catalogue and regular reel races every hour with prizes up to £1,000. They currently offer a 100% match bonus up to £100 for new players as well as 25 free spins on selected slots. This is a top tier casino with a superb website and mobile app to play on. Highly recommended!

Our Verdict

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!