Babushkas Slot Review

Babushkas is a video slot from Thunderkick with 5 reels and 17 paylines. Released in August 2016, you can play this game at online casinos such as Unibet, Kaboo or PlayOjo.

Theme and basic information

Okay, so the theme is really the weirdest part of this slot. We get a bunch of pastel-coloured Russian nesting dolls (or matryoshkas) that come in different sizes. The background is knitted and also pastel-coloured. Make of that what you will.

The accompanying background music sounds Russian and gives the whole thing a little life. Whilst the dolls are kind of cute, the theme is, at best, odd and, at worst, uninspired. Thunderkick has given us much more interesting themes before and after the release of Babushkas.

Be that as it may, the smaller the doll the higher the value. But even the most valuable of the nesting dolls (the yellow one) will only pay out 2x your bet for a 5-of-a-kind win. There are only six other dolls, mind you, and you will win fairly frequently in this low-volatile slot.

You can play this game from 0.10 to 100.00.

Babushkas base game

Wild Mystery features

The Wild, a colourful egg with a “W” written on it, only appears on reel 3 and replaces all other symbols. There are no scatters in the game. Whenever the Wild lands on the reels, it will spin around for a moment. If it does not show a star, any wins are paid out and on you go. But if it ends up showing its starry side, it will open up to activate one of three features:

  • Scare Bear – Depending on the size of the bear, all lowest value symbols will upgrade to the next highest symbol 1x, 2x or even 3x.
  • Charm Bear – All symbols are upgraded 1x.
  • Dance Bear – 7 free spins are awarded.

You won’t get those features often, but you will see them regularly. It is certainly fun to see the Russian dolls upgrade, making wins increasingly more likely and lucrative.

Free spins and more

Revealing the Dance Bear in the Wild egg is the only way to trigger the free spins. You will only ever get 7 free spins at once. On every spin, the Wild egg will land on reel 3 and reveal one of the above features.

Symbol upgrades become much more likely on each win as well and you may even be able to land 15 symbols of the same kind on the reels. This may happen in the base game as well, if you trigger the Winning Symbol Upgrade, which keeps on going as long as you can upgrade the Russian dolls to another level.

If you have upgraded 15 symbols to the highest level, a special symbol, the ghost symbol, will appear and award you 100x your bet as an additional reward. This is known as the Wipe.

Babushkas free spins

Conclusion: An odd theme for a slot that could still leaving you winning

The theoretical RTP (Return to Player) of Babushkas is 95.8%, which is actually below average. This is surprising, considering that wins are fairly frequent here, but big wins are very rare. Most of the time, you’ll just get by when playing this slot. Assuming you can befriend the odd theme here and are here for the features.

As it stands, you need to be lucky, which is always true when gambling, mind you. Whilst we didn’t love the theme of the slot, we ended up being lucky right from the get-go, launching the free spins twice in a row and once again after perhaps another 100 spins. In the end, we stopped playing when we were up a total of 130x our stake from our starting budget. That is probably not necessarily representative for this slot, which is exactly why we stopped playing.


Mobile Free spins
Yes Yes
Lines Bonusround
17 No
Reels Progressive
5 No
RTP Wild symbols
95.8% Yes
Min. Stake Autoplay
0.1 Yes
Max. Stake Multiplier
100 No
Volatility / Hit Frequency Scatters
Low No
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