We continue our regular review of the best slots from the previous month. This time we look at yet another megaways reboot – but which actually works really well – and a Play n’ Go title which literally explodes with creativity. Let’s dive right in.
Serpent Shrine slot from Fantasma is one for all the Indiana Jones fans out there. Just like in the movie, you are tasked with searching an underground lair for treasure, while serpents try to put you off the scent. Symbols include mining paraphernalia such as hammers, lanterns, jewels and miners, but in the base game, the serpent comes with the highest value of 10x for five of a kind. At the start, most of the symbols in this 5-reel, 7-row slot are covered by blocks, with 3 of these blocks containing a bomb. However, landing blue butterfly wilds in a win sees blocks destroyed, as well as triggering a respin. If the bombs are triggered in the process, whole rows of blocks are removed – and if all the blocks are cleared, the free spins begin. In these 5 free spins, all blocks are cleared, but at every spin, the serpent appears, covering more of the rows again. The positive flipside of this is that a multiplier is increased on each spin (on the final spin, the multiplier is an insane 100x). If you land butterfly wilds in the bonus feature, the serpent is killed, and you get two more spins with a clear board and the multiplier staying at that 100x! Clearly, this is where the biggest wins will come. Serpent Shrine is insanely volatile, and you might need to wait a long while for the butterflies to do their work. On the other hand, the slot has a ton of win potential, with more than 10,000x up for grabs if they kill off the serpent. Combined with the incredible gameplay and top-notch graphics, Fantasma definitely has a hit on its hands here.
A megaways reboot of NetEnt’s Gonzo’s Quest always looked a great idea, and the Swedish developer hasn’t disappointed. The 117,649 ways to win slot keeps the same look and feel of the original, with Gonzo looking particularly handsome this time around. He dances during the earthquake feature, which removes all low-value symbols and replaces them with premiums. On a big win, he will proudly walk in front of the reels, removing his helmet to collect the rain of gold coins. Of course, NetEnt’s avalanche feature is perfect for a megaways game – and each of these avalanches ratchets up another level on the multiplier scale, up to a maximum of 5x. Even better, the free spins feature comes with multipliers of up to 15x, and these can be retriggered. There is a ton of action here, and the win potential of 20,000x and the RTP of 96% ensure Gonzo’s Quest Megaways will appeal to casino pros as well as fans of the original. We expect to see this slot appear on many a Twitch stream over the next few months.
Play n’ Go’s Win a Beest might be yet another safari-themed slot – but it looks absolutely sublime and has some really intriguing game mechanics. The symbols include African mammals such as cheetahs, rhinos, lions, and elephants, and these beautiful creatures will appeal to all nature lovers. The wildebeest pays out the most, and the wild does its usual job of substituting for all other symbols, and occasionally comes with a 2x multiplier. The two free spins features expand the rows to their full potential of 1024 ways to win, and the second of these (beest mode) sees you play with premium symbols only. Another fun, high potential slot from this developer.
Next up is another Play n’ Go title, this time centered around a volcano, and the integration of the theme and the game mechanics is absolute genius. There are 8 reels and 6 rows, but these reels have progressively fewer rows the higher they go – that’s because the grid is actually inside the volcano! Like with a cascade feature, wins create retriggers – but in an interesting twist, the new symbols are pushed up by the pressure of the magma. It’s an impressive visual feast, but the gameplay is also rather explosive, as the rumble feature rearranges the symbols on any non-winning spin, and the excavate feature places up to 5 wilds on the grid. In this way, the base game always has something going on. Six consecutive cascades are enough to trigger the free spins, where you play on a full grid and can shoot for 10,000x payouts. Play n’ Go has really excelled in creativity on Gold Volcano.
This dragon-themed slot from Pragmatic Play features cute fire-breathing reptiles, as well as some incredible potential payouts. The game takes place in Drago’s cave, where the reels have an interesting 5-4-4-4-5 layout. Drago himself stands to the right of the reels, sniffing the air as you spin the symbols, made up largely of his dragon associates. The four corner positions of the grid are the key to winning with Drago Jewels of Fortune – you need to land four matching dragon symbols in all of them to trigger both the free spins and Dragon super spin features. These bonus features come with 48,000x wins up for grabs. Of course, such big potential comes with huge volatility, but the slot is so much fun you won’t mind spinning Drago one more time in search of those jewels.
Pink Elephants 2 from Thunderkick wins the award for the craziest slot of the month. It’s bright and bold and features a collection of mad-looking goats as well as the big pink elephants of the title, who are worth 10x for six of them in the base game. A mystery scatter (in the shape of a golden peanut) increases your chance of triggering the bonus feature, which comes with 7-19 free spins, with more of them to win during the round. During this bonus round, you collect elephant orbs on a meter that when filled triggers symbol upgrades, eventually seeing all the goats turning into pink elephants.
Red Tiger’s Arabian-themed slot is simple to play, with 5 reels and 3 rows, and doesn’t exactly have cutting-edge graphics. But first appearances can be deceptive. For a start, the design is attractive enough, with beautifully drawn symbols and characters. And the base game can actually pay well – for example, 5 Ali symbols will win you 500x. Other than that, expanding symbols are the order of the day here. Whenever you win a spin, the symbol responsible displays on the meter above the reels. And if that symbol creates a winning combo on the next spin, that symbol expands to cover its reel. A couple of different free spins features adds to the charm of Ali Baba’s Luck, showing that the classic themes can still prove to be a winner if the gameplay is right.
The one-eyed Norse God Odin is the inspiration for this infinity reels slot from Reel Play. Even more fun is the addition of the megaways mechanic, making this slot the first to combine these two types of gameplay. The combination of reels expanding horizontally alongside variable numbers of rows is visually stunning, as are the runic low-value symbols, which have a neon glow. A jackpot is up for grabs, as are free spins. Before the latter feature begins, the player is presented with two wheels which control the number of free spins, as well as a multiplier value. Odin Infinity Reels comes with an enormous win potential of up to 20,000x, and the possibility of these big wins – along with the amazing look and feel of the game – should make this slot one of the most popular in the Viking genre.
Inspired Gaming’s Centurion slots were one of the better Roman-themed games to come out in recent years. This Megaways version continues the bright, fun look of the original, and comes with a veritable phalanx of features. During the base game, you can look forward to 5 reel modifiers being selected by our hero Maximum Winnus. These include a 20x minimum big win, extra scatters, minimum ways, maximum ways (where all 117,649 paylines come into focus), and up to 100 mystery symbols. Whenever this lovable centurion pops up with this slot goodness, it always brings a smile. Three or more scatters triggers a bonus wheel, where you have a chance to enter a picking game, free spins, or a power spins feature. The last of these pays the most and comes with the potential of 12,5000x wins.
Another cluster pays slot from Elk, Dreamzone is another Starburst-inspired game with an EDM soundtrack. But if you like that genre – as we do – Dreamzone has a lot going for it. Just 3 symbols are enough to form a winning cluster, which then triggers a cascade, and another chance to win on the same spin. Wins seem to be very frequent on this medium volatility slot, so boredom is unlikely to be an issue. Each cascade also triggers one of several modifiers, including extra wilds, symbol upgrades, symbol explodes and symbol scatters. The main feature is a multi-level bonus drop where the player starts off with 3 free drops and a 2x multiplier but can end up with an amazing 512x multiplier.
We seem to keep saying it every month, but slot developers continue to come up with more and more innovative games – with Gold Volcano being particularly creative. But even Gonzo’s Quest Megaways shows really clever touches for a megaways reboot. We truly are living a golden age of slots right now, and we can’t wait to see what the studios come up with during the month of August.