Free Ecuador Gold slot
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Ecuador Gold slot has to be seen as an attempt by Elk Studios to jump on the Megaways bandwagon although with a slightly different mechanic here. The theme is of an Inca nature with their tribal music playing and the grid set over an ancient temple with some really outstanding sound effects as your stone tiles cascade into view. This isn't an official BTG - licensed Megaways game like Relax Gaming's Temple Tumble which has a similar theme, or designed in the mold of Bonanza and Diamond Mine with dynamic reel row numbers though. At first sight getting your gold safely out of Ecuador seems a daunting challenge, so what help can you get in this perilous journey?
On The Reels...
Ecuador Gold offers us an initial grid of 4096 ways with 6 columns of 4 tiles each. These fall as separate icons so can appear singly or in any amount of stacks too. You may also see Giant Symbols appear which can be 2x2, 3x3 or 4x4 in size to help you get those 6-of-a-kind pays. For those the Explorer is 3x bet, Purple, Blue or Green Gold Mask 2x, Jaguar, Snake, Lizard or Quetzal Bird 0.8x with four different stone carvings at 0.3x your stake. All winning tiles spectacularly explode out of view and are replaced by more from above. On reels 3 to 6 you may see a Ghosting Wild tile in the form of a Sun Disc which will move around leaving a trail of Wild tiles behind it. You can also see individual standard Wilds on those reels.
After the first win the grid gets and extra row added to increase it to 15,625 ways. If you win again, another row is added to advance you to 46,656 ways. A third win then adds row 7 which then creates 117,649 ways which you may remember from the Big Time Gaming format used by Extra Chilli and the infamous Bonanza. Not to be outdone in this developer competition for crazy amounts of win-ways, you will even have an eighth row added after your fourth consecutive win to hit the maximum 262,144 ways! Luckily for your calculator it stops there!
Avalanche Free Drops
Three or more Pyramid Temple scatters in view will trigger 10 to 25 free drops. You begin at 4096 ways and each winning drop will raise the safety level by one row, to be retained for the next free drop. This means that if you hit 4 wins quite early one you will play the remaining drops at the full 262,144 ways. You will also see more giant symbols and Ghosting Wilds in the bonus and it can retrigger too. Even better, any Wilds tiles accumulated drop down to the bottom of their column and are retained there throughout the bonus! This bonus round is very volatile and can produce some huge wins if it goes right for you.
In my opinion Ecuador Gold is the best game Elk Studios have produced to date. The graphics, animations and sound effects are really very good and keep you focused on the game like few slots do. You have the potential for big hits and due to the mechanic the win frequency is lower than you may be used to, but we are in the volatile jungle here after all. The RTP is the usual Elk Studios 96.10% and a large part appears to be contained within that feature round so the game isn't for the faint-hearted. Book yourself a trip to Ecuador and see for yourself...