Free Zulu Gold slot
Zulu Gold free play demo
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Zulu Gold slot by Elk Studios has an African theme naturally and some good Zulu artwork surrounding the reels, which feature wildlife and the ubiquitous explorer character. With tribal music and familiar symbols you don't need to worry it's another Raging Rhino or one of its various copies like Buffalo Blitz slot because it ain't! Instead we have elements of Elk's Tahiti Gold slot and Ecuador Gold slot if appearances are anything to go by, so hopefully we'll have a different mechanic to those games for a change. So can our bankroll receive a gift of tribal gold here or will it be painfully speared by these noble warriors?
On the reels...
We have 6 columns of 4 individual tiles here on Zulu Gold slot with 4096-ways to win. Winning tiles are replaced from above, each time extending the column heights by one symbol up to a maximum of 8 or 262,144-ways. So yes, as I feared, similar to those two Elk games named above. The 6-of-a-kind pays are Explorer 5x stake, Elephant 3x, Rhino (yes, naturally) 2.5x, Bison 2x with medium pays of 1x or 0.8x for the 4 coloured Engravings and 0.3x for the 4 low-paying rock carvings of animals.
Sunset bonus scatters appear anywhere and you may also see Zulu Stacks 2 or 3 tiles high of any normal symbol including the basic Wild. As usual there are colossal tiles occasionally of 2x2, 3x3 or sometimes even 4x4 in size. Finally you have two Wild variants here, the Wild Walker which moves and leaves a trail behind it and is persistent between tumbles in the same play and the Charged Wild which has extra lives and stays until it's used in the amount of wins equal to the lives displayed.
You will get 10, 15, 20 or 25 for 3-6 Sunset scatters collected in any play. You may also retrigger them in the same way. Now the Zulu Shield as the side will display a progressive multiplier. This begins at 1x and any time 3 or more special Multiplier Symbols are in view, their combined values are added to the Shield and it stays and can only increase as it holds between free drops. The final enhancement is that when wins increase the rows in play they don't revert between free drops, so hopefully you can get the grid increased to the 8-rows maximum 262,144 ways early on! Of course you can still get the enhanced Wilds here and colossal tiles and the round has huge potential but is capped at 10,000x bet.
Zulu Gold slot has a rather low 95.00% RTP and is disappointingly simply a remake, yet again, of the Tahiti, Ecuador or Black River Gold slots as mentioned in the introduction. Elk clearly love this mechanic as they keep reproducing it over and over. That's not to say it doesn't have potential both in the base game and especially the free drops or that it isn't pleasant to view and play. The bonus is pretty hard to trigger but can be very exciting if getting a good early start with multiplier and rows increasing. There's plenty of ingredients for the player in the game as with its predecessors, but can I think of any particular reason to go here? No...