Volcano Queen slot review
Volcano Queen slot by IGT takes us into a world of subterranean fire which doesn't worry me at all as very few IGT games are volatile of late. The scene is set on a castle balcony with a red rocky background and our queen seducing us by the grid into playing our money into this fiery game while we hear some foreboding music. Volcano themes can make for some explosive graphics as we have seen from Quickspin with their colourful Volcano Riches or Nextgen and the Volcano Eruption Extreme slot which came after their original Hot Hot Volcano. So will our bankroll escape the lava flow here or will it be a case of ashes to ashes?
On The Reels...
The brightly coloured reels here on the 5x3 grid offer us 10 fixed pay lines and stacked symbols. Volcano Queen slot has the Diamond Spins random jackpot game too where 5 Diamonds at one per reel trigger respins with cash amounts and if you're very lucky one of the 3 Diamond Spin progressives should you get 3 gems of the appropriate colour in those respins and manage to fill up more tiles.
The 5-of-a-kind pays are what we are more concerned with right now though and these aren't very good alas. We pay 20-coins to spin and the Volcano Queen awards 50 coins or a mere 2.5x bet for a line of 5, Red Jewel 40, Blue 32, Green 28, Purple 24 with four card values of either 20 or 10 coins. Hardly fiery stuff. You get stacked Wilds on reels 2 to 5 so I suppose multiple lines can occur, and respins may help you.
Volcano Queen Respins
3 or more adjacent stacks of the same picture symbol will pay their win and then turn their reels into colossal 3x3, 4x3 or 5x3 symbols only. This will incur a random multiplier of 2 to 5x and then the colossal reels respin to award another win and multiplier. You can get this twice if firstly a 3-reel block lands, it becomes a 4-reel block on the respin and then a 5-reel block on that last respin. Oddly, the stacked Wilds cannot participate in these block respins!
Stacked Wheel scatters appear on all reels and you need 6 or more in view for 10 free games which can retrigger. You'll see noticeably bigger stacks on the reels here, leading to more chances of the above Volcano Queen Respins. This is your only realistic chance of winning anything noticeable, as a full screen of top Queen symbol at 5x will pay you a colossal 250x bet. Wow IGT, just wow.
Volcano Queen slot is colourful, noisy and unusually for IGT has a decent RTP of 96.22%. The trouble is that it's an attritional slot where you have little chance of ever getting your bankroll back once you're 100x bet down, which may not take too long here. I think the mechanic is utterly pointless as you just get terrible line pays for a 10-line game which become slightly less terrible if you get 3 adjacent reels of higher symbols. This Volcano Queen only had me erupting with annoyance, not enjoyment...