Gold Volcano slot review
Gold Volcano slot by Play'n Go is going to be volatile and no, no pun intended! It's effectively a grid game like Moon Princess slot and with the potential for good graphics it's a shame we don't see too many volcano-themed games. Nextgen made a reasonable one called Hot Hot Volcano slot with a few more out there including IGT's lamentable Volcano Queen slot. Here we get the reels over a volcano matching the peaked shape, doom laden music and a rumbling smokey skyline to complete the scene. So can our bankroll outrun the lava flow here or will it turn to ash?
On The Grid...
We get a pyramid shape of 3-4-5-6-6-5-4-3 for 8 columns of individual tiles. Symbols 'erupt' upwards on to the grid instead of the traditional cascade format. To win, there must be a cluster of 4 or more symbols adjacent anywhere in view. Winning tiles are removed and the Gold Gem is best at 1000x bet for 30+ down to 1x bet for 4 of them. The medium pays are Green, Red or Purple Gems for 35, 30 or 25x bet and all pay 1x for 4. the low pays are card suits at 5 down to 2.5x for 30+ and all pay 0.1x bet for just the 4. Wilds can be created only when winning tiles are removed and can also be 2x as well as single. Naturally Play'n Go treat us to a few modifiers on Gold Volcano slot.
After any dead play you may get:
Excavate - 3 to 5 Wild symbols are added randomly to the grid, can be 1x and 2x.
Lava - an extra layer of one random symbol is laid over the top 8 positions.
Rumble - symbols are shaken and move, with one scatter added randomly.
If you collect Rock Scatters they go in a meter on the left. Collect 3 to turn all Purple Gems into the top symbol, the Gold gem. Collect 6 to do the same for the Red Gems too and finally collect 9 to change the Green Gems. The counter resets between spins but is not reset when you trigger free games.
You need 6 or more winning clusters in one play to trigger 5 initial spins. When these happen, the grid turns into an 8x8 as more symbols erupt outwards to fill the whole square. If you get 6 clusters in one spin, you are awarded 1 extra spin. Play'n Go tell us 10,000x bet maximum win is possible.
Gold Volcano slot has a RTP of 96.23% and looks the part with an imaginative layout and great sounds and animations. It's not a clone of their other grid-based slots so brings something new to the table. The bse game doesn't pay much without the modifiers being triggered or the Crystallization Feature in action, and the free games are when the potential lies. Despite there being only 5, you should get extras and they don't finish that quickly either so you should have some fun even if not hitting a volcanic total. You may need a fireproof suit for your money, but I say this game can be hot...