GOLD VOLCANO SLOT: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
Play’n Go, a Swedish grid-slot aficionado, has released something very unusual in their release from their busy 2020 calendar. Following their foray into 80s rock mayhem with Twisted Sister, they’ve gone all geology on us and created a slot that incorporates the natural elements of volcanoes into the grid setup and gameplay. There are Volcano-shaped reels that extend throughout the free spins round, as well as Pressure, Crystallization, and Eruption features that cause dramatic on-screen events, and random lava and rumbling modifiers that appear in the base game to boost your wins. The volcano isn’t simply a backdrop; it’s the game itself! Gold Volcano looks beautiful, and with a top payout of 10,000x, it’s definitely worth a try.
SETTING UP THE GAME, SYMBOLS, AND GRAPHICS
An gigantic, dark and dangerous-looking volcano serves as the backdrop to the translucent grid of 8 reels, which is set against grey sky that turn a brilliant orange in the bonus round. It’s a step up from Play n Go’s regular graphics output and immediately immerses you in the action. When the base game begins, the reels are set up to trace the outlines of a Volcano, with a 3, 4, 5, 6, 6, 5, 4, 3 set up. The card suites spades, clubs, hearts, and diamonds are the low-value symbols on each reel. Gemstones in green, red, purple, and gold signify the premiums.
The game’s goal is to create clusters of 5 or more similar symbols. The higher the payoff, the more symbols you have in your cluster. Remember that the Gold gemstone outperforms all others, with a payoff potential of 1,000x for 30 in a cluster. There are also Wild symbols that substitute for all other symbols to generate winning combinations, as well as Glowing Rock scatter symbols that upgrade low-value symbols to Gold symbols.
RTP, VARIANCE, AND PAYOUTS FOR GOLD VOLCANO SLOT
The volatility in Gold Volcano isn’t as big as it is in some of their other games. This one is on the higher end of the medium volatility scale, but it’s still a difficult game to win on while still offering some excellent payout sequences in the bonus round, which we’ll go over next. As previously stated, the highest payout is a respectable 10,000x, with a regular Play n Go RTP of 96.2 percent. In summary, this one will appeal to a wide enough audience to earn Play n Go admirers among casual slot players as well as high-risk gamblers. Simply select your stake wisely or you’ll quickly deplete your money.
FEATURES AND GAMEPLAY
Matching the characteristics to volcanic occurrences took a lot of consideration, and it provides for entertaining gaming. Here’s how it works:
Feature that has gone dormant
This volcano could go from dormant to eruption during your session if you’re lucky. To begin, the Dormant feature consists of three randomly selected upgrades from the main game. They function like this:
Rumble – The grid trembles, as though the ground is shaking, and all symbols reposition themselves. There are also scatters.
A new row of symbols is generated by lava.
Excavate – At random, 3 to 5 wilds are added to the grid.
Feature of Pressure
The Pressure feature is a twist on the usual grid slot cascade. After a fall, winning symbols are erased and new ones appear to take their place. Extra wilds are placed in empty areas before the drop to boost the odds of successive wins. Multipliers are also available for wilds, which combine when multiples appear in a cluster.
Feature of Crystallization
When the scatters appear, the Crystallization function is activated. When three or more of these Glowing Rocks land at the same time, they upgrade low-value symbols from the paytable to Gold symbols. If you’re in the bonus round, the upgrade will last until the conclusion of the free spins or until the end of the win sequence.
Feature of Eruption
The volcanic outburst, which demonstrates Gold Volcano’s complete range of instability, is the sequence’s climax. To start the explosion, you’ll need six consecutive victory cascades in a row. When this happens, the grid enlarges to 8×8 and you get six free drops. If you get lucky and win six more times in a row, you’ll earn an additional drop. Remember that the Crystallization function continues to work even when you aren’t winning, increasing your reward potential.
For a long time, Gold Volcano appears to be one of our favorite Play n Go releases. When developers just throw a new backdrop over a tried and true mathematical model and concept, slot gaming may become tiresome. But it’s evident that a lot of care went into how the features translate into the theme in this one, and it works pretty well. We would have loved the game to be at maximum volatility in order to encourage some great, epic wins in the Eruption round. However, Play n Go chose a different path, and to their credit, the ultimate effect is still amazing. We hope you like it as much as we do. Take it easy and bet sensibly.