ABOUT AFRICAN LEGENDS SLOT
African Legends is a 5-reel African-themed slot from Slingshot Studios. This has a peaceful atmosphere due to the landscape background with trees, rocks and mountains, along with tranquil waters and a cloudy sky. During Free Spins the rain pours and lightning flashes across the screen, but on any big win the sunshine streams through the clouds and gold coins burst forth.
The temperamental weather is joined by a gentle drum beat sound track to add to the African vibe. You’ll also find plenty of animal carvings on the reels, including elephants, lions and rhinos. The gameplay uses 243 ways to win and Rolling Reels, which mean winning symbols are replaced by new ones after any winning spin to give more winning chances every time.
Despite the good looks, there are a few disappointments. This has a below average RTP of 94.92%, which is not unusual for a progressive jackpot slot. But when combined with the medium volatility, this might feel a little on the stingy side when it comes to payouts, especially when the minimum bet is 25p in a world where many slots only cost 10p a spin. The best payout from regular play is only 1,200x stake, so the attraction centres on the progressive jackpot starting at £50,000.
Symbols and Paytable
The symbols in African Legends include stone carvings of animal faces, including a lion, hippo, elephant, rhino and warthog. There is also a golden mask carving and regular card suits. The attractive chunky stone symbols remind us of NetEnt’s Gonzo’s Quest and it’s Megaways™ version as well as Playtech’s Legend of the Jaguar and they give a solid, high quality feel to the gameplay.
The animal carvings will pay from 3.2x to 6x your bet for 5 matches, while the golden mask carving will pay 10x your bet for 5 matches. These golden masks are Wild symbols, so they can substitute for all the others. They can also appear stacked on reel 3 on luckier spins.
Although the regular symbols aren’t the highest paying, the Wow Progressive Jackpot adds to the anticipation, starting at £50,000. The key to triggering it is hitting consecutive rolls – it’s also worth noting that the higher your betting level, the better your chances of hitting the big money.
Gameplay and Features
Wild Blast Feature
This random feature can trigger during the base game to turn up to 5 symbols into Wilds.
The Rolling Reels feature means all winning symbols disappear to be replaced with new ones and more potential wins. Every roll increases the Multiplier Trail with the first roll adding a 2x Multiplier, increasing up to a maximum of a 10x Multiplier.
Achieving 4 or more consecutive rolls also triggers the Free Spins round. Achieving 4 rolls gives you 12 Free Spins with a 5x Multiplier, 5 rolls awards 15 Free Spins with a 6x Multiplier, 6 rolls awards 18 Free Spins with an 8x Multiplier and 7 rolls gives 20 Free Spins with a 10x Multiplier.
Wow Progressive Jackpot
If you manage 8 consecutive rolls, you’ll trigger the Wow Progressive Jackpot, which starts at £50,000 and keeps increasing.
African Legends will be tempting to players who love a Progressive Jackpot. And who doesn’t? It’s certainly the main draw here because the other payouts are quite poor. Although the golden masks can boost the rewards, the max payout you can expect from the game is 1,200x stake without the progressive. In saying that, the base gameplay is entertaining with the Rolling Reels and Multiplier Trails. The Wild Blast feature also appears regularly to give extra Wild wins. It’s really the Wow Progressive Jackpot that’s drawing you in though, and the low RTP, 25p minimum bet and medium volatility means your bankroll needs to be strong to hold up. As with many progressive slots, you need to be playing at higher betting levels to have a decent chance of striking the big prize. Although the African plains are alluring, lower rollers should look elsewhere for winning potential.