ALL ABOUT GORILLA GOLD SLOT
Blueprint Gaming have been the most prolific of Big Time Gaming’s Megaways™ licensees with a whole range of expanding reels games on release in the last 18 months. The results have been mixed and the challenge for any developer when harnessing this phenomenal game engine is how to innovate and give the player something new to think about each time. Recently Relax and Fantasma have managed this by adding gamification symbol collection, whilst other studios have simply opted to drop in a few extra features beyond the standard Bonanza-clone ones we all know and love. But it’s fair to say no one has created a Megaways™ game quite like this one before: in an effort to create the biggest, baddest Megaways™ slot of all time Blueprint have gone to another level entirely and cloned the reels set three times over to bring us … Power 4 Play!!! That’s right, as if one set of Megaways™ reels wasn’t enough, here there are four, each with the six reel, maximum 7 row set up to produce a blockbusting max winlines of 470,596!
It’s crazy stuff that may split the audience somewhat, but let’s find out how Blueprint have pulled this one off.
GAME SET-UP, SYMBOLS AND GRAPHICS
So the game is set in the jungle, with vine trees and a river in the background. But you won’t be paying much attention to that because right in front of your eyes are FOUR Megaways™ reel sets. They each run the standard 6 reels by 2 to 7 rows and individually would offer up to 117,649 win ways. However, as a team, on one single spin it is possible to be playing this game with 470,596 paylines in play at once.
Each reel set displays the same set of symbols – low value cards 10 through to Ace, and premium jungle icons – snake, crocodile, tiger and gorilla. The gorilla is the highest value one at 50x for six on a line. Additionally, there is a wild that can land only on reels 2 through to 5 and subs for all other symbols to create wins. And in keeping with tradition there are also Mystery Symbols and Diamond Scatters required to release the free spins round.
GORILLA GOLD MEGAWAYS™ SLOT RTP, VARIANCE AND PAYOUTS
No surprises that Blueprint have set the volatility for Gorilla Gold to high – this is not a slot for casual gamers wanting regular wins and smooth gameplay. You will be frustrated more often that you will experience the thrill of wins playing out across all four reels. The RTP is a very favourable 97% however, and the max advertised payout of 20,000x suggests that some big wins could be on the cards here. And a word on stake size – pick carefully and don’t burn your balance too quickly. Remember, a 10p min bet per reel in fact comes to 50p per bet to include four reels and the Super Bet.
GAMEPLAY AND FEATURES
The cascading wins feature used in most Megaways™ games is in action here. That means after each winning spin the winning symbols are removed from the reels and replaced with new ones. More wins mean the process repeats. And so on until no more win lines are created. If more than one reel lands a win after a spin then the cascades play out one reel at a time which can be pretty exciting and suspenseful, particularly in the bonus round!
Another Megaways™ mainstay is the Mystery Symbol – these symbols all convert into the same randomly chosen one from the paytable when they land after a spin, increasing your chances of winning.
Diamond Scatter, Free Spins and Progressive Multipliers
To trigger the free spins round you will need to land four or more diamond scatters. Your starting spins total will be decided on the spin of a wheel with the following numbers up for grabs:
- 4 Scatters: up to 20 free spins or 15 super spins
- 5 Scatters: up to 25 free spins or 20 super spins
- 6 Scatters: up to 30 free spins or 25 super spins
- 7 Scatters: up to 35 free spins or 30 super spins
To up the ante still further it is also possible to gamble for more spins here. So, if you had 25 free spins you could spin another wheel and choose red or green. If you win you’ll upgrade to the next level of 30 spins. Should you lose however, you will be downgraded.
The Progressive Multiplier feature is active during the free spins round. Starting at 1x, after each win cascade the value increases by 1x, with no upper limit. You can also trigger extra free spins by landing the Diamond Scatter again.
If you win Super Spins at the start of the bonus round, then things get even crazier. Here you start with one active Megaways™ reel set. But by landing special monkey symbols you can unlock more, one at a time. Each time you do, a further 5 spins are added to your total.
So, what do we make of this uber-slot from Blueprint? Well, it’s not subtle that’s for sure. This is all guns blazing slot action and it’s a lot of fun and has the potential to go ballistic on you if the symbols fall your way. But it won’t appeal to everyone. For some the visuals may be a bit overwhelming as they tend to make you a little cross-eyed after a short while. And when you scratch the surface what you really have is just the same standard Megaways™ features four times over, with added extras in the bonus round. But it’s really down to personal taste – just remember, if you do take Gorilla Gold for a spin, gamble responsibly and treat this beast with the care it deserves.