ALL ABOUT SAFARI GOLD MEGAWAYS™ SLOT
Blueprint have been leading the way for the group of Megaways™ licensees in 2019. Their prolific output has dwarved that from Red Tiger, Relax and the rest. Their latest offer, Safari Gold, is a re-skin of a Leo Vegas-exclusive from earlier this year, the rather unimaginatively titled, Leo Vegas Megaways™.
The stand-out feature of this game is the Wheel feature that players spin before they enter the bonus round. The position the wheel lands on determines the number of spins awarded and the starting level of the multiplier that players’ get when the round kicks off. It’s a neat trick to liven up an otherwise pretty run-of-the-mill Megaways™ experience.
Safari Gold Megaways™ Themes, Gameplay, Symbols and Pay Tables
The Safari theme has been used many times before in video slots, from Pragmatic Play’s Safari King through to the 4,096 ways to win classics like Raging Rhino and Buffalo Blitz. It lends itself to some pretty stunning graphics, like those on show here, with the backdrop and reels bathed in a glorious mix of oranges and yellows, before deep blues and purples fill the sky as day segues into night for the free spins round.
The reel set up is six wide with between 2 and 7 rows per spin, giving a top payline format of 117,649 when all six reels display 7 symbols.
The lower value symbols on the reels are the 9 through to Ace, whilst the premium ones are buffalos, elephants, cheetahs, and the top paying king lion who unleashes 50x for six on a payline. Standard Megaways™ stuff.
Look out for the Sunset Wild which appears on the 4×1 reel set above the middle reels of the main reel set. There is also a diamond scatter, critical because it triggers the free spins round where all the fun happens.
The game plays at a medium to high variance, so choose your stake carefully and beware that this game will be a tough one to crack.
Safari Gold Megaways™ Features
The Cascading Wins feature that makes games like Bonanza such a hit and can add a significantly higher level of unpredictability in the bonus round, is present in Safari Gold. When a winline is formed, all winning symbols are removed to be replaced by new ones. If more winlines are created, the process repeats, until no more wins occur. This gives you multiple win opportunities from a single spin.
Also active is the Mystery Symbol – in this case the lion. When it drops every instance on the reels transform into an identical symbol to create more chances of wins.
The main attraction, as ever, is the Free Spins round, triggered by landing four of more Diamond Scatters. The difference here though is that your free spins are determined by the spin of an enormous Megaways™ Wheel. The position of the Wheel at the end of its spin can give you up to 30 spins and between 1x and 10x multiplier.
During the Free Spins round landing a further 3 or 4 diamond scatters will get you an extra 5 or 10 spins.
And remember …
Like other Megaways™ slots Safari Gold gives you extra value on your multiplier with every Cascading Win. The multiplier will increase by 1x for every win thoughout the round, with no upper limit. This is where the big wins come from.
You can also Buy-Into the free spins round with a Megaways™ Wheel Bet – that’s a 20x stake to spin the wheel and get up to 10 free spins with a minimum number of Megways™ paylines. Here, you will also get an increased RTP of 97% (from 96.5%) for your money.
THE SLOT BUZZ VERDICT
If you’re a fan of Megaways™ slots then chances are you’ll enjoy this one. It doesn’t vary too far from what we have come to expect. Those bored of the ‘Bonanza Clones’ will however most likely be put off by the similarity of Safari Gold to numerous other expanding reels games released in 2019, many by Blueprint. For our money, this is a good slot and the addition of the Megaways™ wheel at least adds some level of uniqueness to proceedings.