Tiki’s Torch, based on ancient Maori and Polynesian folklore, is a great choice for both history buffs and players who love an adventure into other cultures. The game comes from Australia’s Aristocrat Technologies’ library and was launched in 2012.
Though some might consider it rather simplistic, there is virtue in simplicity, and this can be one of the reasons for its enduring popularity. Of course, the significant payouts don’t hurt either. Tiki’s Torch is an online adaptation of the developer’s land-casino game. It contains all the signature Aristocrat features like the click-y reels and the ringing of bells whenever a bonus game is activated.
Tiki’s Torch is played across 5 reels, 3 rows, and 20 paylines. The game has Polynesian symbols like a hut, a knife, a canoe, a pearl, Tiki himself, and cards from 8 to A. Tiki is the game’s wild that can substitute all symbols to help make winning combos. Land 3 to 5 pearls anywhere on the reels and you get a round of 8 free spins, but more on that later. Tiki’s Torch also features the risk gamble game where can either double of forfeit your winnings from the previous spin.
Tiki Torch is a mid-variance slot, and though the return to player rate of 94.84% may seem a tad low, the game is known to pay out significantly. The slot is played across 20 adjustable paylines, which means your playing budget can influence the number of paylines you wish to remain active.
All the symbols need to land identically on at least three reels from left to right. If you land on the 8, the knife, and the wild, however, you are rewarded for landing on 2 reels as well.
As usual the card symbols are the game’s lowest-paying symbols. At the lowest 8s will pay out twice your active line bet for landing on 2 reels. At the higher end, if the Ace or King lands on all 5 reels, your line win is multiplied 250x.
The canoe and maritime hut both pay 25 times, 100 times and 500 times your bet for landing on 3, 4, and 5 reels respectively. The most valuable of the regular symbols is the knife, which pays 1,000 times your bet for landing on 5 reels at once.
The pearl scatters will also pay for landing on reels simultaneously, apart from giving you free spins. Three scatters pay 2x, four scatters give you on the reels for a return of 12x, and five pearls will award 50 times your bet.
With a 2,500 times multiplier for landing on all the reels, Tiki the wild is of course the highest-symbol of his titular game. Though the base game has some action, the fun really begins during the free spins. The maximum you can win with Tiki Torch is $2,500.
The scatter symbol almost always triggers the free spins bonus round, if 3 or more of the pearls land anywhere on the reels. Not only do they pay you according to the given multipliers, they also give you 8 free spins. However, you need to get the scatters on adjacent reels from the left.
The distinguishing feature of the free spins round is that all the image symbols, apart from 8 to A, turn into wilds. This also includes stacked wilds, thereby helping you make even more winning combinations with higher multipliers. The free spins round can also be retriggered if 3 or more pearls again land up during the bonus round.
Tiki’s Torch also has a gamble game that will tempt you to double your money won on each spin. However, if you lose the game, you forfeit any winnings from the previous round. You will be asked to guess the color or suit of the card lying face down.
If you guess the correct color, your winnings are doubled, and if you guess the suit correctly, your win in instantly quadrupled. However, you will forfeit any winnings from that particular spin if you predict wrong. You always have the option of collecting your wins if you change your mind for some reason.
Tiki’s Torch is fully-optimized to play while on the move. The game’s platform is compatible with mobile operating systems like Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Blackberry etc.
Tiki’s Torch is a blissfully uncomplicated slot game with an exotic theme that can make for an engaging gaming experience. Since it’s an online adaptation of a land-casino game it already has a fan following.
Tiki, the hero of the game and the wild, keep things interesting in the base game and appears in other parts of the game giving winning surprises. However, the wild gets really feral during the free spins round, making you wait for the three scatters to fall in place.
The maximum bet of $20.00 may not really appeal to high rollers, but there are enough low-to-medium punters who will love the game, if they do not already.