For all the destruction and mayhem they cause, volcanoes are an integral part of our terrestrial evolution and are even beneficial in the long run. But the belcher in Stakelogic’s latest release Volcano Deluxe promises to give you immediate rewards with a multitude of lava wilds. Sure, there are other volcano-themed slots that offer similar narratives, but Volcano Deluxe stands out for its differentiated features and player-friendly pay mechanics.
Set on a small island somewhere in the tropical ring of fire, the smiling volcano sits in the background spewing ash, smoke, and lava from its crater. All pay symbols are consistent with the theme and geography, except the J to A card royals, like a blue parrot, native drums, a Tiki head, coconuts against a sunset, and a hula girl. The scatter of the game that triggers free spins is the Volcano bonus symbol. However, this game also has other ways to provide free spins.
There is a separate Volcano mnemonic, which, along with the wild is the highest paying icon. Even the ubiquitous wilds in the game are represented by a single mnemonic. Wilds replace all other pay symbols, except the scatter, to help form win combinations. The wilds are by far the most important features in the game, and take several forms as we shall see. Volcano Deluxe also comes with a risk gamble feature where you can double, quadruple, or lose your spin wins.
Graphically, the slot does not pretend to be grand. The background has an adequately esthetic water color feel. The reels, however, stand out with a quiet elegance with more realistic images. Though misplaced, even the card royals have a sleek look.
Volcano Deluxe is a low to mid-volatility slot with an average return to player rate of 96%, mostly due to the abundance of wilds in the game. You can bet from as low as $0.20 per payline and go as high as $100.00 for all 20 paylines, a range that caters to all budgets and preferences. Apart from win combinations across paylines, Volcano Deluxe also pays out fixed amounts for scatter landings and other random cash prizes. These are typical aspects of low to mid variance games where the base game is so productive, that you are not waiting for the scatters to drop all the time.
The lowly card royals pay from 0.04 to 0.20 for landing consecutively on 3 to 5 reels. The mid-range symbols are drums, Tiki, and the coconuts, which pay from 0.16 to 0.80 for 3 to 5 of a kind appearances. The premium symbols are the parrot and the girl, which pay 1.20 and 2.00 for landing on all 5 reels. The highest paying symbols are the wilds and the Volcano mnemonic – both pay 0.40, 0.80, and 5.00 for landing across all 5 reels. These values are based on the minimum bet across single paylines. The maximum win potential of the game is 500 times the bet on all 20 paylines.
As mentioned wilds are the most important features of Volcano Deluxe. There are resident wilds, and there are wilds that the volcano spews out from its crater on to the reels, which take different forms and appear as stacked almost always covering the entire reels. This volcanic activity goes into overdrive during the free spins rounds:
Having 3 Volcano bonus symbols appear at one on reels 1, 3, and 5 activates the free spins round, where you will get a random number of bonus spins between 8 and 20. As stated the random wilds and super wilds will start hitting the reels with more frequency. You can also get free spins with the Volcano Spins feature. The volcano will send a random boulder on the crashing on the reels, which will announce either a cash prize or 4 to 15 free spins. Any free spins round cannot be retriggered.
For good measure, Stakelogic has even thrown in the double, quadruple or quits risk gamble game, a common feature in games across games developers. You can opt for the gamble feature every time you get a win. A card will be found lying face down, and you have to guess its color or exact suit.
The correct guess for color doubles that win, while guessing the correct suit quadruples it. You can take the gamble several times with a single win, each time multiplying the sum by two or four times. However any wrong guess nullifies all wins. Taking the risk feature cautiously can significantly boost your overall winnings from Volcano Deluxe.
Playing the game can be a delight while on the move. The game’s software has an HTML5 mobile interface that supports cellular operating platforms like Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Blackberry, and others. The game can be played on all smartphones and Apple devices that run on these platforms. Make sure you have robust internet connectivity at all time. We also suggest you play the game in landscape mode, given the layout of the game.
We generally like low to medium volatility slots since they mostly deliver as promised, if not more, and Volcano Deluxe fits that bill. The base game is refreshingly immersive and productive, and the bonus games are just that, bonuses to top-end your winnings. Higher variance games may have more maximum pay potential, but it is all hidden in the often elusive bonus games.
Apart from the payout potential of Volcano Deluxe, the game itself is eminently enjoyable. The multiple wilds features that kick in regularly can have you spinning for long sessions. With pleasing graphics, including the playful volcano in the background, it becomes hard to think of the gushers as natural killing machines capable of widespread destruction.