Serengeti Gold Review
All sorts of interesting plant and animal life can be found in the African savannah. There is a reason so many documentaries have visited it over the years.
Many iconic animals like elephants, rhinos, cheetah and wildebeest roam the endless grasslands. Now, Microgaming gives us an opportunity to get up close and personal with them in Serengeti Gold.
Will this slot stand out in the crowd, or fade into obscurity?
- High variance with 2,500x jackpot
- Fun Hyperhold feature
- Day to night transition in free spins looks gorgeous
The game is a collaborative effort between Microgaming and Just for the Win. A pair that have made some interesting titles in the past.
As such, we had high expectations when we first tried this online slots. After playing for a while, it just left us wanting more. Slightly better graphics, a few more bonuses, higher jackpots.
In many ways, Serengeti Gold feels like a half-completed passion project. It has the potential to be great, but it just needs that little bit extra to get there.
Theme, Graphics and Sounds
Africa’s plains have made on-and-off appearances in slots for a while now. Microgaming are no doubt attached to them, given the success of Mega Moolah.
Honestly, the background image would not look amiss if it was a painting on your wall. It looks nice, but it is very plain.
We think this is by design, as the vast blue sky darkens to purple during free spins.
Seeing the sky fill with stars makes the special feature feel even more special. Which is only possible because the background was so plain at first.
You play this game on a five-reel, three-row board with twenty-five paylines. The number of paylines is fixed, meaning we cannot toggle them off to lower our total stake.
Find three or more matching symbols next to one another to form a winning combination.
Wins must follow an active payline and start with the leftmost reel. If all of these conditions are met, you will receive a cash prize.
A golden coin is a bonus symbol. It can appear in all positions. You need six of them to land simultaneously to win the Hyperhold special feature.
Players start with three Hyperhold spins. During the bonus, only bonus icons and blank positions can appear on the playing field. Every new bonus symbol that appears resets the Hyperhold count back to three spins.
Existing bonus icons are sticky, meaning they will not be removed from the board. Each bonus symbol can reveal a standard cash prize, the mini jackpot or the major jackpot.
Winning the mega jackpot requires all fifteen positions on the board to be covered with bonus icons. If all positions are filled or you run out of spins, the Hyperhold bonus ends.
Serengeti Gold Free Spins
Players activate free spins by landing three Scatters on reels one, three and five. This grants one spin of the free spins wheel. The lucky wheel has various combinations of free spins and multipliers listed on it.
The wedge your golden arrow lands on is the combination you will win for that round. You can win up to twenty-five free spins and up to a 5x multiplier.
The special feature can be retriggered by landing three Scatters again. The amount of free spins you get is equal to the number you received initially.
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RTP, bet sizes and volatility
The RTP for this release is 96.10%. This is slightly above the current industry average of 96%.
You can bet between $0.20 and $100 on each spin. Changing your bet is done by pressing the coin button just above the large Spin button.
This opens a separate screen that has all available wagers listed. Click or tap on the bet you want to play to select it. Your current wager will be highlighted in purple.
Do not expect winning big in Serengeti Gold to be easy. The high volatility it offers will demand plenty of spins before you can score anything substantial.
That being the case, we would have liked to see a better maximum payout. 2,500x is not bad, but Just for the Win’s competitors offer a lot more.
Calling this slot half-baked is wrong. There is clear potential here, one you do not find in bad games. However, that potential is never expanded on.
The special features are okay. They are lucrative, and they can be entertaining. At the same time, they lack anything unique.
If you played a Hyperhold bonus before, you already know what to expect. Without anything unique to itself, this release is doomed to be forgotten.
We rate it 3 out of 5 stars.