Zulu Gold Review
The story of Kane the explorer continues with ELK Studios’ latest slot, called Zulu Gold. Yes, their newest game is an African-themed title based around the Zulu people and their culture.
The choice of theme is excellent and offers a beautiful way to introduce players to an entirely new culture. However, the team has prepared plenty of other goodies to attract players. Will they be enough to push Zulu Gold to success?
- High volatility with a 10,000x maximum win
- 4096 ways to win, can increase up to 262,144 ways to win
- Huge list of exciting special features
An excellent theme like this deserves top-tier visuals, and this release delivers that and more. The graphics bring the unique theme to life, making it an absolute joy to play.
However, fancy visuals are just half of the fun. What really keeps this online slot interesting are the numerous special features.
Cascading reels, expanding reels, big symbols, Zulu stacks, multiplier free drops, and the X-citer feature buys are all available here. If everything goes perfectly, you could win up to 10,000x from this high variance game.
Theme, Graphics and Sounds
The ability for reels to expand and different-sized icons makes for a rather interesting-looking slot. Especially when you factor in the detailed background image ELK Studios produced.
Two Zulu shields on each side of the reels are the first thing that catches your eye. They are attached to a set of colourful pillars, which mesh quite well with the symbol designs on the board.
Tying the whole experience together are fluid animations. An all-around great-looking title and we would not expect less from this developer.
You play this release on a six-reel board with four rows. The number of rows increases due to special features, going up to eight rows.
This also changes the number of ways to win, which goes from 4096 to 262,144. Regardless of playing field size, scoring wins remain the same.
Find three or more matching icons in adjacent positions, starting with the leftmost reel. If these conditions are met, then players receive the appropriate cash prize.
Cascading reels are active during both normal gameplay and special features. Symbols that were part of the win disappear, leaving behind empty spaces.
Existing icons will fall down to take their place, while brand new ones appear on top of the board. This allows players to score multiple prizes for the price of a single spin.
Each time cascading reels take place, the size of the playing field increases. Each time the reels cascade, another row is added.
The grid can reach a maximum of eight rows, doubling in height. After cascading reels are over, the playing field returns to its ordinary size.
Almost all symbols on the board can appear in four sizes: 1×1, 2×2, 3×3 or 4×4.
Big icons smash everything out of their way except for similar-sized symbols, Wilds or bonus icons. Each big symbol consists of multiple 1×1 icons contained within it.
Zulu Stack randomly drops two to four matching symbols. This bonus increases your odds of winning when it appears. It can also add extra rows to the playing field.
X-citer bonuses can be bought for money. The more funds you are willing to put in, the better the special feature you unlock.
- A 5x bet buys one guaranteed win spin
- 25x earns you 3 spins with Zulu stacks on every round
- With 100x, you get a guaranteed trigger on multiplier free drops
- A 250x bet buys 3 spins with the Wild Walkers bonus
- 500x earns you the Super Bonus Round, during which all multiplier icons remain on the grid until the bonus ends
Zulu Gold also has charged Wilds and Wild Walkers. Charged Wilds have multiple lives, disappearing after all the lives are expended.
The Wild loses a life each time it is part of a winning combination. Wild Walkers move across the board and leaves behind a trail of Wilds.
Zulu Gold Free Spins
Three, four, five or six Scatters simultaneously grant ten, fifteen, twenty or twenty-five free spins, respectively.
During free drops, players can increase their multiplier. This is done by landing at least three multiplier symbols on the reels.
The value of each multiplier icon is added to the progressive multiplier. Landing a new multiplier symbol during cascading reels reactivates all other multiplier icons in the same sequence.
Where To Play Zulu Gold?
RTP, bet sizes and volatility
The RTP for this slot is 95%, which is below the current industry average by one percent. Not great, but not enough to dissuade us from playing this title.
You can bet between $0.20 and $100 on each spin.
This is a highly volatile game, which makes winning the jackpot very difficult.
However, the variety of special features keep it from being boring. After all, there is usually something happening in this release.
We know ELK Studios usually has something great prepared for its players. However, Zulu Gold successfully defied our expectations.
It offered us fantastic graphics, great animations, numerous fun special features and a sizeable top prize.
If you enjoy high variance slots, we highly recommend trying this one out.
Who knows? You might just be the one to score its 10,000x jackpot. We rate the game 5 out of 5 stars.