After a successful expedition on Ecuador Gold, Kane jumped on a plane and started his long journey home, yet fate had another plan as Elk Studios is presenting Tahiti Gold, the second slot in their Gold series. The engines on Kane’s plane fail over the open ocean, leading it to crash close to a volcano island. Kane barely survives and faces the native tribe who after discovering the Eye of Tiki tattoo on his left shoulder see him has the long lost king who at last returned home. The island is overflowing with gold which the natives are claiming is coming from the smothering volcano, a myth Kane is eager to explore.
His quest to solve the age-old mystery will go down on an expanding game grid with symbol avalanches, epic sized pay symbols, Eye of Tiki and Wild Forge reel modifiers as well as a bonus round with free drops and sticky wilds that can lead to wins of up to 5,000 times your bet.
Tahiti Gold is a video slot with six reels, 4 – 8 rows and 4,096 to 262,144 ways to win. Pays are awarded for three to six adjacent matching symbols from left to right only. Exploring the smothering volcano on mobile or desktop will cost you from 0.20 to 100 coins. The RTP of this high variance game is set at 96.10%. Use Betting Strategies and Autoplay to customize your play patterns and set up 10 to 100 consecutive spins.
Set on the mysterious island, the expanding game window is held by two totem poles and flanked my engraved rocks and a tribal hut. The smothering volcano is in the more distant background and becomes fully visible once the game window has grown to maximum height. The scene is changing to a night setting during the bonus feature.
All regular pay symbols can appear stacked or in 1×1, 2×2, 3×3 and even 4×4 mega sizes. Open the game to find a set of wooden blocks with native artistry in green, jade, blue and red colours at the low end. Hit six across the reels for a payout of 0.2x your bet. The medium symbols are four creatures matching the colours of the low-value symbols – green lizard, jade turtle, blue hammer shark and red frog. Pays for a single six of a kind range from 0.5x to 0.7x your stake.
The premium symbols are three golden tribal masks with green, jade and blue colours. Six across the reels will pay 1.4x to 1.8x your bet. The top symbol is Kane himself with 3.5x your stake for a 6OAK. The wild is a golden sun engraved on a rock while the smoldering volcano marked with ‘Bonus’ is the scatter symbol.
Just like Ecuador Gold, Tahiti Gold is also using an Avalanche mechanic to drop symbols from the top on every spin. Any winning combos are first paid before they explode to make room for new symbols to drop in. After each winning avalanche, the expanding game mechanic activates, adding one row to the game window after every win until it reaches a height of eight rows and 262,144 ways to win.
The game window resets to four rows and 4,096 ways and the round concludes when no new wins occur after a fresh avalanche. The total winning amount is then paid before the next spin starts.
Elk Studios created some completely new modifiers for the Tahiti Gold slot that we have not seen anywhere else so far. And the good news is that you can trigger them in the base game and free spins.
The first is Eye of Tiki which will trigger when you land minimum two hot lava symbols with the Eye of Tiki anywhere on the grid within a spin sequence. They will apply a reel modifier once no wins occur on an avalanche. All Eye of Tiki symbols connect and any symbols directly adjacent and in between the symbols will explode to make room for new symbols to avalanche into place. The game window will also expand by one row, providing even more chances to hit another win and keep the avalanches going.
The second reel modifier is the Wild Forge, which has the potential to turn an entire column wild. A stone symbol with a glowing sun may land anywhere from reels three to six. The symbol will stick in place and any position underneath it that is cleared during an avalanche will be filled with a wild symbol. This can lead to having up to seven stacked wilds on a column if the Wild Forge symbol lands in the top row of the expanded game window. The forge symbol itself does not count as wild symbol. The mechanic will have a surprising twist in the free spins round.
While you can score mega wins in the base game, the main potential will be in the Free Spins bonus round. Hit three to six scatters anywhere on the reels within one spin sequence to trigger 10, 15, 20 and 25 free spins respectively, which can be indefinitely retriggered.
The feature will commence with the default 6×4 game window and 4,096 ways to win. It will increase by one row every time you score a win in a free spin and stay expanded for the next free spin. This continues until you reach the maximum size. The number of ways is changing to 15,625 with five rows, 46,656 with six rows, 117,649 with seven rows and ultimately 262,144 with eight rows. The kicker though in the free spins is that the game window will not reset to 4,096 ways after a losing avalanche as it does in the base game.
And that’s is just for starters. Not only can you trigger the Eye of Tiki during the free spins but any regular wild and those created by the Wild Forge modifier will turn into sticky wilds for the remaining free spins. A maximum of eight sticky wilds on reels three to six can be accumulated in a free spins feature, providing the potential to hit some scorching monster wins.
We rated Ecuador Gold earlier this year as one of the best new slots for 2019, only for Elk Studios to release just a few months later an even more sophisticated and highly entertaining game. Tahiti Gold is bolder and brighter with more modifiers and chances to hit mega wins. We are looking forward already now for the third game in this series titled Voodoo Gold.