Join Kane as he ventures deep into the mangrove swamps of Louisiana on the slot from Elk Studios. Voodoo Gold is after Ecuador Gold and Tahiti Gold the third reel expedition of the intrepid explorer. After a long search, he finally finds the shaman and enters the hideout to take part in a tribal ritual that will reveal the truth about the invisible world and the Voodoo Gold. Three reel modifiers and a free spins round will reveal the secret treasures worth up to 5,000 times your bet.
Voodoo 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. You can venture into the Louisiana swamplands on mobile or desktop from 0.20 to 100 coins. The game has high volatility (9/10) with an RTP of 96.10%. You can use Betting Strategies and Autoplay to customize your play patterns and set up 10 to 100 consecutive spins.
Firing up a slot from Elk Studios for the first time is always a suspenseful moment as they usually excel when it comes to the visual presentation. Great efforts are made to create an authentic background and pay symbols while a fitting soundtrack is minutely synchronized to the action on the reels. On Voodoo Gold, we are taken deep into the swamplands with two mangrove trees serving as the reel frame of the expanding game window. Between the spins we get a glimpse of the ominous shaman shack which will become the main visual in the free spins round.
All regular pay symbols including the top symbol can appear different sizes (more to that later). Various Voodoo symbols in red, green, blue and yellow held on wooden planks feature at the low end of the paytable while the medium-value symbols are chicken feet, potion bottles, shaman cubes and Baron Samedi’s famous hat. The premium symbols are a skull, two shaman heads and Kane himself.
An icon with a shaman’s doll and marked with the word itself is the wild symbol, substituting for all regular pay symbols. Wilds can appear on all reels except reel one. The scatters are a golden-framed icon marked with “Bonus”, serving in a dual function during the gameplay.
Just like Ecuador Gold and Tahiti Gold, Voodoo Gold is also using an Avalanche mechanic to cascade symbols into view from the top on every spin. Any winning combos are first paid before they explode to make room for new symbols to drop into place. After each winning avalanche, the expanding game mechanic activates, adding one row to the game window after every win and increasing it from four rows and 4,096 ways until the maximum of eight rows and 262,144 ways to win.
In the base game, it resets to the default size and the round concludes when no new wins occur after a fresh avalanche. The total winning amount is then paid before the next spin sequence starts.
Elk Studios mainly kept the features from the previous two slots in the Gold series but changed the way they trigger or modify the reels. All are active in the base game and free spins, providing the chance to score mega wins in every round.
All low, mid and high-value symbols come in four different sizes, ranging from standard 1×1, super 2×2, mega 3×3 and all the way up to epic 4×4. Big symbols appear in a green semi-transparent Voodoo state when they first land on the reels and will not complete winning combination. Instead, they will fill all empty spaces below them with Voodoo Wilds. They will change to the normal state when they reach the bottom and act then as a regular pay symbol.
More reel action is coming from the Bombs and Dual Bombs. A single scatter landing on a spin will turn into a bomb when no new wins occur in an avalanche. The bomb will explode to remove all symbols, except wilds and big Voodoo symbols, that are in a diamond shape around it.
The Dual Bomb feature is triggered when two bonus symbols appear. All symbols touched by the line drawn between the bonus symbols, except wilds and big Voodoo symbols, explode to make space for additional symbol drops. Additionally, all other matching instances of the touched symbols explode too. The Dual Bomb also provides an extra chance to land the last remaining bonus symbol required to trigger the bonus game.
Are you ready to discover the shaman’s secrets? Only the brave dare to enter his shack where they will be part of a Voodoo ceremony at the end of which they might be able to see the gold. On the reels, you will need at least three scatters in view at the end of a spin sequence to trigger the Free Drops bonus game. Three, four, five or six scatters will award 6, 9, 12 and 15 free spin 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 raise by one row every time you score a win in a free spin just like in the base game but will increase the default size by one row until it reaches the maximum of eight rows and will stay expanded for the remainder of the feature. The number of ways will change gradually to 15,625 with five rows after the first winning free spin, to 46,656 with six rows after the second, to 117,649 with seven rows after the third and ultimately to 262,144 with eight rows.
Big voodoo symbols continue to fill the empty spaces below with voodoo wilds. However, the kicker that can be the key to mega wins is that all non-winning wilds become sticky until the end of the free spins.
Everyone who expected something completely new on Voodoo Gold might be slightly disappointed. It is more of an evolution from the first two slots in the Gold series than a revolution. Elk Studios has done though sufficiently to make it easy to distinguish between the games as the features, although they trigger in a similar fashion, play out differently.
Overall, another stunning creation from this developer that will have you in suspense at all times. The adrenaline flow starts increasing the soon you have some Voodoo wilds in view and the reels have expanded as that is the perfect moment to hit huge wins.