Storm the fortress on the mythical rock on the slot from Just For The Win, powered by Microgaming. Ivory Citadel is taking you deep into a tropical jungle where you can ascend to the top of the mountain in search of the hidden treasures worth up to 3,936 times your bet. Mystery symbols, wild substitutions as well as a free spins round with sticky wilds and mystery symbols will guide you on your path to the mythical citadel.
Ivory Citadel is a video slot with five reels, three rows and 20 fixed pay lines. Wins are awarded for three to five matching symbols on a line from left to right only. Ascend to the ancient fortress on desktop or mobile from 0.10 to 100 credits per spin. The game has medium volatility with an RTP of 96.03%.
Loading the game will open a scenic view of a mountainous region with an elevated walkway built on a wall that leads towards a huge rock formation in the background. The citadel is located on the top of the rock, overlooking the dense jungle surrounding it. The translucent game window is stone framed and populated by elephants, snakes, water buffalos and tigers. A mysterious soundtrack is trying to keep your attention while you spin the reels.
All regular pay symbols can appear stacked in the base game and free spins. At the low end are card royals from J to A, each crafted from slightly different shades of stone and awarding 2x to 4x your stake for a single five of a kind. They are followed by green snakes, purple water buffalos, red tigers and the slot logo. Hit five on a line to win 6x to 20x your stake.
A pink gem encased in a golden frame is the wild symbol, substituting for all regular pay symbols and also yielding 20x your stake when five land across the reels. An intricate icon with a mythical elephant is the scatter while a tusk-ornamented icon with a question mark acts as the mystery symbol.
Your gameplay and potential fortunes on this game hinge to the largest extent on the Mystery symbol, a feature that lately has become rather popular on slot reels. All landing in view on a spin will unveil a common pay symbol, excluding scatters. The win evaluation is done only after the reveal.
The Mystery symbol will play an even bigger role in the Free Spins feature. Hitting three, four or five scatters anywhere on the reels will trigger 8, 10 and 12 free spins respectively, which cannot be retriggered. During the feature, any Mystery symbol landing on a free spin will turn sticky for the remainder of the round. Obviously the more you accumulate the higher the potential to score big wins, especially when they connect across the reels.
And there is one more kicker that can have quite an impact on your winnings. If you fill a reel with Mystery symbols, it will turn into a stacked Sticky Wild and stay in place until the end of the feature. A full screen of wild symbols will pay 400x your bet per spin. Not massive, but acceptable.
All through this review, it felt like a rather bland game with recycled features that we have seen countless times. However, the twist of turning a reel into a sticky wild gives it the spice that is needed to make the arduous climb to the top of the rock worthwhile. The downside is that the free spins can’t be retriggered. Even just one additional spin per each sticky wild reel would have made Ivory Citadel a really exciting slot with big potential. The result though is another medium variance, medium entertaining, medium win potential slot coming to the Microgaming platform that won’t raise too many eyebrows among the slot playing community.