Travel to a tropical island for a mesmerizing reel eruption on the Volatile Slot from Gold Rock Studios, powered by Microgaming. Do not let the tranquil surroundings fool you as the smothering volcano could erupt at any moment to award multiplier wilds with up to a combined x64 and a free spins round that can lead to wins of up to 25,600 times your bet.
Volatile Slot is played on a 5×3 game window with 10 fixed pay lines. Wins are awarded for two to five matching symbols on a line from left to right only. You can witness the volcano eruption on desktop or mobile from 0.10 to 10 credits per spin. As the name suggests, the game has very high volatility with an RTP of 96.10%.
A tranquil tropical island scenery is in the background of a transparent game window with the smothering volcano in the distance indicating the high-volatility roller coaster ride you are about to embark on. On the reels, a tribal female shaman is the dominant figure, probably trying to calm the gods to avert a volcano eruption. A bongo soundtrack provides the audible suspense part of the gameplay.
All pay symbols can appear semi and fully stacked. They start at the low end with the usual card royals from 10 through to A, awarding 6x to 10x your bet for a single five of a kind. They are followed by bongo drums, campfires, tribal shrines and a native shaman. Hit five on a line to win 11x to 40x your stake.
A volcano icon marked with the word itself is the wild symbol, which performs double duty on this game. It appears on reels two to four only, substituting for all regular symbols and acting as a scatter.
It is all about those Volcano Wilds on this slot as they not only have a dual function but are key to scoring “volcanic payouts” as the developer called them in their promo video. The maximum win supposedly peaks at a massive 25,600 times the stake which is not the highest we have seen but certainly big enough to justify a closer look at how we can achieve that feat.
The volcano in the background can erupt on any winning spin where at least on Volcano Wild lands in view on reels two to four. It will randomly transform the wild into an Exploding Wild to award an x2, x3 or x4 multiplier. More than one on the reels will be multiplied by each other, providing the chance to have a maximum win multiplier of x64. There is though a kicker that will have a significant impact. The wilds do not have to be part of the winning combo, they can be anywhere on the reels and still, the total multiplier will be applied to all wins from the current spin.
It gets even better when you land Volcano Wilds on all three centre reels in one spin. First, they might change into an Exploding Wild but more importantly, they will trigger 10 Free Spins, which can be indefinitely retriggered. More Volcano and Exploding Wilds are added to the reels for the duration of the feature to provide more potential for retriggers and big wins.
Lastly, the slot has a feature guarantee and will automatically award a further 10 Free Spins if the total winnings from the initial round are equal or less than 20x your total bet. Any wins from the triggering spin do not count towards the threshold.
You probably still want to know how you can hit the maximum win on this slot. The top-paying shaman symbol with an x64 multiplier will yield 40 x 64 = 2,560 times your bet. She can land stacked on the outer reels and semi-stacked with a Volcan Wild in between on the centre reels. Should the Exploding Wilds trigger on such a spin with all three revealing an x4 multiplier, then you are looking at a win of 2,560 x 10 for all pay lines and voila, a total of 25,600 times your stake. No doubt, the chances of hitting it are minuscule at best and probably well into the billions of spins, but even a lesser hit with the three multipliers would lead to a super mega win.
Other than that, the slot is well-designed, much better than other first creations we have seen from other studios and the gameplay is not too tedious as the Exploding Wilds trigger frequently enough to keep you interested. Just remember though, the slot is highly volatile and can squash sizeable balance at any given time.