From the very first spin, you’ll realise that there is nothing ordinary about Play’n GO’s fiery release, Gold Volcano. As the name implies, the online slots title, which is available in Canada, is themed around one of mother nature’s most jaw-dropping elements, volcanoes. But instead of spewing billowing clouds of dust and rivers of lava, this dramatic game offers eruptions of golden winnings – all thanks to its expanding multi-column grid, Cluster Pays mechanic, symbol transformations, Free Spins and other rewarding features.
The game’s layout is certainly something different to what online slots players in Canada are used to. The base game follows an unexpected 3-4-5-6-6-5-4-3 configuration across 8 reels/columns, which fits perfectly into the backdrop of a volcanic mountain peak. However, during the slot’s bonus feature, the layout expands to form an 8x8 grid, packed with colourful symbols. The symbols themselves are pretty plain in design, but with so much taking place on the screen already, their simplicity is a good thing.
The low paying symbols are represented by the traditional card suits: hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades. In turn, the high paying symbols include three gems, coloured purple, red and green, as well as a gold symbol, which is the most valuable of them all. You’ll also find a substituting Wild and a Scatter on the grid. Players should keep in mind that payouts are awarded for clusters of matching symbols, appearing adjacent to one another. And should 30 or more gold symbols form part of a winning cluster, players are awarded an astounding 1000x their stake.
To add to the game’s theme is a build-up of 3 features that during the base game will eventually result in a bonus eruption. First up is the Dormant Feature that can appear on any non-winning spin and will trigger one of three effects: Rumble, Lava and Excavate. The Rumble effect creates a Scatter icon and shuffles symbols on the grid to create another chance to win. The Lava Feature adds an extra layer of any symbol and the Excavate Feature adds 3 to 5 Wilds in random spots on the grid. This brings us to the second, Pressure Feature, which kicks in when winning symbols fall away.
At first, it creates a Wild symbol in one of the empty spots that could come equipped with a 2x Multiplier. The third in the series is the Crystallisation Feature, which is triggered when 3 glowing rock Scatters appear, transforming one of the lower value symbols into gold symbols, with the feature resetting after each spin.
You’d better brace yourself for the Eruption Bonus, which awards you with 5 Free Spins after 6 consecutive cascades. When triggered, the grid literally erupts, with symbols flowing into the expanded 8x8 area. During this bonus, the Crystallisation Feature doesn’t reset after a spin. Plus, when 6 consecutive cascades appear, you’ll receive an extra Free Spin.
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