Released: January 2018
Free Spins: Yes
Scatter symbol: Yes
Ever wanted to go on a safari in Africa and walk alongside elephants and other wild animals? Well, the IGT 2018 release takes you directly to a savannah where you can enjoy the beauty of landscape and wildlife with Elephant King as the biggest star of the show. Once he stomps on the reels, the whole screen starts shaking, so you better be prepared for a thrilling gaming experience promising loads of entertainment and hefty payouts. If you are an adventurous person, the IGT title will surely raise your adrenaline levels, so let’s learn all about it.
Elephant King features golden-framed reels giving the game a more refined appearance. The reels are set against the savannah with scattered acacia trees seen in the backdrop. As the sun is setting, the majestic African animals will show up to provide you with some high-value payouts. They include elephants, zebras, antelopes and rhinos while playing card suits including hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades fill the rest of positions. Taking into account that the game is originally developed for land-based casinos and adapted for online and mobile play, it features crisp graphics and engaging sound effects including elephant trumpeting and stampeding accompanied with a dynamic soundtrack.
As for special symbols, the African-style shield stands for Wild while the Elephant King assumes the role of Scatter. Scatter is the key to winning Prize Disk awards which can include free spins and cash prizes. This unique IGT bonus feature will be explained below.
The slot features a regular 5×3 layout and 40 paylines which are fixed and you cannot change a number of them during the gameplay. You will notice that you have to pay 75 coins per spin and you choose a coin denomination by pressing the left and right arrow, as simply as that. The Spin button is positioned in the centre of the control panel and on the far right you will find the Autoplay feature that can spin the reels for you for a desired number of times. The Information menu can be found in the upper right corner, so if you want to see all the rules and payouts, just click on the “i” button.
The IGT title comes equipped with the Prize Disk feature that is available throughout the game. Above the reels you will see an additional row and each position on it displays a cash prize or the Free Spins symbol. As you spin the reels, the prizes move one space from right to left continuously without stopping new prizes replacing the ones that have gone off the reels. Whenever Scatter occurs on the reels, a corresponding prize is awarded. If you land Scatter on the reel containing the Free Spins symbol, you get 10 free games for each triggering Scatter. High-value symbols pay doubled prizes during free spins and the Free Spins symbol is replaced by the Extra Spins symbol, so every time Scatter hits the reel featuring it, you win 2 additional free spins, up to 250 free turns.
Keep in mind that Elephant King Scatter lands only on the reels 1, 3 and 5 during the regular game and on all five reels during free spins. Wild appears in stacks to help you create more winning combinations by replacing all the symbols bar Scatter. The substitute shows up only on the reels 2, 3 and 4.
IGT’s Elephant King doesn’t offer a progressive jackpot you can work towards but its Prize Disk feature can be highly rewarding with prizes gong up to 10,000 coins. That’s why you will have to pay between $0.75 and $1,500 per spin while playing at 40 paylines. The maximum payout you can win during the base game is 20,000 coins and during the free spins feature it is doubled. The most lucrative symbol in the game bragging a RTP of 96.1% is the elephant awarding 500 coins for a five of a kind combination in the base game and 1,000 coins during free spins.
We really like this IGT title for its appearance, music and sound effects, especially when Scatters are announced with elephant trumpeting and stampeding that causes shaking of the reels. What makes this game so special is its Prize Disk feature, which increases a cost of each spin a bit, but promises some nice rewards in return. Truth be told, playing card suits could be replaced with some theme-related symbols, but we can accept it the way it is. If you are into wildlife, make sure to give Elephant King a try and you can enjoy some great time while spinning the reels populated by gorgeous African animals. The game is available for mobile play too, so you can take it with you wherever you go.