With a brand new year comes a brand new batch of slots! Pragmatic Play started off decent in 2019. Mustang Gold was a decent showing, but it was a very safe offering from the developer. Treasure Horse had an interesting idea of a multiplier reel that only appeared during free spins, but lacked any other special features to capture the interests of players. Can they make up for the lack of innovation, or will Pragmatic play it by the book once more?
Safari King is an African savannah themed video slot with a 5×4 playing field that settles on a single special feature, and a medium-high volatility. The sole bonus are the free spins, with added sticky Wilds to some of its reels. The background image looks gorgeous, showing a sprawling, grassy area with the occasional tree, and a mixed bag when it comes to animations. Some, like the movement of the brush next to the reels, and symbols like rhinos, and elephants look amazing. Others, like the cheetah, and the oddly choppy movement of the birds feel like Pragmatic’s artists decided to be a touch lazy to see if they can get away with it. On the reels, you will find playing card royals , an antelope, a zebra, a cheetah, a rhino, and an elephant. Wins are paid for connecting three or more icons from left to right, following one of 50 fixed paylines. A blue gemstone is a Scatter that triggers free spins, and the lion is a Wild that substitutes for all symbols except for Scatters.
While graphics aren’t amazing, the $250,000 jackpot is mouth-watering enough to make you forget all about this games’ flaws in that regard. Collect three Scatters in the first, third and fifth reel at the same time, and you are rewarded with eight free spins. During extra turns, one Wild is added to the second, third, fourth and fifth reel before every free spin. Each Scatter that appears while the special feature is already active grants another free spin, with no upper limit as to how many extra turns can be won this way.
If a trip to the savannah is not your cup of tea, you can always decide for Pragmatic’s next title and try your luck in ancient Rome. Wild Gladiators is played on a 5×3 board with an extra multiplier reel, and puts you in the shoes of a Roman gladiator trying to win glory and freedom in the Colosseum. Free spins, expanding Wilds, multipliers and extra added Wilds are all various bonuses that you can find on the reels. We love the available visuals, with the animated petals in the background, and the Colosseum being depicted as the massive, overpowering structure that looms around you from all sides. On the reels, you will find playing card royals, a Roman shield, a decorated chariot, a fierce tiger, a female Roman citizen and the Roman emperor. There are 25 fixed paylines, that grant their pays from left to right only. A roman gladiator is the Wild, while a golden colosseum is the Scatter.
While Safari King has an impressive jackpot, Wild Gladiators beats it with its mind boggling $12,500,000! Both during normal gameplay and special features, the sixth reel will land on a multiplier. If a winning combination occurs, it will be multiplied by that number. Collect three Scatters on the first, third and fifth reel, and you gain access to ten free spins, with no limit on how many times you can retrigger the extra turns to win more. A Super Wild symbol can appear on the sixth reel, and when it does, it creates one Wild on all five regular reels. If the Wild lands in a centre position, it expands to fill the entire reel. The multiplier always lands by 10x.
If neither of Pragmatic’s slots work for you, however, the obligatory fruit machine game is here to sate your desires. With a 5×3 playing field, it offers free spins with a progressive multiplier, that is just as amazing as it sounds. The background image is a somewhat unfocused, cloudy sky with lots of colourful bubbles, with some gorgeous animations that will undoubtedly leave you a little hungry. Reels are populated by cherries, lemons, oranges, plums, blueberries, watermelons and golden bell symbols. There are ten fixed paylines that award pay left to right starting from any reel. A diamond icon is used as a Scatter, and is used to trigger free spins.
The largest win you can land in Extra Juicy is a delicious $3,000,000. To get to that magic number, you have to make use of the progressive multiplier. Free spins are triggered by collecting three Scatters on the first, third and fifth reel. This rewards twelve extra turns to play, and winning three Scatters again allows you to retrigger the bonus, with a maximum of 60 free spins in a single bonus. The progressive multiplier starts at 1x, and increases after each free spin.