Quick Facts

Developer

Pragmatic Play

  • Reels5
  • Pay-lines25
  • Max. Payout1,00x
  • Free SpinsYes

Hot Safari Slot Review

Hot Safari is Pragmatic Play’s first real jump into the safari themed slot genre. It is also not a bad effort at all. Hot Safari contains plenty of cute and cuddly animals, some of which you would expect to find on the savannah grass plains, and others elsewhere in Africa.

With Hot Safari, the developers have tried to broaden their gaming options for players, with a big money multiplier worked into the design of the game, without losing any of the core features you would expect to find in your run-of-the-mill video slot.

Developers

As we’ve said, Pragmatic Play has not ventured into the safari themed slot world before, and that makes this slot particularly exciting. Hot Safari also seems to break the mould in other areas, with Pragmatic Play trying to be original and inventive in terms of multipliers and super wilds.

We haven’t seen these features in a Pragmatic Play slot before, but we enjoyed them so much that we hope the developers incorporate them into future releases.

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How to play

Once more, Pragmatic Play has incorporated a rather useless wagering menu into their game. Not only does it look a bit naff, it also doesn’t really push forward your options very much.

Players can use the wagering menu to alter their coin denominations (from $0.01 up to $0.50) and the number of coins they wish to stake per line (up to 10).

With there being just 25 lines in this slot, expect a maximum wager of $125 per spin. Players operating on a shoestring budget can spin the reels of the Hot Safari slot for as little as $0.25 per spin.

Features

Wild symbols: Lions act as wild symbols in this slot machine, and they can expand to occupy whole reels in the game. Wild symbols are also capable of becoming Super Wilds.

When this occurs, they will occupy every single spot on the reels, which really boosts your chances of landing a favourable and admittedly sizeable win. Super wilds are triggered from a multiplier reel.

Multiplier reel: Players will note that there are technically 6 reels in this slot. The final one is a multiplier reel.

It will spin alongside the other reels, and if the multiplier which appears on the third spot matches a win, you could pocket a multiplier which ranges from 1x up to 10x in total. It is possible to land the Super Wilds with this feature.

Free spins bonus: You can trigger a free spins bonus round in this slot, which is remarkable. Most slots with multiplier reels don’t offer you the luxury of a free spins feature. Land 3 or more of the baboon icons to trigger the feature, as well as pocket your bet back.

Players will start out with a total of 10 free spins, but there is no number of free spins they can win by landing additional scatters on the reels whilst the feature is being played.

Maximum pay-outs

There are two ways to pocket the best-paying prize in this slot. Hot Safari can see you win 400 coins if you land 5 wild lion symbols on a payline, or if land 5 of the African elephant symbols on a line.

The third best-paying symbol on the reels is the rhino, and it can deliver you 250 coins if you land 5 on a line.

Summary

There are plenty of good and bad safari themed slots out there. Is Hot Safari as rewarding as Microgaming’s record-breaking Mega Moolah slot? Of course, not. However, it is considerably better than most other rival themed slots and that makes it well worth a look.

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