Volcano Eruption Slot
Volcano Eruption is a 5-reel, max 25-pay line online slot from NextGen Gaming. This slot is a 2014 makeover of one of NextGen's most popular slots 'Hot Hot Volcano'. The gameplay is the same, but the graphics, sounds and animations have all been updated.
There's a definite animal theme to this slot, as the action takes place in a tropical jungle, which just happens to stand at the foot of a rather active volcano. The eruption of the volcano would of course be bad news for the jungle inhabitants, but it's good news for you as the prizes really hot up when things get heated.
There are two types of symbols on the reels: the rather drab playing card values nine through to ace (although they're admittedly smoking hot in this game) and a selection of jungle items: a gecko, a parrot, a chimp and a collection of oranges. The sense of danger inherent in this slot is provided by an ominous-sounding soundtrack, with explosions, growling critters, cool-sounding cellos and a lonesome flute.
You can choose your coin size from 0.01 to 2.00, and the number of lines you want in play from one to all twenty-five. Your final wager is these two values multiplied together. When you're ready to start a rumble in the jungle, hit the spin button.
Payout & bonus rounds
Payouts commence at 5x your line-bet, which is won by landing three nines or three tens on an active pay line. The top payout is that gecko, which wins you five hundred coins.
The volcano symbol is wild in this dame, but only appears on reels two, three and four. The volcano symbol substitutes for all other symbols.
Somewhat unusually, the volcano symbol also acts as the scatter symbol here. You need to land two anywhere on the reels to win double your line-bet, but if you land three you trigger a volcanic eruption!
When the volcano starts spewing molten lava, two things happen. First up, the entire central reel becomes wild, and then five re-spins are yours, with the centre reel held. Additionally, certain symbols are selected to become additional wilds. You cannot re-trigger free spins.
You may gamble any wins in this game. You get to choose (if you wish to gamble) the suit or the colour of a concealed card. If you pick suit and are correct, your stake is multiplied by four. If you choose colour and are correct, then your stake is doubled. Natually, if you choose wrong your stake is lost. You can gamble a win up to five times in succession.
This a very atmsopheric slot – the music and the sound effects help greatly towards that – but the gameplay is far more tepid than you expect it to be. It's generally a case of waiting for the triple volcano show and subsequent eruption if you really want to get in among the big prizes. Sadly, this slot is more likely to leave you feeling a bit cool towards it, rather than hot under the collar.