About Volcano Riches
Volcano Riches is a Quickspin video slot set on an island inhabited by a powerful fire spirit.
Her flaming wrath can often cause the volcano to erupt, damaging property and taking villagers lives. Because of this, the natives worship this powerful spirit to quell her fury, and to earn her favour and protection. If you succeed in drawing her to your side, you will find two bonuses: spreading Wilds and free spins that pay both ways.
Introduction, including RTP and variance
The game is played on a 5×4 board with 40 fixed paylines. Wins are granted by collecting three or more identical symbols in adjacent positions, following one of the active paylines from left to right.
During free spins, pays are awarded both left to right and right to left.
The theoretical payout (RTP) for this title is 96.43%, which is slightly above the current industry average.
Volcano Riches offers a medium-high variance: not quite as jackpot-centric as a proper high volatility slot, but clearly designed with the idea of chasing that one big win, instead of multiple smaller ones.
Volcano Riches gameplay and paytable
The icon is split into higher and lower-paying tiers. Lower paying symbols include several statues of seated humans, with elaborately designed masks instead of faces. Higher paying symbols include the male tribe member, the female tribe member, and the volcano goddess. All of the regular icons appear stacked on the playing field, both fully and partially.
There are two Wild symbols: the base Wild, and the Volcano Wild. Both can substitute for any icon except for Scatters, but only the latter can trigger one of the bonus features.
Meanwhile, Scatters are represented by a golden sun and are used to activate free spins.
Volcano Riches bonus features: free spins and mystery wilds
Volcano Wilds can only appear on the third reel during normal gameplay, and on the second and fourth reels while extra turns are being played. When it lands, it creates up to five regular Wilds and places them randomly in adjacent positions.
Multiple Volcano Wilds can land on the reels. If, for example, three of them appear on the third reel, the bonus would be played three times to compensate.
Collect three Scatters on the second, third and fourth reel, and you win ten free spins. During these extra turns, pays are granted both left to right and right to left. By changing the position where Volcano Wilds appear, it also increases their chances of substituting for a stronger winning combination.
CasinoWizard’s verdict: 3 out of 5
The bonuses are rather fun, if somewhat difficult to hit at times. It boils down to luck: once, we managed to hit two free spins back to back, and other times, we burned through almost two hundred spins without seeing a single bonus feature.
While the free spins are somewhat generic, we enjoyed the twist of having them enable left-to-right and right-to-left winning combinations. When combined with creating additional Wilds, the special feature can net some amazing pays.
Volcano Riches has a slightly above-average RTP when compared to other games, but where it shines are the graphics. Choosing to go with stacked symbols was the right call to make, as it allows players to gawk at the clear effort the artists put in. Watching the mini-volcano which is part of the Volcano Wild erupt and transform other icons into more Wilds, never gets old, thanks to the smooth animations and lucrative wins it provides.
It felt like Quickspin could not quite decide in what direction they wanted to take the title, and that also shows in the medium-high volatility. The longer we played, the more it felt like the slot would benefit from lowering the variance and perhaps making the special features a bit easier to trigger.
The maximum win is 1,254x your total bet.
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