Serengeti Gold transports us to the great plains of Africa, in Tanzania, to be specific. Microgaming did a great job in designing a somewhat realistic background complete with acacia trees and what seems to be an unlimited horizon. The playing grid is suspended against the beautiful cloudless sky, and it has a traditional wooden design complete with some native carvings.
The symbols are beautifully designed, as is the theme, and although we know blue buffaloes, red elephants, and green rhinos don’t exist, there is a touch of realism to the overall design.
Serengeti Gold operates on a standard-sized grid with 5×3 reels. Unless there are amazing expansion mechanics, a grid like this usually offers around 20-25 paylines, with Serengeti Gold offering 20. The max payout is a little higher than some other games with the same amount of payways. You’re looking at 2,500x the bet you lay.
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The RTP (return to player) is just a touch above the 96% average at 96.10%. Unfortunately, the volatility of this beautifully designed game ranks high on the volatility scale. For slot games that are highly volatile, players can hope to reply on the features to help boost their chances at big wins. Let’s take a look at what Serengeti Gold offers.
Serengeti Gold has the basic features any slot game would have. But perhaps the most appealing mechanic is the HyperHold. Scatters trigger the feature and once it is activated, the scatter symbols stick on the grid, and you start the respins. The game will either deal you with scatters or blank symbols during the spin. If you’re lucky enough to get more scatters on the grid to form wins, the feature will continue.
The scatters can also activate the bonus game if they show up on the odd-numbered reels. The wheel of fortune shows up and awards you with multipliers and free spins.
You may have a chance at the mega jackpot when the respins finish, or you could get the mini option if the game chooses to display it. You can get the mega jackpot if you land the coin scatters in all the positions.
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The majestic lion serves as the wild symbol, and it can swap out every other symbol to help form more winning combos. The features in Serengeti Gold are quite straightforward with nothing too fancy, but when put together, they can really increase your winning chances.
We sang the praises of the graphics department for Serengeti Gold, and while African themes are not new to the slot game scene, we do appreciate the time and effort Microgaming took and the realism of the animals and landscape that jumps out from the screen.
The game was neither subpar nor highly impressive. It featured standard mechanics, an acceptable RTP and payout. Even for a game with a high volatility rating, we would have liked it if Serengeti Gold could give us more for the max win. The betting range speaks to players of any risk level ranging from 0.2 to 100.
The Hyperhold feature does boost its standing, but it’s nothing we haven’t seen before and is present in many of Microgaming’s masterpieces with its partner studios. We do like the soundtrack in Serengeti Gold as it’s quite peaceful.