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Katmandu Gold slot review

Added by Elk. Information last updated: 01/03/2021

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Game information

Game supplier: Elk

Release date:12/2020



Max. win:bet x 10000

Mobile version:Support all devices

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Expanding reels



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Expert's review Trystan Michielsen

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Katmandu Gold is set at the edge of the Nepalese capital city a long time ago where the snowy mountains flank a massive gate that holds the 6-reel, 9-row playing field as well as a number of features like free spins, expanding reels and colossal symbols.

The slot was released back in 2020 by ELK Studios which explains the excellent graphics. In the back, we can see the massive mountainside of Nepal with a mysterious gate that is only visible when the tiles drop down. The gate comes into play whenever the free spins mode is activated. With a massive playing field, the game holds 4,096 ways to win, which can increase to up to 531,441 paylines.

The symbols in the game are split between high- and low-paying symbols. Disappointingly, the low-paying symbols are simple card letters that are barely made to fit the theme or setting of the reel. Meanwhile, the high-paying symbols are a bit more original but still don’t display any real creativity except for the single character, which I thought looked like Russell Crowe.

In the slot, the sound design is made to fit the setting a lot better than the symbols, with a drum-heavy soundtrack that plays very subtly in the background. The reels drop down with soft thumps while certain special features have their own effects, like the crackling of ice. All in all, I would consider the sound to be the best part of the design portion of the game.


The game features quite a large selection of symbols to fill up the larger playing field. The High Volatility that the game is listed as fit my experience, where the player will be granted small wins pretty often but these won’t be enough to bring the funds into the positives. As a result, the player is dependent on the occasional larger wins that usually appear during the free spins mode.

The symbols in the game include:

  • Bonus: Get 3 or more Bonus symbols to activate the free spins mode.
  • Wild: Wilds act as any regular symbol in the game, helping to facilitate a win.
  • Explorer: Max. 5x your bet with six-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Dragon: Max. 3x your bet with six-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Tiger: Max. 2.5x your bet with six-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Turtle: Max. 2x your bet with six-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Red Symbol: Max. 1x your bet with six-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Pink Symbol: Max. 1x your bet with six-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Green Symbol: Max. 0.8x your bet with six-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Blue Symbol: Max. 0.8x your bet with six-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Ace: Max. 0.3x your bet with six-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • King: Max. 0.3x your bet with six-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Queen: Max. 0.3x your bet with six-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Jack: Max. 0.3x your bet with six-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.

The payouts to this game are extremely low, with barely any of the wins paying out only a single spin. This is based on the expectation that the game will feature more than one win at a time, considering the large playing field and the consecutive reels feature.

Players can pick a bet between £0.20 and £100 per spin. The players that get the maximum win will walk away with 10,000x your bet, which is quite a big number. However, as I played the game I found my funds to drop pretty steadily over time, never winning a big enough win to make back my spending.


Katmandu Gold has a series of features that augment the gameplay, some of which only activates during the Free Spins mode. Some of the features include:

  • Wilds: Wilds substitute all regular symbols in the game.
  • Colossal Symbols: Occasionally, 2x2, 3x3 or 4x4 symbols will appear on the screen.
  • Cascading Reels: Whenever there’s a win, the winning symbols drop away and make room for new symbols.
  • 4,096 Ways To Win: Wins are calculated whenever the same symbol appears on consecutive reels from left to right.
  • Expanding Reels: Whenever there is a win, the game adds an additional row. This can continue until there are 9 rows.
  • Free Spins: Get 3 or more Bonus symbols on the screen to activate the free spins mode.
  • Multipliers: During the free spins mode, the Bonus symbol will increase the multiplier to all wins in this mode.

The game will mostly take place during the base game, as triggering the free spins mode prove difficult. I did get it to trigger occasionally but the results were often woefully underwhelming. With 10 spins I once walked away with only 39x my bet. As a result, even the free spins mode wasn’t profitable enough to make back the funds spent to get there.

That’s not to say the features aren’t fun. The game makes great use of the room on the screen, adding rows after consecutive wins. This, in combination with the cascading reels feature, can help the player get some big wins even during the base game.

If you’re looking for a slot that doesn’t require a lot of input from the player but does offer a great deal of movement and features, this is probably a great slot to try out.

In Conclusion

Katmandu Gold is a slot that gives players a lot to see but not a lot to do, which is fine. The features practically run themselves, leaving the player to spin the reels and see what comes out of it. The appearance of random features that include colossal symbols and sticky reels are interesting and make every reel potentially a big success.

The look and feel of the game are good, but the sound design definitely stands out. The graphics are clear and beautifully drawn but lack somewhat creatively. One of the symbols is a turtle which is a common motif in Asian-based slots but I don’t think they’re especially common in Nepal. It’s small details like that which show me the designers weren’t fully committed to the idea.

All in all, players that are looking for simple gameplay but a lot to see will want to give Katmandu Gold a try. If you prefer the more basic video slot than this might be a bit overwhelming. Then again, the sizeable jackpot might be enough to have players look past this!

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  • Features

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    RTP (Return to Player):96.2%


    Max. win:bet x 10000

    Min. bet:£0.2

    Max. bet:£100

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    Max. lines:531441

    Min. lines:4096

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    You can play Katmandu Gold in English, Finnish, Swedish, German and 19 other languages.

    All supported languages:
    English, Finnish, Swedish, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Greek, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Polish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Turkish, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese


    Katmandu Gold supports GBP, EUR, USD, CAD


    Release date 12/2020
    15th newest on Elk 181st newest on Bojoko
    RTP 96.2% 0.16% > average
    22nd highest on Elk 571st highest on Bojoko
    Win up to 10000 x your bet
    3rd highest on Elk 270th highest on Bojoko
    Paylines 531441 2657105% > average
    3rd highest on Elk 12th highest on Bojoko
    Min bet £0.2 per spin
    7th lowest on Elk 625th lowest on Bojoko
    Max bet £100 per spin
    The highest on Elk 287th highest on Bojoko
    Rated 0 by 0 members
    The most rated on Elk 37th most rated on Bojoko
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    Expert's profile


    Trystan Michielsen

    Trystan Michielsen

    Trystan Michielsen is a Dutch native who started his career as a content writer for various small businesses who were interested in creating an online presence.

    When the opportunity arose to move to Malta and work in the iGaming sector, Trystan didn't hesitate to make the plunge. Here he worked as a Content and SEO specialist for different companies before moving back home.

    Now acting as a freelancer he maintains his connection with the online slot community by playing and reviewing the wide variety of videoslots that are released.

    Trystan enjoys playing the slots that offer a full experience, focusing on more than just the technical details but keeping an eye on its presentation. Graphics, music and style can create a game that's more than the sum of its parts.

    A writer at heart, putting thoughts to paper is something he's done for as long as he remembers. In his free time, he enjoys writing fiction as well as watching and reviewing movies.

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    Game supplier:Elk

    Release date:12/2020

    RTP (Return to player):96.2%

    Max. win:bet x 10000

    Mobile version:Yes

    User rating: 0
    Expert rating: 3.8

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