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Added by Betsoft. Information last updated: 20/05/2021
Game supplier: Betsoft
Max. win:bet x 158
Mobile version:Support all devices
Nature & animals
Expert's review Melanie Hart
Lava Gold will take you on a wild ride to the age when dinosaurs ruled the land in this 5-reel, 5-column slot. It will also take all your preconceived notions of slots and throw them out the window with its innovative mechanics.
Nothing can prepare you for your experience in Lava Gold. You can read all about its low volatility and 95.99% RTP. You may even read about how it is played. But nothing can compare to giving it a spin. Whilst the cluster pays is a familiar concept what sets this game apart is the way tiles are re-added to the reels once a cluster is paid off and disappears.
The board continues to be filled either when there are no more clusters to pay out or once it is filled with the same symbol across all 25 tiles. To get to the point, you have to sit through a very satisfying and mesmerizing animation. This is the strong point of the game and what makes it so enjoyable.
As already mentioned Lava Gold uses the cluster pay mechanism. This means that any cluster of 5 or more will generate a win. Since winning clusters disappear from the grid and are replaced with symbols already in play it isn’t unheard of to get the whole grid filled with one symbol.
The symbols, from highest to the lowest consist of:
On the right-hand side of the reels, there is a Lava Meter that needs to be filled to enter the bonus round. It goes upwards from the lowest-paying symbol (10) to the highest one (the T-Rex). To fill a slot there needs to be a winning cluster combination. When all cells of the Lava Meter are filled the free spins round is activated and a total of 10 free spins are given.
During the free spins round, all the reels are covered by rock. First up, the middle column is unveiled and this will have 5 identical tiles. This means a win is guaranteed on every spin. The rest of the columns are then shown and any other tiles are added to the middle column if they match. Symbols don’t grow into the winning clusters during the bonus round.
Every spin a multiplier is added and any wins are multiplied accordingly. On the 10th spin, the multiplier will be up to x10 generating some interesting wins.
As soon as I clicked the spin button on Lava Gold I went on a whirlwind ride and I’ve been in awe of this game ever since. This game ditches the traditional slots mechanic. Whilst cluster-pays and replenished tiles are nowadays more common the way the tiles are replenished left me in awe. That’s probably my fault for not visiting the info page before I started.
Even if I did, there was no way for me to be prepared. Thing is, any symbol touching the winning cluster can replenish the tile and this is completely random. All you know is the symbols will be ones already in play which makes it even more likely to create further winning clusters. The cycle keeps going until there aren’t any winning combinations or all the reels are filled with one tile. I thought this was going to be improbable but it happened quite a few times. When this happened there was always a win between 10x and 20x. Even if you don’t manage to fill the whole grid I was still managing wins hovering around the 5x and 10x.
Game volatility is set to low and in fact, the max payout is around 150x. Wins don’t happen as often as you might think but when they do they are so entertaining to watch. This is a slot to play when you want to relax.
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RTP (Return to Player):95.99%
Max. win:bet x 158
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You can play Lava Gold in English, Finnish, Swedish, German and 22 other languages.
Lava Gold supports GBP, EUR, USD, CAD
Mel has been writing for the past decade covering anything tech from software to gaming. Poker is her card game of choice, and she does enjoy feature-rich slots, but her real passion is competitive FPS games.