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Lava Loca slot review

Added by Booming Games. Information last updated: 01/03/2021

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Expert rating:

3.7 (1)

Game information

Game supplier:Booming Games

Release date:05/2018

RTP:96.33%

Volatility:Medium

Max. win:bet x 1303

Mobile version:Support all devices

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Highlights

Stacked symbols

Multiplier wilds

Wilds

Freespins

Scatter symbols

Themes

Sea & shore

Travel

Summer

Cartoon

Party

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RTP (Return to player):
96.33%
Volatility:
Medium
Max. win:
bet x 1303

Bojoko score (compared to other slots on Bojoko)
60
Booming Games score (compared to other slots of supplier)
88
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Expert's review Trystan Michielsen

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Lava Loca imagines a place out in the Caribbean, perhaps on an isolated island where an indigenous tribe worships a volcano and it might erupt with wins!

This slot with a series of highly colourful and original symbols was created by developer Booming Games and released in 2018. The game takes on a tropical setting, taking inspiration from Hawaiian culture with Tiki statues and Tiki torches framing the 5-reel, 3-row playing field. Just as with most of their slots, this game has 20 paylines.

I felt like the graphics of this slot were a lot better done than many of their other games, having a little more personality than most and with a whimsical nature. The background is quite disappointing in contrast, a barely visible and minimalistic rendition of a sandy beach.

Of course, this setting is popular among many developers which is why there are quite a few similar slots available. One of them is Spina Colada by Yggdrasil, which has better graphics but essentially the same gameplay. Meanwhile, Aloha! Cluster Pays by NetEnt might be one of the most popular games in thetropical island setting.

The music is very acceptable despite being rather unoriginal. It plays something, everybody associates with tropical islands, consisting of a lot of drums, maracas and guitars. In contrast, the wins were accentuated by a short jingle that didn’t fit the theme. When triggering the free spins mode, I was treated to a different tropical song which helped keep things interesting.

Symbols

The symbols in Lava Loca can be divided into low- and high-paying symbols. The high-paying symbols are original drawings based on Tiki masks, each with their own expression and appearance. Having their own colour also keeps things clear. The low-paying symbols are unfortunately based on the high cards that we’re so familiar with, but at least they were designed to fit the theme somewhat. These symbols look like they’re made out of wood with flowers added to help in setting the mood.

From highest to lowest they are:

  • Scatter: Get 3 or more Scatter Symbols to trigger the Free Spins mode. Max. 200x your bet with five-of-a-kind on the screen.
  • Wild: Substitutes all other symbols in the game except the Scatter Symbol. Max. 50x your bet with five-of-a-kind on the screen.
  • Purple Tiki Mask: Max. 25x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Green Tiki Mask: Max. 10x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Purple Tiki Mask: Max. 7.5x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Ace: Max. 3x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • King: Max. 3x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Queen: Max. 2x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Jack: Max. 2x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.

The symbols show a simple animation when they’re part of a winning payline, with the Tiki masks moving a bit more compared to the high cards.

Features

As always with Booming Games slots, there are a few features in Lava Loca that are almost the standard when it comes to their games.

  • Wilds: Wilds substitute all other symbols in the game except the Scatter Symbol.
  • Multiplying Wilds: Wilds on Reel 3 can have a multiplier associated with them. The multiplier can be 2x or 3x.
  • Free Spins: Get 3 or more Scatter Symbols on the screen to activate the Free Spins mode. Players start this with 10 free spins. Free Spins can’t be re-triggered during this game mode.
  • Expanding Symbols: At the start of the Free Spins mode a random symbol is selected, which can expand to fill a reel during the Free Spins mode.

Most players will be aware of the individual features of this slot. The game is not difficult to get into and it’s easy to pick up and play. The base game only has the Wilds and Multiplying Wilds to deal with, both of which show up randomly and can help in getting a win.

I found the Wilds to show up pretty regularly, at least every couple of spins. The Multiplying Wilds were a lot rarer, showing up only once every fifty or so spins. Even then, there would be times where they didn’t contribute to a win. I found this feature to be rather disappointing.

When we get to the Free Spins mode, things get more interesting. At the start of the mode, there is a cube spinning around. Pressing Stop will freeze it on one of the symbols, making this symbol an Expanding one during the Free Spins mode.

While the free spins were spinning, the symbol that was selected could become expanding but it didn’t do it every time. I’m not exactly sure what triggered the feature since it could help in getting some big wins. In fact, I found the Free Spins mode to be the prime moment to increase my funds to the point that the base game was just a way to get there.

In Conclusion

Lava Loca is one of the prettier slots in the Booming Games assortment with a feature that really helps to get big wins. The Medium Volatility fit the slot in that way since the base game offered few and smaller wins while the Free Spins mode would suddenly create quite a leap in coins.

The designers of Lava Loca seemed to have spent more time working on the different symbols as they actually look decent and fit the theme. The soundtrack might be a bit on the surface but sounds excellent and made me feel like I was actually on a tropical island.

If you are interested in a classic slot with updated graphics and some simple but effective features I would suggest you give Lava Loca a try! Pick a bet between £0.01 and £200 per spin and go for the max. win of 1,303x your bet.

Overall rating:

3.7

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  • Features

    Wins and bets

    RTP (Return to Player):96.33%

    Volatility:Medium

    Max. win:bet x 1303

    Min. bet:£0.01

    Max. bet:£200

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    Reels & playlines

    Reels:5

    Rows:3

    Non-standard layout:

    Max. lines:20

    Min. lines:1

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    Languages

    You can play Lava Loca in English, Finnish, Swedish, German and 23 other languages.

    All supported languages:
    English, Finnish, Swedish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Bulgarian, Danish, Dutch, Hungarian, Latvian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Slovak, Turkish, Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Lao, Thai, Vietnamese, Malay, Filipino, Chinese

    Currencies

    Lava Loca supports GBP, EUR, USD, CAD

    Stats

    Release date 05/2018
    53rd newest on Booming Games 1,384th newest on Bojoko
    RTP 96.33% 0.47% > average
    9th highest on Booming Games 831st highest on Bojoko
    Win up to 1303 x your bet
    45th highest on Booming Games 1,618th highest on Bojoko
    Paylines 20 0% < average
    16th highest on Booming Games 1,207th highest on Bojoko
    Min bet £0.01 per spin
    The lowest on Booming Games The lowest on Bojoko
    Max bet £200 per spin
    33rd highest on Booming Games 354th highest on Bojoko
    Rated 0 by 0 members
    The most rated on Booming Games 39th most rated on Bojoko
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    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:Booming Games

    Release date:05/2018

    RTP (Return to player):96.33%

    Max. win:bet x 1303

    Mobile version:Yes

    User rating: 0
    Expert rating: 3.7

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