A partnership, between Microgaming and the much smaller Golden Rock Studios, has resulted in Volatile Slot, a game with a higher volatility than typical for the giant’s collection. At the same time, despite its simple graphics, it could prove interesting thanks to its top payouts, but more on that below.
Volatile Slot will offer us 5 reels to play on, with just 10 active lines present inside. The slot will have a mix of features that includes two types of wilds, one of them with multipliers, as well as free spins. If you look at its features, both regular and free spins have awesome potential, of up to 25,600x total stake, to be paid in a single round to the luckiest of players. With the RTP set to 96.10%, Volatile Slot is not less fair than a typical slot, just very risky because of its volatility.
Betting and Prizes
10 active lines will require the use of 10 coins in the wagers selected for Volatile Slot. You start off with a wager of $0.10, and may increase it to as much as $100 in a single round, which means that a line bet of $10 should be a possibility.
A top payout of 25,600x total stake is announced for this slot machine, but obviously that’s not something that you can easily get. In fact, you need a random event to trigger in a round where the middle reels are filed with regular wilds, so that they become exploding versions and apply multipliers of 4x each. Only then, with the first and last reels are covered with top paying symbols, would you get the slot’s biggest payout of 25,600x total stake. Without those multipliers, the same top paying Lady symbol will offer only 400x total stake when covering all positions on the reels.
Volatile Slot is a game with a 96.10% RTP, so long-term it will pay as much as any other Microgaming video slot, it’s just that its swings will be much more volatile.
Volatile Slot Features
The Volcanic Wild is the feature symbol that you typically see on the reels of Volatile Slot, if any appear at all. These are present on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th reels, and when landing there it will try to contribute to whatever new win is being formed. They don’t pay anything directly.
Sometimes, you will find that a random event will have the Volcanic Wilds turn into Exploding Wilds. Once this happens, the wild symbols in question will have multipliers to apply to wins as well, either at 2x, 3x or 4x. If several wilds with multipliers are part of the same combo, then they multiply each other (three wilds with 4x multipliers will have a total effect on a combo’s win of 64x).
The wilds are also the ones acting as triggers for free spins, with 10 rounds offered in exchange for 3 such symbols appearing in a single round. The option to retrigger free spins is there also.
Theme & Design
You will find the usual Volcano themed slot machine, and it incorporates a tropical island as well, which is also quite common for these games. You see the volcano in the background, looking at it from a nearby island, with palm trees to the sides. The reels host simple looking Royals in low paying positions, but then there are also better looking themed icons, with drums, fires, shrines or local women. The Volcano itself is the wild symbol.
Volatile Slot looks simple enough initially, and the features are not terribly interesting, but things change once in a while, when the game’s high potential comes into play. Worth looking into, provided that you’re willing to risk big.