Take a trip to South America, my fine friends! If you unlock the right combo of symbols, you’ll scoop hidden riches within an ancient Incan tomb! Not to mention 262,144 ways to win…
Join Kane and his Safari suit in this jungle adventure. We’ve just come off the 9 Pots of Gold slot and had a good run of Irish luck there, so it’s time to try the South American angle.
ELK Studios always come up trumps with their games – combining great graphics with original gameplay and some decent maths. Ecuador Gold slot is no exception. The expanding reels offers some good pay out potential – to the tune of 2500x your stake. I know we’ve just been off to Hawaii on the Aloha Christmas slot, but it’s time to pack your bags! Now we’re off to Ecuador!
The game is set inside an Inca pyramid deep within a misty rainforest while the reels are flanked by imposing stone pillars covered in with Inca inscriptions and a couple of fanged serpents. It also looks like they’re suspended over a rather dangerous pit of fire – so do exercise some caution slot lovers! Mysterious and treacherous spring to mind…
Bravo ELK! The graphics are first class, if not slightly scary…
Ecuador Gold slot has 6 reels and 4 rows, and you’ll start the game with 4,096 ways to win (just like the Golden Yak slot from Blueprint Gaming) – but more on this later.
You can spin from €0.20 and up to a maximum bet of €100.00 per go.
Your symbols on the reels are made up of stone slabs inscribed with coloured icons and animals. The high paying symbols are represented by three Inca masks in gold, and Kane the intrepid adventurer. These will all scoop you 3x your bet for landing 6 of them.
The wild icon is represented by the golden symbol with WILD written on it. It can be used to replace all of the standard symbols on the reels to make even more combos.
Avalanche Reels and Ways to Win
You’ll most likely familiar with this game mechanic, but here’s a refresher; after any winning spin, the icons will explode and others will drop down from above to fill the spaces, hopefully creating more wins for you.
But in this game there’s an added extra: on each consecutive winning avalanche drop, the reels will expand from the original 4 rows and 6 reels, up to 8 rows and 6 reels dramatically increasing the win ways:
4 rows = 4,096 ways to win
5 rows =15,625 ways to win
6 rows = 46,656 ways to win
7 rows = 117,649 ways to win
8 rows = 262,144 ways to win
Super, Mega and Epic Symbols
Your reel symbols can also land in 2×2, 3×3, or 4×4 sizes – and if they drop during an avalanche win, they’ll smash the smaller symbols making way for even more icons to drop in from above. This is a nice little feature and one I’d like to see more of.
Ghosting Wilds will appear on reels 3, 4, 5 and 6 and will randomly move one space horizontally, vertically or diagonally leaving behind Wild icons as it moves. Jolly good show!
Hit 3x, 4x, 5x or 6x of the Bonus symbols anywhere on the reels and you’ll set off the Free Drops bonus. Now you’ll be awarded 10, 15, 20 or 25 free drops.
To begin with you’ll play with 4,096 ways to win (like in the base game), this is called your safety level, but on each winning spin the reels will expand upwards, and won’t reset on a losing drop. As you can imagine, this means the hefty wins are more probable with 262,144 ways to win in play!
The Monkey Verdict
Ecuador Gold slot is a great looking game and the expanding reels combined with those epic symbols can be money spinners – even with a smaller budget. I heartily approve of the Ghosting Wilds!