Hot Safari is a modern classic slot that was released in 2016 and that wants to give a modern experience to all those classic slot players who are fans of the African wildlife theme, so common in slot machines. Every classic slot player will love this theme, and I liked it as well when I was testing the game. This is just a perfect classic slot with a wildlife theme, and there are plenty of bonus features that kept me interested in the game for a long time. Let’s have a detailed look at Hot Safari.
Main game and paytable
The game is played on a standard 5×3 board with 25 mandatory paylines, and there’s a sixth reel that randomly spins on its own and determines a win multiplier for that spin, and it can go up to 10x, and most of the time it will be 1x or 2x. The paytable consists of ten symbols. The five card symbols just get in the way of five animal symbols: Elephant, Rhinoceros, Zebra, Impala and Meerkat. The paytable in general is a balanced one with no single symbol that would stand out, and even in the card symbols group you can find valuable symbols, Ace pays 75 coins while Meerkat pays 100. Elephant, the best-paying normal symbol, pays 400. The animal kingdom is completed by Baboon who acts as Scatter, and the Lion Wild, which will be particularly effective when he expands to fill the entire reel, which happens whenever it lands on the middle row on the reel.
When you land three or more Scatters on your reels you’ll get 10 free spins which are just spins that are free, with no added features. This is a bit disappointing, but truth be told, you do have expanding Wilds, raining Wilds and win multipliers already, and these features are active in both the main game and the free spins game. So it’s not that bad that you get 10 free spins, they can be rewarding every now and then. What’s important is to trigger the free spins game at a time when your bet per spin is high, and that’s how you get the most value from this free spins game. You don’t want to trigger it with a minimum bet as then you won’t get much. Wiser players will start increasing their bet slightly after a longer period of not triggering the free spins game, as it will become more and more likely that it will get triggered soon.
When a Super Wild symbol falls on the sixth reel, the Super Wild Bonus will be triggered. One Lion Wild will be placed on each of the five reels, and randomly they may land on the central position – in which case the Wild will expand to fill the entire reel. If you land all five Wilds on the central position on their respective reels, you’ll have five Wild reels! This is worth 10,000x bet per line, and if you also land a 10x win multiplier it’s 100,000x bet per line, which is just awesome.
Safari Wild is a super interesting game because it has expanding Wilds, a chance of a win multiplier on any spin, there’s the Super Wild Bonus and the free spins game. Classic slot players expect a slot game to have a huge jackpot, and in this case it’s 100,000x bet per line when you land five Wilds on the central position and also get a x10 win multiplier. The game is interesting to play, and is one of the best titles in the genre. It pays well too, with a theoretical return to player (RTP) of 96.17%, and the variance is medium to high. This is very close to a perfect classic slot.