Based on the title I was half expecting some innovative game-play, perhaps where symbols shifted between the reels to complete more wins. As it turns out I was completely wrong – this slot is based on the roaming on African plains. The symbols include lions, zebras and gazelles. Like most online titles from Ainsworth, this game has the feel of a live slot which has made the transition to the internet. The production is high quality and the game itself solid and simple. There is a free spins game and stacked wilds to make this stand out from other games.
I have not seen many slots with the level of detail and overall high quality drawings in the graphics compared to this one. The lions in particular (which look at you right out of the screen) are very impressive. There are many nice touches, for example the horns of the gazelle overlapping the reels, adding some depth to the visuals. The animation of the lion (complete with roar) when involved in a win is very impressive. Sounds are mostly the classic Ainsworth clicks and winning tunes. When you trigger the feature you will get a background soundtrack which does add some intensity to the overall game.
There is nothing particularly unusual going on in the free spins round – this can be retriggered to give you a longer bonus round, and does have a special pay-out for paw-print symbols too.
You can choose 1, 10, 25, 40 or 50 win lines to play this game. With stacked wilds able to cover all 3 rows of a reel at once, I recommend playing all 50 lines and adjusting your coin size downwards to match. Spins range from 1c per line up to $12.50c, making the range 50c to $625 for all 50 lines. Each time you win you will be given the opportunity to gamble on the flip of a playing card. If you prefer not to do this, then you simply spin again instead. There is also an auto-play option.
Lions are wild in this game, and you can get a lot of them covering the reels for some spins – creating multiple wins. There is no separate payment for lions; these simply match up with the regular symbols to complete wins. If you get 5 lions, this matches the highest pay-out of 1000 coins (the equivalent of 5 Africa symbols).
Other regular symbols are the animals (zebra, ostrich and gazelle) which pay out 300, 200 and 200 respectively. The paw print and playing card symbols are worth 100 for 5, and make up a lot of the smaller wins for this game.
The final symbol is the scatter symbol, which is represented by an Afrian sunset. This has a double-role, both paying a scatter prize and triggering the free spins bonus game. Scatter prizes pay for the number of symbols, regardless of where they appear on the reels. You will get 100 times you total spin amount for 5, 10x that amount for 4 and 2x for 3. In addition, 5, 4 and 3 sunsets trigger 20, 12 or 8 free spins.
There are some small differences compared to the main game (darker background colours, more stacked wilds in the centre reels and more paw prints). If you get 3 paw prints on a line during the bonus round you win 20x the bet which triggered the bonus game. You can also retrigger this bonus – though only for 5 more spins at a time, by hitting 3 more sunsets. Your total wins appear on the bottom right of the reels while these are accumulating. You will also get a pop-up at the end of the game, showing you how much you managed to win.
Not too many slots deserve the word ‘lavish’, though this game fits the bill. The detail and quality of the graphics and the lion roaring animation is excellent. Aside from the stacked wild symbols and the single free spins feature, there are not a high number of distractions on this slot. If you enjoy a solid game without too many of the latest gimmicks, then this could make an excellent choice. Check out Roaming Reels for yourself now.