Coin Values: 0,01 up to 1
Jackpot: 2000 x Coins
Free Spins: Yes
How often do we get the chance to get close to exotic animals, in the wild that is? We can go to zoos and watch as the animals get fed, but there’s nothing like going on a safari and seeing them in their natural habitats. Although the Big 5 Safari slot machine isn’t quite the same as being their in person, this Nektan pokie allows you to pretend that you are. How great is that? It saves you a few bucks and might even make you some back if you play the winlines right. So buckle up, explorers, as we’re about to go to the outback and get up close to some of the most intense and wonderful creatures in the world. And all without the risk of being eaten.
Given the title of this pokie, it goes without saying that animals are going to play a big part in the aesthetics however, while that’s true, the way they’ve been designed is what we want to discuss. Nektan aren’t the only brand out there to create an animal themed slot machine, so why does this one work so much better? In our opinion, it’s down to the little extra touches they’ve put in, which then bring the imagery together and create a much more coherent world in which to game.
Players can see this in the way the 3×5 grid of reels is a minimal bamboo frame, ensuring that there’s no distractions from the detailed symbols of the paytable. They can also see it in the spin button, as it’s been designed to look like the wheel of a Jeep; when you click to spin, the wheel rolls like it would on the open road. And lastly, you have the fact that the controls have been kept to a minimum, so as not to clog up too much of the interface. This in turn means you focus on the gameplay at hand, rather than being distracted by a messy and in your face control panel. All in all, the design works perfectly in Nektan’s Big 5 Safari.
Due to the fact that this is a Nektan developed title, we can expect certain aspects of the gameplay to stay the same, such as the easy to navigate settings, and simple but rewarding icons. That being said, there’s a few changes that have been made that sets this title apart from more of their basic games, like Best of British.
By selecting the Stake and Lines option, you’ll be able to determine whether you play with the full 20 paylines, or whether you decrease that value to create a more challenging experience. Secondly, you can set the value of your wager here, from a lowly 0.20 up to 20 credits, both of which are more than reasonable prices for a slot. Whichever stake you choose, it won’t alter the returns of the 12 symbols, with their top figure always being a reasonable 2,000 credits.
As for the symbols themselves, they take the typical Nektan approach and come in the form of low value tiles and high value ones, with the latter being highly decorated images. For example, the J is worth x10, while the leopard comes in at the 2,000 mark for a five of a kind combination. At this point in the game, it’s worth mentioning that the volatility of this title is rated as low to medium, with the return to player rate being an average 95.01%.
I bet you thought the above was the full extent of what the Big 5 Safari? Well, you’d be wrong. And what is more, you’d be wrong in thinking that only free spins are offered here. In a surprise move, Nektan have spiced up their MO by including an additional bonus game as well. As a result, gamers get an increased level of gameplay, yet without having to pay a higher price, though, as ever, the mini games are harder to trigger than the standard tiles.
Should you get three or more of the compass icon, aka the Spins icon, you’ll watch as nighttime falls and more of the wild creatures come out to hunt. This subtle transition can spell large wins for real money gamers, though the paytable doesn’t state exactly how many free spins users will receive.
If you manage format a three or more combo of the Bonus symbol, arguably the most enigmatic of the grid, you’ll be involved in a pick me style round. For those not in the know, this means you’re able to pick your rewards, although you won’t know what you’re getting until after you’ve made your selection.
What can we say that we haven’t already? Nektan’s created a fine slot machine with Big 5 Safari, which in turn showcases their knowledge of the industry. What is more, it illustrates their flare for the creativity. In our opinion, by including a greater level of variance for everyone to interact with, the label has ensured that players have more depth of gameplay to engage with.