The Tiki Island slot machine is an exclusive release from Virgin Games that combines several of today’s most popular features into a fun game with a lot of chances to win. It has 25 paylines, and you’re required to place a wager on every one of them. When you win on one of your paylines, the winning symbols disappear and get replaced with random new symbols, so you get many extra chances to rack up free spins and credits. This feature is called tumbling, or cascading, reels, and the Tiki Island uses it in a pretty exciting way.
To the right of the five reels is a series of steps leading to free spins. As you get winning combinations from cascading reels, you progress through the steps, obtaining seven, 10, 15, 20 and then 25 free spins, in that order. Using your free spins is an interesting experience in itself as the graphics transform to take you to a darker, more mysterious place where you can win bonus points by the same rules used during normal play.
Because there are 25 paylines and players can wager between 1p and £8 on each one of them, the Tiki Island works well as a penny slot or as a high-roller game. For example, to risk as little money as possible, place the smallest wager allowed on every payline. Since the smallest possible bet is one pence, you can simply wager 1p on all 25 paylines and risk only 25p while giving yourself 25 chances to win.
Once you get a feel for the rhythm of the game, the bonus rounds and the cascading reels, you will probably feel more comfortable betting more money, and the maximum wager allowed is £8 per payline. With up to £200 rolling on 25 paylines, you stand to win quite a lot of cash, especially with the generous tumbling symbols and free spin features. One detail to keep in mind is that winning combinations only pay from left to right, so the first symbol in a winning series always has to fall on the leftmost reel.
In general, actually playing the game is straightforward. Simply click the “Spin” button to spin the reels. All the information you need in order to follow your winnings is displayed on the main screen, and there are additional details and instructions accessible from the Paytable menu.
Clicking the “Paytable” button opens a pop-up window with an explanation of the various features of the game, and by clicking the tabs at the bottom of the window, you can browse through the available information. For example, the Cascade tab describes the tumbling reels feature, which is essentially the same as tumbling reels on other online slot games, until it comes to the free spin rounds.
The Paytable tab contains the most important information as it describes how you actually win by playing the game. Combinations of the phoenix symbol pay the highest amounts, and if one of your paylines contains five of these symbols, you win 500 times your wager. While it’s pretty rare to get this combination, a series of just two phoenix symbols pays double your wager, and a series of three pays 10 times.
There are six winning symbols in all, and getting a series of five of any of these symbols pays at least 50 times your wager. The symbols are based on Aztec mythology, and they have the appearance of stone carvings or jewels. The graphics and animation of the gameplay are impressive, and because the speed of the reels is fast-paced, you don’t have to wait very long for your combinations to fall into place. Some slot games have a Stop button, but the Tiki Island avoids this waste of screen space by using fast animations for spins.
With all the possibilities to win and keep winning, it’s possible to lose track of time playing this game, especially when it comes to using your free spins. The wins come pretty regularly, and when they do, the fast-paced animations make them exciting. It’s a good game that offers hours of entertainment and the potential to win a lot of money.