Savannah Sunrise Slot from Amaya

Considering this is an older video slot without too many features – I found it a surprisingly playable game. The setting is the African plains, and you will see a glorious orange and yellow sunset around the reels. Classic animal symbols are on the reels, with the lion providing the extra wins that come with a wild symbol too. This slot uses a 243 winning combinations setup instead of individual win-lines. You can also choose which reels are active if you wish. The highlight is the free spins bonus round, which can come with multipliers of up to 15x.

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How to Win on Savannah Sunrise

To play the default 243 winning combinations, you only need to pay for 25 credits. This system does generate more wins that traditional win-line slots, and so the individual prizes are smaller to compensate. Any run of 2+ (or 3+ for some symbols) from the left hand reel without a gap triggers a win. To make things more interesting, you can disable the reels from the right. If you choose this way then only the middle symbol on that reel counts towards wins. While this is a nice gimmick, I really can’t see many scenarios in which players choose less than the full number of potential winning combinations.

Lions are the wild symbols (substituting for everything except the savannah scatters) and appear on reels 2 and 4 only. Wilds are always a welcome sight when you have the all-ways system in place!

Elephants provide the single biggest prize, with 5000 coins if you get one on each of the reels, 1000 for 4, 25 coins for 3 and a consolation prize of 5 coins for just 2. Giraffes also have  a reasonable prize, offering 2000 for 5. The remaining unique regular symbols are zebras and baboons – though you will also find playing card symbols ace down to nine on the reels.

The African tree with sunset behind is the scatter symbol. This has two roles. First it pays out up to 100 times your total bet amount for 5 of a kind (15x for 4, 4x for 3 and 2x for just 2). Second, 3 consecutive scatters from the left hand side will trigger the free spins bonus feature.


Savannah Sunrise Free Spins Bonus Game

You’ll get a higher than usual 20 free spins when you trigger the bonus game. You instantly move to a night time view of the African plain, and will get a African sounding tune playing throughout the bonus.

While the reels are the same – there are some added advantages to getting the lion symbols while this bonus round is going. If you get a lion on reel 2 that makes up a win, this comes with a 3x multiplier compared to the pay table. If you hit this on reel 4 then the win gets a 5x multiplier instead. Things get really interesting when you hit a lion on reels 2 and 4 at the same time. Here you get a 15x multiplier on that win. You can also retrigger this bonus game for 20 more spins with 3 scatter symbols from the left hand reel.

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Design and Setup of Savannah Sunrise

The graphics behind the reels are nicely produced – though static. The grasses of the African plain contrasting with the spectacular sunrise above. The backs of the reels are while, with the symbols looking smart though a little dated when compared to more up to date games. There are some animations when you win. These are short clips of the lion roaring or the elephant trumpeting. These are good, yet feel just a little too fast to be realistic. Other than that you’ll find a lot of flashing of symbols when you create wins.

When you hit the bonus game the night time scene and music work reasonably well – though again, there is nothing amazing about the quality of the graphics.

I enjoy slots with the 243 ways setup, which make it impossible to ‘miss’ a win line as long as you get consecutive symbols from the left hand reel. You can take this game all the way down to 3 win-lines instead by disabling reels. For me this would only take away from the game-play. You can bet from 1c per reel and up and will find the ever present bet max and auto-play options available.


Overall Experience

I enjoyed this slot a lot more than other simple video slot games of the same type. If you like solid and relaxing slot with big win potential – rather than those with too many interruptions – then this would make a great choice. The highlight is the potential for 15x multipliers in the free spins bonus game.