Golden Jaguar Slot from Amaya
This is a solid, is somewhat retro slot from the Amaya portfolio. The theme takes you back to the time of the Inca (or maybe Aztec?) empire in South America. While the action is sometimes a little slow – with the gap between hitting spin and the reels turning noticeable – there are some good reasons to check this game out.
The free slot game has a wheel which gives you a random multiplier for each win – while the stacked wilds on the reels will often lead to many wins from a single spin.
How to Win on Golden Jaguar
No single symbol has a particularly high prize associated with it in Golden Jaguar – instead the bigger payouts come when you hit 5+ wins at the same time across the 5 by 4 grid of the reels. The biggest prize comes from the striking face-on jaguar symbol. This symbol is wild, and will substitute for any of the regular (non-bonus) symbols in the game. If you line up 5 on any of the 50 win-lines, you will get 750 coins, with 250 for 4 and 30 coins for 3. This symbol comes stacked on the reels, so it is common to have 3 or even all 4 of the symbols on a reel wild at the same time. If you are lucky enough to get 2 or even 3 completely wild reels, then you can make a lot of wins – with 10, 15 or more at the same time being possible.
A male and female Aztec (or Inca!) in elaborate head dresses made of green and yellow feathers come next on the pay table. These are worth 500 coins for 5, 100 for 4 and 25 for just 3. Statues, presumably representing gods are worth 250 coins for 5 – with a book, urn and angular playing card symbols making up the smaller wins.
Golden Jaguar Bonus Game
Bonus symbols only appear on reels 1, 3 and 5. This is a golden mask with the word bonus written above and below it. When you get all 3 you see a graphic of some scratching cats paws, and are taken to a free spins bonus game.
You get 7 free spins, though the lower number is more than made up for by a multiplier attached to each win. What happens is that the reels move downwards, and a spinning wheel made to look like an Aztec stone appears above them. Each time the reels spin, this wheel also spins, coming to rest on a multiplier between 2x and 5x for your win. If you are lucky enough to combine a lot of the stacked wild symbols with a good multiplier – wins from this game can be substantial.
Design and Setup of Golden Jaguar
Overall, the design does look a little retro in terms of the coloring and styles used. The scene is an island, with a pyramid type temple and rocks over a crystal blue sea. A golden jaguar stares right at you from above the reels. Those reels have a beige background with a pattern to the side, and the symbols are vivid and angular – bringing to mind those ancient civilizations. When you hit a win you will see some basic animations, with the fierce ‘meow’ and scratch from the wild jaguar being the best of these.
Sounds include a drum track which plays while the reels are spinning, though are mostly the clicks, whirrs and beeps of many older slots.
When you hit the free spins bonus game, animations do get better. First, some giant cats paws appear and scratch the whole screen (you will see this from the cat’s perspective!). Next the reels move downwards (with a stone moving sound) and the spinning wheel appears above them.
There are 50 win-lines covering the 5 by 4 grid. While you are free to choose how many lines you play, you will get the maximum benefit from the stacked wilds by sticking to the full 50, and adjusting your coin size to suit your bankroll. Coins start from just 1c, or 50c per spin. There is a bet max and an a configurable auto-play option available.
Overall Experience with Golden Jaguar
For me the annoying lag between clicking the spin button and the reels starting to turn was a major annoyance with this game. If you can deal with this you will find a solid slot with potential for multiple wins at the same time – and a free spin bonus round which comes with multipliers.