Hawaiian Treasure Slot from Ash Gaming
For a small group of Islands without a single casino – Hawaii has been capturing the imagination of slot software makers for many years. This online slot is from Ash Gaming, and can be found at PlayTech casinos. Other popular Hawaiian slots include Tiki Torch from Aristocrat and Big Kahuna from MicroGaming.
This is a simple game by today’s standards, with just a single free spins bonus round to break up the base game. This free spins round has a unique twist to the game play, which you can read about below.
10 Line Setup of Hawaiian Treasures
10 win lines is unusually low for online slots these days. This smaller number of lines (over a standard 5 by 3 grid) does have some advantages. First, you pay fewer coins per spin – so those line wins are proportionally bigger. Second, this enables the interesting twist in the free spins game, which would not be possible if there were too many win lines. As with all Ash Gaming titles, auto play is on offer and you can choose from a wide range of coin sizes.
A beautiful woman with a red flower in her hair is the best paying symbol. This will bring you 1000 coins for 5 on a line (keep in mind that you spin from 10 coins and up only). She will pay 200 coins for 4, 50 for 3 and 10 coins for just 2 from the left.
The other unique symbols are icons of Hawaii, including a turtle swimming in the sea, beach view of an Island, jungle drum and some bright flowers. Playing card symbols, which make up the lower payouts, are decorated with a floral design.
The only other symbol is a Tiki mask. This has a fearsome look, which contrasts with the tranquility of the rest of the design. If you hit 3 of these on reels 1, 3 and 5, then you trigger the free spins bonus game. This also acts as the wild symbol, substituting for all of the other symbols to create more wins whether or not you trigger the bonus game.
Pick Your 3 Symbols – The Free Spins Bonus Game
There are two parts to the free spins game. The first screen you see does not involve any of the reels. You see the beautiful Hawaiian lady, a sea scene and a line of 5 fearsome Tiki masks.
Your task is to choose 3 of the 5 masks. Each one reveals a symbol, which will move upwards with an animation. Once you have chosen 3, the other masks become greyed out and reveal their symbols.
When you move to the next part of the game, you will find that the three symbols you picked are the only ones on the reels. This will enable a lot more wins for your free spins, and with any luck several of them will be 5 of a kinds. The symbols are random, with both the higher and lower paying symbols available.
The reason that Hawaiian Treasures only uses 10 lines should now be a little more clear. With only 3 symbols on the reels, paying out over 25 or more win-lines would make this unique feature impossible.
Overall the design of this game – both the visuals and the audio – are designed to give you that tropical paradise feeling. Around the reels you will see two tall pillars topped with the Tiki masks, behind them are flowers and the ocean. Symbols are large, filling their spaces with color. The Hawaiian beauty was the stand out symbol for me – along with the underwater scene featuring the turtle. The Tiki masks make a vivid contrast, with glowing red (gem) eyes and spikey teeth.
There are only smaller animations, and even the most impressive part – the picks game before the free spins – does feel a little dated. Overall this slot does enough to bring the island theme to life, without being the latest design or particularly detailed. You’ll get a relaxing soundtrack while you play.
Should You Try Hawaiian Treasure?
There is a lot of competition for exactly the formula this online slot game uses. This is a solid base game with one bigger win possible, plus a single free spins round including a twist. Admittedly, the twist for free spins is a good one! Filling the reels with only three kinds of symbols can lead to a lot of wins. Whether this feature alone is enough to keep players coming back is open to question. The design is good, though not the most modern. I’d rate this as a decent slot, aimed at those who enjoy games without too many gimmicks.