African Simba Slot from Novomatic
This Novomatic designed slot takes up to the African Plains where you’ll find a wide variety of animals inhabiting the reels. Although it has to be said it does offer something of a strange mix as your more standard giraffes and buffalo are also joined by meerkats and flamingos.
Unsurprisingly perhaps, the central animal is a lion who acts as the wild symbol, the name ‘Simba’ in the title recognizing the lion of the same name in the ‘Lion King’ films.
The highlight of this slot is a free spins bonus round, where every wins brings you a nice boost via a 3x multiplier.
How to Win on African Simba
The winning system is slightly different to your average slot, as you won’t find your standard win lines in action here. Instead you’ll find a ‘win 243 ways’ format in place. This means that to land a payout you’ll need to hit symbols on consecutive reels from left to right, irrespective of the actual position on the reels.
The highest paying symbol is the giraffe, which pays out 5,000 coins for the maximum five in a row, so I’ll stick my neck out and say that this is the symbol you’ll want to see more than any other. The buffalo comes next on the pay table at 1,500 coins, while both the meerkats and the flamingoes pay 500 coins. The standard symbols are completed by the plating cards 9, 10, J, Q, K and A.
Simba, the imposing looking lion is the wild symbol and will substitute for every other symbol on the reels apart from the scatter. As this slot uses the ‘win 243 ways’ system a single wild could actually enable a several wins, making this lion particularly important.
African Simba Bonus Feature
The final symbol is the scatter which shows an African scene with what looks like ‘Table Mountain’ in the distance, the sun blazing in the sky. This scatter only makes an appearance on reels 1, 3 and 5 and when it appears on all three you’ll gain entry into the free spins bonus feature.
You’ll have 12 free games in total and the game plays in exactly the same way as the base game, apart from one important difference. During these free spins, every single win will be the subject of a 3x multiplier, which would make for a great time to hit that large 5 in a row win! What makes the feature even better is the fact that should you hit three more scatters you’ll retrigger and be awarded an additional 12 free spins.
Design and Setup
You’ll see a backdrop of a grassy African plain, with trees either side of the reels for this game. Graphically, the game is a good one, all of the African animals showing some nice animation when forming part of a win line, the lion roaring perhaps being the best of these. No, it doesn’t quite match up visually to some of the film or TV based slots on the casino floor, but the game does do a great job of transporting you to the African continent. The accompanying sound only helps in this regard too, offering a perfect mix of animal sounds, continental music and your standard slot noises.
With 243 ways to win at every spin you might be concerned at the cost of this slot, but fortunately you’ll only pay 25 credits per spin. You can therefore play each spin for as little as 25c, although you can increase this to play for much higher stakes. You’ll also find a gamble option, which you can choose to take after any winning spin. African Simba can be enjoyed on a variety of different cabinets, including a number of the Novostar and NovoVision range, as well as the Super- V+ Gaminator and the FV 626 Novo Super Vision.
A number of slot players particularly enjoy those games that offer the all-ways winning format, so with 243 ways to win they will certainly enjoy this one. The lion wild only adds to these wins, while the free spins bonus round is impressive indeed where those big wins will never be far away. The only small criticism of the slot is the fact that there are no features away from the reels, although some players will enjoy the fact that this makes for a faster game where all of the action is right there in front of them.