Volcanic Cash Slot from Novomatic
I think it would be fair to say that this slot has been ‘heavily influenced’ by the TV cartoon The Flintstones. The theme revolves around a family of cave-people who live in the shadow of a classic cone shaped volcano. There are 20 reels with both wild and scatter symbols ensuring regular wins from the base game. Things really heat up in the free spins bonus round, where you will find extra ‘lava’ wilds which become more stacked on the reels as the spins go on. Overall this slot has a bright and cartoon-like feel.
How to Win on Volcanic Cash
With wins in the free spins game helped by a lot of extra wilds, it makes sense that the regular wins are on the smaller side. You will often hit multiple wins with the help of wilds, and these should keep your bankroll ticking over while you wait for that bonus feature.
The best paying symbol is the wild, which is a rock with the word wild in different colors on it. 5 of these will get you 1000 coins (all prizes are based on the 2-coin minimum bet over the 20 win-lines), with 200 for 4, 100 for 3 and 80 for just 2.
Next come the caveman (complete with Fred Flintstone style animal skin) and cave woman (who to be fair does not look like Wilma). For 5 of either you will get 800 coins, with 160 coins for 4 and 80 coin for 3. A cartoon dinosaur and an egg which cracks to hatch yet another dinosaur come next at 600 coins for 5 – with the playing card symbols ace down to 10 completing the base game symbols.
Volcano Scatters and Free Spins
Symbols with an impressive looking volcano on them have two roles. First up, they pay a scatter prize of 1000 coins for 3 or more anywhere on the reels (and 400 coins for just 2). Second, these symbols trigger the free spins game. The number of spins you will receive depends on how many scatters arrive during the triggering spin. 3 scatters get you 15 free spins, 4 gets you 20 and 5 brings the maximum 25 spins.
Aside from the volcano erupting in the background, there is a change to the game play during the free spins bonus. A new symbol, which is orange and yellow with the word ‘wild’ on it, can now appear on the middle 3 reels. This is a lava wild, and it comes stacked on the reels – potentially giving you a lot of wins. As you go through your free spins, more and more lava wilds are added to the reels. This means wins are more frequent (and often bigger) as you go along.
Volcanic Cash Cartoon Design
The design of Volcanic Cash feels a lot lighter and fresher than many casino slots. The setting is the bottom of a giant volcano, which looms up behind the reels. Those reels are transparent, which gives you an excellent view of the setting while the symbols are spinning. As a nice touch, the board becomes greyed out except for the winning symbols when you do hit wins. While the symbols would not win any awards for the quality of the art – they are clean and fun. The best is the volcano scatter, though the dinosaur and egg (when it hatches) are both endearing!
There are small animations when you hit those wins, though the best one comes when you hit the free spins bonus game. Here the volcano is continually erupting in the background – which changes from day to night to emphasize the lava at the top of the screen. The sounds are a mixture of up-beat tunes and the old Novomatic standards.
20-Line Setup with the Usual Features
There are 20 win-lines crossing 5 reels from the left, each of the reels has 3 symbols. With stacked wilds in the bonus game it makes sense to stick to the full 20 lines, and to adjust your coins per line (from 2 and up) to suit your bankroll. You will be invited to gamble after every win on the turn of a playing card. Auto-play is offered too.
This Novomatic slot has a nice balance between solid game play, a light and fresh theme and the chance of some big wins. The main attraction is certainly the free spins game, where the extra lava wilds on reels 3, 4 and 5 can add significant numbers of multi-line wins.