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Lava Gold

Lava Gold is the newest release from Betsoft, Combining 21st century visuals and technology with prehistoric elements. The reels are set against a lake lying in the shadow of a smouldering volcano. This game boasts impressive artwork and animation that is so typical to Betsoft’s games.

This pokie is not your typical pokie in a number of ways. Firstly, instead of the traditional 3 row style, Lava Gold is set in a 5×5 grid. Also, this game has no paylines and instead creates winning combinations from clusters of 5 or more matching symbols.

Many of the newer releases have come out with a very high volatility and Lava Gold once again breaks this trend offering a low-risk game with low volatility. Volatility has nothing to do with the payout rate, which in this case is 96.02%, but rather it is related to the way in which the pokie pays offering smaller yet more frequent wins. Usually, low volatility games do not need to put in much effort to keep players interested.

The betting range satisfies low risk players as well as those who prefer an adrenaline pumping pokie session. Sitting between 0.25 and $150 a spin, this game favours a low risk strategy.

Cluster Pays

This is when 5 and up to 25 matching symbols appear adjacent to each other. When they form a winning combo, they disappear and the other symbols directly touching the winning symbols, randomly multiply to fill the grid. This way it becomes almost child’s play to create more cluster wins which can continue until the grid is filled with the same symbol or until there are no more clusters.

Symbols

The volcano is the wild, which makes for a very dramatic game as it lands on the reels. It has become popular lately to not add a value to wild symbols, which is the case with this pokie as well. In addition to not having an intrinsic value, the wild also does NOT add a multiplier when it completes winning combinations.

The rest of the symbols are taken out of the prehistoric era and include pterodactyl, some enormous eggs waiting to hatch, protea flowers, dinosaurs and a giant claw. Other lower paying symbols come from the deck of cards to keep smaller wins coming in.

Features 

Progress Meter

Instead of a scatter this pokie makes it more fun to activate the bonus round by using a progress meter, found on the right-hand side of the reels. Each symbol is featured from lowest value to highest value, vertically. The goal is to create winning combinations with each symbol in order of value. Once all spaces have been filled, the bonus round is triggered. It’s important to note that changing the bet size resets the progress meter.

Free Spins Feature

Triggered by filling the progress meter, the free spins round awards players with 10 free spins. They differ from the base game in the following ways:

  • The middle column always contains a group of matching symbols, so every spin is guaranteed to win.
  • Empty spaces are not filled by the adjacent symbols
  • While the base game doesn’t offer any form or multiplier, in free spins mode each consecutive cluster adds a multiplier which continues up to 10 times
Strategy

As a low volatility pokie this game is ideal as part of a low-risk strategy. While the chances of landing a huge win are small, there’s a much better chance of breaking even, or even walking away with a little bit more. With a good payout rate, this game offers a great overall experience not only with great visuals and top animations, but also in game play. 

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