Booming Games have taken a typical and perhaps even unimaginative theme and created a 50 payline pokie with a couple of extra features. The theme, as always, adds additional enhancements with some stunning graphics featuring wild game and picture book sunsets.
This game has a high volatility as well as a high payout rate, sitting at a notch under 96%. The hit rate for the free spins round is on average 1 in 172 spins, as low as it is, it is not surprising for a high variance pokie.
There are 2 symbols featuring wattles silhouetted against a desert sunset. One is the wild, with only one tree, and the other is the scatter showing a full landscape of these well-known landmarks.
The wild not only stands in for other symbols but it also has its own value paying up to $10,000 for up to 5 of a kind.
The scatter symbol is the Majestic Safari logo and triggers the free spins round for 3 of a kind or more.
Majestic Safari has 2 types of symbols, majors and minors. That is, low value symbols and high value symbols. The majors also come in 2 types, single and double majors. A double major is a single block with 2 symbols huddled together. This only happens for the top value symbols, is totally random and it counts for 2 symbols on the same payline. Yes, that means that its possible to form winning combinations of 10 of a kind!
Majors and double majors include the lion, elephant, leopard and zebra. Minor symbols are the themed royals commonly used as filler symbols in many pokies.
This is a really powerful feature. It is triggered by a stack of majors or double majors on the first reel. These symbols are frozen in place while the reels spin again. If, once the respin has been completed another of the same symbol or a wild, lands on the reels, another respin is awarded. The respins keep rolling in until either no more of the same symbol lands on the reels, including wilds, or the reels are covered with the same symbol.
As the sun dips out of view, night falls on the African savannah. The moon sheds its light and the free spins counter pops up to the left.
Triggered by the multi-wattle Majestic Safari logo, the number of free spins awarded depends on the amount of triggering scatters. Players can cash in on between 10 and 20 free spins played at the triggering bet. There are no multipliers here and no re-triggering either.
The best part about this theme is the visuals which replaces the lack of a story line. The free spins are triggered on average once every 175 spins, but what really seems to maintain player interest are the re-spins. With frozen majors, there is a much bigger opportunity to win.