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Time to Go Wild Over Microgaming’s Latest Online Slot Tiki Mania?

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32Red Casino has recently added the latest Microgaming slot Tiki Mania to their casino, this vibrantly colourful Hawaiin themed online slot was developed by Fortune Factory Studios and is being pitched as a highly volatile release.

Tiki Mania uses a regular 5×3 reel layout and comes with just 10 fixed paylines, the paytable does initially look quite disappointing with the highest paying symbol paying just 30x stake for a 5 of a kind win, thankfully there are a few nudging multiplier wilds that can come into play and boost wins by up to 3x, along with a free spins bonus round where extra free spins and re-spins can be earned.

Along with the Tiki Nudging Wilds feature, there is also a Jackpot on this machine which pays either 50x stake or 1000x stake if you manage to trigger it, the jackpots are based on purely on stake size so betting £1 makes the top jackpot £1000.

The main focus from regular play though will be triggering the free spins feature which is done by landing 3 scatters on the middle reels awarding 10 initial free spins, the same nudging Tiki wilds are in play during the bonus and should appear much more frequently too, granting re-spins of the reels as long as new wins are being created.

The Re-Spins feature can be quite nice with several winning spins in a row giving you extra wins and not using up a free spin, but given the 10 paylines, this is probably not as frequent as you might initially expect, certainly when the nudging wilds are towards the back reels of the slot.

Overall there is quite a lot packed into this machine, the base game features work nicely and it’s quite noticeable that the frequency of the nudging mechanics is higher during the bonus rounds.

You can check out all of this slots features in the gameplay video feature including the Jackpot feature!

Tiki Mania Slot- Gameplay and Bonus Features

Tiki Mania Slot - Intro Screen
Tiki Mania Slot - Base Game
Tiki Mania Slot - Bonus Trigger
Tiki Mania Slot - Nudging Wilds
Tiki Mania Slot - Super Win
Tiki Mania Slot - Bonus End
Tiki Mania Slot – Technical Summary
Paylines10
Variance/VolatilityMedium
Free SpinsYes
MultipliersYes
Re-Trigger Bonus RoundExtra Spins
Special Features

Free Spins
Nudging Multiplier Wilds
Extra Spins
Jackpot Feature
RTP (Return To Player)96.26%

Special Features

Red Tiki Wilds

The Red Tiki Wilds are present on reels 2 and 4 when they land partially on the reels they will nudge into position and create a wild reel, also granting a re-spin of the reels.

During the Re-Spin the wild reel is held in position and extra re-spins are earned every time a new winning combination is created on the reels, Multiplier Nudging Tiki Wilds are also active on the re-spins feature up to 3x in value  but these do not get held in position when a win is created.

Free Spins

The free spins bonus round is triggered by landing 3 scatters on the middle reels awarding 10 initial free spins.

During the bonus round the Tiki Nudging Wilds are more frequent and have the same nudging mechanic, with additional free spins also being earned every time a scatter lands in view.

Jackpot Feature

The Jackpot feature is triggered randomly in the base game when a Red Tiki Wild lands in view and coins are collected into the pot above the reels, after the re-spin has played out you are then transported to the jackpot feature where a prize of 50x or 1000x is awarded.

Tiki Mania Slot

Overall Opinions

The Tiki Mania slot from Microgaming/Fortune Factory Studios is a decent slot but we did have some concerns over the potential volatility as well as the low paying symbols.

Whilst there is no disputing that wins of up to 1000x stake are possible thanks to the jackpot feature, the base game and bonus rounds did feel a little underwhelming in our playtests and this was reflected in the difficulty of getting any bonus rounds over 100x stake with 50x to 75x stake being our best so far.

The mechanics to this slot are great in principle, there is no denying that multiple re-spins and multipliers are exciting, but the low paytable values and lack of paylines detract from what could have been a really exciting slot.

The RTP is there, but possibly too much of this is built into the jackpot feature and this slot would have benefited on focusing more on the base gameplay and a regular free spins with bigger wins on offer from regular play.

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