Nextgen Gaming take us deep into African jungle with their animal-themed slot, King Tiger. But don’t get too excited, there’s a lot more Atari than safari here, as this striped down game concentrates on the mechanics rather than flashy graphics. Bonuses are healthy, but how will you fare against the jungle’s 2nd in command.
Presented over a standard 5 x 3 setup with a predictable 20 paylines, this slot starts off a little average but tends to grow on you as time goes by. The background is a blurry.jpeg?auto=compress,format of tree and grass on which a set of basic reels sit, setting the tone for the game from here on in.
The signs are all there, but simple
The higher-value symbols in this slot are represented by the four main animals of the theme, these being an elephant, a buffalo, a deer and a rather large bird. The lower value symbols plump for the tried and tested playing card symbols, and range from 9 to Ace.
The King Tiger character is the wild, and will only appear over reels 2, 3 and 4, but can appear stacked on these reels. Naturally stacked wilds bring extra winning potential, and for that reason the wild is more valuable that is often the case. It still performs as wilds do, substituting for all other symbols except the scatter.
The scatter is a very attractive looking pink flower, and will activate the main bonus feature should it land in the correct pattern to do so.. Other than this it has very little in the way of usefulness, and we feel a further trick up its sleeve would have been nice. Ah, did we mention free spins?
So not so useless after all, out little pink flower comes in quite handy here. Get three or more anywhere across the reels to trigger the free spins feature. If you only get two across the reels, then don’t fear as the game will give you a combination prize. Ten free spins will follow, with all wins the result from this feature subject to a 3x multiplier. You can also retrigger the spins during the round by getting a further three or more of the redeemed pink flowers over the reels.
That dangerous little feature that none of us can resist, the gamble feature. Gamble any of your wins by hitting the gamble button at the bottom of the reels after a win, all you need to do is choose the correct suit colour of the next card drawn from the pack for a double win, guess the suit correct for a quadruple win. Play up to five times in a row if you're brave enough, but get it wrong at any point and get totally wiped out. Be careful.
King Tiger is not so bad, but let’s not get too carried away, as it is also painfully average and sparsely depressing at points. Those 1980’s graphics are sometimes just too lazy to justify, surely it’s not so difficult to make something at least look like it was developed in the 21st century.
Tigers roar in support of you when you land a win, which comes as a bit of a surprise at first, especially if you leave the volume up by accident like we did. However, generally the game does everything it sets out to do. A word of advice though, it is only bearable if you come away with a tidy win, so keep off that gamble feature and you shouldn’t be too disappointed.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring