Congo Cash by Pragmatic Play released on 21.01.2021 is a 4-reel & 5-row online slot with 432 ways to win and a 96.51% RTP. This is a Jungle-themed game offering players a max win of up to 2200x their stake. Congo Cash can be played on all devices from €0.20 to €100 per spin and is considered a high volatility game.
Congo Cash is a Jungle themed slot presented by Pragmatic Play in partnership with Wild Streak Gaming. The game has an unusual mechanic with the middle section of the top row containing scatter triggered prizes which don’t contribute towards base game wins. Due to the nature of the unusual bonus trigger, instant cash prizes, 3 separate jackpots, and up to 100 free spins can be won, potentially all on the same spin!
How to win big in Congo Cash – Jewel Board
As briefly noted above, the scatter triggered bonus(es) consist of instant cash wins, free spins, and 3 different jackpots. All the bonus prizes are contained on what is referred to as the ‘Jewel Board’. The jewel board consists of 3 jewels which take the place of regular symbols in positions 2, 3, and 4 or the top row. Although these 3 positions sit within the game board’s 5x4 structure, the jewel board is separated from the main game by the patterned frame of the reel set.
There are 3 types of jewel:
Red Jewels: Contain cash values of between 5x and 200x the bet size. Blue Jewels: Contain between 8 and 100 free spins. Purple Jewels: Contain Minor (25x), Major (100x), and Grand (2,000x) Jackpots
2 sets of scatters landing together trigger release the jewels; butterfly scatters which appear on reels 1 and 5, and Congo Cash scatters which appear on reels 2, 3, and 4. Both Butterfly symbols must land along with at least one Congo Cash scatter to trigger a release from the jewel board. One Congo Cash scatter landing along with both butterfly scatters releases the jewel directly above the Congo Cash scatter. Likewise, both butterflies along with 2 or 3 Congo Cash scatters releases 2 or all 3 of the jewels.
- From my experience playing Congo Cash, the biggest wins actually tend to come from the instant cash wins.
However, when free spins are collected the chances of releasing more jewels seem to increase significantly which inevitably leads to more instant wins and/or free spins or jackpots. During free spins, a Diamond Wild is guaranteed every spin on the reel where the free spins jewel dropped.
- 432 Ways to Win.
Congo Cash operates a ways to win reel mechanic whereby 3 or more matching symbols anywhere on adjacent reels stating from the leftmost reel constitutes a win. Therefore, the total number of legitimate paylines is calculated by multiplying the number of symbols in each reel together. Due to the middle three symbols on the top row cut out for the Jewel Board, the total number of ways to win is 4x3x3x3x4 = 432.
Look and Feel of Congo Cash
Congo Cash isn’t anything particularly spectacular to look at, in fact it looks a little dated as do many of Pragmatic Play’s more standard slots. However, it is certainly competent and displays a jungle scene with swaying palm leaves and twitching bushes. The presence of a not especially happy looking Gorilla to the left of the reel set adds an air of menace to the otherwise cartoon like artwork.
10-A royals make up the lows, with 5 jungle animals acting as the game’s premium symbols. The Gorilla is the most valuable, with a full line worth 10x the bet size. See below for the full paytable (based on a €1 spin)
It took me a while to get into Congo Cash and my first impressions weren’t great. The artwork was dated, the wins were low, and the bonus set up seemed a little confusing. Also, my first couple of wins were instant wins which, although lucrative on occasions, sends you immediately back into the, quite frankly, boring as hell base game. Neither were my first impressions of free spins great as, despite winning on almost every spin, the overwhelming majority of the symbols pay really poorly, and it was rare to get a win above 5x on a spin.
However, after a while, the nature of free spins became more apparent as I started to trigger more jewels during the bonus round, and I managed to rack up a good series of enjoyable wins.
The jury is still out on whether I’d actually recommend this game as the base game can be interminable. Also, for a highly volatile slot, a max win of 2,200x doesn’t really seem big enough. Nevertheless, there is fun to be had in the jungle if you can find it.
Disclaimer: the game’s RTP and min/max bet may vary depending on operator and jurisdiction. Use our data as a pointer, but always make sure you check the real RTP by locating the help file directly in the game itself once loaded.