Volatile Slot is the first release from the fledgeling game developer, Golden Rock Studios. Golden Rock Studios was founded in December 2017 by former William Hill execs, James Curwen WH’s ex-Chief Gaming Product Officer, and their former Head of Gaming Development Will Mathieson.
Golden Rock have four highly volatile slots ready to roll out before the end of 2019 and the aptly named, ‘Volatile Slot’ was the first to open its reels for business on 28th October.
Played on a standard 5x3 reel set, this game comes with 10 fixed paylines, an RTP of 96.01% and an impressive maximum payout of 25,600x the bet size.
Both the base and bonus game are enhanced by wild and multiplier wilds. The biggest wins are likely to arrive via a free spins bonus round where the wild features are triggered more frequently and with a higher likelihood of delivering wins.
You can give Volatile Slot a try from €0.10 to €100 a spin.
Design & Symbols
The action takes place off the coast of a lush tropical island where a smaller island housing a highly volatile volcano billows our plumes of smoke, awaiting its next eruption. The artwork is similar to the cartoon style you’ll find in the likes of Return of Kong Megaways™, with lush vegetation, golden shores, and the late afternoon sunlight glinting in the (for now) calm ocean. The floating reels are framed on three sides by slender tree branches, planted into the sand, held together by creeping green foliage. The soundtrack is all tribal drum beats interspersed with birdsong, and the occasional distant chant.
Low value symbols are the standard Royals 10-A. High value symbols are congas, fire pits, a timber shrine, and a Pacific Island Lady. The lady is the most valuable symbol, with 5 on a payline awarding 40x the bet size. The wild (which is also the scatter) is a miniature of the active volcano and appears on reels 2, 3, and 4. Three or more low value symbols on a payline are awarded a cash prize whereas the higher value symbols award a cash prize for 2 or more symbols on a payline.
- Exploding Wilds
- Free Spins
Regular wilds (known here as Volcanic Wilds) will, on occasion, randomly transform into Exploding Wilds. When an exploding wild appears the Volcano symbol will erupt and leave behind a 2x, 3x, or 4x win multiplier. Exploding multipliers appearing on more than one reel are multiplier together, meaning that a maximum wild win multiplier of 64x is possible (4x4x4).
3 wilds landing on the same base game spin awards 10 free spins which can be retriggered. During the bonus round the likelihood of Volcanic and Exploding Wilds increases. As such the likelihood or retriggers and bigger wins are also greater.
Our Thoughts on Volatile Slot
Golden Rock’s own tagline for their very first release is, “Volatile by name, volatile by nature, this is a hardcore slot for the serious gambler.” This is advice you’d do well to heed as with very little in the way of base game extras to interrupt your spins this is a slot which will suck you dry in very little time if you aren’t very careful with your bankroll management.
This isn’t to say that this game is one to avoid but as the tagline suggests, it may not be for everyone. The design and artwork aren’t spectacular, but I also wouldn’t be so harsh as to say it is rudimentary; there are some nice animations and it is aesthetically pleasing.
What Volatile Slot does have, and in buckets, is plenty of potentials – 25,600x the bet size type potential. It would seem that Golden Rock has wagered that getting the serious gamblers and the high volatility junkies on board first is the best way forward – perhaps later down the line they’ll gun for the much larger (but less rewarding) market of low-risk or casual punters.
Many highly volatile games are very limited in their features and rely solely on one feature round (usually free spins) to keep the players coming back, and so is the case here. Golden Rock don’t try to disguise it either, plainly stating on the game’s info pages that your chances of hitting the features and winning big are far greater during the free spins round. Furthermore, once in the free spins round, if your total bonus round win is less than 20x your bet size than another 10 free spins are automatically awarded.
In summary, this is most definitely a slot which does as it says on the tin and not a bad first effort from Golden Rock Studios. A volatile slot indeed – serious gamblers only need apply.