The kings of the African plains come to life in NetEnt’s Serengeti Kings online slot. A grassy savannah forms the backdrop for the rustic wood-framed reels. Meticulously illustrated African animals that almost seem life-like are the game symbols and create a delightful visual experience. The imagery is accompanied by pulse-elevating tribal African rhythmic drumming. The game’s bonus features include wilds, lion + panther spins, free spins and paid free spins to help you find your path to the jackpot prize.
As you spin, lion and panther symbols that land on the reels will each be added to counters on either side of the reels. The left-hand counter tallies up your lion symbols collected, while the right-hand side keeps track of the number of Panther symbols. Every 12 spins, the slot switches between lion and panther mode. Lion mode takes place during the daytime and Panther mode at night.
On the 12th spin of either mode, the game stops collecting symbols and distributes all the collected symbols onto the reels. Lion and Panther symbols that end up being placed on top of each other will be replaced with wilds. When a lion or panther symbol lands on an identical symbol or a wild, the multiplier increases by 1. The multipliers are reset every 12 spins and this feature is constantly active throughout the base game and free spins mode.
If 3 or more scatters appear on the reels, the free spins mode will be activated. You immediately get 12 free spins with the number of scatters determining how many of your collected lion and panther symbols you will start the free spins feature with.
During free spins, the lion and panther symbols will be collected as normal, but the difference here is that, on the 12th spin, both sets of gathered symbols will be released onto the reels all at once, which can lead to the appearance of a lot of wild symbols and a massive multiplier to boot.
If you’re too impatient to wait for 3 or more scatter symbols, you can always buy your free spins. Note that the wager required is quite hefty – you will pay a minimum of 50x, 80x, and 240x your stake for 3, 4 or 5 scatters respectively. (This feature is not available in the UK due to regulatory restrictions).
The Serengeti Kings slot game has a well-thought-out combination of features that keep the energy of the gameplay rolling. The constant collection of the lion and panther symbols and switching between day and night modes every 12 spins provides regular stimulation and excitement throughout your experience. This feature carries over well into the free spins feature with the ever-present possibility of filling the reels with high-value symbols, wilds and multipliers giving you a decent chance at the slot’s ultimate payout.
The game does slouch a bit in some areas; the small payout for the low-value symbols may cause you some frustration during the base game. Waiting on the result of your 12th spins to see how the lion or panther symbols stack up seems to be the main saving grace of what could have otherwise been a mundane base game experience. Buying free spins is a handy option, but can cost you dearly if you don’t luck out and grab a huge win while the feature is active, so you will have to think carefully before carelessly throwing your money at this tempting prospect. Overall, this title plays well and occasionally pays well, so you may likely be back for a few goes at the big prize.