Who doesn’t love a heist? But a slots heist reminiscent of Ocean’s Eleven with an animal twist? It’s got online slots gold written all over it. The slots studio responsible for such a treat? ELK Studios, of course, the Swedish slots impresarios that brought us Kaiju and Wild Seas. ELK has gone from strength to strength with each subsequent release, and Lake’s Five Slot is a worthy addition to its catalogue. With five reels, 178 Ways to Win and a jackpot of up to 216,000 coins this is one heist that we’d be happy to come out of retirement for.
Ocean had eleven, Lake has five. Such is the set up in this slot’s intro, an intro that doesn’t go as full on epic as the trailer for this release, or others of ELK’s recent online slots. But it gets us where we need to be. The 70s. We are looking to rescue Lily, the town’s favourite monkey, from the evil Mr. Romano and scoop some of his loot to boot. Elmer the elephant, Alf the alligator, Pete the parrot, Genie the goldfish and Mike the Monkey accompany Mr. Lake the, err…moose.
Mr. Lake’s accomplices make up our high paying game symbols, appearing stacked across the five reels and four rows that deliver 178 Ways to Win. A Diamond in a goldfish bowl and a Doctor’s Bag make up the remaining symbols and, with ELK including its trademark Betting Strategies options, we have plenty to keep things fresh in the base game. As for Mr. Lake himself, as the ringleader he takes his place as our Wild and our Scatter, peeking out from behind the Game Logo Scatter to become Walking Wilds.
ELK has used Walking Wilds to great effect before, not least in its award-winning Wild Toro and Wild Seas slots. Here, Mr. Lake appears from behind the Game Logo Scatter to become Wild when we land two Game Logos on reels 1, 3 or 5. He then walks down the reels, step by step and spin by spin, completing Wild wins as he goes. But should we land another Game Logo, Mr. Lake will emerge to make three Wilds/Scatters and trigger the Lake’s Five Free Spins feature. We now have 10 free spins to land as many wins as we can, with our eyes drawn to unlit Walking Wilds, Sticky Wilds and Climbing Wilds signs above reels 1, 3 and 5.
Landing three keys on either of those reels initiates the relevant feature, with the potential for Wilds abound. Should these Wilds meet, they become Multiplying Wilds to boot. And for every key we land we receive an additional free spin to prolong our bonus adventure and give us the best shot at heading off with a haul of Mr. Romano’s cash in our doctor’s bags.
Only the award-winning ELK could piggyback on Ocean’s Eleven with this kind of chutzpah and get away with it, scot-free. But that’s precisely what Mr. Lake and his gang are after in this online slot, and if they get away with the heist of the century, so do we. The more the merrier, then. Following the Lake’s Five Free Spins feature and the various Wilds it promises, we’ll be looking to head back from Romano’s tower with plenty more than a monkey in tow.