We have enjoyed some seriously high quality nature-themed slots over the years, especially more recently with the likes of NetEnt’s Jungle Spirit: Call Of The Wild going down the authentic route and Birdz from Games Warehouse taking much more of a fun approach. Microgaming takes us along the former path with King Tusk Slot, a five reel. A 25 payline slot game that has more in common with Raging Rhino and Respin Rhino. And, with three bonus game variants to choose from, there is plenty of treasure to take home from this visit to the African savannah.
Our reel case sits in front of the stretching savannah, its hues of golden brown and glimpses of other wild animals in the background set the scene perfectly. As this slot’s name suggests, King Tusk is all about elephants. The eponymous King Tusk is this slot’s Wild, and can appear as single Wilds before randomly stacking to form Stacked Wilds and deliver extra win potential. Any other game symbol can randomly turn Wild during the base game, too, to add an extra level of Wild promise to our game-play.
As for the symbols themselves, the high-paying elephant Family and Cow and Baby symbols are backed up by less inventive 9s through Aces, though at least Microgaming has decorated these with various flora, fauna and smaller creatures native to the African plains. A drumroll accompanies each spin, returning with aplomb to add verve to the various Free Spins bonus features on offer here.
To trigger the Free Spins bonus game we must land three King Tusk Scatters anywhere across the reels. Now we are faced with the most delicious of dilemmas, for we have three Free Spins varieties, each delivering 10 free spins, to choose from. Firstly, the Elephants Gone Wild Free Spins transforms every elephant symbol into a Wild symbol, meaning Wild winning combos as long as there are elephants on the reel. The Elephant Stampede, meanwhile, will see two different reels turn fully Wild for the duration of the feature. Finally, the Elephant Dance will bring an Elephant Wild onto the reels on every spin, each of which remains held in place for five spins. Thus the Wilds dance in and out to accompany the heavy drum beat that thunders along during the feature.
With three Free Spins varieties to choose from, Microgaming’s King Tusk online slot has a decent enough selection of bonus features to keep us seeking the launch of the next. The artwork, graphics and sound are as expertly finished as we would expect from a Microgaming release. While the trumpeting elephants bring brightness and fun to the game-play. The randomly appearing and stacking Wilds add up to mean that. As far as nature-themed slots go, King Tusk is a worthy effort. Especially if we walk away from this savannah with an elephantine win from a really wild Free Spins feature.