The slot game that’s so hot, they named it twice!
Swedish game supplier Thunderkick is the creator of the volcanic Lava Lava slot and it comes with brilliant visual features, much like many of their other games. It leaves games like the 777 Rainbow Respins slot in the shade to be honest.
Set on an erupting volcanic island filled with strange totems, this is an adventure, alright! The graphics are impressive here. The game play isn’t too bad either; with a colourful 5-reel and 3-row grid, combinations jump up out of the grid when landing.
But is this game all about the visuals? Let’s take a peek at the game play of this smoking hot slot by the good people at Thunderkick.
Lava Lava Slot Design
There’s lots of movement going on in this game which the Wombat understands may not be for everyone, but I love it personally. This game has ants in its pants! Smoke rises from active volcanos as rectangle people bounce about and give a cheer for each win, while the face symbols smile and stick their tongues out. Yeah!
The background is a bright orange cloudy affair thanks to the giant volcanoes on either side of the grid that spit out fumes and ash. This is a bright and colourful game like the Lucky Lions slot.
Below the grid, rectangle-people look on in awe when you spin as there is a giant volcano goddess looming over the screen in the background. When the symbol of this lady lands, a chieftain jumps from the crowd and she blows up the reel and row she is part of lighting one of the bonus drums. The graphics really are great on this game, almost mesmerising!
The Free Spins bonus round is activated when the totem character hits all three drums.
The play button is down at the bottom of the screen to the right, keeping with the colour and feel of play very nicely.
In the screen’s bottom-left, you’ll see your balance and any wins on the last spin. The bottom-right shows your betting options.
To the top-right corner of the screen, you’ll find more game options, including an audio button, game rules and settings. The settings include music, master and effect volumes, and the space bar to spin the reels.
My favourite bit? This fireballs that come shooting off the bottom of the game placing big fiery “W” wilds across the reel set. Very cool. Or hot rather.
Lava Lava Gameplay
To kick off the gameplay, pick your bet level. On each spin, the bet can be between 0.10 and 100.00 There are 15 paylines across five reels of play on which winning symbols can land to trigger a payout.
The high volatility of this slot can mean that wins will not come as often as some games but when they do land, they can pay out well.
The symbols in play include the lower value playing cards (10 – A) in various colours covered with tribal patterns.
The purple, green, and blue tiki masks will pay out higher, and the golden flower symbol rewards up to 30x your stake.
The bright golden Wild symbol is looks like a ‘W’ floating in molten lava; these can also reward 30x the stake for five across a payline.
Wild symbols get fired into the reel set in big balls of flame and will substitute for main game symbols to complete winning combinations and bring multipliers into play.
The more Wilds used across a payline, the greater the multiplier with between 2x and 32x the stake available.
This feature is included throughout the Free Spins round.
Explosive Free Spins
If you land 3 of the volcano lady Scatter symbols on the same spin, you will trigger the Free Spins feature. You will get 10 Free Spins to start with, and the feature can be retriggered during the bonus, adding five extra spins each time.
The bet size used for the triggering spin will be in play during this feature.
The payout in the bonus accumulates until the spins run out, and believe me, this prize can grow into a decent pile if you can get things flowing.
Once activated, the Free Spins run automatically and this feature is worth a watch, it’s pretty entertaining.
With each spin, a minimum of 1 Wild symbol is fired randomly onto the grid: the most I have witnessed is three on a single spin, and this can make making up winning combinations so much easier, and better still; the symbols don’t disappear after a combination is landed.
The symbol’s colours fade slightly after making a combination. However, they will stay on the grid for another spin. If this lands a win, that particular Wild will be removed.
A colossal eruption comes from behind the Volcano Goddess when the win is summed up at the end of this feature. Lava spurts out of the centre screen and the rectangle people go nuts and throw flowers in celebration.
Thunderkick has hit the ball out of the park on the Lava Lava slot with its spectacular visuals and great gameplay mechanics. The Free Spin feature can lead to some great payouts with sticky Wilds and multipliers. We love it, nice job!
The totems are entertaining throughout gameplay, and that feeling when the payout is made after the Free Spins, as the Volcano Lady erupts is great.
Wombat Score: 3.9/5
What is the volatility of Lava Lava?
This slot is a high variance slot meaning payouts could be few and far between, but they should be more significant on average when they land. Remember, this is only an average based on long term play.
Are free spins available in Lava Lava?
Yes, you are awarded 10 free spins if you land the bonus feature.
What is the most I can win playing Lava Lava?
The maximum win in Lava Lava is a whopping 10,000x your stake!
What other Thunderkick games are good?
Thunderkick are one of our favourite slot designers. Try Esqueleto Explosivo, Luchadora and Gods of Rock. Odin’s Gamble is pretty good too.