Roaming Reels is a safari-themed slot from Australian developer Ainsworth. Based on a brick and mortar casino classic, the online version is a fast-paced 5 reel, 100 payline slot that comes with a bonus round that offers up to 20 free spins. Go hunting for a big one from between £1 and £75 per spin.
Set against the night time backdrop of the African plains, the reels include a variety of wild animal symbols. Look out for paw prints, antelopes, emus, zebras and outlines of Africa on the reels the latter is the top paying standard symbol offering 1,000 times your line bet if you land 5 in a single payline. Joining the big beasts are playing card values from A to 10.
The mighty lion is the game’s wild and only features on the 3 central reels – the king of the jungle can appear as a stacked symbol and fill up entire reels in which he appears. The tree symbol is the scatter – land 3, 4 or 5 of them anywhere on the reels and you’ll be awarded a payout of 2, 10 or 100 times your total stake as well as being awarded 8, 12 or 20 free spins.
The Free Games feature plays out on a new set of reels with the lion wild now only hitting on reels 1, 3 and 5. The paw symbol now appears as stacked and pays out 20x rather than 5x as found in the base game. You can also trigger more free spins, 5 at a time, by landing 3 or more of the tree scatter during the feature.
This safari-themed slot may not be overburdened with features, but the stacked symbols and 100 paylines mean that there are plenty of winning opportunities to be had. The sound and visuals are pretty standard fare, in the base game at least – things really come to life in the feature thanks to the bouncing African-style soundtrack which is a big uptick on the generic bangs and bleeps that dominate the base game action.
The original Roaming Reels proved to be a big hit in live casinos and Ainsworth has kept to much the same formula for its online conversion – the pace is high thanks to the 100 paylines and there’s plenty of scope to secure a decent win via the feature where up to 20 initial free spins are on offer.
It’s not the most innovative slot you’ll ever come across, but for a solid overall performer that’s well designed and easy to play, then this African adventure ticks the boxes. If you like the theme, you cannot go wrong with Playtech’s White King or WMS Gaming’s Raging Rhino.