Head to the wilds of Africa in Safari Spirit, a 5 reel, 30 payline, animal themed slot from Ainsworth. This trip to the savannah comes with stacked wilds and a bonus feature that awards up to 25 free spins with all wins featuring the pawprint doubled. Play from between 30p and £100 per spin.
A sun-kissed grassland forms the backdrop to the reels in Safari Spirit. Joining the A to 9 symbols are higher value giraffe, wildebeest, leopard and lion. The mighty elephant is the game’s wild – it doesn’t offer anything in the way of payouts but does substitute for everything bar the scatter and can land fully stacked on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5.
The landscape scene is the scatter and it’s by far the most lucrative symbol on offer too. Landing 3, 4 or 5 of them anywhere on the reels on the same spin will get you a payout of 2, 10 or 100 times your total stake. You’ll also summon up the Free Games feature.
You will then receive 8, 12 or 20 free spins depending on the number of scatters that triggered the feature. These are played out on a new set of reels accompanied by a bouncing African backing track. Keep a special eye on the paw symbol during the feature.
This, along with the wild, can appear fully stacked. Whenever the paw forms part of a winning combination, that payout is doubled. Look out for the scatters too – land 3 of them on the same spin and another 5 free spins will be added to your original haul.
Like many games in the Ainsworth catalogue, Safari Spirit first appeared as a life casino slot. The slot version is a pretty faithful adaptation. The sound and visuals are straight out of a brick and mortar casino game.
Safari Spirit isn’t overburdened with features – the stacked wilds certainly help move things along and the 2x multiplier in the free spins offers decent potential. We found the bonus feature to be something of a feast of famine affair, pocketing less than 5 times our stake on some occasions but filling our proverbial boots on others.
This is a simple slot in terms of design and gameplay. If that, and the wild theme appeal, then this is a safari trek that’s worth undertaking. I also recommend you take a look at NextGen Gaming’s Cash Stampede which also has a similar theme.