Join the wild beasts on the African plains in Stampede, a 5 reel, 243 ways to win safari-themed slot powered by Eyecon. It comes with a bonus round where you can alter the volatility by varying the number of free spins and multipliers. They range from 20 free spins with a 2x multiplier to 5 free spins with a 10x boost. Play, on all devices, from between 25p and £50 per spin.

Stampede is welcome step in the right direction for Eyecon as far as design is concerned – set against a sun-kissed savannah backdrop, the reels include brightly coloured A to 9 playing cards alongside a range of wild animals. Look out for the wildebeest and rhino which pay up to 20 coins, the cheetah which awards up to 32 coins and the lion which pays up to 40 coins.

Those numbers sound a bit skinny but remember that Stampede is played using a 243 ways to win game engine. Winning combinations are created by landing the same symbol on adjacent reels so it’s possible to make multiple winning combinations from the same spin. Helping to create those winning combos is the sun which appears on reels 2, 3 and 4 only and is the game’s wild.

Stampede comes with a Free Games Bonus feature – to trigger it, you’ll need to land 3, 4 or 5 elephant scatters anywhere on the reels. As well as a cash award equal to 5, 10 or 50 times your total stake you’ll also be given the pick of a selection of free spin and multiplier combinations. The choices are:

  • 20 free spins with all wins boosted by a 2x multiplier
  • 15 free spins with all wins boosted by a 3x multiplier
  • 10 free spins with all wins boosted by a 4x multiplier
  • 8 free spins with all wins boosted by a 5x multiplier
  • 5 free spins with all wins boosted by a 10x multiplier

You can re-trigger more free spins during the feature too as you can retrigger the feature up to 15 times. That means you could theoretically get 80 free spins with a 10x multiplier or 320 free spins with a 2x multiplier. Alternatively, you can also choose a new selection of free spins and multipliers as well. Anyway, there are wins of up to 650 times your stake using the 10x multiplier!

Stampede is something of a departure for Eyecon – the improved design is a big positive. The visuals are nicely done and there’s a jaunty, African backing track. The features don’t have the variety of some slots in the Eyecon catalogue but the free spins round is solid enough, especially as you can alter the volatility.

Stampede is very good safari slot – get lucky with the free spins and it can live up to its name and deliver a Stampede of coins if the big multipliers work their magic. I also recommend NextGen Gaming’s Cash Stampede which has a similar theme and is highly volatile.