Head to the sunlit plains of Africa in Hot Safari, a 5 to 6 reel, 25 payline slot from Pragmatic Play. This wild animal-themed game comes with expanding wilds, a win multiplier that is applied on every successful spin and can top 10x, a super wild re-spin where one wild is added to each reel and a free spins feature. Play from between 25p and £125 per spin.

Set against the backdrop of the African savanna, the reels include Pragmatic Play’s usual lower value playing cards alongside meerkat, gazelle, zebra, rhino and elephant symbols. 5 elephants on a payline will get you 400 coins. The mighty lion is the game’s wild, replacing all other symbols bar the scatter. Whenever the wild lands in the middle position, it will expand to fill the whole of that reel.

You’ll notice a 6th reel which includes a selection of multipliers of between 1x and 10x – on every winning spin, the original payout is boosted by the figure shown in the multiplier reel.

Also spinning around the 6th reel is a Super Wild – if the pointer lands on this, you’ll trigger the Super Wild Bonus feature. Here you’ll be awarded 1 respin with 1 wild added to each reel. As in the base game, if the wild lands in the middle position, the wild will expand to fill the whole reel.

If you’re a free spins fan, you won’t be disappointed either – land 3 of the monkey scatter to trigger the Free Spins feature where you’ll be awarded 10 free spins. The multipliers are again in play during the free spins. It’s also possible to trigger the Super Wild Bonus feature as well as trigger free spins here too (up to 20 in total).

The perfect scenario is to land a wild on the middle position of each row in conjunction with the maximum 10x multiplier. That happy circumstance will get you an enormous payout of some 4,000 times your stake!

There’s plenty of action on offer in Hot Safari – the multipliers keep the base game purring and you won’t be waiting ages to land the other features. We found the Free Spins feature to be something of an all or nothing affair. More reliable were the Super Wild Bonus respins. Land multiple wilds on the middle of the row to turn then stacked and some fine rewards are possible.

The design isn’t the most sophisticated you’ll see but we enjoyed Hot Safari. Get lucky with those wilds and this African trip could turn into a scorcher. If you like the theme, Novomatic’s African Simba is highly recommended.