Adventure PIGGYPAYS El Dorado: Slot Overview
El Dorado, the so-called 'City of Gold' may not have existed IRL, despite concerted efforts to find it, but it certainly shows up on a regular basis in online gambling. Makes sense. Developers get to mix in romantic allusions to a place where fortunes can be found with the rich, vibrant cultures of South/Central America. This time it's the turn of Games Global associates SpinPlay Games in an online slot bearing the lengthy title Adventure PIGGYPAYS El Dorado. In this interpretation of the El Dorado tale, exotic imagery is joined by a PIGGYPAYS Cash Bank collection feature and a PIGGYPAYS Free Spins extra accompanying it.
Adventure PIGGYPAYS El Dorado is played on a 5x3 game grid with 20 fixed paylines, set before a raging South/Central American waterfall. It's not exactly an Iguazu Falls-level torrent, but the light blue water and miscellaneous other cultural pieces make for a nice atmosphere. The piggy bank parts are pretty random. They don't obtrusively take over the show since they sit pretty quietly up above the reels, but are they kind of out of place, though? Let's see how it pans out.
Built with two RTP models, Adventure PIGGYPAYS El Dorado either has a return value of 96.46% or 94.20%, depending on operator settings. At the higher return level, players can expect a hit rate of 26.98% from the game's highly volatile math model. That means slightly better than 1 in 4 spins will technically return a winner, which happens when at least three matching symbols land along a payline from the leftmost side of the gaming panel. Certain things in Adventure PIGGYPAYS El Dorado are saved at the current bet level, more on this below, where stake options range from 20 p/c to $/€20 per spin.
Time for some symbols and the less lucrative batch include 10 though Ace card rank tiles, followed by a gold bracelet, a necklace, a helmet on a pile of coins, and an impressively carved green statue as the highest. Hit a five-of-a-kind winning line to collect 1x the bet for the royals or 2-5x the bet for the premiums. Lastly, step pyramid wilds appear on all five reels to either substitute for any paying symbol or make wins of themselves worth up to ten times the bet.
Adventure PIGGYPAYS El Dorado: Slot Features
In SpinPlay Games' version of El Dorado, the studio has decked the game out with a Random Reveal, PIGGYPAYS Cash Bank, a PIGGYPAYS Free Spins Bank, and free spins.
On each spin, there is a chance the Random Reveal symbol transforms into a regular pay symbol or a wild. This occurs after all reels land, or a PIGGYPAYS jackpot is awarded.
PIGGYPAYS Cash Bank
When 1 or 2 of any type of Bonus symbols hit, they can make a contribution to the PIGGYPAYS Cash Bank. The value of the Cash Bank is equal to the current bet plus the total of the contribution value. This total value is specific to each bet level, and the value is locked during free spins. The Random Reveal symbol is needed to win the Cash Bank values. So, landing 2, 3, 4, or 5 adjacent stacks of Random Reveal symbols awards the displayed PIGGYPAYS Cash Bank value multiplied by 5x, 25x, 200x, or 2,500x, respectively. Only the highest jackpot value is awarded.
PIGGYPAYS Free Spins Bank
The total value in the PIGGYWAYS Free Spins Bank is equal to 9 free spins plus the contributed free spins - landing 2 or less of any Bonus symbol type can contribute extra free spins to the Free Spins Bank. To access the bonus round, landing 2 Bonus symbols with one of these Bonus symbols awards the respective free spins feature:
- Mini Bonus symbol – Mini Free Spins where PIGGYWAYS Scatters land with multipliers of x1, x2, or x3.
- Minor Bonus symbol – Minor Free Spins where PIGGYWAYS Scatters land with multipliers of x2, x3, or x4.
- Major Bonus symbol – Major Free Spins where PIGGYWAYS Scatters land with multipliers of x3, x5, or x7.
- Mega Bonus symbol – Mega Free Spins where PIGGYWAYS Scatters land with multipliers of x5, x7, or x10.
When a PIGGYWAYS scatter lands on a free spin, the value in the PIGGYWAYS Cash Bank is awarded. If the PIGGYWAYS scatter lands with a multiplier, the Cash Bank value is awarded at the multiplier level. Should more than one scatter land, the multipliers are added together. The PIGGYPAYS Free Spins Bank is not available during the free spins feature.
Adventure PIGGYPAYS El Dorado: Slot Verdict
First off, the pigs in South/Central America came across as a little head-scratching initially. Adventure PIGGYPAYS El Dorado does weave a couple of collection systems into its gameplay, so the piggy bank idea helps meld the two concepts together, but still, some jarring juxtaposition occurred from start to end, diminishing toward the finish though, after grasping how the game could potentially strut its stuff. A quick trip through SpinPlay Games' catalogue revealed quite a few slots that share common mechanics, like Amazing Link, so perhaps, the studio is warming up to drop the PIGGYPAYS concept in a bunch of future games. In which case, the background is probably less important than it might have been.
It meant that Adventure PIGGYPAYS El Dorado didn't have anywhere near the same immersion of games as Gonzo's Quest Megaways or even Gonzita's Quest had. However, its PIGGYWAYS system has merit, so if you like collecting things in slots, Adventure PIGGYPAYS El Dorado is worthy of grabbing a virtual machete and hacking on in for some further exploration. Technically, the game has a number of quite interesting ways of nabbing some dosh, namely, combining the Cash Bank with those Random Reveal multipliers or with PIGGYWAYS scatters in free spins. It might sound easier to accomplish on paper than in practice, but potential is here, to the tune of over 20,000x the bet.
That number might not be the fulfilment of the El Dorado legend, but it's a solid amount and helps legitimise the whole Adventure PIGGYPAYS El Dorado experience. Without it, the odd porcine/El Dorado mash-up would have been tougher to swallow, and the game would have likely even struggled to catch anyone's attention.
Weak presentation and mediocre features hinder Adventure PIGGYPAYS El Dorado from going places.