Ecuador Gold (ELK Studios): Review
In this adventure themed slot brought to you by courtesy of ELK Studios we're invited to join Kane, a pissed off looking fortune seeker in his best years, on a quest for riches that will take us to the Temple of Luck and a treasure chamber so magnificent it would make Smaug envious.
Inspired by the legend of El Dorado and playable across all devices from between 0.20€ to 100€ per spin, Ecuador Gold features 6 columns and 4096 paylines that can expand up to a staggering 262,144 ways to win. It benefits from Avalanche mechanics that gives you a chance to win repeatedly from a single spin while also expanding the paylines. You'll also come across Ghosting Wilds as well as Super, Mega and Epic symbols. There's also a free spins feature where expanded paylines remain in place throughout the session.
It barely needs to be said - the first thing that comes to mind upon loading the slot is Bonanza. There's even a mention of 117,649 win ways for crying out loud. Whether a pun, a tribute to the paragon of the genre or just mathematical coincidence, we can clearly picture a few eyes rolling in the offices Down Under. All jokes aside, ELK Studios means business here and have obviously mobilised their best designers, for what appears before us is nothing short of impressive.
Set within a treasure chamber and flanked by stone pillars covered in ancient sculped motifs, you will come across 4 stone carved low-value symbols in various shapes along with 4 medium-value symbols represented by crocodiles, birds, snakes and leopards. In the premium group, you'll see 3 golden face sculptures as well as Kane himself who yields 3 times your stake for 6 across a payline. The symbols may also appear as super, mega and epic symbols of size 2x2, 3x3 and 4x4. Big symbols clear away smaller symbols as they make their way downwards. The golden sun is the wild and replaces all other symbols bar the bonus scatter.
Ecuador Gold (ELK Studios): Features
Ecuador Gold is a slot that utilises Avalanche mechanics - winning symbols explode to make way for new symbols dropping from above, giving you a chance to land consecutive wins. Additionally, the next symbol drop will increase the row by 1, subsequently expanding the paylines accordingly:
- 4 rows: 4,096 ways to win
- 5 rows: 15,625 ways to win
- 6 rows: 46,656 ways to win
- 7 rows: 117,649 ways to win
- 8 rows: 262,144 ways to win
The rows revert back to default when no more winning combinations appear.
Aside from the regular wild symbols there's also a Ghosting wild symbol. Only appearing in column 3, 4, 5 and 6, the Ghosting wild moves a random number of steps, leaving a trail of wilds in its path.
The main feature in Ecuador Gold is the Avalanche Free Drops bonus feature - it's triggered by landing 3, 4, 5 or 6 scatter symbols and will award you 10, 15, 20 or 25 free drops respectively. In contrast to the base game, where expanded paylines revert back to default mode as a result of a losing spin, here you will benefit from the Safety Level feature. Starting at 4 rows (4,096 paylines) and with the same Avalanche mechanics applied, expanded rows will remain in place throughout. As a result, 4 wins will grant you 8 rows and 262,144 paylines for the rest of the bonus session.
Ecuador Gold (ELK Studios): Verdict
Ecuador Gold is undoubtedly one of Elk Studios best recent efforts and a competent addition to the symbol drop category. Visually, it looks fantastic, and the flow of the gameplay is smooth and free of any hiccups to annoy us. There are plenty of extras in the base game to keep you entertained while waiting for the bonus to drop and the colossal symbols in combination with the expanding paylines can result in quite decent wins even outside of the bonus. Capped at a max payout of 250,000€, Ecuador Gold can award wins of 2500 times your stake.
Game description: Reels: 6 | Rows: 4-8 | Paylines: 4,096-262,144 | RTP: 96.1% | Max Payout: 2500x | Volatility: H (9/10) | Bets: 0.20 - 100 EUR | Bonus Frequency: 1 in 299 spins | Hit Frequency: 24,44% | Features: Ghosting Wild, Big Symbols, Avalanche Free Drops Bonus | Release Date: February 19, 2019
Bigwinboard Rating - 80%