Mount Magmas: Slot Overview
Developed as a LeoVegas Original, Mount Magmas from Push Gaming sees the studio move into the dangerous yet exciting world of volcanology. It takes a certain kind of person to study volcanoes up close; most people prefer to keep a safe distance between themselves and any chance of being showered in molten rock. It will also take a certain person to take on Mount Magmas, being a slot bearing two jackpots and a math model that shows absolutely no mercy.
Even the keenest volcanologist might be hesitant about braving the game world of Mount Magmas. Two active cones smoke menacingly in the distance, around a 5x5, 20-payline game grid. The foreground is equally shaped by violent geological activity, furthering the menace. A plodding soundtrack thickens the mood, producing a Mordor-esque scene, one without orcs or Sauron's roaming eye, of course.
Playable on any device, Mount Magmas allows stakes of 20 p/c to £/€100 per spin to be set. Stakes feed the jackpots, and the larger the bet, the greater the chance of winning one of them. The RTP sits comfortably at 96.50%, of which 8% is the theoretical amount returned to players via the jackpots. As expected, the game is highly volatile as well, so brace for a wild ride if you plan to take on Mount Magmas.
One way of collecting coins is by hitting winning combinations of matching symbols left to right across the grid. Low pay symbols need at least three to do so, consisting of 4 variously leaden looking rocks - 3 gems make up the middle of the paytable, while 3 larger crystal formations are the high pays. High pays are worth magnitudes of value more than the rest. One reason is they pay out for two of a kind hits, or up to 75-500x the bet for five of a kind. Also, they come stacked on each reel, so are technically capable of tremendous full-screen wins. The lava laden wild symbol is worth the same amount as the top-paying premium in combinations of itself, while also substituting any symbol except the Magma Rock Symbol.
Mount Magmas: Slot Features
To have a shot at winning either of the game's two jackpots – the Daily or the Mega, you'll need to trigger the Volcano Bonus feature. During the base game, if a Magma Rock Symbol lands, it flies off to one of the smoking volcanos, and there is a chance of activating the Volcano Bonus feature.
This feature starts with a Magma Spin. A list of rewards spins horizontally, and whatever it stops on becomes the top prize in the Volcano Bonus. The prize could be a multiple of the stake in the thousands or the Jackpot. If it is an instant prize, it will be the highest reward that can be won during the feature.
Next, it's on to a picking game with 11 rows of selectable tiles. Tiles reveal instant prizes, advance symbols, or game over symbols. Instant prizes can have a value of 1x to 20,000x, advances move you up a level, and game over symbols are self-explanatory. The top prize is hidden behind one of two tiles on the top row. Make it to the end, and you can just imagine how intense trying to pick a tile would be.
The Daily Jackpot starts at the same time each day and is guaranteed to pay out within a set period. Players can keep track of this via a timer next to the jackpot total. Each bet feeds the pot, with no maximum amount, but there is a starting value of €1,000.
The Mega Jackpot is also fed on each spin and displays a maximum value on the right-hand side of the screen. The closer it gets to this amount, the more likely it is to trigger. The Mega Jackpot has a seed value of €50,000.
Mount Magmas: Slot Verdict
Mount Magmas lies dormant for the vast majority of the time, steadily, consistently doing jack all except draining your balance. Waves of dead spins flow past, interspersed by small wins, predominantly from those darn grey rocks that struggle to amount to anything. Maybe we caught it on a bad day, hard to say, yet it was a real test of patience. If you take on Mount Magmus, you'll really need to focus on the Daily or Mega Jackpot to stay motivated. Its punishing regime of low value, dead spins, can be a monumental challenge. The low number of paylines doesn't exactly help either.
Minor sparks can start eruptions, as they say, so if your fortitude pays off, then Mount Magmas can shower in coins. The stacked high pay tiles are surprisingly good at putting together a juicy win, using a minimal number of symbols. Seeing seas of them float by while reels are spinning can be a motivator, considering a screen of the red crystals would be worth 10,000x the bet. Yet, they can equally frustrate, depending on your mood and how healthy the balance looks. Even landing stacked symbols on just two reels produce an okay win to keep you going – their values emphasised by the lack of excitement going on elsewhere.
This brings us to the Volcano Bonus Feature, a simple process, though far from being an easy one. There are a lot of layers to get through, after all, to reach the upper echelons of prizes. Much like the rest of the game, the Volcano Bonus taunts, it teases, and on the slim chance you make it, massive wins can be collected in what is a very all or nothing game.
It's not Push Gaming's most exciting title, but true to form, Mount Magmas is eye wateringly volatile, equally comfortable with taking or receiving. As a LeoVegas exclusive, its jackpots are sure to tempt, though it's not really a game worth jumping ship for.
Mount Magmas is a slow burn of a game for the majority of the time that can ignite at any moment to deliver Daily or Mega Jackpots.