Tiger Tiger: Slot Overview
Editor’s note: This review evaluates Tiger Tiger on its early access state and may still be under production. If needed, we will update this review once the game gets a full release.
Gibraltar headquartered outfit G Games has been turning out online casino games from its multiple offices since 2019, often using quirky humour to give them a dash of individuality. Past releases have included a game about vomiting unicorns, psychotic sweets, and one game pitting vegans against vampires. It was with some interest to see what the team would conjure up for Yggdrasil‘s YGS Masters Program. If you are going to get extra facetime from a studio with a longer reach, it makes sense to bring it and make an impression. Disappointingly, Tiger Tiger does none of those things, being one of the blandest slots in G Games’ line-up.
Visually, Tiger Tiger isn’t so bad, but it’s nothing out of the ordinary either. A 5×5, 25-payline grid has been set up in a jungle crawling with ruddy great tigers. Players are joined on the journey by a female wildlife expert presumably, or maybe she’s an optimistic tourist, hoping to score some snaps of the wild beasts for her social media page? Whatever her story, she’s armed with binoculars and hopefully packing a bit more heat, should the trek go awry. The biggest surprise in Tiger Tiger aesthetically is its audio effects. There are few bleeps or bloops to accompany the action taking place on the reels, though the soundtrack itself is a doozy. It’s like a Bollywood, Arabian assortment performed for a Broadway theatrical. It dives and weaves between the vines, made more apparent by the lack of anything else sonically happening.
Playable from 25 p/c to £/€50 per spin, Tiger Tiger is a low volatile game paired with mediocre potential and a theoretical return value of 95.15%. Another possibly less favourable element of Tiger Tiger is its low number of paylines in relation to its reel and row set up, knocking off a win 17.69% of the time.
Speaking of wins, they occur when at least three matching pay symbols hit left to right, except the highest paying tiger, it needs just two or more to payout. On the low side of the paytable are 10-A card icons, whereas the higher pays are the adventurer lady, a panther, a white tiger, a golden tiger and a majestic Bengal Tiger. What makes the Bengal Tiger special is not just that five of a kind are worth 200x the bet, but it lands in 1×4 size while the rest are regular 1×1 tiles. A hidden tiger, lurking in the leaves, ready to pounce from reels 2 to 4, is wild. It can substitute for any symbol except Golden Tiger Scatters, Quickhit Money symbols, or collect symbols.
Tiger Tiger: Slot Features
There is a whiff of Fishin’ Frenzy about Tiger Tiger as the two games have a similar money symbol collection system going on. As well as this, Tiger Tiger awards free spins when the right number of scatters land, plus 4 jackpots tied into the collection method.
Keep an eye out for Quickhit Money symbols, appearing on reels 1 to 4, displaying an instant cash win value. If they land at the same time as a Monkey Quickhit collect symbol on reel 5, the simian collects all of the values and awards them for you. Players can collect as many Quickhit Money symbols as there are in view. As well as possessing cash amounts, Quickhit Money symbols may display one of the 4 jackpots instead. These are the Mini, Minor, Major, of Grand, worth 50x, 100x, 200x, or 1,000x the bet. It is technically possible to win them all at once.
The last feature is free spins, triggered by the golden tiger scatter symbol available on reels 2 to 4 only. Land 3 of them to win 10 free spins. During free spins, there are more instant cash money symbols, and more cash collect symbols available on the reels. Scatters can still hit to trigger +10 extra free spins with no limits to the number of retriggers. Tiger Tiger has a hit frequency into free spins of 1 in 176 spins, theoretically.
Tiger Tiger: Slot Verdict
It didn’t take long playing Tiger Tiger for a feeling of disappointment to settle in. G Games might have done better to use some of their patented humour for the YGS release since Tiger Tiger comes over as a completely non-humorous affair. Not that it had to have been funny, but it’s just not overly fun to play at all. Lack of sound effects is one thing, yet the whole production is lacking something. There’s nothing remotely remarkable about it, or even above average, to prompt a player to say, ‘hey, why don’t I give Tiger Tiger a whirl and see what it can do.’ The one exception, and it’s a slim one, is someone hankering for Fishin’ Frenzy in a jungle full of tigers instead might be fulfilled.
You don’t need to dig as deeply to find constructive criticisms as you do compliments. It starts with the sluggish pace, the dull gameplay, and borrowed features. Tiger Tiger simply fails to generate much excitement. In a short space of time, you start daydreaming about other games you could be playing. One positive point is having the collector monkey active in the base and bonus game, plus the music occasionally sparks off exotic thought loops. Maybe if the game had bigger jackpots, Tiger Tiger could have been more enticing. The Grand’s is as good as it gets in a game where the max winning potential is 2,000 times the stake. Without landing the Grand, you are going to be mighty pressed to produce anything remotely impressive.
Unfortunately, Tiger Tiger is another unexceptional slot that dilutes the quality of the YGS Masters Program – an increasingly frequent phenomenon. Tigers are one of the most magnificent animals left in the wild, and their numbers are dwindling. Tiger Tiger fails to do the beasts any justice while being a thrill-free zone in the process.
Tiger Tiger fails to do the beasts any justice while being a thrill-free zone in the process.