Tahiti Gold is the successor of ELK Studios Ecuador Gold. Even if you’re not aware of this, you’ll find this slot awfully familiar in its setup. The graphics are very similar and once more adventurer Kane features on the reels. Now, however, we’re looking at the Tahitian jungle in the background, which is quite impressive. The reels are set above a waterfall, which is also nicely done.
Whenever the symbols fall of the reels, we catch a glimpse of the almost paradise-like surroundings and an ancient beached frigate.
The reels are framed by two totem poles, by the way. And we get various totem symbols on top of that. There are three totem masks, which are the highest value symbols, paying out between 1.4x and 1.8x our stake for 6 of a kind. Then there are four animal symbols, showing frog, shark, turtle and gecko as well as four abstract symbols representing the four elements, it would seem.
Kane himself is the most valuable symbol on the reels, paying out 3.5x our stake. Oddly, Kane appears to have been crowned king of the Tahitians, wearing a crown and other jewelry.
You can play this game from 0.20 to 100.00.
Tahiti Gold comes with two extra features that Ecuador Gold did not have. Both features are present in the base game and the free spins:
Eye of Tiki: The Eye of Tiki symbol looks like an All-Seeing-Eye, or an eye in a pyramid. Two or more of this symbol on the reels will result in a cut-out area between those symbols. In that area, all symbols will be removed, making room for new symbols. Sometimes you may only get two adjacent symbols of the Eye of Tiki, which means only those two will then be removed.
Wild Forge: This symbol looks like a sun and only lands on reels 3, 4, 5 and 6. It will lock into position where it lands and may turn the spaces below into wilds, if they are empty after scoring a winning combination. Multiple Wild Forge symbols may land on the reels.
And this is, of course, easier because of the avalanche wins, meaning, any winning combinations explode off the reels anyway and make room for new symbols dropping in from above. Plus, with any consecutive win, another row of symbols is added to the top. Where you start out with 6 reels and 4 rows and 4,096 ways to win, the rows can expand up to 8 rows. With each row, paylines are added as well.
In Tahiti Gold you don’t get free spins but free drops. You need 3, 4, 5 or 6 bonus symbols to trigger 10, 15, 20 or 25 free drops. The colours become negative and fluorescent, which makes for cool graphics but is difficult to look at when the room is dark and only your screen is bright. Your safety level is set at the standard 4 rows, but as you get consecutive wins are rows added to your reels, your safety level climbs. This means, even on a losing drop, your reels are not reset to 4 rows but stay at 5, 6 or however many rows you got up to 8, of course.
As already mentioned, the Eye of Tiki and the Wild Forge are still active. And 3 more bonus symbols would get 10 more free spins, etc.
Oh, and mega symbols are part of the game throughout, which can be any size from 2×2 to 4×4, making big wins possible, if they land in the right spot.
The theoretical RTP (Return to Player) of Tahiti Gold is 96.1%, which is an average value. The slot can be quite volatile, despite giving us between 4,096 and 262,144 ways to win. Avalanche wins can be quite successful, however.
Since the wins are generally small in such slots, you will rarely see big wins, even though you could theoretically win 5,000x your bet or €500,000, which is incredible. Indeed, the extra features that weren’t present in Ecuador Gold do make this game much more worthwhile. And you’ll benefit often enough that you can consider yourself a winner here and there. Out of the two games we are more inclined towards Tahiti Gold.
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