Forge of Fortunes – Play’n GO

Forge of Fortunes – Play’n GO

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You might think that you have seen your fair share of slots that feature gold bars in some format, but Play’n GO’s brand new Forge of Fortunes is definitely something different and something we haven’t seen before! This might be one of those slots that you either love or hate, so lets take a closer look and figure out which way you might lean into…

 

Overview

The first thing you see upon opening the game is also what makes this game so different compared to your average video slot; there is only three reels and one winline. Yes, you read that completely right, there is one single winline in this game. Can’t get much simpler than that, right?

Well, actually, it can, kind off. The beautiful simplicity continues with the symbols, as there are only three different symbols in the game; Gold Nugget, Coal and Slag. If you land two Gold Nugget symbols on your winline, you win your stake back and that is the only win you can get in the base game. But if you manage to land three of those Gold Nugget symbols, you trigger the Forging Respins feature and that is really what this game is all about!

The feature itself is just as simple as the rest of the game; you get a respin and then you need to land three Gold Nugget symbols on your winline to move up win levels. Each time you land three Gold Nuggets, you also move upwards on the win ladder. If you land a Coal symbol, you go down one win level instead. Landing a Slag symbol ends the feature and credits you the win amount you reached. The maximum win you can get is 2,500x your stake, which is the final win level you can reach. The win levels are multipliers of your stake and go as follows: 3x, 5x, 8x, 10x, 15x, 20x, 30x, 50x, 75x, 100x, 200x, 500x, 1,000x and 2,500x.

 

Chanz verdict

It is certain that this game might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but we love to see game developers bringing fresh new ideas to the table. This game was super simple and easy to get into, so don’t hesitate to give it a proper test yourself at Chanz.com!

 

Play responsibly. 18/21+.

Treasures of Kilauea

Treasures of Kilauea

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Kilauea is a real, active volcano located in the Hawaiian islands, and now it’s also the star of this new tropical slot from Microgaming! Treasures of Kilauea has quite common layout setup consisting of five reels with four rows in each, creating a total of 40 winlines – but where this game really shines are the innovative repeating features it has. Lets take a closer look of those!

 

Overview

There really is a lot in this game when it comes to its features. You have a couple of different Wild features that work in cycles, three different free spin feature variations and five different jackpots with fixed jackpot amounts.

When you first open up the game you will notice that there are two different counters and three additional symbols on top of your normal reels, and these are all somehow related to the different features of the slot. The counters are spin counters counting down spins until a feature is activated, and the jackpot can be won by landing a jackpot symbol in the golden frame position of the three extra symbols.

Now all Volcano symbols that you land on your reels during the normal gameplay will create a lava frame on the spot they landed which sticks on the position. The leftmost counter which starts from 10 spins counts down to a feature which will transform all the positions with lava frame into Wild symbols. Once the feature is triggered, the lava frames are removed and the counter starts over from 10.

The counter on the right side is counting down to the Eruption Spins feature which happens every 50th spin. This adds little bit extra spice to the first feature, as now after the lava frames have been turned into wilds thanks to the first feature, the volcano erupts and shoots additional wild symbols into your reels. All of these wilds will also have a win multiplier of 2x, which can create some massive hits!

Finally we have the Free Spin feature, where you can select from three different variations offering different levels of volatility. You need minimum of 3 Scatter symbols on your reels to trigger it, and here are the variations you can choose from:

3 Scatters: 15 free spins with 5 wilds OR 10 free spins with 7 wilds OR 5 free spins with 10 wilds
4 Scatters: 30 free spins with 5 wilds OR 20 free spins with 7 wilds OR 10 free spins with 10 wilds
5 Scatters: 45 free spins with 5 wilds OR 30 free spins with 7 wilds OR 15 free spins with 10 wilds

 

Chanz verdict

We really enjoyed playing this one! The countdown features are something we haven’t seen in too many slots so the idea feels fresh. It also makes the base game grinding lot more interesting and exciting, when you know that the next feature trigger is just around the corner and never further away than 10 spins! Travel to the tropical island to meet the volcano yourself at Chanz.com!

 

Play responsibly. 18/21+.

Greedy Wolf – Pragmatic Play

Greedy Wolf – Pragmatic Play

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Pragmatic Play’s new release is a cute and charming fairy tale themed slot and as you might have guessed from the name, it indeed features fairy tale classics Big Bad Wolf and Three Little Piggies as the main characters of the game.

 

Overview

The quality of the game is evident and can be seen pretty much instantly when you start spinning and playing. The visuals are just great with well made funny and characteristic animations that are fun to watch and the sound design of the game is completed all the way to funny sound effects suited for a cartoonish slot like this.

The quality of it is not just superficial though, as this slot packs a bunch of great features as well! The basic layout consists of five reels with four rows in each, giving you a total of 20 winlines. There are couple of randomly triggering features which can activate any time during the basegame. First there is the 3 Little Piggies Respin feature, which adds random wild symbols on your first three reels. These wilds turn then into moving wilds, moving one reel towards the right with every respin until there are no longer wilds present. The second random feature can only trigger after a losing spin and when triggered, the wolf will appear and blow all the symbols away. New symbols will then replace the old ones and you get a guaranteed win.

Last but not least there is the real spotlight of the game, and we are talking about the Free Spin feature of course. You need either 5 or 6 Scatter symbols to trigger it, depending on if you have the ante extra bet in use or not from the slot settings. The feature starts with six free spins and plays a bit like a building mini-game, where your aim is to upgrade the houses of the Little Piggies. You start with straw-built houses, which are positioned exactly where the original Scatter symbols landed when the free spins triggered. These houses can then be upgraded during the feature by landing more Scatter symbols in their slots. First upgrade goes from straw to wood, then from wood to bricks and lastly from bricks to castles. Finally at the end of the whole free spin feature the wolf will make an appearance and blow the houses away, revealing cash prizes inside of them. Better built house also brings a better cash prize of course.

 

Chanz verdict

Like we said early on in the review, you can just see and feel that this is a quality game. It is very well designed and fun to play, and this is also one of those slots that suits well even for total casino beginners thanks to its medium variance. Give it a go yourself at Chanz.com!

 

Play responsibly. 18/21+.

Ark of Ra – Microgaming

Ark of Ra – Microgaming

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Ancient Egypt themed slot of the month! That might be bit of an exaggeration, but this is really a theme that never seems to go out of style among the game developers! Microgaming’s just released Ark of Ra is one more to the long list of titles in this genre, but it stands out with its great visuals – and it is the debut creation of the game developer studio Circular Arrow (published by Microgaming).

 

Overview

The slot has a very common layout of five reels with three rows in each of them, creating a total of 20 winlines. The overall setting is quite majestic looking however, as your reels are nicely nestled between some massive ancient columns with Egyptian god statues on the sides.

On the left side of your reels you can see the three best symbols in the game; the Wild-symbol, which replaces any other symbol to create a win, and the two top-tier symbols. These two top-tier symbols are also special in the way that they can land on your reels stacked up to 1×3 size covering the whole reel.

There is also a Coin Collect Meter above each of your reels, with slots for two coins. These can be filled by landing Coin Symbols on the reel below and when you manage to fill up both of the slots in the Coin Collect Meter, you are awarded with a full Wild Reel which remains active for two spins.

Finally there is also a free spin feature in the slot, which is triggered very traditionally by landing three Scatter symbols on reels 1, 3 and 5. Here you can select from three different options with varying degrees of volatility;

High volatility: 2 free spins with 3 guaranteed Wild Reels active each spin
Medium volatility: 8 free spins with 2 guaranteed Wild Reels active each spin
Low volatility: 25 free spins with 1 guaranteed Wild Reel active each spin

 

Chanz verdict

We feel like this was actually a really successful and good first release from the game studio! Sure, the theme could be more innovative, but then again since it is proven to be a popular theme it is quite safe choice as well. Despite that, everything is very nicely executed and build together. It is a thought out release that doesn’t try to be over the top or too fancy, but instead relies on good working stuff and does it well. Try it out yourself at Chanz.com!

 

Play responsibly. 18/21+.

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Mega Cash Stacks – Yggdrasil

Mega Cash Stacks – Yggdrasil

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They say that money makes the world go around, and I guess we can all admit to at least having thought about how life would change with winning a jackpot and huge stacks of cash? Yggdrasil’s brand new Mega Cash Stacks is all about that moolah and all currencies are accepted; be it dollars, euros, pounds or yens!

 

Overview

Despite the lavish and luxury looks of the slot, the actual gameplay is pretty basic and nothing too fancy. The game plays on five reels with four rows in each, creating a total of 25 winlines for you. The higher value symbols are represented by symbols of different currencies, while the lower value symbols come in the form of playing card suits. Like the name of the game hints already, all symbols tend to often come in stacks, meaning that often there are more than one of the same symbol stacked on top of another when they land on your reels.

The different features baked into this game are quite interesting however, and the unique Progressive Bonus Round is definitely the highlight of the game. This is a Free Spins feature, which can be bought either directly for 100x your stake or triggered organically during the base game when you land 3 or more Scatter symbols. After the feature is triggered you get to spin a wheel which decides if you get 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, or 15 free spins to start the feature with. What makes this different from your usual free spin feature on some other slots is the progressive part – during the free spins every spin guarantees bigger win than your previous spin! This is capped at 2,250x your stake win, which is also the maximum win you can achieve from this slot with a single spin.

The slot also has couple features that can be toggled on and off. First of those is the Golden bet feature, which increases your bet cost by 50%, but it also increases your chances of activating the Progressive Bonus Round from an average of 1 in 192 spins to 1 in 92 spins. Second toggleable feature is the Gamble feature, which when turned on will take you to a Gamble minigame every time you win more than 5x your stake. The minigame itself is really simple; land on red and you lose, land on yellow and you win. You can gamble your winnings to win more cash or to win free spins in the Progressive Bonus Round.

 

Chanz verdict

All in all we could say that this game was a pleasant surprise! The progressive free spins bonus round is really something quite unique, and its definitely exciting to trigger that bonus knowing that spin after spin your wins will only increase. The ability to gamble your winnings is also a nice addition for those who are thirsty for a bit more added excitement. Try it out yourself to form your own opinion at Chanz.com!

 

Play responsibly. 18/21+.

Live Casino School – Blackjack

Live Casino School – Blackjack

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Blackjack is one of the world’s most popular table games both in the traditional brick and mortar casinos as well as on the internet. The game was originally invented in the 18th century France, and the simple rules make it a great game for anyone to learn and enjoy. Lets recap the most important rules – how to actually play blackjack?

 

How to play Blackjack

Your objective is to beat the dealers hand by getting your card count as close to 21 as possible, while making sure that you wont go over 21 and bust the hand. Normal numeral cards represent their pip value, all face cards are valued at 10 and an Ace is representing either 1 or 11 depending on the players choice.

When the actual game round begins, everyone is being dealt two cards and this includes the dealer. However, one of the dealers cards will remain hidden, so you see only one of his starting cards at first. The hidden card will be later revealed once all the players have made their actions, and the dealer must always stand at 17. So as an example, if the dealer has 7 as his visible card and his second card is a King which is valued at 10, his total would then be 17 and therefore he must stand there and cannot take any more cards. Then again if his total is 16 or under, he has to take a new card and he cannot decide to stand.

Those are really all the main things you absolutely need to know to play this magnificent game! Everything else after comes down to personal preference and tactics more or less, as it is completely up to you how you want to play of course. As a general guideline however, you probably don’t want to take more cards if your starting two cards total value is 18-20! Remember that hand which goes over 21 is a bust and automatically lost.

You can test your luck at the tables in our Live Casino at Chanz.com – have fun and always play responsibly!

Monster Truck Madness – Booming Games

Monster Truck Madness – Booming Games

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Rev your engines hot and hit the pedal to the metal, as it is time to flip some monster trucks! Monster Truck Madness is a brand new title from Booming Games, and it has rather unique theme of a huge monster truck stadium show. Lets check what it is all about really!

 

Overview

The base layout of the game consists of six reels with four rows in each, creating a total of 30 winlines. Card symbols from jacks to aces represent the lower value minor symbols, while different driver characters and truck symbols make up the higher value or major symbols. So far pretty basic stuff!

The real highlight of the game definitely lies in the randomly triggering special modifiers, which can trigger both during the base game grind or during the free spin feature. There are two different special features; The Random Wilds feature, which will drop 1-24 wilds into your playarea, and The Minor Elimination feature, which will remove all the low paying minor symbols from the field.

It is also worth noting, that during The Random Wilds feature some the wild symbols that get dropped can be Bursting Wilds. This is a special Wild symbol which expands itself to cover the whole reel it landed on, and those can appear normally during the base game too, even without The Random Wilds feature activating first.

Finally there is the Free Spin feature, which is triggered traditionally by landing 3-6 Skull Scatter -symbols on your reels. This will then reward you with either 8, 12, 16 or 20 free spins, depending on the amount of scatters you managed to land. There is nothing extra special about the free spins, everything works exactly as it does during the base game and all the features are possible to trigger during free spin feature as well. Even retriggering the free spin feature is possible if you just land more scatter symbols during it.

 

Chanz verdict

We really like the fresh theme this game has! It is always nice to see game developers come up with original ideas and here Booming Game has also executed the idea very well. The overall game design is top-notch; you have a great sound design with pleasing visuals and the slot has enough cool features to keep you entertained and excited. Definitely a recommended for all the petrolheads out there, or even if you just watching an awesome stunt show! Head to the stadium to try it at Chanz.com!

 

Play responsibly. 18/21+.

NSYNC Pop – Play’n GO

NSYNC Pop – Play’n GO

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Most of you probably know who Justin Timberlake is, but do you still remember how he became famous and known worldwide? It was the 90s pop boy band NSYNC that launched his road to stardom! Play’n GO has an already impressive catalogue of band-themed slots, and now it’s time to ride another nostalgia trip when this boyband gets their own slot NSYNC Pop!

 

Overview

The base layout used in the game is not the most common one as this one has five reels, but rows in them go on formation of 2-3-4-3-2 which creates a total of 144 winlines. The premium higher tier symbols are of course represented by the NSYNC band members, while a picture of the whole band together acts as the Wild symbol. There is also a special Pop symbol in the game, which is a mystery symbol that will turn into one randomly selected matching symbol that can even be a Wild symbol.

There is also a free spin feature in the game which goes by the name “Free Spins Go Pop!”. You need to land three golden NSYNC logo scatters on reels 2-4 to launch the bonus round with 8 free spins. During the feature the basic layout changes a bit, as now there will be added rows of Pop symbols both on top of and under your normal game grid. These extra Pop symbols are then popped when you land a Pop symbol on the same reel on your regular playarea. This can also be done with the special Wild Pop symbol, which also acts as a sticky wild and stays on your reel for the whole feature. Once the extra Pop symbols are popped, the symbol slots they were occupying will stay open and act as an extension of your normal reel for the duration of the free spins.

This of course also creates more winlines for you, since the first reel can now have four rows instead of two, second reel can have five rows instead of three and so on. If you manage to pop all the 10 extra Pop symbols, you will end up with 4-5-6-5-4 setup which means total of 2,400 winlines! This also activates a special Encore Spin feature, which gives you one extra free spin at the end of your regular spins. During this all the sticky wilds you might have collected to your reels during the feature will stay on their place, and only higher tier NSYNC band member symbols will land on the reels.

 

Chanz verdict

Even though we might not exactly be the biggest NSYNC fans out there, this was definitely a nice game to play. The mystery Pop symbols are a cool feature, which brings fun and excitement even to the base game grind. The bonus free spin feature on the other hand is worth the wait and things can get really hot if you manage to open up all those extra slots! That is where the maximum possible single spin win looms as well, which is pretty high up with this slot at 5,000x your stake. We can definitely recommend giving this game a Chanz even if boy bands are not right up your alley. You can find it and try it at Chanz.com!

 

Play responsibly. 18/21+.

Big Bass Splash – Pragmatic Play

Big Bass Splash – Pragmatic Play

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Fishing is a great fun summer activity, but on some rainy days you might feel like not doing the trip to the lake and just stay at home instead.. On those days, Pragmatic Play is here to make sure you can still do some fishing! Pragmatic Play has released multiple popular fishing themed slots and now we take a closer look on the newest release, Big Bass Splash!

 

Overview

The game takes a place in some remote backlands where our fisherman casually drives his monster truck to go fishing with some dynamite, bazookas and lassos.. Talk about unconventional fishing methods! The actual game mechanics are much more common though, as the game plays on five reels with three rows in each, creating a total of 10 winlines for you – quite basic setup all in all.

The backbone and most important part of the game is definitely the bonus round, which is packed with different features and mechanics. You need to land minimum of three Scatter-symbols anywhere on your reels to trigger the bonus round, but if you land only two scatters, there is a Chanz that you trigger the Extra Chance feature. If this happens, the two scatters you landed will both move one spot downwards on their own reels and the other reels will get a respin. This happens until you land the needed third scatter or until one of your two scatters fall off from the screen.

Now when you manage to land all three scatters for the Free Spin feature to start, there will be a pre-bonus round feature where you need to lasso some fishes to see what kind of extras you get for your free spin bonus. It is possible to get anywhere from 0-5 extras, and the pre-bonus feature ends when your lasso catches an anchor instead of a fish. Here are all the different extras you may receive:

Extra fish symbols: adds more money fish symbols
Extra fisherman symbols: adds more fisherman wild symbols
Extra dynamites, hooks and bazookas: increases your chance of getting these modifiers
Start from level 2: starts the free spin feature from level 2 of the collection meter
+2 free spins: starts the free spin feature with 12 free spins instead of 10

The Fisherman Wild -symbol is probably the most important symbol of the free spin feature, as you need him to collect all the money fish prizes that lands on the same spin. The fisherman symbol can land on any reel and is also collected in the collection meter above your reels when you land one. For every four fisherman wild symbols that you manage to collect on the collection meter, you will retrigger the whole bonus round (receive 10 or 12 extra free spins) and also up the level of money fish prizes multipliers to 2x, 3x or 10x. Since the meter allows you to collect total of 12 fisherman symbols, this means that the bonus retrigger/level-up can happen for maximum of 3 times.

Finally there are some special random features in the bonus round as well. If you land the fisherman wild symbol but do not land any money fish symbols on the same spin, then a dynamite or bazooka modifier can trigger and get you some fishes. On the other hand, if you only land money fish symbols but there is no fisherman on your reels to collect them, a random feature where a fishing hook pulls the fisherman symbol up might happen.

 

Chanz verdict

We really enjoyed this summery slot! Pragmatic Play’s fishing slots have been hugely popular and its nice to see that they continue the series and do it well. This iteration introduces some new features and even the max win potential has been increased compared to the previous fishing title, so everything has been improved. Try it out yourself and catch a big one at Chanz.com!

 

Play responsibly. 18/21+.