As usual for an ELK Studios slot game, there’s little cause to grumble as far as design goes. The Pacific setting is very nicely realised. The gameplay is a little unusual, starting with the symbols themselves. All symbols can appear in 4 different sizes – 1x1, 2x2, 3x3 or even 4x4. The latter block is the equivalent of 16 standard sized symbols. This is called the Big Symbols feature
The Avalanche feature is also in play here. After a successful drop, the winning symbols are replaced and new ones drop in from above. Get on a winning roll here and the number of rows in play increases, as does the potential ways to win:
- 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
Oversized symbols can clear away standard sized ones during an avalanche which can further boost your winning chances. There are a number of other bonus features in Tahiti Gold too.
Wild Forge feature - this block of symbols appears on reels 3, 4, 5 and 6, filling empty positions below it with wilds after an avalanche takes place.
Eye of Tiki feature - this triggers when you land 2 or more Eye of Tiki symbols on the same spin. All symbols adjacent to, plus the Eye of Tiki symbols themselves, explode to create a new symbol drop avalanche. Each successive drop here brings an extra row into play to increase the ways to win.
Free Drops Bonus feature - land 3, 4, 5 or 6 bonus symbols on the same spin and you’ll receive 10, 15, 20 or 25 free drops/spins. The round begins on the standard 6 reel, 4 row, 4,096 ways to win machine. The reels can expand though to bring up to 266,144 ways to win into play.
Any wilds that land during the free spins round lock in place for the remaining free spins. That’s the case if the Wild Forge feature hits during the free spins too. More importantly, the number of rows and ways to win can only increase giving you bigger wins in theory.
If you’ve played ELK Studios’ Ecuador Gold, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what to expect here. ELK Studios has taken elements from that game and also added a couple of extra features to make it an even more playable proposition. This is a volatile offering too which top payouts of 5,000 times your stake on each spin available. If the Pacific Gods are in a benevolent mood, then these magical waterfalls can deliver plenty of Tahiti Gold.