We’re heading out to the African plains on our latest online slots adventure for a review of Africa X Up, the latest in a shortlist of online casino games by Alchemy Gaming. Things don't look too exciting from the outset, as this theme isn't the most original in the slots circuit. However, there seems to be a savannah of high paying bonus potential when opening up the features. Free spins are there to ease up the wagering demands, while multipliers can go all the way up to 25x your bet. Let's see what this safari of a title has to pay us.
The first question you might be asking is what Alchemy Gaming is. This iGaming studio is very new on the scene, with the only other release we’ve reviewed being 10,000 Wishes. Alchemy is one of the latest sub-studios of Microgaming (MGS), and as it resembles another African themed slot by MGS named Mega Moolah, it's little guessing where the inspiration came from. You'll notice a ladder up the left side of the screen that shows multiplier numbers, and it'll soon become evident that you'll need to collect tokens to climb the multiplier ladder. We'll expand more on this a little later in the review. All 3, 4 and 5 of a kind wins get generated over five reels and 243 paylines, while players can get slots sessions going on mobile devices if they please.
Africa X Up definitely stands out among most online slot machines simply because of the massive max win amount it carries – 30,000x your bet. That’s far more bite than a croc's got in it and a number that could see you taking a private safari vacation. The wagering window is slightly peculiar in that the maximum bet is the obscure number of £37.50, while the minimum wagering amount is 30p. As you might be aware, casino games that have higher volatility award bigger wins, but the wins can be slightly evasive at times. Africa X Up is volatile, so patience will be the key to a healthy payday.
This is a slot that hasn't tried to do anything overly original but rather looked to keep things relatively simple and easier to understand for players. The symbols are proof of this, being categorised by low value, medium value and added value. The lower paying ones are playing cards 10, J, Q, K and A. The medium value icons consist of a buffalo, a rhino, an elephant, a woman warrior and a man warrior.
There's a symbol in Africa X Up called the scatter, represented by the X Up logo. This one triggers bonus treats and is one you'll want landing regularly. There's another symbol called the wild, and its function is to substitute all regular symbols – excluding scatter – to make up 3, 4 and 5 of a kind winning combos.
The scatter is very valuable in Africa X Up, and mostly because it is critical to the awarding of 2 bonus features.
Landing 2 X Up icons on the same spin will move you up the multiplier ladder to the left of the reels. In ascending order, there's a 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 7x, 10x, 15x, and 25x multiplier levels to climb. If you get all the way up to 25x in the ladder, then you'll have triggered eight free spins, with all wins receiving a 25x multiplier.
You can also trigger eight free spins by landing three scatters on the same spin. During free spins, you can also add another two free spins by landing two scatters on the same spin. This also moves you higher up the ladder for bigger multipliers.
Lastly, if you so wish, you can buy the free spins feature at a cost determined by the game.
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The thing that comes to the rescue in Africa X Up is the multiplier ladder. If it wasn't for this feature, things would be drier than an African drought. It might not fall into the same league as the best online slot games we've ever reviewed, but there's a vast maximum that makes wagering high not all that important. Plus, activating the free spins by achieving the 25x tier will see a colossal cash winning session come your way.