Tiki Bonanza Review
Who doesn't love sunshine, drinks and blue skies? With Tiki Bonanza, you can wake up to this whenever you want without the annoyance of sand. Developed by Silverback Gaming through Relax Gaming's partnership, Tiki Bonanza is a tiki slot that tries to shake up the tired formula.
Journey off to a desert island packed full of exciting moments. From locking reels to free spins, you'll find everything you could ever want in an online slot and more with Tiki Bonanza.
The minute the slot opens up, you'll be taken to paradise. There is a bright blue sky above followed by a clear sea connected to sand. It's basically a stunning beach at your fingertips. Throughout the slot, you'll even find birds flying above or crabs crawling on the beach to add a little humour to the slot.
Falling in line with the tiki theme, you'll find three different tiki heads as the biggest symbols, whilst the smaller ones are simple A to 10 symbols. With the game being called Tiki Bonanza, we were left a little disappointed by the lack of a major tiki theme but it's not a deal breaker that it's limited in the slot.
The audio is what you'd expect. In some moments, you'll hear the rushing of the water against the shore, whilst in other moments you'll hear a steel drum play uplifting music. It all blends together to create an experience that fits well for the slot.
For the most part, the gameplay of this slot is quite simple. The bonus round is triggered by landing 3 specific symbols leading to 10 spins with the potential to gain even more. However, the reels are expanded during this feature leading to even more ways to win.
The best part about this slot is easily the locking mechanic. After a spin, you have the option to lock a reel for a price so that you can respin with this symbol locked. We can't think of many online slots that do this!
Whilst the gameplay and overall design wowed up, the win potential did not. This was our least favourite part of the slot as the statistics are under the average. The RTP is from 95.63% to 93.91% which is both terrible and under the average.
For this amount, you'd expect a massive win or a jackpot but there is not. Instead, you can win up to 5,000x the stake. Normally, this would be seen as a decent amount but with the RTP, it's low.
For the most part, we enjoyed our experience with Tiki Bonanza. The gameplay had entertaining moments without being too complicated. We especially loved the locking mechanic throughout the base game.
However, we did not love the low RTP and maximum win. This was easily the lowest part of the slot and dramatically dropped our opinion of the game. Despite this, it's not always about the win. Sometimes, you just want to play a calming slot filled with fun mechanics and that is Tiki Bonanza.