Big Kahuna Snakes and Ladders
A follow-up released after the original Big Kahuna, Snakes and Ladders keeps mostly the same theme, but adds an unusual bonus game and symbols which rely indeed on images of snakes and on ladders. Otherwise, the basic theme is the same, based on jungle animals and fruits, with some native South American culture thrown in. The slot’s 5 reels will get 15 lines now, instead of the 9 in the previous title, and can pay $50,000.
Betting & Jackpots
A wager in Snakes and Ladders will require quite a few coins, the maximum bet using 300 coins for 15 lines, so 20 coins per line. The coin value is in the range between $0.01 and $0.25, so the bet per line can go to $5, while the total can be at $75.
The rewards offered by the game can bring you 100,000 coins in the base game, or 200,000 coins during the free spins. With the maximum coin value of $0.25, that would mean a payout of up to $50,000.
The obvious favorite among the feature symbols would be the one with wild abilities, not just because it can substitute for other symbols, but because it also applies a 2x multiplier in the base game, while during free spins it’s at 4x. Combinations made out of wilds alone are also possible, and their payouts can reach maximum values of 5,000x, or 100,000 coins.
The free spins feature will give the player 5 games for free, but it’s a randomly triggered event, so the symbols on the reels have nothing to do with it. You get 2x the usual prize during free spins mode, so the wilds can give you wins of up to 200,000 coins, or $50,000 cash.
The feature which gave the slot its name, Snakes & Ladders, is triggered when the Snake symbol is present on the reels 1, 3 and 5, at the same time, in scattered positions. You’re trying to advance on a board, avoiding snakes present along the way and climbing on ladders to reach a higher point. The goal is to retrieve the stolen mask of the Big Kahuna. You have five dice rolls that allow you to progress in the feature. The top payouts mentioned here will give you up to 30,000 coins, or $7,500.
The design was kept largely the same, and while some symbols are identical to the ones from the first slot of the series, others are new (snakes, the tribal girl, the game logo). The cartoon style selected in this case will make the game easy enough on the eyes, but it’s no great beauty.
I think you will find this game to be even better than the first one from the series. It pays better, it has more paylines and even the features seem to be more interesting.
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FULL GAME DETAILS
- Name: Big Kahuna Snakes & Ladders
- Software Microgaming
- Game Type Video Slot
- 5 reels, 15 paylines
- Minimum Bet ($) 0.01
- Maximum Bet ($) 300.00