Whenever I see a game with 'Safari' in its title, I become very curious, needing to know if that game can be as good as my top favourite Safari Heat game from Playtech. Well, maybe not as good Safari Heat, which to me is simply the best, but getting nearly as good would be most welcomed. So far, none has even come near to it. For a very old game, Safari Heat is eternally exciting to play, and all thanks to its huge winning possibilities and the numerous retriggering of its Free Spins game. Whilst most other games may limit the retriggering to just one time, or up to 4 times, Safari Heat can go up to 20 times, for a total of 315 free spins. Yes, a very few games do go up to 600 and above free spins, but the final payouts are always very low, which do not even commensurate the number of free spins played. I've been hunting for another good Safari game but to no avail thus far.
Hot Safari is one of the recent games to come out from Pragmatic Play, playing with 25 paylines, with an exciting expanding Wilds feature, plus good win multipliers too, so I was hoping that Hot Safari could finally end my search. The Lion is the Wild symbol in the game, paying a very low 400x the line bet for 5 of them. Argh! It doesn't double any wins with it, but it expands into a full Wild Reel when landing in the middle row in any winning combination, in the base game, in the Free Spins game and during the Super Wild Respin feature too. So getting 5 full Wild Reels is a definite possibility in Hot Safari, which is very good.
The red-nose Baboon is the Scatter symbol, appearing only on reels 1, 3 and 5, triggering 10 free spins without any multiplier, but the Free Spins game can be retriggered. Getting all 3 of the Scatters pay 1x the total bet amount, which is very low. There is a 6th reel in play, not for creating more winning combinations, but purely to indicate the multiplier for each and every spin, from 1x up to 10x. There is also a 'Super Wild' symbol on the 6th reel, getting which would trigger 1 Respin of Raining Wilds, giving 1 Wild symbol on each reel. If all the 5 Wild symbols land in the middle row of each reel, you'll get 5 full expanded Wild Reels! This is the only trigger for the maximum win possible. As for the other symbols, the Elephant pays 400x, the Rhino pays 250x, the Zebra pays 200x, the Gazelle pays 150x, and the rest pay from 100x to 25x. Unfortunately, this paytable is extremely low, possibly even the lowest I have come across yet! What a big disappointment this is for me, because Hot Safari could be a big hit otherwise!
I had really hoped that this game could play and pay well. I gave it several plays, separately, but each play failed to meet my expectations. All the payouts in the Free Spins game were less than 10x the total bet amount. Not even once I could get a higher win. The payouts in the base game were only slightly better, with up to 20x total bet wins. Only the Super Wild feature could pay good wins, but the ones that I got couldn't even go higher than 40x my bet amount, which was very disappointing indeed, but much higher wins are certainly possible. Just not my luck to get them, and I do know that these good wins would not come easily either.