Lava Lava Slot Review 2022
Brace yourselves for a fierce and fiery adventure in Thunderkick’s latest release that’s erupting with potential, in Lava Lava!
Lava Lava has many exciting features up for grabs including Multiplier Wilds, Avalanches and Explosive Scatters. Are you ready to enter the realm of the Volcano Goddess and play for your fortunes?
Thunderkick is one of many providers who keep us in suspense when it comes down to their new releases, which isn’t always a bad thing in our eyes. Providers like Pragmatic Play take an opposite approach with their titles. Of course, there are many pros to getting new titles out there before other Providers, but the downside to this is that these quick releases can feel a little rushed in comparison to Providers who like to take their time.
Now if you have younger children or just happen to be a big kid yourself and love Disney movies, you may be wondering if Thunderkick got their inspiration for Lava Lava from Moana.
Your guess is as good as ours but it may just be a coincidence. We’ve seen a fair few Lava-inspired slots in our time but Thunderkick has gone above and beyond to bring something new to the table. The background is very typical for a slot with a Lava theme, showing 2 fiery Volcanoes ready to blow and tons of Molten ash thickening the air. What we are excited about is seeing the Volcano Goddess in action!
Have we got what it takes to defeat the Volcano Goddess and escape with not only our lives but a substantial amount of riches? Let’s play on and find out!
Lava Lava Betting and Symbols
Lava Lava has a variety of betting options for players to choose from. For those who prefer a lower stake, the minimum bet available is £/€0.10 per spin. For those who prefer a higher stake, the maximum bet available is £/€100 per spin, with plenty of other options in between the two.
The highest paying regular symbol in Lava Lava is the Gold Flower, followed by Purple, Blue and Green Statues. Lower paying symbols are standard Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Ten and Nine.
Wilds substitute for all symbols except Scatter symbols.
Lava Lava Base Game and Features
Lava Lava is a 5 reel slot with 15 fixed pay lines. To form a win, you will need to connect 3 or more of the same symbols from left to right, starting from the left-most reel.
The base game in Lava Lava is rather simple in terms of gameplay, but from time to time you will come across the Exploding Scatter and Wild Multiplier features that bring a lot of excitement to the table. More on these below.
Each time a Scatter symbol lands, it will Explode.
Once this happens, all high and low paying symbols Horizontally and Vertically will be removed from the reels.
Once the symbols are removed, new symbols will fall via an Avalanche, filling all the empty positions and possibly creating even more winning combinations.
Each Scatter that lands are collected and stored on the Bonus meter.
All Wild symbols that land on the reels are all equipped with a set Multiplier.
- 1 Wild – Awards a x2 Multiplier.
- 2 Wilds– Awards a x4 Multiplier.
- 3 Wilds – Awards a x8 Multiplier.
- 4 Wilds – Awards a x16 Multiplier.
- 5 Wilds – Awards a x32 Multiplier.
The Multipliers attached to the Wilds will only be awarded if the Wild symbol(s) are used as part of a winning combination.
Lava Lava Free Spins
The Free Spins round will be triggered once 3 Scatters are collected, awarding 10 Free Spins.
Once active, all winning combinations during the Free Spins round will trigger the Avalanche feature.
Each time a winning combination is formed, all winning symbols will be removed from the reels and new symbols will fall via an Avalanche, filling all the empty positions and possibly creating even more winning combinations.
The Avalanche feature works differently here than it does in the base game, where a Scatter symbol is required to activate the Avalanche feature.
During the Free Spins round, between 1 and 3 Wild symbols can be added to the reels in random positions. Each Wild symbol that lands have 3 Lives that protects it from being destroyed during the Avalanche feature. With each Free Spin, the Wild symbol will lose a life.
Collecting 3 Scatters during the Free Spins round, awards an additional +5 Free Spins.
Lava Lava: Our Verdict
Lava Lava bears a significant resemblance to Quickspin’s Hammer of Vulcan in some ways, but it also has that classic Thunderkick feel to it with areas of the game that remind us of previous titles, like Midas Golden Touch, which remains a firm favourite among players.
Compared to some of the weird and wonderful ways in which providers are trying to reinvent the wheel, you feel like Thunderkick sticks to more traditional methods with gameplay that is easy to understand, but exciting nonetheless.
Now and then we see a thing or two from the provider that proves that they can stray from the conventional norms if the mood takes them right, but for the most part Thunderkick likes to present their games in a way that makes sense to players everywhere, rather than just those with a keen eye for some of the more complicated slots.
Riders of the Storm, the entire Beat the Beast series, Pyramyth and Sword of Khans are quite simplistic, if you sit to think about it for a moment, but if you were to create a list of firm thunderkick favourites, we bet they’re there at the top. Lava Lava is very much alike them, but the attractive part about Lava Lava is its exciting potential, incredible presentation and overall quality.
Lava Lava emodies the volatile and sometimes harsh nature of a Volcano through its gameplay, and it really does translate into something that players can get very excited about. Those hardy enough to bear the brunt of molten lava and volcanic ash my find themselves standing with 10,000x to show for their efforts at its very best, but prepare and accept that you may get burned in the process.
Overall, we don’t think Lava Lava stands out any more than any other Thunderkick title, but that’s more of a testament to some of their consistently great games than a snub to Lava Lava.