Tiki refers to Polynesian style restaurants set on a beach so no surprise that the background image has sand, wooden huts and palm trees. The image is further emphasised with slow relaxing sounds. It’s uncomplicated and no sense of urgency.
The 5 reels and 3 rows are opaque and the symbols within them help generate the colour for the game. The reels being separated by thin wooden rods is a nice touch, as is the game’s name being in undemanding capital letters. There’s nothing intimidating here.
All’s Fun Sand Games
The chilled vibe continues with the gameplay. The buttons aren’t in your face but all very discrete and partially hidden. Your balance, what spin you’re on, Line Bet and Total Bet are all seen on the bottom, with the rigid 10 paylines shown too. Indeed, if you want to change the betting options, you have to click on the arrow on the left side of the screen to alter the default of 0.20. The other 15 amounts that has a maximum of 100.00 include 9 before 1.00 and a second highest amount of 50.00. There’s also a Turbo option when spinning.
A more obvious button is the Hi Roller. Clicking on it enables you to have the same betting options as before (with a few extra ones going to the maximum 1000.00), as well as telling you what gameplay benefits you can have. The Hold for Autoplay button is the same size as Hi Roller and offers automatic spins starting from 10. It moves up in blocks of 10 to 90, then 99 and then Until Feature. That’s pretty flexible.
There aren’t so many symbols. Of the 8, 4 are Polynesian masks with the top one being a maximum value of x150. Unlike in other games, there isn’t a huge gap from highest to second highest value. The other 4 symbols are a very colourful Ace, King, Queen and Jack. The payout rate is up to 94.05%.
Connect the Bonuses
The fiery Wildcard replaces everything except the Free Games Scatter symbol. Interestingly, it is also worth x250 your bet making it comfortably the highest worth symbol in the game. If the Scatter appear on reels 1, 3 and 5 in the same spin, 10 Free Games with 2 features are triggered. When this happens you have the choice of 2 bonuses out of Win Multiplier, Expanded Wildcard or Consecutive Symbols Win. The Win Multiplier changes within the game, the Expanded Wildcard is on each of the 10 spins and Consecutive Symbols means that the matching images can be on reels 3, 4 and 5.
And we can’t forget the two extra possibilities if you have played Coral Connect from your account in a high street shop. This enables you to have the added choices of 20 Extra Games or the removal of the Ace, King, Queen and Jack for higher possible prizes. The Wild Nights is a curious extra that occurs randomly during the main game (and set at night). After it takes place, at least 1 stacked Wildcard appears. Before this happens you have to try and guess which of the 5 reels the Wildcard expands on. Guess right and you get a Shuffle, which means neat prizes.
And the bonuses aren’t over yet. The Hi Roller Feature enables you to bet for 10 times your bet, and consists of 5 spins. Like with The Wild Nights, you choose which reel you think the Expanded Wildcard will land on. You’ll be looking for Scatters both in the main 5 spins and in the Free Spins you may get from them.
With slot games like Tiki Loung, Tiki Treasure and Tiki Madness out there, the theme is far from unusual. But Tiki Paradise really does capture the colourful vibe evident in those games while still maintaining relaxed vibe and solid and original gameplay.
While the theme may not be unique, so much of the gameplay is. There are so many bonuses and things to look out for, you really will need to pay attention at the beginning. But it really pays off with high variance, big prizes and neat bonuses up for grabs. If life’s a beach, count me in.