Yggdrasil is one of the most interesting casino slot studios that have emerged in recent years thanks to its knack for producing original, stimulating, and high-quality slot games. One of the latest entries to the small portfolio of this young game studio is Easter Island - an upbeat slot inspired by the eponymous island that is bound to bring many cheerful sessions to online casinos and warm up any of its players right in time for Easter.
The Easter Island is a standard slot machine that has 5-reels and 3 rows of paying symbols. It has 27 paylines which, like in many modern slot games, are fixed and can't be adjusted. But what makes this game different is that its screen expands when you trigger some of its base game features to give you up to 7 rows of symbols and 103 different paylines to play.
The source of inspiration for this cheerful slot is the Chilean Easter Island and its Moai (head statues) landmarks. The reels of the game are placed within a stone door frame, next to which two statues are placed which swing to the rhythm of a Hawaiian ukulele music and speak and shout to announce wins and release bonus features. Behind the reels, you see green pastures and sunny blue skies that together with the music and animations of the slot inspire a feeling of positivity, no matter what time of day you are playing the game.
Before you go and explore the riches of Easter Island, you will first need to set up your bet size. The base game has 27 paylines and since they are fixed you can only set up the coin size to adjust how much you want to spend on each spin. The minimum coin size is £0.004, which makes the minimum bet in the game £0.10 (£0.004 x 27 paylines).
But if you like to spend big, you can also push the coin size to a maximum of £8 and bet a total of £200 on each spin. And if you prefer to sit back and relax while chasing those wins, you can also turn on Auto mode and have up to 1,000 spins played automatically.
Producing wins in the game are two groups of symbols: high-paying symbols and low-paying symbols. The high-paying symbols are all animal statues with different colours. The most valuable statue in the game is the red bird, which is followed by the orange fox, green frog, purple lizard, and the blue fish as the lowest symbol of the group. Lining up 5 of the red birds from left to right on an active payline will bring you the maximum line payout of 500x your coin value. On the other hand, if you collect 3 of the blue fish symbols on a payline, you'll win only 10x your coin value per combination.
As for the low-paying symbols, these are all wooden carvings of card suits. All of these symbols have the same paytable, which will make it easier to calculate your wins no matter what combination you get. The payouts in this group start with 5x your coin value for a combination of 3 symbols and end up at a maximum of 20x for collecting 5 of them. When you collect multiple winning combinations of any symbol on the slot's paylines, all payouts will be collected individually and added to your balance.
The Easter Island is a game of low-medium volatility. Its player return rate (RTP) is at an estimated 96.1%, according to the slot's info-sheet. This places the Easter Island among a group of many online slots with a fair house edge, which when combined with the slot’s low volatility makes this game a good pick for any laid-back players.
The main bonus feature in the Easter Island is the Symbol Swap Re-spin, which is triggered when you collect any winning. If the symbol combination that triggered the win is made up of low-pay symbols (card suits), then the talking heads on the side of the reels will spit out the same symbols to replace all other low-paying symbols during the re-spin. If the win was triggered by high-paying symbols instead (the animals), then the same symbols will replace all high-paying symbols during the re-spin.
But where things get interesting is when a winning is made by a combination of 4 or 5 of the same symbols. If you had a 4-symbol combo trigger a wing, you’ll get a re-spin that will be played with an expanded 5 rows of symbols and 65 paylines. Triggering a win with a 5-of-a-kind combination instead will give you 7 rows and 103 paylines during the re-spin. Any other re-spin triggered with only 3 winning symbols will be played just like in the base game.
Other than this expanding bonus feature, the Easter Island also comes with expanding wild symbols. The wild symbols only appear on reels 2 and 4 and they can swap any other symbol in the game, helping you trigger better wins and more re-spins. And if these wilds land in a winning spin, they will stay in their position and expand to cover the entire reel during a re-spin, even when the reels expand to include more rows.
In a nutshell, Easter Island isn’t an overly exciting slot machine but it does have its appeal. Apart from being exceptionally well-designed and amusing to play, this online slot also has a couple of extras to shake things up a bit and give you better wins when you trigger a lucky 4/5-symbol combo. And with its low-medium volatility and small betting limits, it can be a right choice for those long and laid-back slot sessions. On the other hand, if you’re looking for big payouts, you might want to check out some other online slots.
Enjoy a little extra this Easter with the fun and friendly Easter Island slot game from Yggrasil
Subscribe for Bonuses, Casino News and Free Spins!