Still to this day, the Aztec culture is shrouded by mysteries. Explorers one day are still hoping to find El Dorado, but that is not the only treasure that Aztec people have hidden away. There are wondrous tales of Zuma Riches. These treasures hold the power to make one rich, so you know that we’re tempted to take a look. Zuma Riches, we’re coming for you!
Zuma Riches is a slot made by Gong Gaming Technologies, which is a partner studio to Microgaming. We’ve covered plenty of Microgaming partners in the past, but this is our first encounter with Gong Gaming, so naturally, we are quite excited to see, what they have in store for us. Gong Gaming was founded in 2020, so the company itself is very new, but behind it stands a team of industry veterans, so we shouldn’t underestimate their potential. Their goal Is to combine innovative slot mathematics with top-class visuals, in hopes of establishing themselves as one of the top providers on the market. It’s an ambitious plan, so we are interested to see what the future holds.
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Zuma Riches Slot Review
Gameplay and Payouts
There is something in the air, but it’s not love. Zuma Riches has this almost mysterious feel to it, at least before you begin spinning the reels. Once the action does pick up, we get this nice Crash Bandicoot style soundtrack, which gets even better during the bonus game. We’re warning you, it’s a really catchy tune. Sure, Zuma Riches might not be the most impressive slots, if we speak about game visuals, but there is a certain charm to it. The 5 by 3 game layout is situated on top of the stairs, while two waterfalls cover both sides. The game works well, as all the animations are nice and smooth.
Further inspecting the game visuals, we get to Zuma Riches symbols. The four lowest value symbols are J, Q, K and A. Like almost any low symbols, these look basic, so there is not too much to add. After those come two Aztec ladies, which can appear in a size of 2x1. Finally, we have 3 colourful animal profiles. The red eagle is the most valuable regular symbol. The golden mask serves as the Wild while the emperor is the scatter. Scatter is also the most valuable symbol, with a payout of 500x for 5 symbols. In total there are 11 symbols on the Zuma Riches slot.
With visuals out of the way, it’s time to get into the mathematical part of the game. Zuma Riches comes with an unusual payout model. For starters, its volatility is said to be very low, while the max win is 10,000x. Usually, low volatility slots have a fairly small winning potential, that is why we are so surprised to see such a huge win on a low volatility game. The RTP of 94.66% is not the most generous we’ve seen, but surely it balances out the low volatility-high payout scenario that we mentioned. Zuma Riches bet range is 0.50 – 25. The slot is available on desktops, tablets, laptops, mobiles, etc.
Zuma Riches may seem like a fairly simple game, but it comes with some elaborate bonus features. In total there are 3 bonus features, each one fairly different from one other. The first thing you may spot though is the Boost Mode. The little switch on the left side activates the Boost Mood, which boosts your chance to win the Royal League Jackpot by 10 times. The catch is simple, your bet will be doubled.
The Royal League Jackpot is, perhaps, the main reason why some of you will stick around this Zuma Riches slot. This feature can trigger randomly at any point of the base game. The Royal League Jackpot introduces a new game layout, which looks similar to Bejeweled. Players then need to roll two lucky dice, which direct them to a specific multiplier. This table game inspired bonus can bring players that desirable 10,000x payout!
Up next, we got the Golden Spins. On any spin, some symbols may come with added tokens. These tokens are collected, as they fill up the Jackpot bar. Fill the bar completely to be awarded 3 crowns. Players then need to pick one of the crowns, which reveals a random number of spins. During these spins, the chance to trigger the Royal League Jackpot is two times bigger.
Last but not least, we have the Cash Bonus. This is a very simple bonus that grants an additional cash prize. For this, you will need to land a bonus symbol on reel 1 and reel 5.
We’re not going to lie, when we first saw Zuma Riches, our expectations weren’t too high. It looked like a fairly simple game and, even though the visuals seemed nice, they were not that exciting. Once you begin to actually play the game, then you start to see the beauty of Zuma Riches. The soundtrack and the animations add a lot to the playing experience, but the payout model is the thing that intrigues the most. Low volatility slots are quite rare these days, and even more rare are ones with high payouts, so Zuma Riches certainly feels like a challenge that you want to face.
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