Volatile Slot Slot Review

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However, there’s a double meaning to the “Volatile” part of the game title. For sure, this means that this is your higher than usual volatility slot game, which means fewer wins but when you do win, you are more likely to win a sizeable amount. But this title also refers to the volcanic theme of the slot (which is given away by the fact there is a rumbling volcano right in the middle of the screen, which is burbling away ready to erupt).

This is Golden Rock Studio’s first release in their partnership with Microgaming and so it is somewhat eagerly anticipated by the slots community. So how does the new Volatile Slot shape up? We decided to tread very carefully and take a look for ourselves at this 5×3 reel, 10 pay line slot.

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Key Information for the Volatile Slot game

  • Developed By – Golden Rock Studios (for Microgaming)
  • Mobile – Yes
  • Number of Reels – 5×3
  • Number of Pay Lines – 10 (non selectable)
  • Minimum Bet – 0.10
  • Maximum Bet – 100.00
  • Free Spins Bonus? – Yes
  • Other Bonuses? –  No
  • Standard Jackpot – 25,600x
  • Progressive? – No
  • Volatility? – High

Although they are perhaps best known for their mid and lower volatility slots, Microgaming have produced a number of higher volatility slots on recent times and there does seem to be a trend towards more of these games. As such, Volatile Slot, which was released in late 2019, is an interesting addition, especially with spins starting at just 0.10 per game and a very appealing jackpot prize of 25,600x your total stake.

Theme and Presentation

Golden Rock Studios have played it a little safe with their presentation for the Volatile Slot. The graphics are towards the more simplistic side of things, but there are some nice animations and the Volcano in the middle of the screen is a nice touch. The game is in a cartoon style, which keeps things light and the fact that the soundtrack has a nice mix of bird calls, animal cries accompanied by a backdrop of drums, does lend the game a very exotic feel.


There are just 10 pay lines on the reels for the symbols on the volatile slot to earn you a win and these symbols start with the somewhat predictable playing card low symbols from the 10 through to the Ace. The positive news is that these symbols offer decent value wins, ranging from 0.4x your bet up to a maximum of 10x your bet for five aces across the reels.

The four higher value symbols on the reels comprise of the drum, the fire, the hut and the lady. All of these higher value symbols offer low value wins of 0.4x your bet if you land just two on the reels, but you can win significantly more landing three or more across the reels, up to a maximum of 40x your bet if you land the lady across all five reels on a single pay line.

There is no Scatter on the reels, instead the Free Spins bonus is activated through landing three of the Wild symbols in a certain position on the reels.

Wild Symbol

There are two different types of Wild symbols on the reels in the Volatile slot. The first is a standard Wild which appears on the middle three reels and this acts as a substitute symbol, replacing any of the standard symbols to help create wins. Often, you can land two Wilds to hopefully land you a better value win.

At random times, these Volcanic Wilds on the middle reels can explode into life and when they do, they will turn into Multiplier Wilds and randomly award a multiplier of 2x, 3x or 4x on any win that has been achieved on that spin through using the Wilds.

If you can land these Volcanic Wilds together, the multipliers multiply together, offering you the chance to land up to 64x the standard win amount.

Free Spins Bonus

To activate the Free Spins bonus, you need to land three of the standard Wild symbols on the middle three reels on a single spin. When you do, you will receive 10 Free Spins (in addition to any winnings you may land from the spin itself).

When in Free Spins mode, a short animation of the volcano erupting will play and you play your spins on a different set of reels. These reels have more standard and Exploding Wilds on them and this increases your chances of landing a better value win, especially if you can tot up those multipliers.

You can also retrigger 10 more Free Spins from within the Free Spins round if you only win a small amount in the bonus.

Other Bonuses and Information

Other than the features outlined above, there are no other bonuses or features on the Volatile Slot. It is a very interesting game however, very much suited to the fan of higher volatility slots, but cheap enough to play for players with smaller bankrolls to give it a chance.


Editor's Review

If you are a fan of high volatility slots, then the Volatile Slot is not just perfectly named, but it is the right game to play for you. It has a simple, cartoon-styled approach to the game which belies its explosive mechanics. Big wins are possible, as the large top prize shows, but you can also land some very important mid-level wins using those Explosive Wilds and multipliers in particular. This is a very enjoyable and stylish high volatility slot.

Where can I play?bet365 Games
Number of paylines:10
Number of reels:5x3
Is autoplay available?Yes
Game manufacturer:Microgaming