The Ultimate 5 Slot
The Ultimate 5 is, at the time of writing this article, the latest slot release from Pragmatic Play. This time, players will be invited to join the safari tour surrounded by African wildlife. While the game is brand new, the graphics are fairly simple. When it comes to gameplay, it still sticks to the old classic formula of Pragmatic Play slots although there are some new tweaks here and there to add novelty factor.
The game has an all familiar 5 reel, 3 row layout and has only 20 fixed paylines. It can be playable across all devices and the betting range starts from £0.20 per spin and ends with £100 maximum per spin.
The game has a range of possible RTP values of 94.50%, 95.50%, 96.50%, and the game’s volatility is High. This means you won’t get wins often, but if you do they will pay out well. So you better prepare a bankroll big enough for this one.
Gameplay & Bonus Features
The game will take you to the exotic savannah, so it’s only natural that you’re going to see plenty of African animals as regular symbols, coupled together with standard playing cards from 10 to A as low-paying icons.
Top-paying symbol is the king of animals, the Lion and landing 5-of-a-kind will get you 20x your wager. Animal Kingdom in The Ultimate 5 also includes Cheetah, Elephant, Rhino and the Buffalo. They will also pay you for the same symbol formations between 4x to 12.5x max, but if you manage to land all the animals on the same winning payline, you will earn 100x your bet.
The Wild Symbol in this slot is the Tree in the Sunset. It can substitute for all regular symbols and help you with forming winning combinations, although it can’t replace any animal symbol to form the 100x bonus combination more easily.
Free Spins Feature
As it goes by default with most of Pragmatic Play slots, The Ultimate 5 has a Free Spins Mode. To activate it, you need between 3 or 5 Diamond Scatters to land on the reels, this time they can appear everywhere on the screen. Depending on how many Scatters you get, you will receive a 5x, 25x, or 50x payout based on your bet and either 8, 10 or 12 Free Spins right from the get go.
As you spin, low-paying symbols may randomly start to disappear from the game, starting from the lowest symbol and going all the way to the A icon. If you get lucky, all low value symbols will be taken away after only 5 spins. And it gets even better because each time the low-paying symbol disappears, a Wild Symbol is guaranteed to land on the reels.
The feature can be extended by landing 2, 3, 4 or 5 small diamond icons at the same time. Upon the re-trigger of this mode, you will get 2, 4, 6, or 8 Free Spins respectively.
Hold & Spin Respin Mode
Another entertaining Bonus Round in this game is known as Hold & Spin Super Boost Game and it can be triggered by getting at 3 or more Sun Money Symbols on the reels 2, 3 or 4. This blazingly hot feature will pave your way towards the biggest wins in this game.
Every Sun Symbol possesses a random money value from 1x to 10x your stake, or carries one of the five fixed jackpots with it.
Five Jackpots available in The Ultimate 5 will reward you as follows:
- Mini Jackpot – 25x
- Minor Jackpot – 50x
- Major Jackpot – 75x
- Maxi Jackpot – 100x
- Mega Jackpot – 500x your bet
Right as you trigger the feature, you will obtain 3 respins to play with and all the symbols other than Money Icons will be taken away from the reels. The amount of 3 Respins may not seem much but every time the new Sun symbol lands next to the rest, the counter will return back to the initial state.
If the Money Symbol lands adjacent to the rest of Money Symbols on the screen, they will lock in and form a group. All the symbols in that group will have their value increased every time a new icon lands, that goes for the Jackpots too! For example, Mini Jackpot can become Minor and Maxi Jackpot can turn into Mega. But you should mind that if the Money Symbol lands separately from the group, it will neither reset the respin counter nor will increase the value of the symbols.
The Bonus Feature will end when players run out of respins or when all positions on the reels are filled. If all the positions are filled and linked, they will instantly be boosted to the Mega. Players will be paid out from all the linked symbols, although your earnings won’t cross the set cap of 5,000x.