Released: April 2018
Software: Pragmatic Play
Coin Values: 0.01 to 100.00
African-themed slots are a joy to play, which is something many gamblers will agree with. Pragmatic Play comes forward with another one of these, and their contribution to the genre is called Great Rhino and it features 5 reels and 20 paying lines. Great Rhino is a vibrant video slot that aims to flatter the charms of African landscape and wildlife. Gamblers are free to try out the Great Rhino slot in Pragmatic Play online casinos starting April 2018.
One of multiple endangered animals, the rhino, is the main protagonist of the game, and we feel the developers must have had the idea to point out the magnificence and beauty of wild animals as they were creating the Great Rhino slot. Their efforts are paying off with each spin.
The story of Great Rhino is set in the plains of Africa. The background shows a flaming savanna in time of sunset and adequate safari sounds complete the African feel. Perhaps the designers had the Ngorongoro Crater and the distant Masai villages in mind. Too bad not all the symbols are theme-related, though. Pragmatic Play threw in some playing card symbols in the paytable, having A, J, K and Q representing lower payout values. Five animals carry higher payouts: a flamingo, a crocodile, a hyena, a cheetah and a rhino.
An African coin with an image of a rhino is the Wild card and it substitutes for all other symbols. It can’t substitute for the Scatter, as per usual. The Scatter, or the Bonus symbol, is the Acacia tree, quite recognisable symbol of Africa. The Bonus icon appears only on reels 2, 3, and 4.
It doesn’t take a manual to figure out how Great Rhino slot works. The configuration is pretty standard: there are 5 columns and 3 rows of symbols. You hit the spin button, the reels spin until they come to stop and the winning combo is formed, or isn’t and then you try again. Great Rhino has 20 bet lines and they are active at all times. There are two jackpots in this game: the Grand Jackpot and the Major Jackpot. The jackpots can be won in base game, with the help of stacked rhino symbols. You’ll notice the jackpot amounts presented on the sides of the game logo above the reels. Great Rhino also has an Autoplay and a Turbo Spin feature, which are, of course, optional.
Sporting an African theme and a basic layout, Great Rhino doesn’t feature any out-of-this-world bonus rounds. It does, however, offer two special features with lucrative outcomes and good entertainment guaranteed. If 2 or more rhino symbols appear anywhere on screen in one spins this will trigger the Stampede Re-spin round which starts with 3 re-spins. Only the rhino symbols spins and more rhinos appear in stacks. Each time a new rhino appears it will remain in position and another re-spin will be awarded. Should you manage to stack 14 rhinos on screen you’ll win the Major Jackpot which is fixed at 375x your bet. One more rhino (15 in total) will treat you with the Grand Jackpot which is fixed at 500x your bet.
The Free Spins round is activated when 3 Acacia tree Bonus symbols land on reels 2, 3 and 4. The player receives 10 freebies. During free spins, all rhino symbols will act as Wilds; they will substitute for other symbols and pay out amounts according to the paytable for the Wild. Special reels will be in play during Free Spins bonus.
Great Rhino is described as a medium volatility game which means the pays are awarded at a steady rate, and they can be low or quite high. The default theoretical return to player, as announced by Pragmatic Play, is set at 96.5%. The jackpots are the highest wins available in the game, followed by free spins wins aided by Wild rhinos. Players can bet up to 10 coins per spin and place a maximum wager of 100 currency units when they’re feeling lucky.
Although the theme isn’t exactly original, Pragmatic Play excels in graphic design in Great Rhino. Considering the graphic quality of some of their previous games, the company has shown great improvement with their 2018 release. The slot is compatible with PC, MAC, Windows, OSX and Android devices and therefore playable in and out of the house as long as you have internet. Stacks of rhinos create a stampede that will run you over with awesome wins. Two jackpots and engaging special features are in favour of Great Rhino video slot. The only set back may be the fact that Pragmatic Play games aren’t available at all major virtual casinos, so getting to sunny Africa may not be as easy as we’d want it.