Mammoth’s were furry prehistoric elephants. While they did not survive the last ice age – hunting them was important to our stone age ancestors. They appear on the reels of the Mammoth Power pokies from Konami, alongside many other animals from those times. You’ll find a sabre toothed tiger, wolf with huge fangs and what looks like a furred ancestor of a rhino as the best winning symbols.
Stone axe symbols play an important role in this slot. These will trigger a free spins bonus, where your wins get a multiplier attached. With stacked symbols in play, those wins can be significant at times. Mammoth Power can be played live or online. If you play the live version, you’ll find mystery jackpots can be won. Here are the highlights:
Stone axes were the first tools used by our caveman ancestors. You’ll see them on all the reels of Mammoth Power, though things only get interesting when you hit 3+ on the same spin. There are 8, 12 or 30 free spins for 3, 4 or 5 anywhere in view. You will also get up to 50x your triggering bet as a scatter win.
When your bonus spins start, the main noticeable difference is that the reels go blue (instead of beige). You’ll find that the symbols showing a cave with fire take on a more important role. These are wild during the base game. In the free games they also get a win multiplier of up to 3x. They come stacked, and caves on a reel will all get the same multiplier. If you cover several reels with these, you could be looking at huge hits.
Axe scatters can retrigger for more spins with just 2 in view. That gets you 2 extra spins, with 3+ adding the same numbers as above.
On the live casino versions of the Mammoth Power pokie, you’ll see two progressive jackpot prizes at the top of the cabinet. These have a range written under them.
For the Major, the range is $250 to $500. For the Mini, this is $25 to $50. These numbers show the seed amount for the jackpot, and the maximum they can reach before being won. If you see a jackpot close the top of this range, you’ll know it has to drop! These prizes drop at random – and are not connected to the regular game play.
While some of the prizes are big, the reels are not mammoth! Konami use a regular 5×3 grid, with 30 win-lines for this pokie. You can bet up to 5 coins per line or change the denomination for bigger bets.
Every time you hit spin, one symbol becomes dominant on the reels. This can be the wilds (cave), higher paying mammoth symbols – or anything down to the humble 9. The bigger prizes will come from the animals. Mammoths first, then sabre toothed tigers, rhinos, wolves. A worried looking donkey is the final unique symbol. Playing card symbols are in their usual bright colours. These are used for smaller prizes.
Overall, Mammoth Power gives the impression of an older game. There are few animations, and the detail level of the artwork is not high. There are some nice touches, like the rocky cave which surrounds the reels. I like the satisfying crunch sound effect for when the cave symbol hits. This shows some cave-paintings, then the entrance to the cave, which has a fire in it. The multiplier shows after that if you are playing the bonus games.
Other than the multipliers, only the blue reels give the free games a different look. Elephant-style sound effects will play when you win with the stern-looking woolly mammoth symbols.
Konami produce a lot of simple, solid casino pokies, and Mammoth Power is a great example. It will not blow you away in terms of artwork or complexity. What it does have is potential for mammoth hits! You can get a lot of the same symbol on any spin from the random replacement system. You can also win progressive ‘mystery prizes’ in the live version. Best of all, those free spins can come with wild symbols that have multipliers of you to 3x. Line them up over several reels, and you’ll be celebrating a huge win!