ELK Studios, a specialist developer of real money casino games based in Stockholm, Sweden, has launched Hula Balua, a jungle-themed slot where players can revisit Elmo The Sloth from the popular Tropicool 2 slot and dive into the adventure together with him.
True to its name, the main theme of the slot is a cute Elmo who spends his days making masks and growing large fruits in a Hawaiian-like jungle. The game takes place in a real tropical paradise, similar to the Hawaiian landscape shown in the famous Disney movie Moana. Additionally, the reels are filled with tropical fruits of all kinds, and the soundtrack compliments the overall atmosphere of the game.
The scatter pays mechanic is applied here, where wins are made when players make a combination of 8 matching symbols anywhere on the reels on a dynamic 6×6 grid, which further triggers a cascading feature. Also, the game is available on all devices, has a medium/high volatility, an RTP of 94% and a maximum win of 25,000x a player’s bet.
The symbols are a green, yellow and pink anonymous fruit, a kiwi, a sliced mango, half a pink fruit and a split star-shaped fruit, in ascending order. A combination of 8 symbols is worth 0,1x to 1x, increasing to 5x to 200x a player’s bet for a combination of 20+ symbols.
Wild Symbol – when Wilds land, they replace any regular paying symbol. Additionally, winning combinations involving Wilds pay as the highest value symbol.
Cascade – this one is triggered when the winning symbols disappear from the board, and new symbols fall from above into their positions. It stops when there are no more winning combinations in sight.
Sticky Redrops – as soon as it’s triggered, this one chooses one paying symbol to become sticky. Additionally, every matching pay symbol in sight locks onto the reels. If players land 1+ matching Sticky symbols or Wilds throughout this feature, it awards them an additional redrop, and winnings are paid out when the feature ends. However, the Sticky symbols can be upgraded, resulting in the size of the Sticky Redrop symbols being 1×1, 2×2 or 3×3.
Multipliers and Big Symbols – Big symbols are made when matching symbols appear in a rectangle or square and merge. As soon as they are created, they make multipliers whose value is identical to the total number of small symbols covered by the Big symbols. However, if the aforementioned Big symbols are used in a win, their value of the multiplier is added to the global multiplier, which is implemented to each win.
Furthermore, Big symbols may also be merged into even larger symbols if they are next to each other and match. When a merge occurs, an extra multiplier is added to the global multiplier which stays in sight as long as there are winning combinations. Also, if there are spaces underneath a Big symbol, it is filled with the matching symbols.
Elmo Wild Drops – the aforementioned Elmo activates this one. Upon the activation, the cute sloth moves 1 column to the left, putting a random number of Wilds on the grid for every redrop. However, Wilds stay as long as Elmo is on the grid or disappear if he is part of a winning combination. Additionally, Elmo stays active on the final redrop.
Hula Balua Free Spins – this feature is activated when players land 3 or more Scatters. The number of Scatters used in the activation indicates the number of free spins the players will get at the beginning of the mentioned feature.
2 Bonus symbols that are vertically linked over each other upgrade said Bonus symbols into Super bonus symbols. However, during the Super bonus game, players are surely set up to get Big symbols on every free spin. As for the global multiplier, it stays throughout the free spins, and if players land 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 Bonus symbols 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 extra free spins are activated.
X-iter – this unique feature, created by the aforementioned studio, gives players the opportunity to choose one of the available options:
- Bonus Hunt – game round with enhanced bonus activation costs 3x a player’s bet;
- Big Symbol – a game round in which players will certainly get the Big symbol costs 10x a player’s bet;
- Sticky Redrops – a game round with sticky redrops costs 25x a player’s bet;
- Buy Bonus – the Hula Balua Free Spins round which costs 100x a player’s bet;
- Super Bonus – a Super Bonus game that costs 200x a player’s bet.