We’ve all heard the expression “big kahuna”, but how many of us actually know what it means? The most popular definition is a Hawaiian shaman, which is precisely what Big Kahuna, the non-progressive video slot from Microgaming, appears to be based on.
This one has 5 reels and 9 unfixed paylines, which means wins can be formed both horizontally and diagonally. The game is developed around a tribal theme. The grand prize offered is to the tune of 8,000, and there’s plenty of interesting and useful features to help you along the way. The bonus flourishes include scatter symbols, wilds and no less than two mini-games.
Big Kahuna is a so-bright-you-need-shades slot, packed with comical two-dimensional symbols that reflect the theme. Players can make a maximum bet of 45 coins per spin, or a minimum of 0.5, and the return-to-player percentage is 96.2%.
In Big Kahuna, symbols include tribal masks, a shaman, a golden volcano, a monkey and an iguana. There are also modern takes on old-school fruit machine symbols of raspberries, pineapples, melons, oranges, kiwi fruits and coconuts.
The highest-paying icons – the ones you really want to see appear on the grid – include the Big Kahuna wild, which has the ability to pay up to 8,000 when five are found on an active line, and when the gamer is playing at max bet. It also pays 1,000 for four, 200 for three, 10 for two and two for two. All wins pay left to right except the scatter, which pays wherever it lies.
The tribal mask, which grants pay-outs of up to 4,375, is another fine one to find. The aforementioned figure is, of course, for five, but you could win 2,900 for four or 1,650 for three. The volcano, which pays up to 2,500 for five, also grants 1,00 for four or 625 for three.
Among the other symbols, the dancing shaman pays 500 for five, 150 for four, 25 for three or 10 for two. The iguana pays the same, except only five credits for two, and the orange pays 250, 80 and 20, with no win granted for two. The kiwi fruit pays 200, 50 and 15, and so on down the line. The least valuable symbol is the raspberry, which pays 100 for five, 20 for four and 10 for three.
The game’s soundtrack consists of chirping tree frogs and various forms of jungle wildlife, which imparts an immersive feel.