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Orca Pokies: A Whale of a Good Time

Novomatic’s done it again with a beautiful new slot, Orca, to add to their animal kingdom collection. Set in the deep blue, this pokie features 50 paylines, superb graphics and a super Free Spins bonus game that’ll leave you gasping for more.

Gameplay

The Orca slot is set in a colourful deep sea world filled with corals, tropical fish, adorable penguins, a family of seals and, of course, a majestic orca leaping out of the water against the sunset. The game is set to a live ocean soundtrack, which adds to the serenity, beauty and quality of this slot game. There are 11 regular symbols, but the highest paying is the leaping Orca, which comes stacked and can win you up to 500 coins in a single spin. It should also be noted that the orca, penguin and seal symbols start paying out when you get just 2 in a row, not the usual 3.  The Wild is a Polynesian-style sun symbol, while the orca’s tail against a sunset wave serves as the scatter symbol. There are a whopping 50 paylines on this reel, which makes for regular wins, and a standard “double or nothing” card guessing gamble option for each win as long as you’re not in autoplay mode. They claim the RTP here is comparatively low at just 95.06%, but the bigger paying symbols seem to be showing up regularly on the reels and paying out, so either we got unusually good luck here, or they were making a conservative estimate.

Special Features

You can get some substantial wins in the base game, but as usual, the really big hits here are in the bonus Free Games feature. You are granted 10 free spins when you get 3 or more orca tail scatter symbols, which only appear on reels 1, 2 and 3. Every free spin also adds an extra Wild symbol to the reels and if you get another 3 scatter symbols during this feature, you can win an additional 5 free spins, taking your free games spin to a total of 15.

Verdict

The serenity, beauty and solid design of this game make it an enjoyable escape, but get a few feature rounds under your belt and you’ll see some killer results as well.