Become the King of the Mountain

Golden Avalanche is a frosty new addition to Indigo Magic studio's consistently expanding roster of finely crafted slot games that works its titular magic through daring experimentation with features and mechanics. This is the case with this title as well as it delivers an interesting combination of classical and new-gen mechanics that spellbinds with captivating gameplay which is easy to love and hard to resist. This is achieved primarily by the game's rare hybrid of paylines and cascading slot mechanics. Usually, cascading slots employ cluster pays, while this one makes efficient use of computer-aided win evaluation on hundreds of paylines which are not always obvious. This leads not only to many chances of creating a winning combo, but also to combo creation where one would not expect it. It may sound confusing, but in practice, it turns out to be liberating from the urge to mentally recognize winning combinations in advance as the symbols fall in place, letting thus the player enjoy the relaxing game sounds, visuals and animations.

The game has a 5x4 grid, a whopping 1024 paylines and high volatility supported by the max payout of 6000x the current bet. There are ten symbols whose values range from 0.2x to 2.5x the bet and three functional symbols: 2 Scatters and a Wild. The two Scatters trigger the main game features: the Map starts the Avalanche Free Games and the frozen Cash Coins prompt the Cash Fall Respins feature.

Avalanche Free Games

This feature represents the difficult hike through the mountains and is started with 3 Scatters landing within one game round, not just one spin. This is because, with the first batch of symbols, you may create a winning combo that disappears and new symbols fall in its place, among which you may land that one final Scatter needed to start the free games. Such mechanics contributes to a constant sense of open possibilities as even a poor spin could turn into a big win, effectively keeping the player excited about each and every spin they make. Anyway, 3, 4 or 5 Map Scatters trigger 12, 18 or 24 Free Spins, respectively, and a multiplier counter appears in this phase in the top right corner. It starts with one but increases by one with each combo created. The best thing about it is that it's sticky, meaning that the multiplier value remains, eventually increases throughout the entire game phase and creates increasingly bigger wins! Additionally, every Map Scatter that lands in this phase raises the Free Games counter by one.

Cash Fall Respins

The second main feature, on the other hand, represents the discovery of a cave filled with gold. For that, the player needs to land 6 Cash Coin symbols that carry a random instant cash value for the duration of this phase. They are also sticky and remain on the grid as other symbol positions spin, so these Cash Coins slowly accumulate. If the player manages to fill the entire grid with them, they are rewarded with the Super Cash Fall bonus. This bonus is the source of the game's high volatility as it replicates the value of the highest Cash Coin to all coins on the grid, effectively maxing up their payout values.

Last but not least, it's always nice of the slot creators to provide a Buy Feature option. In this case, you can buy either feature, the Free Games for 90x your current bet and the Respins for 55x. It may not seem much, but in some cases, it can mean a lot. Chapeau.

Our verdict

The game is consistent in its use of colors and theme-appropriate game and decorative elements such as icicles and mountain lions, and the animations during win-creating combos almost send chills up and down your spine. Especially the sound effects feel incredibly frosty and authentically recreate the sounds of something freezing over. This contributes to total immersion into the game and elevates slot gameplay to a wintry ice-climbing activity in the high mountains. The Indigo Magic studio has again managed to craft a flawless backdrop that perfectly captures the rather unconventional theme of the game. Combined with unique mechanics that works like a charm and has you spinning like there's no tomorrow, it makes for an unusually satisfying experience.

The game's high volatility with the max multiplier at 6000x is, frankly speaking, not that apparent, but that could also be explained with our luck which can, as far as we believe, move mountains better than faith. It has, after all, a pretty nice hit rate of 28,7%, so the game should please just any type of player instead of catering to just one segment of slot gamers. It's simple enough not to discourage beginner players and promising enough to attract experienced slotsters too. If you ask us, this is what peak slot performance looks like (pun intended, as usual).
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