Ivory Citadel Slot Review
Ivory Citadel is an online video slot released by Microgaming via the efforts of another company called Just For The Win Studios. Unlike other ‘lost city’ themed slots, this one is based upon a completely fictitious place.
We did find another place called the Ivory Citadel, but that was a made-up city in a video game called ‘Darksiders’ released around a decade ago. We don’t think that the two are connected.
If you are of a conversation-type mind you don’t have to worry about thousands of elephants being de-tusked in order to build the Ivory Citadel. This lost city (we think) was so named in honour of our big-trunked friends, or because of the colour of the buildings. You shouldn’t need to worry anyhow as the ‘Ivory Citadel’ in this game is just a load of pixels.
How to Play
The Ivory Citadel is a fairly standard online video slots game with five reels and three rows. This slot has 20 paylines and all are always in play.
To start your exploration of the Ivory Citadel you need to select the size of your bet. The minimum size your bet can be is 0.10, and the maximum is 100.00. All winning payouts are paid as multiples of the bet size. To win a payout, you need to secure at least three consecutive identical symbols on a payline, commencing with the left-hand reel.
The ‘Wild’ symbol in this game is wild and substitutes for all other symbols aside from the free spins symbol and the mystery symbol.
- 5 x Wild symbols = 20 x bet size (max £2,000)
- 5 x Ivory Citadel symbols = 20 x bet size (max £2,000)
- 5 x Tiger symbols = 15 x bet size (max £1,500)
- 5 x Bull symbols = 9 x bet size (max £900)
- 5 x Snake symbols = 6 x bet size (max £600)
- 5 x Ace symbols = 4 x bet size (max £400)
- 5 x King symbols = 3 x bet size (max £300)
- 5 x Queen symbols = 2.5 x bet size (max £250)
- 5 x Jack symbols = 2 x bet size (max £200)
You can hunt around the Ivory Citadel all you want, but you won’t find anything akin to a progressive jackpot. By our reckoning, the most you can win in any one spin is £2,000 for five wild symbols or five ivory citadel symbols. Unfortunately there are no prize multipliers in this game, so all paytable prizes max out at their base level.
Mystery symbols appear in both the base game and during free spins. After a spin, any mystery symbols on the reels will turn into a random symbol. Mystery symbols cannot change into free spins symbols.
If at least three free spins symbols have landed anywhere on the reels, then you are awarded free spins. If you land three free spins symbols you are awarded eight free spins, if you land four you are awarded ten and if you are fortunate enough to land five then you get your hands on a dozen free spins.
During your free spins, if any mystery symbols land then they will turn into sticky mystery symbols.
Once a reel becomes full of sticky mystery symbols, then they will all turn into sticky wilds. All wilds remain in place until your free spins are completed.
Graphics and Sounds
The Ivory Citadel can (just) be seen in the background for this game. It’s a shame you can’t see more as it looks a place fit for an explorative holiday, complete with huge, tumbling waterfalls. During free spins the location switches to somewhere less hospitable, complete with molten lava!
The symbols roll around the playing grid surrounded by a stone frame. There’s very little in way of animation, although the mystery symbols do light up when they appear before they explode and turn into something altogether different. Wins are announced with bands of light surrounding the winning symbols, and your prize amount is displayed.
All the play takes place against the musical backdrop of a cinematic-sounding piece that’s obviously been composed to set the pulse racing. Fortunately, it’s not the type of music that gets annoying quickly. The rest of the effects fit in nicely with the slot’s overall atmosphere.
There’s not a whole lot to this game, but what there is of it meets with our approval. We particularly like the ‘mystery symbol’ feature as it adds an extra layer of excitement and you can quickly work out which would be the most profitable symbol for it to switch to. The rest is just as you would expect from any online slots game.
Mark Angus is a professional writer and editor currently based in Adelaide and London. Mark writes on a variety of sports betting and gaming topics, most notably football and cricket (he has been a season ticket holder at Fulham for far too many years), as well as horse racing, in particular jumps racing. In addition, Mark produces website content, blogs and articles for a variety of publications, organisations and businesses, and has extensive experience in writing for all forms of online, print and broadcast media.