Some players like low volatility while others want it as high as possible. Which side do you belong to?
There Are Levels of Extreme
When something comes labeled “extreme” it’s not always a great thing. It can be referring to the level of danger, the Scoville scale or to perhaps even how top secret White House documents really are.
There are of course many cases where “extreme” is what you are looking for. How about an extremely high account balance, extremely fast racing car or extremely beautiful human being for example.
When applied to our industry, extreme volatility means that a slot will be very cautious with paying out wins but when you do win, watch out – it’ll be a big one!
Good Things Come to Those Who Wait
For me, yes, it does feel good grabbing a small win on basically every other spin or at least the majority of your spins will give you a little something. With that said, patiently awaiting a win can be very challenging but there’s a reason they say good things come to those who wait. When you do hit on an extreme volatile slot, wow – what a rush.
To give you some examples of what I’m talking about, here are some games where the volatility level is cranked all the way up to, you guessed it, EXTREME!
Misery Mining – Nolimit City
RTP – 96.09%
Max Multiplier – 70,000x
Volatility – Extreme
After playing Misery Mining for a little while, I realized where the name comes from. Considering it’s a game full of explosions, it’s quite the snooze fest if I’m being honest. Yes, I know my opinion is based on my misfortune but what else would I base it on?
If you didn’t want a negative sounding review, maybe you should’ve let me win, Nolimit City!
Make sure to land a stick of dynamite as early as possible
Blow It Up
Starting off with a tiny 3×3 reel setup seems very restricted, considering the fact that you can actually see the full grid. Luckily, things don’t remain this way for very long.
With the help of some dynamite, you can expand the reels in the direction of the actual explosion. By using collapsing mine mechanics, you can continue opening up your playing field until you reach its full potential at a much more appealing 7×7.
As you can see, one explosion can make a massive difference
If you want to experience the bonus round, you don’t have to wait for the scatters if you don’t want to. Thanks to the bonus buy you can head straight to it.
Let’s go extreme!
Play It Safe or Risk It All
It felt a bit stingy but since I was going with the Extreme Volatility angle, I of course opted for the Rat Mode. This would lead me to the mother of all payouts, or so I thought.
Increase your multiplier
Plenty of Modifiers
The bonus round looks completely different and isn’t bad at all. Multipliers and other modifiers are available to you and with a bit of luck you can rack up some good numbers here.
Mining carts will cruise by on the reel above and if any of the multipliers is positioned underneath, it’ll be yours.
Misery Mining personified
Le Grand Jaune
Despite not being very successful, I can tell the bonus round has a lot of potential and knowing you can get there in a heartbeat does offer some incentive for wanting to come back for more.
I never got to experience Le Grand Jaune, which is what the game calls it when you max out on the 70,000x multiplier.
Misery Mining indeed
The result wasn’t quite what I had expected or hoped for, if I’m being honest, which was disappointing. Knowing the extreme volatility will always get your hopes up but is also the reason why things won’t go your way sometimes.
Will I ever give it another go, probably, but there are other games of the same caliber that I would rather play. Misery Mining indeed!
Evil Goblins xBomb – Nolimit City
RTP – 96.14%
Max multiplier – 31,969x
Volatility – Extreme
I’ve always thought Goblin’s looked pretty cool and I find them quite fascinating to be honest. Yes, they are evil and I wouldn’t want them around me but observing them from afar can be quite fun.
Crazy Goblins all over the place
More Explosions Please
If you think Misery Mining is full of explosions, it’s nothing compared to these fire blasting goblins. They don’t hesitate to blow up the entire thing if they could and believe it or not, that’s a good thing for you. How so? Because the more explosions, the bigger the chance of winning.
This is where the Goblins with grenades will appear
I would say that the Goblin Sacrifice feature is the one that has the biggest impact on the game. With each spin, new goblins will show up on top of the reels. If the Goblin up top matches with a symbol underneath, the Goblin will throw an iron grenade at his symbol for the ultimate sacrifice.
Take Your Pick
Double up on the Free Spins
There are two types of Free Spins in the game, Goblin Feast Spins and Fresh Meat Spins. Lovely names, right?
I opted to try the Fresh Meat version, as they were the cheapest of the two in the Bonus Buy.
Gold, gold and more gold
Sit Back and Count Your Money
As you can see, things will get turned up a notch during the bonus round but the grenade throwing Goblins are just as trigger happy.
Sit Back and Count Your Money
Gold and dynamite make an excellent due here so let them mix however they want to while you sit back and count your money.
The Guys Seem Happy
I managed to get to the bonus round twice and the first time I wasn’t overly proud of my 20.49 mBCH win but the guys in the photo seemed super happy with their performance.
Big deal, I thought, thinking they would look this happy each and every time. Boy, was I wrong.
Not so happy campers
Muppet Show Balcony
The next time I won even less money but not just that. If I would have been pleased, it was clear that I shouldn’t have been because the same guys were grumpy as all hell this time. In other words, just like the grumpy old men on the Muppet Show balcony, they will let you know what they think of your performance.
By the way, if you’re wondering where they got the name Fresh Meat Spins, take a look in the top left corner. There’s a Goblin there chopping off limbs with each spin. Yuck!
After spending some time with them in Evil Goblins xBomb (from a safe distance of course), my theory still remains. Goblins are fun!
First of all it’s a great looking game with very sharp graphics. Secondly, much thanks to the Goblins and the many explosions, you feel like there’s always something going on so it never gets boring.
Would I head back into the caves of hell to play with these green devils once again, definitely!
Cosmic Charms – Kalamba
Volatility – Extreme
Kalamba might not be as recognized as Nolimit City but they have a lot of good games. Cosmic Charms is one of them and it will bring extreme volatility, as per my/our request.
If the Nolimit style isn’t your cup of tea, perhaps a retro fruit machine up on the Milky Way might be just what the doctor ordered.
You can expect features such as: Cashpots, K-Boost, 2x Free Spins games, Bonus Buys (Hyper-bonus)
Let’s go to space they said
What Are the Different Cashpots?
I struggled with this one as I didn’t look it up beforehand. Is it 100% clear after having read up on it and having it explained, not really.
It says that “Cashpot is awarded when symbols with Cosmic Cashpot backgrounds cover one or more full reels, from left to right. During the Enhanced Cashpot Free Spins, the accumulated multiplier is applied to Cashpot values”.
You get it right? Good, because I’m not sure I do, even after playing.
Cashpot or Multiplier Wild?
Whether I fully grasped the Cashpot feature or not, I could at least click on the Hyper Bonus, which is Kalamba’s version of bonus buy.
Keeping a check on my wallet, I picked the one furthest to the right.
A win is a win
Extra Free Spins
During Free Spins, there is a counter on the right which you can fill with bonus symbols. Whenever you collect 3 of them, you will get 2 extra spins, which I will take with open arms.
If you choose the Cashpot Free Spins, this will take 5 bonus symbols.
You will also increase your win multiplier by doing this.
Cashpot Level 1 win
Cashpot Level 2 win
Level 1 and Level 2 Win
Don’t ask me how I got these or what they require but I did manage to land both a Level 1 and Level 2 win during the bonus round.
They are not necessarily big wins but a win is a win after all.
Total win wasn’t the biggest
I could have chosen a game that was more in the style of what I prefer but the intent behind trying Cosmic Charms was to get some diversity. Let’s say mission accomplished.
Fruit machines aren’t my preferred choice and to be honest, I don’t see myself playing Cosmic Charms again. I’m not completely against them and sometimes there are features that can appeal to me but I didn’t leave with a positive feeling this time.
That doesn’t mean you won’t like it though, if this is the type of slot you normally play.
Extreme Volatility – Yay or Nay?
Well, I guess it didn’t really pay off this time around but trust me, there are big wins in there just waiting to be scooped up.
As mentioned in the beginning, patience is key when playing these games and I can’t say I always have. You know what I’m talking about right?
Anyway, my appreciation for extreme volatility still remains and I will keep hunting the big wins. It doesn’t hurt mixing in some lesser volatile games here and there to boost your confidence though.
You can play these games at King Billy, BitStarz and Winz.io among other places.
Whatever type of game you pick, good luck!