Design and Gameplay
The African savanna is something to behold. The open grasslands, the mountains in the distance and the plethora of wild animals truly make us feel as though we’re one with nature. Betsoft has achieved this feeling with Stampede. The game conveys a feeling of serenity and warmth that few games are able to bring is such light ways.
The graphic designers have captured perfectly the color pellet of the African savannah of dirt like yellow and orange. The most impressive aspect of the graphics has to be the sky and the setting sun rays that compliment it. The animal icons are short of impressive when compared to the magnificence of the background. The music adds a mystical feel to the whole package, and is juxtaposed by the spinning sound effect that is frenzied enough to transport you to the nearest tribal ritual.
Instead of taking the straightforward way and being a payline based slot title, Stampede has taken the more alternative route that few games turn to, but should since it’s more stimulating and, arguably, more enjoyable. In Stampede this approach is in the form of the 1024 ways to win system. The game pays for all combinations of contiguous symbols. The symbols’ significance is your typical hierarchy of icons. The standard ones are the letters. The mid value ones are the letter A, the antler, the giraffe and the zebra. The eagle, the panther and the elephant are the highest.
The features of Stampede are nothing impressive but they do the job of rewarding the player often enough. First on the agenda is the Wilds that substitutes for all symbols except the Scatter. The Wild multiplies winnings by 3 or by 2, and the more Wilds you accumulate the higher the multiplier will be. Wild multipliers are active during Free Spin mode. Note that the Wild symbols occur only on the second, third and fourth reel.
Next is the Scatter symbol that activates the Free Spins feature. The symbol is the mighty tree with the setting sun coloring behind it. Land on three and receive a payment of 400 plus 8 free spins. Hitting four scatters pays 2000 plus 12 free spins. Five time the scatter wins you 4000 and 20 free spins.
Finally you have the option to double your winning. All you have to do is press the accompanying button, pick an option, and choose between heads or tails.
With a slightly misleading title, Stampede does what any effective video slot title should do, and nothing more. However the beautifully recreated African savannah is sure to motivate you to bet and play.