Big Time Gaming has been the surprise of 2018 so far, not that they offered bad games before, but they just upped the ante recently and made themselves favorites for a lot of players that love high-volatility games. They came up with something different in Donuts, a fun game that has fewer reels, but which manages to offer the same high potential rewards as in the past.
Donuts is not your standard slot machine, featuring just 4 reels of 4 symbols each, and delivering a total of 256 ways to win through them, but with a chance to get as many as 2401 through certain symbols. Don’t let the 15x rewards of the base game fool you, the free spins can be incredible, with huge multipliers a possibility inside.
Like in most Big Time Gaming slots I’ve played so far, the Stake option is an easy one to handle. You get to use the total amount that goes into the wager only, so there is no fiddling with lines or line bets here. The complete range of your bets will be $0.05 to $10. This is the value that the paytable uses when it mentions a 15x payout, not the line bet.
If you look at the base game alone, then you’re not likely to be that happy, the jackpot delivering only 15x the bet for one combo of the right four symbols. Even there though, there is a possibility of getting 4x multipliers.
The exciting part of the game comes from the free spins though, which get unlimited multipliers, to be applied to all their wins. More on that below, but suffice it to say that the game doesn’t really become interesting until you reach this feature.
The Donuts RTP has been announced at 96.54%, which is decent, but it’s only going to be possible with the free spins as big contributors, as the base game isn’t that good. It truly is a high-volatility game, with huge potential.
The features are the ones that make all the difference in the case of Donuts. They’re not easy to trigger though, so typically you will have to spin the reels a lot before you get to the tasty filling.
These are symbols that you get on the reels, and which will increase your ways to win. The Donut Box opens up to reveal 2 to 4 Donut symbols or a Wild with a 2x to 4x multiplier. The number of Donuts shown inside will give you just as many symbols for that reel, so you have an increased number of ways to win thanks to it. As many as 2401 ways to win are apparently possible this way.
Wilds With Multipliers
The Wild Symbols have a Jukebox-like design, and they can have an x2, x3 or x4 multiplier inscribed at the bottom. Only the last three reels get them, and when they’re in the right spot they will contribute to new combinations being formed. There aren’t any rewards coming directly from them.
Free Spins With Multipliers
Bonus Round: this feature starts before the free spins, and it has 3 initial rounds. It spins the reels and gives you Gold Donuts and other types of symbols, though only the former matter here. Each Gold Donut you get will add to the multiplier an amount between 1x and 50x. You could get only a 16x multiplier, an 80x one, or even a much bigger one, it’s up to your luck at this point. Once you’ve gotten the bonus countdown to zero, the free spins can finally start. The multiplier you accumulated in this bonus round is used for all your wins, and this is where the game has truly massive potential.
Unlimited retriggers: you retrigger the Bonus Round which gives you the multiplier, plus you get another 10 to 30 free spins, provided that you land another 2 to 4 Gold Donut scatters.
Clearly, this is the feature that you’re striving for in this game. The base game is boring by comparison, but the free spins could make you rich just as easily as it could take all your money.
Graphics have never been a strong selling point for Big Time Gaming. Cartoon-style images were employed to sell the story in this case, but once again they’re not that great. Images of four types of donuts, donut boxes, gold donuts, wilds and their usual playing cards are going to be used for the major and minor symbols. A donut shop is the focus of the background image.
For those that are fans of the highly-volatile slots that Big Time Gaming has been releasing lately, Donuts is going to be a fun game to try out. Expect unique features out of this 4 reels title, a slightly boring base game, with the free spins being the ones with all the potential.