It is amazing to think that while the mobile version of this very popular online slot only became available in January 2015, Big Kahuna has been available to play online since 2004!
Of course since that time, slot games have come on a great deal with a huge number of new bonuses and other features being implemented across the game.
As such, rather than seeing Big Kahuna as a new mobile release, it is best viewing this as almost a retro-themed slot, taking gamers back to the days when there were no such thing as free spins but all you got to play for instead were the wins across the slots, plus a couple of bonus selection games.
So if you come to the Big Kahuna slot expecting 2015 gimmicks and features, you may be disappointed, but that is a shame because despite its advancing years and the fact it is based on older slot technology, Big Kahuna still packs a fine slot game even on the modern day smartphone or tablet.
The mobile version of the game keeps faith with the original game which has 9 fixed paylines across the usual 5x3 reels. Prices start from just 0.05 coins, which means that the lowest amount you can spin for is 0.45, but you can wager up to 22.50 per spin of you prefer.
Wager the maximum amount and you could win up to 20,000 in cash if you land the big jackpot.
The graphics on Big Kahuna are bright and colourful and show up particularly well on tablets and modern smartphones. There's none of the usual playing card lows but instead a number of vivid tropical or jungle themed fruits and symbols including a golden idol, a Mayan temple, an orange, pineapple, raspberries, avocado and what appears to be a fierce green lizard.
The sound effects are somewhat basic, but the slot is bright and fast to play on new mobile devices and it certainly rattles along at a decent pace while playing.
There are a number of features that you can access at various points of the game that will give you the chance of adding to your payline wins.
The first of these is the in game Wild symbol which is the Big Kahuna slot logo. This replaces all other symbols across the reels (with the exception of the scatter and bonus symbols, of which we'll learn more later). Land more wilds across the reels to give yourself a better chance of a bigger payline win.
The in game scatter symbol is the cheery face of the monkey and in Big Kahuna the scatter symbol simply awards you a cash win depending on how many of the scatter symbols you land across the reels. Land all five and you can win a massive 200 times your line bet on this feature alone.
In addition to the scatter symbol, there are two other bonus symbols on the reels. The first of these is the Volcano symbol and landing 3, 4 or 5 of these across the reels on an active payline gives you access to the Volcano bonus round.
Here you select from a number of fruits to sacrifice to the gods and how much you can win is random, but between parameters based on how many scatters you landed to trigger the round. 3 symbols sees wins between 25 to 625 coins, but land 5 symbols and that increases to between 100 and 2,500 coins.
The second bonus round is the Mask bonus which is triggered by the Mask symbol. This is a selection game where you keep clicking on masks unveiling winning cash amounts until you hit the mask that ends the game. You can click the collect button at any time to run away with your winnings though and once again the payouts are staggered depending on how many symbols you land to access the bonus round.
There's a lot to like about the Big Kahuna slot. It may not have the features of modern day games, but it is fun, fast and enjoyable to play and being a low volatile game, it won't break the bank for smaller stakes players.
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