|Game Type:||Video slot|
|Whats hot:||Whats not so hot:|
|Multiplier wilds||Difficult to trigger the free spins feature|
|Multiplier wild feature of up to 10x|
|Free spins feature that awards up to 12 wilds|
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Quickspin’s Hidden Valley is a high variance video slots with 40 paylines, 5 reels and pays a top non-progressive jackpot of 300 coins. Your job is to find the secret entrance to the Valley of Sherpa or Shangri-La. On your journey of enlightenment, may fortune and good luck guide you all the way.
A feature that’s of particular interest to us is the game’s multiplier wilds feature that goes up to 10x. There’s a free spins feature too that’s triggered by 3 Bonus symbols. The smallest bet per spin is 60 pence up to £60, it can go up to £120 if you selected the ‘Wild Multiplier Bet’ of 4x to 10x.
The visual aspect of the game really looks good making it a delight to play, so kudos to Quickspin for rolling out this one. Paying symbols that appear on the reels are the Sherpa (guide), yaks, eagles, pretty blonde woman, male guide and a range of wild multiplier symbols. Against the backdrop of the reels you’ll see a snow-caped mountain along with an upbeat yet soothing soundtrack.
The slots offers players an average return to player percentage of 95.7%. Expect a few dry spins in between wins but they tend to be quite good.
With a bankroll of £80 my average stake per spin was £1.20, what strikes me about the game is that it pays well even at the lowest stake per spin. You can win up to 150x your stake making the game a real cash cow.
The feature that enjoys centre stage is the ‘Multiplier Wild’ which pops up on every spin boosting wins with a random multiplier by a considerable margin. The multiplier is also tied into your average bet per spin. It works like this: If your average bet per is 90 pence the multipliers range from 3x to 6x.
At 40 pence per spin the multipliers vary from 1x to 2x, at 60 pence 2x to 4x and if its £1.20 they shoot up to 4x to 10x. The multipliers are proportionate to your average bet; the bigger your stake the bigger the multiplier. If you’re not sure where the multiplier settings are situated check the boxes to the right side of the reels
The free spins feature in Hidden Valley is triggered when 3 or more bonus scatter symbols appear any position on the reels. Once it’s played a new screen opens up displaying an ‘Outer Wheel’ featuring the Sherpa, male and female travelers.
You must spin the wheel to see how many free spins you’ll win and which of the 3 symbols will act as a wild during the free spins feature (7 to 12 free spins). Hit 2 or more Bonus symbols while the feature is active and you’ll win additional wilds and free spins.
The beauty of the free spins is that the expanding multiplier feature is prominent throughout and responsible for some crazy big wins. Also, my biggest win of around 100x my stake came during the free spins feature (see screenshot).
Hidden Valley is a well-balanced slots as far as payouts and visual combinations go. The beating heart of the game is its ‘Wild Multipliers’. When they pitch be it during the main game or free spins they set the game on fire.
Keep in mind that it’s very difficult to trigger the free spins feature. If you succeed in triggering it and you manage a bunch of wild multipliers you could be on your way to Shangri-La and we mean literally. It’s an excellent game for high rollers chasing the big wins.