Crash through thick clusters of pine trees in Playson’s online video slot – Taiga. Styled after the northern coniferous forestland that is its namesake, Taiga offers an RTP of 94,98% and the chance to win up to 20.000x the Bet/Line on a single wager. Be on the lookout for the Wild Bear awarding big coin wins with one swipe of his giant paws. Play this video slot online from either desktop or mobile device.
Explore Taiga and Seek the Wild Bear for Cash
Taiga is a 4-row, 5-reel, 20-adjustable payline, online slot. The reels are set against a forest wilderness with various animals and plants standing in as slot symbols. The music is a melancholy instrumental orchestra soundtrack intermingled with bird calls and other forest animal sounds. This online slot displays minor win animations with animal symbols coming to life (i.e. wolves howling) and winning symbols brightening as flames flicker briefly over them. The overall visual quality of the graphics is average as expected of a 2-D slot with minor animations sprinkled in. This comes with the advantage of a short loading time, however, slot enthusiasts that prefer richer graphics will likely find themselves underwhelmed.
Taiga shows values for Balance, Win, Bet/Line and Total Bet in cash. Choose a Bet/Line (0.01 – 5.00) and number of Lines (1 – 20) to pick a Total Cash Bet ranging from 1p – £100 at SlotsMillion. The Paytable displays values for winning combinations in credits which remain fixed despite changes in Bet/Line. This online slot auto-calculates wins by multiplying the Bet/Line by the credit Pay. Individual payline wins are highlighted on the reels while cumulative wins are listed in the win box.
Taiga has 12 slot symbols all of which reflect the forest theme by consisting of animals and plants commonly found in a woodland area. There are 2 special symbols including a Tiger Bonus symbol and a Bear Wild. The Tiger Bonus symbol awards a coin prize of double the Total Bet as well as a round of Free Spins. The Bear Wild symbol substitutes for any regular symbol and can also form its own winning combinations. There are 10 regular symbols with 4 higher-paying animal symbols and 6 lower-paying fruit, fungus and acorn symbols. Listed in order of highest to lowest value, they include: Fox, Wolf, Raccoon, Squirrel, Mushroom, Apple, Strawberry, Blueberries, Raspberry and Acorn.
Taiga’s gameplay is left to right meaning that players must get 3+ symbols across adjacent reels starting from reel 1 to form a winning combination. Payline profits are dependent on the number of Lines selected. With all 20 Lines activated, get 3+ Foxes, Wolves or Wilds to profit along a single payline. Get 4+ Apples – Wilds or 5+ of any symbol to profit. Of course, with only 1 Line selected, players only need to get 3+ of any symbol to profit.
Taiga’s highest paying slot symbol is the Bear Wild which awards a pay of (1000, 200, 50) giving this online slot’s Main Game the potential to award up to 20.000x the Bet/Line with all 20 paylines active. With a maximum bet selection, Taiga’s Bear Wild symbol has the potential to award up to £100,000 in a single round at SlotsMillion.
Like many Playson slots, Taiga’s Autoplay ranges from 5 – 999 spins. There are no advanced options.
Game Settings include: toggle sound on/off and press the ‘stop’ button while the reels are in motion to speed up gameplay (during either Autoplay or regular gameplay).
Taiga Bonus Features
Free Spins: Apart from Bear Wild Substitutions, Tiaga has only 1 other Bonus Feature – Free Spins. The appearance of 3 Tiger Bonus symbols on the reels awards a coin prize of 2x the Total Bet and 5 initial Free Spins. The appearance of 3 additional Tiger Bonus Symbols during Free Spins mode will add another 5 Free Spins to the counter. This is a very simple, straightforward Bonus Feature with no special advantages attached.
Summary table Taiga
|Supported on mobile devices||Yes|
|Release date||February 2015|
|Payout Percentage RTP (?)||94,98%|
|Volatility / variance (?)||Average|
|Features (?)||Free Spins, Bonus and Wild symbols|
|Roles / pay-lines (?)||5 / 20|
|Bet / Line||£0.01 up to £5.00|
|Min. / Max. bet||1p up to £100|
Is Taiga Too Tame to Compete?
Taiga has a very simple design most suited to players that enjoy slots which don’t over complicate gameplay with frilly Bonus Features yet still award decently large wins periodically. That said, the lack of any type of interactive Bonus Game or even an extended Free Spins session may be a serious turnoff to many players. Overall, this online slot seems unimpressive when compared to other Playson slots that offer more entertaining Bonuses.
While testing this online slot at SlotsMillion, Taiga produced 2.1 wins every 10 spins or so. 57% of those wins were profitable and most were due to Wild Substitutions/Wild Wins. Out of 100 test spins, Taiga awarded 10 Wild Substitution/Wild Wins with a big win of 51.5x the Total Bet. Free Spins did not activate during the first 100 spins, however, this Bonus Feature triggered on the 386th spin. It was rather underwhelming lasting only about 10 seconds and awarding 9x the Total Bet. The Wild symbol definitely stole the show. If chasing wins through the forest excites you, give NextGen’s majestic Great Wild Elk a spin! Its elegant design offers a bit more entertainment in the way of Bonuses.
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