The Silverback Gold slot celebrates the gorilla - one of the most majestic creatures on the planet, best known for its strength, grace, and intelligence. Few of us will ever get to spend much time with a Silverback in its natural habitat, but if you'd like to imagine what that might be like, you could do a lot worse than play the Silverback Gold slot from NetEnt. Released in 2021, this game is a sequel to NetEnt's earlier Gorilla Kingdom slot, and it boasts a much bigger top prize of 45,000 times your bet.
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About Silverback Gold Slot
Silverback Gold slot is a five-reel online pokie with four rows. The game takes place deep in the heart of the jungle, which is beautifully portrayed in the background. Expect to see lush greenery, jungle vines and some nice animated touches that bring the scene to life, such as mayflies flying across the screen, leaves falling from above, and so on. The five reels of this game are presented within a vine frame.
An instrumental soundtrack plays throughout the game, and this has a steady percussive beat that evokes a feeling of trekking slowly, steadily and rather warily through the jungle. Sound effects are rather more "Vegas slot" than David Attenborough, but tribal drums kick in nicely whenever it looks like a special feature is close to being triggered.
Silverback Gold Slot Symbols
There are six lower-value symbols in the Silverback Gold slot, and those are the playing card ranks of 9, 10, J, Q, K, and A. Six more symbols pay higher values, and those are all jungle creatures, with the Silverback gorilla being the second most valuable and a Golden Silverback being the most valuable of all. A golden disc with a ruby centre serves as a scatter symbol, and a sunset landscape is wild.
How to Play Silverback Gold
The first thing to do after you have launched this game is to set the stake that you want to play with. Simply click the stack of coins icon and you will be shown a range of possible stakes. Select the one that to want to play with and then click the X to return to the main game screen.
You spin the reels by pressing the circular arrow icon located below the middle reel. Each spin of the reels will give you 1,024 ways to win. If you'd like to set the game to play itself for a while, click the play icon to the left of the spin button and you can choose to play 10, 25, 50, 100, 250, 500, 750, or 1,000 spins automatically. Click the fast-forward icon to the right of the spin button and the reels will spin at an accelerated speed.
Silverback Attack Feature
A Silverback Attack feature can be randomly triggered at any time. When this happens, anything from 6 to 20 Silverback symbols will be randomly placed on the reels at the beginning of the very next spin.
This feature can be triggered in the Free Spins round as well as in the base game. When it is triggered during Free Spins, Golden Silverback symbols will be placed on the reels instead of regular Silverback symbols.
Bonus Game and Free Spins
When you land three or more scatter symbols on the reels at the same time you will trigger a Bonus Game and Free Spins, and they will be played in that order.
The Bonus Game will start you off with three spins. The triggering scatters will be transformed into tokens with values of 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, or 25 and locked in place. You will then spin the reels to try and land more tokens with values. If you land one or more, the token will be locked in place and the number of remaining spins will reset to 3.
The Free Spins game will add the tokens earned in the Bonus Game to a Collect Meter. More token values can land and be collected during the free spins round. When the Collect Meter reaches 30, 60, 120, and 200 tokens, an associated symbol will be upgraded to the Silverback symbol. Collect 300 tokens and all Silverbacks will be upgraded to Golden Silverbacks.
Silverback Gold Slot RTP
Silverback Gold has an RTP of 96.11%, which is slightly less than the 96.30% offered by the preceding Gorilla Kingdom game.
Silverback Gold Game: Pros and Cons
Silverback Gold Slot: Our Verdict
Silverback Gold is an impressive sequel to Gorilla Kingdom, and it really ups the ante in terms of its potential payout from 5,000 times the bet in the previous game to a whopping 45,000 times here. Of course, nothing comes for free and this slot has a much higher volatility level, so you'll need to be more patient to land wins. The RTP of Silverback Gold is also slightly lower than that of Gorilla Kingdom, at 96.11% versus 96.30%. We enjoy both games, but we have to say that we prefer this one, and we wonder how long it will be before NetEnt comes out with a platinum version.