Easter Island 2
The hilarious Moai duo and their comical bird sidekick are back for another reel adventure on the slot from Yggdrasil Gaming. On Easter Island 2, they are jetting off to Venice Beach to live it large with Symbol Swap Respins, Expanding Reels and Colossal Blocks that will reward those joining the protagonists with big payouts of up to 2,500 times their bet.
Easter Island is a video slot in a 6×4 format with 25 pay lines as default. Triggering the Expanding Reels feature will increase it to a 6×8 size with 55 lines. Wins are awarded for three to six matching symbols landing on a line from left to right only. You can join the comical Moai duo on desktop, tablet or mobile from 0.25 to 300 credits per spin. The game has medium volatility (51/100) with an RTP of 96% and a hit rate of roughly 1:6 spins.
Loading the game will take you to the serene beaches on the exotic island in the Pacific Ocean. Beach hut, sunchairs and the comical Moai statues surround the dynamic reel set that will expand to 6×8 during one of the features. A leisurely soundtrack with intermittent comments from the duo provides the fitting audio to the gameplay.
The game has nine regular pay symbols and a wild, all potentially landing in high stacks. At the low end, they are wooden suits – spades, clubs, diamonds and hearts – awarding across the board 2x your bet for a single five of a kind. They are followed by five animal statues in different colours – blue, violet, green, orange and red. Hit five on a line to win 4x to 40x your stake. A golden tribal bird mask is the wild symbol, appearing during the Colossal Block respins only and substituting for all pay symbols.
Easter Island 2 Slot Features
The original Easter Island is one of those slots that never really took off but was neither completely shunned by the player community. It offers fast-paced gameplay with a comical twist as the two Maoi are performing the reel expansions, occasionally commenting on the action. The sequel keeps that original DNA but gave it some new mechanics that will allow it to stand on its own.
At the core of it all is still the Symbol Swap Respin that will trigger when you hit any winning combination. If your win is with a low-value symbol, it will replace all other low-value symbols for the respin. Similarly, if you scored a win with a premium, then replaces all other premiums. The game will respin once only after the initial payout to potentially land another winner.
New on the sequel is the Colossal Block feature which will trigger when you hit at least a 4-of-a-kind on the initial spin. The Symbol Swap respin is now enhanced with symbol blocks in different sizes including wilds based on the length of the initial winning combo. The Colossal Blocks will start on with two reels and expand all the way to four reels on the last level. Wilds are added to the merged reels as Colossal Blocks.
- 4-of-a-kind: two of the four middle reels are randomly chosen to be merged into 2×2 Colossal Symbol blocks for the respin
- 5-of-a-kind: reels 2, 3 and 4 or 3, 4 and 5 are merged into 3×3 Colossal Symbol blocks for the respin
- 6-of-a-kind: reels 2, 3, 4 and 5 are merged into 4×4 Colossal Symbol blocks for the respin
And there is more. Any 6-of-a-kind win will trigger the Expanding Reels feature. Before the start of the respin, the game area will expand from a 6×3 format and 25 pay lines to a 6×8 size with now 55 lines and 4×4 Colossal Symbols, providing the extra potential to score mega wins. Up to 2,500x bet are in play in a single spin sequence.
Yggdrasil Gaming did well on keeping the DNA of the original on its sequel. Together with the comical Moai duo, Easter Island 2 delivers a fun gaming experience that will be neither too volatile nor a simple stroll on the beach. The gameplay is fast-paced with the modifiers triggering often enough to keep you interested although the low hit rate and stacked symbols can lead to longish runs with losing spins. The maximum win potential of 2,500x bet is nothing to shout about but sufficient to pack our suitcase for the trip to the exotic island in the Pacific Ocean.