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The 2006 Kathmandu slot from Microgaming is an excellent choice for players who enjoy a classic-looking slot with a unique theme and a combination of exciting features. It is built on 5 reels and 3 rows, with a potential of up to 15 free spins to be activated.
Multipliers are also present, up to a maximum of x5, and Wild symbol adds further interest to the video slot. Microgaming has also thrown in the popular Gamble feature, which invites players to wager their wins in a double-or-nothing game of chance.
Kathmandu (the slot, not the capital of Nepal) has 9 paylines with a bet range of between £0.01 and £0.25 per line. That adds up to a total of £45 as a max bet with 20 coins. There is a fixed jackpot that can be won and that’s worth 30,000 coins.
The game controls are fairly straightforward and will be familiar to players who have enjoyed slots before. There are dedicated buttons for adjusting the bet size, selecting paylines and choosing the number of coins. The ‘Expert’ button launches the autoplay feature.
Travel to an exotic land via this Microgaming slot, which features bell towers, elephants, a map of the region, temples and more in a colourful animated style. The royal suit symbols are also present, with these being the lower value symbols.
The background to the game screen includes traditional Nepalese symbols as decoration and two columns of numbers, one on either side of the reels, help keep track of the active paylines. The overall effect of these visual features is to create a lively, thriving atmosphere that immerses the player in the culture of Nepal.
There’s not all that much to say about Kathmandu’s sound design. The background track sounds vaguely like a busy casino floor, which is a little strange given that the slot is meant to be set in Nepal.
There are a couple of sound effects to activate through the game features and you’ll hear a different tune when bonuses are triggered. This is particularly conspicuous during the free spins feature and when high value icons contribute to a winning combo. In a slot that otherwise stands out for its quality, we feel that Microgaming could have done more with the sound element here.
The Wild symbol can substitute for any other symbol except for the Scatter bell. Two or more adjacent Wilds will pay out the fixed jackpot worth 6,000 coins.
When three or more Scatter symbols appear, the free spins feature is activated. 15 free spins are awarded with a random multiplier of up to x5. During these spins, the Wild and the temple symbol can both substitute for any other symbol on the reels.
Players can choose to bank or gamble their wins by clicking the Gamble button. The objective of this mini game is to predict the colour of the next card drawn.
The city of Kathmandu might be very far away from most players but the Microgaming slot is accessible and good fun. The theme stands out as do the range of bets, the combination of features and the presence of jackpot opportunities. Overall, an entertaining and potentially lucrative video slot from a world-class game studio.