Lake's Live is One of the Best New Slot Releases of 2018

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Lake’s Live is a recently-released online slot from the creative team at ELK Studios. It’s set in an unknown city which seems to be thriving with nightlife and wealth – and is apparently run by anthropomorphised animals!

The reel animation is super smooth, the sound effects are pleasant enough, and the bonus round can be truly spectacular. From top to bottom, it looks like we’ve found a diamond in the rough here – let’s check it out!

Gameplay and Design

It almost looks like ELK has hired a troop of Pixar designers to create the characters for this game: they’re detailed, attractive, and each seems to have its own clear personality. These characters include:

  • Elephants
  • Parrots
  • Monkeys
  • Crocodiles
  • Goldfish
  • First-aid kits
  • A glass-encased diamond

What is a bit frustrating is that when you hit “spin”, the button disappears until the final reel has stopped, meaning there’s no way to reduce the spin time. Thankfully it’s relatively fast to start with, so it’s not a dealbreaker.

The game also comes with 4 built-in betting strategies to help players play a little more strategically. These each vary your bet automatically according to the results of your spins, and are called:

  • Optimizer
  • Leveller
  • Booster
  • Jumper

Special Features

The bonus round in this game is activated by, you guessed it, landing the 3 bonus symbols during a single spin! These only appear on reels 1, 3, and 5, and can lead to some extraordinary wins. To start off, you get 10 spins – not bad.

What’s truly special about this round is that there are now special keys which can land on reels 1, 3, and 5: once you land 3 of any of these keys, you are given a special bonus of wilds:

  • Reel 1: Walking wilds, which move to the right after every spin
  • Reel 3: Sticky wilds, which remain in place for the full bonus round
  • Reel 5: Climbing wilds, which moves upwards after each spin

What this means is that the round can take a little while to get going – you might burn 5-7 spins before getting your keys – but you can end up with a wall of wilds and generate a ludicrously big win by the end!

To make things even more exciting, wilds which cross paths join forces and become wild multipliers for that spin!

Our Verdict

Lake’s Live is a pretty good game. It has all of the essentials – relatively fast gameplay, clever bonuses, big payouts, and a non-irritating soundtrack – and delivers well on each of them. We’d love to see more slots of this quality from ELK, because they truly are a joy to play!

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