Game Review: Safari Sun (Fantasma)

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Safari Sun online slot game screenshot.
BetMGM Sep 25, 2023, 4:28 AM

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the African savannah by playing Safari Sun online slots. This uniquely constructed game with its five reels in a 3-4-4-4-3 format will transport you to the wilds of the savannah. The gentle sound of rhythmic drums might lull you momentarily but the excitement of the game’s wild animals, a 96% return to player (RTP,) and high volatility will have the adrenaline pumping as you play through the reels hunting the symbols that will reward you. With 576 ways to win and a top prize of 18792x your stake, you’re in for some wild fun. This game is also available on all devices, putting a safari in your pocket.

Game Overview

Fantasma has outdone themselves with Safari Sun, creating a unique reel structure and a wondrous backdrop, soundtrack, and set of symbols which all echo the heat and dust of African plains. If you’ve ever wondered how slot machines are made and games like these created, it’s a complex process best left to the experts and for everyone else simply to enjoy. The high volatility of this particular game, average RTP, and maximum 18,792x payout make it one of the more adventurous of the jackpot slots. Its high payout means it’ll be enjoyed by more advanced players; although with an adjustable bet level per spin, it will also appeal to the more cautious.

How To Play

Not all online casino games offer as many opportunities to win in the base game as Safari Sun, but adding in the Sun Mystery symbol, which appears at random, makes this game even more exciting.

There are no wilds in this game (apart from the wild animals) but the African mask bonus scatter triggers free spins.

The low value card symbols pay out 1x and the animals between 1.5x–5x for five of a kind. The value of all of the symbols is increased during the free spins when a 6th reel is added to the game and the reel format becomes 3-4-4-4-4-3.

Symbols may expand on the middle three reels only occasionally in the course of playing or when the Sun Mystery symbol is activated.


Only two of the so-called big five game animals, namely the rhino and the lion, appear in this game. The developers have opted to include some other lesser known but colorful creatures, such as meerkats, mandrills, and hornbills. The low value card symbols have been recreated from carved wood and are reminiscent of African art. The backdrop of the great Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, and a rhythmic but gentle drumming soundtrack contribute to the creation of a rich and thrilling aesthetic. Not all slots can match the excitement of casino table games, but Safari Sun comes close.


In the Expanding Feature, some of the pay symbols in the middle three reels are framed by the sun and may expand and cover an entire reel. This feature is only triggered if the sun-marked symbol is going to contribute to a winning combination.

The Mystery Sun feature makes the base game of Safari Sun exciting as it triggers randomly during the course of play and guarantees a winning spin. It bathes symbols in the middle three reels in African sunlight and these then expand as in the Expanding feature.

The free spins bonus feature is triggered when you land three scatter symbols on the middle reels.

Bonuses and Jackpots

Slots bonus features in the base game of Safari Sun make this an exciting game.

Players get to choose the volatility of the free spin round based on the symbols’ values. In each case, only the symbol plus the jack, queen or king appear on the reels — starting with the high-volatility lion, which offers four free spins. Next up is the medium-to high-volatility rhino, with eight free spins. Lastly, the mandrill gets you 12 free spins, the meerkats 16, and the hornbill 20.

A bonus buy is available at any point in the game at 50x your stake and this pushes the game’s RTP to 96.06%, which is a good rate for casino online betting.

Bonus rounds cannot be triggered during Mystery Sun play.

If you’re looking to play online slots for real money, Safari Sun is your game. The top payout in this game is a fantastic 18,792x. If you get lucky and hit the slot jackpot, before you run off to spoil yourself with some retail therapy, take note of the winnings withdrawal process of the site you’re playing on.

Similar Games

The expanding feature of Safari Sun also occurs on other games, including Wanted Dead or a Wild and RIP City. More online slot machines from Swedish game developers Fantasma include Prometheus Titan of Fire, Wins of Nautilus Megaways, and Bounty Showdown, with the latter two having had their debut on BetMGM in 2022. If you’ve fallen in love with the plains of the savannah after playing Safari Sun, try African Quest and Serengeti Gold to experience more of this dynamic setting and gameplay.

Have Fun With Themed Slots at BetMGM

Few destinations invoke as much excitement and mystery as the wild safari, but playing online casino games can give you a taste. Whether it’s slots with as much to offer as Safari Sun or live dealer casino games that you love to play, BetMGM has them all. Simply register and decide whether you want to spin reels or roulette wheels, visit different continents on the slots, or pit your wits at the poker table.

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