Safari Heat

Safari Heat Pokies Review

We know what you're thinking. ANOTHER safari themed slot? Between Mega Moolah, Lion's Pride, 50 Lions and all the other games that take place on the plains of Africa, is there really room for another one?

We take a look at what, if anything, sets Safari Heat apart from its competitors and whether or not it's a slot that's worth your time below.


It's actually a bit unfair to criticise Safari Heat for being "another safari slot", since it's been around since long before other titles featuring similar reel icons like lions, rhinos, zebras, elephants and the other usual suspects who are all in play here.

The layout is clear and easy to understand, and the design closely mimics that of a classic slot in a land-based casino. For newbies to online pokies, this could just be very welcome; lots of modern video slots bear little resembles to offline gaming machines, but Safari Heat really captures the spirit of them.

There's not much in the way of music beyond a few riffs that sound like they were created in an old MIDI editor, but even this adds to the vintage charm of the machine. If this game were a camera it would definitely be a Polaroid, not a DSLR.


With just 9 paylines, you won't find yourself winning on Safari Heat with every spin. However, one nice thing about the game is that it's possible to score some huge wins during standard play.

For example, after just a few spins without even a whiff on a bonus round we almost doubled our original starting bankroll. Not bad, right?

But if you're not clocking up as many wins as you like, you can always gamble them on the turn of a card. Get the colour right and you'll see your winnings double in size, while guessing the suit accurately will quadruple them. But get it wrong and you can wave goodbye to however much you gambled...

For its bonus round, Safari Heat offers up 15 free games with a 3x multiplier. That's par for the course these days, but was actually pretty generous when the game was first released.

The gameplay, like the game's visuals, has a retro charm that's very endearing. And with a jackpot of up to 100,000 coins, the potential winnings here are surprisingly big.

Added Value

This may be a pretty simple game, but it has a certain quality that makes it a lot of fun to play. We think this is down to closely following the formula of classic offline pokies.

Funnily enough, this game was only released in 2010 so it's not actually that old. We're not sure whether its creators were trying to create a wonderful retro slot on purpose or not, but it's certainly what they've accomplished.

No doubt, there are bigger jackpots and flashier graphics elsewhere, but it's hard to beat Safari Heat for good old-fashioned style fun. If you're not 100% convinced, give it a try in free play first.


There are a lot of safari themed slots out there and, with only 9 paylines, it's difficult to see how Safari Heat can compete with them. However, it manages to do just that. We think this is down to the game's retro charm combined with its solid jackpot of 100,000 coins and a bonus round of 15 free spins with a 3x multiplier. Oh, and it helps that you seem to enjoy plenty of wins during standard play as well. It plays a lot like classic land-based casino slots so, even though there's nothing flashy or fancy about this game, it remains a title that's very enjoyable to play.