The market is flooded with slot developers nowadays, some of whom are nothing short of prolific with the pace at which they pump out new online slots – Pragmatic Play springs to mind on that one. At the other end of the spectrum sits 4ThePlayer – every time I come across a new release from these guys, I inevitably think to myself that it seems like forever since I last reviewed one of their machines! The developer’s new 10,000BC DoubleMax machine is a 50-pay line game with a 96% RTP; the 10,000 in the title refers to the slot's maximum jackpot of 10,000x the total bet.
The paytable advises us to ‘chill out with the giant Wooly Mammoth’ before promising us that this is the most mammoth slot in prehistory – I see what you did there guys! What makes the game so enormous then? Apparently, it’s the combination of its Gigablox and Doublemax features! I don’t know how much chilling I’m likely to be doing with that Mammoth though – he’s constantly ramming into the reels and causing symbols to drop into new positions! Fortunately for us, those new positions co-incidentally always seem to result in winning combos! Who’d have thought eh? Those winning combinations will add wild symbols to the reels before they disappear from view, in addition to doubling the current win multiplier. Whilst win multipliers are reset between spins during base gameplay, the free spins feature retains this value for the duration of the bonus round. If you’re struggling to hit enough bonus rounds via standard play, bonus bet and bonus buy facilities are included to help you in your quest.
Would you like to see more releases from 4ThePlayer? I know I certainly would; let’s show them some appreciation by spinning our free demo slot of 10,000BC DoubleMax, available to play below!
10000 bc doubleMax slot theme, stakes, pays & symbols
10000 BC DoubleMax slot paytable
Where do I even begin when comparing this game to previous online slots? I guess that I could start with the Gigablox mechanic, which is something that has always intrigued me! Numerous developers include similar features in their games under the guise of ‘Gigablox’ – Dragonblox Gigablox and Buffalo Blox, for example, were released by Peter & Sons and Jelly, respectively, and I know that Yggdrasil has released Gigablox slots as well. Coincidentally, looking at Buffalo Blox just now for the first time in a while made me realise that it’s actually quite similar to 10,000 BC DoubleMax in terms of its theme. However, this game looks much better than Jelly’s machine – the symbols are beautifully drawn, the animations are silky smooth, and I didn’t even find myself reaching for the mute button within the first two minutes as I do with most other online slots!
Presentation-wise then, this game is undoubtedly first-class, so how about the paytable? The highest-paying mammoth symbol will only pay you 1.5x the total bet for a full payline of five of a kind. The next symbol down – the tiger – drops to just 0.75x for all five symbols, followed by the rhino at 0.6x and the wolf/bear, which shares equal returns of 0.4x for a complete payline. That leaves the five royal symbols divided into two groups – five aces or kings will pay you 0.35x the current stake, whilst five queens, jacks, or tens award just 0.3x the total bet. These numbers are pretty low, as I'm sure you will agree, but we have to remember the DoubleMax feature is in play, so any of these wins can potentially have massive multipliers applied to them.
The betting range offers minimum/maximum wagers of €0.20 and €100.00 per spin, respectively. As is often the case today, the upper end of this range is a little bit thin on betting options, but for most players, this should not cause any problems.
base game & modifiers
10000 BC DoubleMax slot base game
The gameplay on 10000 BC DoubleMax is set across a 5x5 reel matrix with a total of 50 paylines. Players will be awarded a win when a minimum of three matching symbols land, starting from the leftmost reel first.
Whenever a winning combination forms on the playfield, the game will evaluate your winnings before causing the included symbols to explode and disappear from the reels. When this occurs, one wild symbol will be added to the playfield to replace one of the exploded symbols, in addition to doubling the total win multiplier. This multiplier is reset between rounds during the base game but can still reach a significant value if you are fortunate enough to win several times from a single paid spin.
gigablox & mammoth shuffle
Gigablox are huge symbols that can appear in 2x2, 3x3, and 4x4 configurations! I didn’t see the latter appearing during the time that I was testing the game, however, but I certainly did see plenty of the 2x2 and 3x3 varieties.
On any spin where a large Gigablox appears on the right side of the reels, yet no winning combinations are formed, the Mammoth may show up and push your Gigablox towards the left to guarantee a winning combination. On subsequent re-spins, the Gigablox will move back towards the right one reel at a time.
mammoth explode feature
On any losing spin, the mammoth may decide to hit the reels and destroy random symbols. Whenever this occurs, the new symbols that drop down to fill the resulting gaps are guaranteed to create a winning combination.
The Golden Bet is a bonus bet feature that will double the odds of triggering the free spin bonus round. The Golden Bet costs 25% extra on top of the normal price of each spin and does not alter the game's RTP.
10000 bc doubleMax slot bonus features
10000 BC DoubleMax slot free spins feature
Hitting three or more scatter symbols during a single base game round in 10000 BC DoubleMax will trigger the main bonus round and award 10 free spins to begin with.
The free spins bonus plays the same as the base game, but one significant difference that works in your favour is that your accumulated DoubleMax win multiplier does not reset between rounds!
Want to skip the base game and go directly to the free spins feature? The game offers an option to do so at a cost of 100x the normal price per spin. I’d say that’s a definite bargain considering the potential of the bonus round!
Absolutely first-rate presentation and graphical fidelity – a beautiful-looking game.
Plenty of base game features to break up the action whilst you wait for your next set of free spins.
The standard payouts listed on the paytable are very low – a standard spin with no mods or features is unlikely to ever result in anything exciting.
Whilst the 10,000x jackpot cap is certainly acceptable, the doubling multipliers offered by the bonus round may cause a few too many players to bump into the limit for my liking.
As the developer promised, the combination of Gigablox and DoubleMax with a handful of new modifiers and unique features is undoubtedly an exciting one! I do wish that the standard paytable was a little more generous though – a 25,000x jackpot cap wouldn’t have hurt either. Any chance of a sequel, 4ThePlayer?