Big Kahuna
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Big Kahuna

Big Kahuna has been such a successful game that it has now spawned a sequel – Big Kahuna Snakes and Ladders. The original game set in Hawaii and with an ancient magic theme has two different bonus features, a lucrative scatter symbol and payouts of up to $4500.

How To Play

Big Kahuna is a 5-reel, 9 payline game (like Thunderstruck) where all wins pay left to right.  Coin values range from $0.05 to $0.50, and a maximum of 5 coins can be played at any one time.  Playing the maximum number of paylines at the maximum coin size means that you can wager up to $22.50 per spin, although the game can be played from as little as $0.05 per spin.

Game Symbols and Paylines

  • Big Kahuna symbol is wild, and substitutes for any fruit symbol
  • Monkey is the scatter symbol, and 2x or more pays anywhere on the reel
  • 5x Big Kahuna symbol on any payline pays 8000x coins, up to $4000
  • 5x scatter symbol pays 200x credits staked up to $4500
  • 3x, 4x, 5x Mask symbol triggers the Mask bonus feature
  • 3x, 4x, 5x Volcano symbol triggers the Volcano bonus feature


Graphics and Sounds

The game’s Hawaiian theme is created by a bright and colourful cartoon-like design with symbols including volcanoes, voodoo masks, monitor lizards, monkeys and a range of sliced tropical fruits, each symbol having its own sound effect when it pays out.  There is a background soundtrack of jungle noises (which can be muted), such as chirping crickets and cicadas, and during the bonus feature there is a tribal drumbeat in the background.  The game is lively but still relatively low-key when compared to many other video pokies.


The maximum jackpot available on Big Kahuna is 200x credits staked for 5x monkey scatter symbols, which can pay up to $4500.  There are further big payouts for 5x Big Kahuna symbols of 8000x coins (up to $4000), and the maximum payouts in the bonus feature rounds are $2187.50 in the Mask Bonus and $1250 in the Volcano Bonus.

It is not necessary to play a set number of coins or paylines to be able to get to the bonus features (although the jackpot potential is affected by how the bonus is triggered), although it is a wise move to play the maximum stake in this game because of the high rewards to be gained from the scatter symbol (where 5x can win you up to $4,500).

Special Features

Big Kahuna offers 2 bonus rounds, the mask bonus feature and the volcano bonus. These are essentially randomly generated bonus amounts corresponding to the amounts on the paylines which triggered these rounds.

The opportunity for sizeable jackpot wins in the two different bonus features make Big Kahuna a potentially lucrative game and one that is attractive to players at all levels, as access to the bonus rounds can be won irrespective of how many coins or paylines are being played.  The scatter symbol also offers significant payouts, and those who bet the maximum are rewarded because it acts as a multiplier on your whole bet, not just the coin size you are playing with. You can play Big Kahuna at Royal Vegas casino or at Jackpot City Casino.