Visuals in White King II
There is no mistaking that White King II is the sequel to White King, as visually, the two games are very similar. Both of these Playtech Slots are set on the plains of Africa, where the sun is setting over a range of playing card symbols, along with lionesses, lion cubs, eagles and crowns.
The stars of the show are the majestic white lions, which take centre stage in what is undeniably a beautifully designed game. The overall appearance is sharp and clean, with images shown with clarity and detailing.
White King II doesn’t go for the 3D approach and there is not an abundance of animations, which may be found in some other nature-themed slots, but this is made up for by the decadence of the setting and design, with its royal blue reels, gold-gilded frames and majestic symbols such as the white lion family, the soaring eagle with its golden scroll and the jewel-adorned crown.
The white lion of White King II
There is nothing more awe-inspiring than a pride of lions in their natural habitat but there is something truly magical about white lions. Their rarity adds an extra element to the majesty that their species as a whole has already mastered.
They are the result of a rare colour mutation, which specifically affects the Southern African lion. It is believed that white lions have lived in South Africa’s Timbavati region for centuries, despite the first recorded sighting in the area only being in 1938.
The locals of Timbavati regard the lions as being divine and they first came to a wider public’s attention during the 1970s when Chris McBride bought out his now well-known book, The White Lions of Timbavati.
Contrary to popular belief, white lions are not actually albinos. Instead, they get their colouring as a result of a recessive trait which comes from a mutation from the gene which causes albinism but not in such a severe form.
White lions can be almost totally white, although their coat may also be more of a blond colour. They are known as being leucistic, rather than being albinos, and they have visible pigment in their eyes which can be the normal golden or hazel colour, or green and grey or blue and grey. You can get white lions with blue eyes and these are sometimes selectively bred. They also have pigment in their lips and paw pads.
The 1970s saw the start of an initiative to remove white lions and those lions who carried the white lion gene from the wild. They were placed into captive hunting and breeding programmes and many found themselves in circuses and zoos around the world.
There had been no sightings of white lions in their natural habitat but some have now taken part in a Global White Lion Protection Trust (GWLPT) programme and have been put back into their natural environment, where they are breeding and living successfully without the need for human intervention.
The GWLPT started its programme of reintroduction in 2004 when wild-born offspring from rehabilitated white lions began to be integrated with wild tawny lions. White cubs have since been born in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and in the Kruger National Park’s Nwanetsi Area.
The Global White Lion Protection Trust
The Global White Lion Protection Trust’s website makes the bold statement that while there are hundreds of white lions in captivity, there are less than 13 of the species living amongst the wilds in their natural habitat. This figure perhaps belies the success of the GWLPT’s reintroduction efforts, however, which have proved to be hugely significant in seeing white lions returned to what many people believe is their rightful place on the planet.
The GWLPT was founded by conservationist and author Linda Tucker and is a non-profit community development and conservation organisation which is based in South African. It works in the bush region of greater Timbavati and is aimed at protecting all lions, especially the white lions, and to develop and maintain cultural values which hold these animals as sacred.
The indigenous communities in the area value the white lion as a symbol of hope, peace and unity in a similar way to how the Brahman Cattle are viewed in India, the way in which white elephants are protected in Burma and how the Spirit Bear is seen in Canada. The GWLPT believes that the white lion is a revered creature and national treasure which must be protected.
Chris McBride and the white lions of Timbavati
Chris McBride has dedicated his life to the study of wildlife and has spent most of his life living in the Timbavati region and elsewhere in the African bush.
It was while he was completing his lion-focussed thesis for his MSc degree at the University of California in Humboldt that two white lion cubs were born and became part of the pride he was watching. The book which followed, The White Lions of Timbavati, went on to be translated into eight different languages and the story was made into a movie.
The white cubs were a male and a female and the McBride Family called them Tombi, which means girl, and Temba, which is the Zulu word for hope. There was also a traditionally-coloured cub which was born at the same time, which the McBride family named Vela, which is the word for surprise.
More on the Timbavati
The Timbavati lies to the west of the famous Kruger National Park and is true big game paradise. The waterholes are frequented by the likes of leopards, elephants and buffalo and lion prides patrol the grasslands. Timbavati’s southern neighbour, Sabi Sands, is more famous but both of these Kruger reserves offer exceptional safari experiences. While Sabi Sands is renowned for leopard sightings, however, it is the white lions who have really put Timbavati on the map.
The local Tsonga population, Shangaan, believe that the white lions in the region are actually the embodiment of the sacred spirits of former kings. There is also a legend that the white lions are also symbolic of the good which can be found within all creatures.
The white lions are now not just confined to the Timbavati, however. In September 2014, for example, there was a sighting of a white lion cub in the private concession known as Singita Kruger National Park, which lies a long way to the east of the Timbavati area. This was the very first time that a white lion sighting has been made outside of the area known as the Greater Timbavati Region.
It is believed that there were two cubs, although one is said to have died as a result of natural causes. The surviving male, however, is still sometimes spotted in the Singita concession.
First impressions of White King II
Your first impressions of White King II will probably depend on if you have ever played the original White King game. If you have, then you will most likely be amazed at how similar the sequel is to the first game in the series. There is one major difference, however, something which we will come to shortly.
If you haven’t played any of the White King games, then you will soon realise that White King II is a 40-payline, five-reel slot with the option of playing anything from 0.40 to 400.00 per spin. This is quite a high upper limit, making it a great choice if you prefer the excitement of high-rolling action. Having said that, the 0.40 lower limit is quite modest, meaning that there are choices to suit all playing styles.
There is also an interesting Majestic Night free games feature in White King II - and in the original - which keeps the excitement levels high. Here, you can enjoy additional stacked wilds and stacked double wilds, which gives you a clue about the major difference in the second game in the series compared to the first.
Double symbols in White King II
Unlike in the original White King game, White King II features double symbols. These double symbols count as two icons in one position. This means that you can actually create ten-of-a-kind combinations rather than the usual five-of-a-kind wins. Then if you managed to get ten of the crown icons, for example, you could win an impressive 62.5x your stake.
The doubles can also have a big impact in the Majestic Night free games bonus as you can enjoy indefinite free spins as you benefit from both stacked double wilds and stacked wilds.
Scatters and wilds in White King II
The game’s wild symbol is the White King himself. This majestic creature can substitute for any other symbol except for the scatter to help you create winning combinations. The wilds are stacked on the reels, adding to the excitement and boosting the potential of netting those winning combinations. If you manage to land five of the double wilds, counting as ten of the White King icons, then a prize of 125x your stake will be yours.
The logo of the White King is the slot’s scatter. This only appears on the game’s central three reels. Three or more of these icons hold the key to the Majestic Night free games bonus. Land three and you will get a 3x multiplier and five free spins. These figures then go up according to how many of the scatter symbols you manage to land on the reels.
Get four of the White King logo scatters and you will benefit from 15 free spins and an 8x multiplier, while five of the scatter icons will bag you a 10x multiplier and 25 free spins. Of course, landing all five of the scatters will net you the biggest prize and, in this case, that means a massive 50 free spins and a multiplier worth 50x your stake.
The Majestic Night free games bonus feature will allow you to enjoy a bevy of double wilds and wilds, which are stacked on every one of the reels. If this is not enough, you also have the chance to retrigger this feature if you land another three or more of the scatter icons, and there is no limit to the total number of free spins you can net. This means that the potential for winning big is huge! There is the potential to fill your reels completely with the stacked double wilds and this would result in a giant win worth a gigantic 5,000x your stake.
The double symbols really make the difference in this game when compared to the original White King game. In the first slot, you can win fantastic multiples of your original stake with every spin but this goes up to a massive 1,000x in White King II.
Where to play White King II
As with all of the slots available at Slots Temple, White King II is available to play on your mobile and tablet, as well as on your desktop computer. This allows you to enjoy all of the excitement of Playtech slots and other games from wherever you choose to play.
There is no need to download any software to benefit from all of the double symbol excitement offered by White King II as the game is available to play straight from your browser. So, what are you waiting for? Get roar-ing towards those big wins today.
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