Jurassic Park by Microgaming – Online Slot Review
In what has become a series at Microgaming, Jurassic Park is the first slot machine to be inspired by the famous movie franchise. The 1996 film was used at the basis of this first release, while Jurassic World was eventually released based on the sequel. Expect to find actors and dinosaurs alike, at a quality level worthy of today, not the 90s.
You will get to play on 5 reels with the increasingly popular 243 ways to win system, giving you a chance to win as much as $475,000 in the game. Before you get there, you will encounter scatter symbols, free spins of five different types, but also stacked wild symbols or the random T-Rex Alert.
With bets ranging between $0.30 and $75, Jurassic Park will let you get to those types of investments in several ways. There are 30 fixed bet lines at the core of the wager, but you get to have up to 10 coins used on each one, where the denomination is between $0.01 and $0.25. Your highest line bet is $2.50.
Jurassic Park Jackpot
There are plenty of good features to help you get there, and the game promises to deliver as much as $425,000 in a single round, a limit that seems to be imposed by the developer, not by the game’s true maximum potential. Looking at individual wins, they go up to $2,000 in the base game and up to $12,000 during free spins.
It’s also a game with a good Return to Player, of 96.67%, which should place it on the list of slot machines to play. The house edge is at only 3.33% in its case.
I like the features that have been introduced in Jurassic Park, particularly since they reward loyalty and they give you a reason to keep coming back.
During your spins in Jurassic Park, you will notice that the game’s logo will sometimes appear on the reels, and that it lands in stacked form. As the wild feature of Jurassic Park, it will be the substitute that you will be allowed to include in any new winning combinations which are formed. Scatters are not included. As the wild is used in the ways to win system, its simple presence on the right reel is sufficient to get the new combo. It doesn’t hurt its appeal that the wild forms and pays the best combo of the game.
This involves a T-Rex sighting, the creature appearing next to the game area at random moments. The Alert Mode will boost your chances of winning, as it adds 35 extra wild symbols to the reels. The Alert Mode lasts for 6 spins, which you still need to pay for. You may reduce the bet size, but not increase it.
The most variety, feature wise, will come during this particular bonus. You get the free spins by landing Amber Mosquito icons, in at least three locations on the reels. As you continue to trigger the free spins, in the long run, the game will eventually let you pick which of the five options you prefer. For starters though, you get one of the five versions at random.
One of the game’s better rewards will be coming via the same 2 to 5 Amber Mosquitos, which pay up to 100x the bet.
Tyrannosaurus Rex: has 12 free spins and Wild Reels for its extra feature. You may get the T-Rex to pop up and turn up to five reels into full wilds. The T-Rex icon is stacked on the reels.
Velociraptor: with 12 free spins to trigger, the feature involves both Multiplier Wilds and Split Wilds. You can have wild symbols split into two, so they add two symbols to a winning combo, even giving you up to 6-symbol wins which pay 2x the value of a 5-symbol one. It’s also a point where you can get Multiplier Wilds of 4x to 6x. The Velociraptor is your stacked symbol.
Triceratops: it involves 12 free spins which benefit from Running Wilds. During each round, you will get the wild stack to increase by one symbol on each reel. If it’s a non-winning round, then the full stacks are locked while partial ones are nudged and locked, to fill up the reels, after which a re-spin is triggered. You also get the Triceratops icon stacked on the reels.
Brachiosaurus: once again, you have the same 12 free spins, but this time you’re using a Mystery Multiplier which applies to all wins. The value varies between 2x and 6x, for all winning combinations. You’re going to use the Brachiosaurus for the stacked symbol.
Dilophosaurus: expect 12 free spins here, with Winning Wilds. This feature will have the dinosaur turn random icons into wild ones, which then become locked for the feature. These wilds are substitutes for all other symbols. The stacked symbol is the Dilophosaurus.
The graphics borrow from the look of the film, but they’re using modern cartoon-style graphics in some cases. The images of the actors also look better than you’d expect from a photo from the 90s, so obviously they were retouched as well. Besides images of actors, there are five dinosaurs on the reels as well, the same ones that are patrons for the five types of free spins. A good looking game overall, even though it’s a bit dark.
Jurassic Park is a good first game for the series, a slot machine with enjoyable graphics and a lot of variety for players that like triggering free spins.