This impressive 5-reel/25-payline video slot game is available online via both the Amaya and Cryptologic online casino software platforms and is available at a number of reputable Internet casinos for real money play. Based on the 1994 Paramount Pictures film of the same name starring Tom Hanks, this slot recreates all the beauty of the classic movie via symbolic imagery, engaging footage from the film, and exciting bonus features and play. A floating feather is the first relic from the movie that slot players will see in this slot, symbolizes freedom and flight, as well as Forrest’s personal keepsake for the love of his life, Jenny.
Other images Forrest Gump fans will recognize from the film include various symbols that represent different achievements he made throughout his life including the Football, the Ping Pong Paddles, the Army Helmet, the Peace Sign, Forrest’s Homestead, the Box of Chocolates, the Bubba Gump Cap, Lt. Dan, Forrest Gump, Jenny, and the “Wild” movie poster icon. Not only are these images graphically rendered with great attention to detail, the animations and sound effects that accompany them are put together nicely as well. For example, when 3 Box of Chocolate icons appear on the reels, the boxes open up, and the famous "Life is like a box of chocolates" quote is recited.
Features run as rampant as Forrest did this slot game with the Forrest Gump Movie Poster (him sitting on the iconic bench) as the wild, substituting all other symbols on the reels apart from the scatter sign, the Box of Chocolates. Wild symbols will only appear on reels 2, 3, and 4 in this slot. Gump’s portrait is the highest paying symbol, paying out a top jackpot win worth 5,000 coins when 5 of them appear on a max bet payline.
The Box of Chocolates pays scatter wins when 2 appear on the reels, while the Box of Chocolates free spins bonus feature will trigger when 3 or more Box of Chocolates symbols appear on the reels. Free spins are carried out on a separate set of reels, but the amount of free spins you will receive will be revealed when you select from 9 boxes of chocolates with a minimum of 5 free spins possible. A 3x3 grid will reveal combinations of assorted chocolates; any winning combinations here will pay out according to special matching symbol combinations. New Chocolates will fall into the empty spots after wins are awarded until all free spins are diminished. All prizes in this bonus round are multiplied by the total bet of the trigger game, and this game cannot be retriggered.
When you get 3, 4, or 5 Football icons land on a wagered line, players will be asked to click the “Run” button to have Forrest run down the football field. Forrest can move right or left to dodge opponents. With each 10-yard line you pass without being tackled, a prize is awarded, and a Touchdown Bonus prize is paid if Forrest makes it down the field to score a touchdown.
The Forrest Gump slot game is part of the 5-level, special Hollywood Jackpot network. These jackpots are triggered at random. Move up the levels (Smash, Epic, Classic, Acclaimed, and Blockbuster) by making up to 4 selections that will reveal actual clips from the film in order to progress up the jackpot ladder. Bronze, Silver, and Gold reels award 3, 5, and 10 points, respectively, offering an increasing chance to win this jackpots. Winning chances increase with higher wagers as well.
Bets per line begin at 0.01 credits for a minimum bet on all 25 lines worth 0.25, while up to 20.00 credits per line is the max bet; with all 25 paylines active at the max bet level, it will cost you a 500.00-wager. Thus, the Forrest Gump slot machine is suitable for any level of bankroll, whether you are a low-limit or high-limit slot player. However, the highest jackpot outside of the possible Hollywood is only valued at 5,000 credits, so there’s not a lot of big-payout potential if you don’t happen upon the jackpot win.
There is nothing to hate about this movie-themed slot. First, the wide betting value runs from 0.25 all the way to 500.00 coins on all paylines, and a host of bonus rounds, together with randomly triggered Hollywood Jackpot, makes this slot a must play for any avid online slot player, ranking up there with Spiderman: Last Son of Krypton, Lara Croft Tomb Raider by Microgaming. The only turn offs for some players may be the max regular game payout, which is only worth a possible 5000 coins, and it is not readily available to play for free without making real money wagers or logging into an online casino.