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Jurassic Park Wild Excursion Slot Machine

The epic Jurassic park movie adaptation of Michael Crichton’s bestselling novel was a worldwide hit in the early nineties in the same kind of scope and scale that the first Harry potter movie was for the current generation, it was the most successful film of all time until surpassed by Titanic four years later. All of a sudden everyone had a dinosaur and science obsession, there was something for everyone in the plot of the movie and the visual effects were ground-breaking, the film still looks great over 20 years later.

With the fourth part of the franchise released last year and for the first time since the original film promising to be a truly massive hit, IGT clearly felt it was time for another official movie slot to replace their original but still popular Jurassic Park game. The question on both movie and slot fans minds will be is the new slot a worthy successor to the original or is this going to be as bad as the third film in the series!

The opener look promising, this machine features IGT’s new reel format with 5 reels in a 5/4/3/4/5 row format and 1200 ways to win, each of the three feature bonus rounds get their own reel structures with unique new symbols and the expanded wild feature expands outside of the reels increasing the number of rows, helpful if you are chasing the games progressive jackpot prize, though more often than not it will be T-Rex chasing you!

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Theme & Features

I’m willing to bet that IGT’s game designers had a lot of fun with this movie game theme, I mean who wouldn’t? It shows in the game design too. The musical score almost wrote itself I would imagine with the classic movie theme used liberally, tons of movie video cut scenes fill the massive screen display and dinosaur sound effects explode from the inbuilt surround sound speaker system. I seriously approve of this being based on the 1st films plot and characters rather than one of the sequels, the original is still the best.

The designers threw away the playing card icons for this one and used a range of dinosaur skulls as low pay symbols, the films iconic characters form the high value icons whilst the red Jurassic park logo becomes the scatter and bonus trigger. Our old friend the T-Rex is the games wild who will expand outside the reels when he appears and replace all symbols except for the scatter. Pick up 5 of him in a row to land the games progressive jackpot.

Given the unique reel structure on this new slot game its playable by both high and low rollers, increasing your bet size offers bet multipliers rather than extra lines so even on a small bet you have all reels and bonus options active, you don’t feel like a poorer player who may be missing out.

The big draw on this new Vegas game is the selectable bonus rounds, line up 3 scatters anywhere on the reels to pick one of three action packed featurettes laced with movie cut scenes and audio/visual effects. The selection screen is seriously cool in itself, you roar up in one of the famous green jeeps to the massive park gates and the Isla Nublar appears on the Sat Nav for you to select one of three bonus regions.

  1. The main spins bonus is the wild excursion free spins round, select this to receive 10 free spins on a reel set similar to the base game, a simple enough game where you are essentially chasing the wilds as in the stock game or hoping for three more bonus symbols to re-trigger your spins.
  2. Next up is the cryogenic free spins, introduced by the fabulous DNA worm character from the film, you now have a standard 5x3 reel set appear in the cryo-laboratory, the vials themselves are poised above the reels and drop down to become wilds at random intervals during the spins, the vial from the last reel drops down to grant a multiplier. The low pay symbols are swapped out from dinosaur skulls to various DNA icons.
  3. By far the most popular bonus round, the one almost everyone picks once they have seen it, is the T-Rex chase bonus. This starts with you in a copy of the iconic movie scene where the open top jeep is being chased by the rex. You have 8 moves to make to get away – he starts 4 moves behind. The screen has DNA vial cases from which you pick wins, this can grant a move for the T-Rex, a flare which distracts him or a move or two for your jeep, whilst each of these picks also adds credits. Make it to the finish before Rex and you get to pick a win multiplier for your accumulated picks, but even if he catches you, the accumulated credits from the round till that point are still yours.

Summary

This game has a great structure, theme, bonuses and even seems to pay-out well with relatively low variance for a movie slot. I really can’t think of much that could be improved, if I have one tiny bug bear it is that the voice-overs are character actors rather than the stars of the original movie which keeps it a little behind the Avatar slot for me in terms of immersion, honestly though that is a very small gripe!

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