What better time than the start of a new year to take a look at a few new slots doing the rounds and making waves? Going for something of an adventure theme this time, we thought we’d give you a quick walk through Troll Hunters, Tarzan and Golden Jungle. Three rather different slots that all deliver the goods for a spot of casual gaming.
Kicking off with Troll Hunters, anyone with a taste for Norse legends and folklore is bound to get a kick out of this Play ‘N Go release. Featuring very high quality visuals and a 5X5 grid, spins start from 20p and go as high as £100. We gave the slot a full going-over across desktop and mobile devices alike, finding it to be a smooth and enjoyable experience across the board.
A wintery mountain backdrop sets a dramatic scene for the action to take place, which features a range of Norse-themed symbols like bear mugs, meat, Viking ladies and so on. It’s possible to hit winning combinations both from side-to-side and from top-to-bottom, with three or more symbols in a row paying out a prize. The wild takes the place of the golden rune and is good for all other symbols without exception.
What’s great about Troll Hunter is the potential for multiple wins. When you land three or more of the same symbols in a row, you win the prize accordingly and the symbols are removed. They’re then replaced with the symbols from above, which means that new paylines can be formed over and over again. Each time you win, the multiplier increases and can go as high as 500X your bet. Better yet, the middle symbol of the three you line up becomes wild, making it easier to score bigger and better wins.
There’s also a great Free Spins bonus round to play for, which you’ll enter upon uncovering BONUS across the bottom of the reels. This means a payout of 10 free spins with a new set of reels, where winning combinations can be made with symbols at the same time in any position on the grid. The free spins can be retriggered by landing five or more trolls in any position, up to a maximum of 20 free spins and a possible multiplier of 500X your bet.
Which is pretty much where the action comes to an end with Troll Hunter, hence why it’s a great choice for casual gaming in short bursts. It’s a medium-variance slot that pays out quite regularly in moderate amounts, with jackpots being suitably elusive and difficult to come by. A sure-fire winner for anyone with an interest in Norse themes, not to mention a decent game to try out for anyone with 30 minutes and a little cash to spare.
As for Golden Jungle, the folks at IGT have once again put out an impressive-looking slot that’s designed to cater to all gamers at all levels. Quite literally – spins start from 50p and go right up to £1,500 each! Personally, we err to the former of the two, but if you’re feeling flush, you’ll be in good hands here! There are five reels, 50 paylines and plenty of bonus features to play for.
As you’ll no doubt have figured out already, the action takes place in a jungle/rainforest setting, though is more about jewels and gems than wild animals. That being said, the tiger is the most valuable symbol in the game of all, which is worth 40X your stake if you land five in a row and also serves as a two-high wild.
If you haven’t tried your hand with a Wild Stays 4 Plays slot yet, Golden Jungle could be a good place to start. It’s basically a bonus feature whereby collecting icons is rewarded with one or more reels being turned entirely wild for the current spin, not to mention the three next spins. If you’re lucky enough to score two or more wild reels at the same time, it’s almost impossible not to go away with a big win!
The Free Spins feature is also worth keeping your eye out for, which is accessed upon landing three, four or five scatter symbols in any positions on the reels. As always, how many scatters you land will determine the number of free spins you’ll be given, but you’ll also be able to choose whether you want to accept the free spins in full, or trade some of them for locked wild reels. Right at the top end, five scatters will see you rewarded with 75 free spins and one locked reel, which can be swapped for 30 or 12 free spins with additional locked wild reels if preferred.
With Golden Jungle, it really is all about that free spins feature. If you can find your way into it, you’ll have a real blast and are pretty much guaranteed a good payout. The base game itself is solid enough and looks great, but the reason to give Golden Jungle is the free spins mode…if you’re feeling lucky.
Last but not least, Microgaming’s take on Tarzan is a five-reel, four-reel, 40-payline slot that explores the world of the jungle legend from a colourful, cartoon perspective. Play from 40p per spin right up to £40, with a solid selection of bonuses and special features available.
The Tarzan logo is the wild symbol and can take the place of all other symbols exception the scatter. Line five up in a row during normal play for a payout of 20X your bet. Landing three of more bonus scatter symbols in any positions on the reels will see you transported to the Bonus Wheel, where you’ll get one spin to play for cash multipliers, a jackpot payout or a go on the gorgeously-titled ‘Pick-a-Potamus’ Bonus feature.
This is where you’ll be presented with 12 of the things and asked to take your pick accordingly. You’re guaranteed at least two cash prizes in the round, though get to keep on picking until you make a losing choice, so there are good payouts to play for.
As for the free spins feature, Rolling Reels and Growing Wilds make a welcome return in Tarzan, making the 12 free spins you’re awarded all the most enjoyable. One free spin is enough to win multiple prizes and Growing Wilds increase with every spin up to a maximum of 15 in play at any one time. It’s a shame the free spins cannot be retriggered, but it’s still great as it is.
On the whole, with jackpots of up to 2,750X your stake to play for and wonderful 3D cartoon presentation, Tarzan is more than worth checking out. There may not be quite enough on offer to keep you coming back time and time again, but it’s nonetheless an outstanding slot for a few casual spins here and there.