Jurassic Island slot review (Playtech)
Slots about prehistoric dinosaurs have always been popular with online slots players
Plenty of reason for Playtech to release a slot with these colossal beasts as the main characters: Jurassic Island.
And it has to be said: T-Rex, Velociraptor, Brontosaurus and, of course, Triceratops look very cool on your screen, whether you are playing on your desktop or your mobile device.
Casino games such as Jurassic Park, Razortooth and The Epic Journey have been successful for years, and all of them are based around those lovable dinosaurs.
Jurassic Island offers players an exciting and thrilling slot adventure with expanding wilds, lots of prehistoric creatures, bonus features and a fearless explorer.
How does Jurassic Island work?
Playtech’s Jurassic Island slot has 5 reels with 25 paylines.
Where in the past the payout rates of Playtech slots were sometimes seriously below par, it seems that this flaw has been rectified with the new releases.
Jurassic Island has a theoretical payout rate of 96.47%, which is around the average industry Return to Player for online slots – excellent.
The variance is medium, meaning that the big wins mainly have to come from the bonus features.
Play between $€ 0.25 and $€ 125 per spin
You play with a fixed number of paylines, with bets ranging from $€ 0.25 to $€ 125 per turn.
The symbols consist of a mix of low-value symbols (card symbols) and high-value symbols made up of different types of dinosaurs.
The plant-eating Dino is worth 1,000 coins when you get 5 of the same on an active payline, making him the highest paying symbol.
An important role has been put aside for the wild symbol. It appears on reels 2, 3 and 4 and is expanding. This means it will stretch out over the entire reel when it appears on the screen, often leading to more winning combinations.
The bonus features of Jurassic Island
Three or more scattered Bonus Symbols ( the explorer) activate the bonus feature. The more scattered symbols activate the bonus, the higher the value of the bonus.
You now may choose one of the following four bonus features:
Multiplier Free Games: win 10, 15 or 30 free spins with a multiplier of 3 x. High variance.
Carnivore Free Games: win 10, 15, of 30 gratis spins with only the high-value symbols remaining in the game. Medium variance.
Raptor Free Games: win 16, 24 or 40 free spins with extra expanding wilds added to the game. Medium variance.
Hot Shot Hunter Bonus: the only bonus without free spins. Shoot at dinosaurs and land big money prizes.
Every one of the bonus features is very enjoyable and can reward you with handsome profits.
Our verdict on the Jurassic Island video slot
Although the Jurassic Island slot looks good and the theme has been fleshed out very well, we did notice a few big negatives with this slot.
First off: the expanding wilds drop down way too often. That sounds counter-intuitive because the reasoning is more wilds = more money, right? The problem is that you win these small prizes often, and it takes a long time before they are added to your credits. That takes the momentum out of the game, and we really, really don’t like that.
Secondly: Way too often, only two bonus scatters drop. When 9 out of 10 spins generate two bonus scatters without hitting any prizes, you get annoyed pretty quickly. Especially since the main bonus only shows itself very rarely.
Good, but not great
Jurassic Island suffers from some vital flaws, an uneven balance being the biggest. It is a shame as the bonus games are enjoyable and exciting, and the payout rate is excellent.
A bit of a missed opportunity for Playtech, which is still one of the most popular providers at UK online casinos.
3 out of 5 stars.
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