It’s here. They’re here. 65 million years in the making as they say, the Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park have once again been breathed into new life in one of the most anticipated online slot game releases in recent years. We get quite excited by every big new game but in the case of Jurassic Park, the dial has been turned up to 11 by the hype generated partly by Microgaming themselves and certainly by the online gaming community. Clearly there is a lot at stake from a company that many believe has set the standard other producers must strive to reach.
So at first glance what do we have? We knew from the promotional releases and teasers that the game would be played on a 5 reel platform with 243 ways to win. The UK release is playable from 30p to £15 a spin and worldwide in similar ratio. The engine room of Jurassic Park is powered for the first time by Parallax video which, while we don’t pretend to know how, make the intense 3D graphics pop with a level of definition that is impressive even in such HD obsessive times. There has very clearly been a great attention to detail, beyond that of the actual game development, to provide an environment for the player to feel part of the jungle surroundings. But aside from the visual appeal, we found the soundtrack of note. Listened to through head phones, the game rings of a theatrical experience. In terms of delivering a big budget online slot worthy of association with the film, Microgaming have delivered.
Needless to say – even the finest graphics and sound count for little if the game itself does not deliver. Microgaming were never going to let that happen. Where many games are somewhat pedestrian in base, with the player spinning the reels constantly in search of the bonus features, in Jarassic Park there are rewarding features throughout. There is a T-Rex Alert Mode feature in the base game where up to 35 wilds are added to the reels for 6 spins giving you significant win potential. Then there’s the Free Spins feature which has 5 individual features within it. Each of these has their own scene with animated environments featuring cast member based on the individual dinosaurs and locations from the film. Prolonged play producing 25 free spins triggers your own choice of bonus game.
Bonus and Free Spins
Turning up the heat with Bonus rounds will take place by landing 3, 4, or 5 Scatter symbols at a time. This will randomly trigger any of the 5 Bonus rounds, which are named after 5 dinosaurs: Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptor, Brachiosaurus, Triceratops, and Dilophosaurus. 12 free spins will be awarded to players in each of these bonus rounds, while they can also take advantage of other features, depending on what bonus round it is. For instance, if they get the Velociraptor bonus, they will also be awarded with Split Wilds, which can result in a 6-of-a-kind win, or Multiplier Wilds, which awards multipliers of 4x, 5x, or 6x randomly.
In the production of Jurassic Park, Microgaming have blended the star characters of one of biggest and most loved movies in a way that does justice to the Spielberg original but also provides online slot players a genuinely rewarding feature. Out of the gate the game plays with such splendid graphic fluidity and with sufficient potential for reward gratification that even the most cynical of the big budget themed slots will be hard pressed not to respect this one. An instant classic? Well.. It’s got teeth.