Forrest Gump was one of the movie success stories of the 1990’s. Starring Tom Hanks in the leading role. The movie is based on the slow-witted Forrest and moves through several decades of his life. The movie became a commercial success, becoming the top grossing film of 1994. In 1995, it won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
This Amaya designed slot is a faithful reproduction of the movie, featuring many symbols related to the 1994 hit. It also plays host to two bonus features and the chance of landing one of five progressive jackpots.
The Forrest Gump slot uses a five-reel setup, each reel is three symbols high. The game pays from left to right and has a total of 25 pay lines, with the option of playing any number between 1 and 25.
Auto play is offered. Here you can set this manually using the up and down arrows, while an advanced option lets you go a little deeper, where you can do such things as stopping when you’ve reached cumulative win or loss amounts. You can also set it to stop when hitting a jackpot or reaching one of the two bonus features.
The highest paying symbol in the game is Forrest Gump himself, with a top prize of 5,000 coins heading your way when landing the maximum five in a row. Gump’s blonde girlfriend Jenny is next on the pay table, worth 500 coins for five in a row, while the bandana wearing Lieutenant Dan Taylor pays 200 coins. Completing the standard symbols are a flowery CND sign, a football, an army hat, table tennis bats and a baseball cap.
The wild symbol in the game is the classic movie poster pose of Forrest Gump sitting on a park bench. This symbol appears on reels 2, 3 and 4 only and will substitute for any other symbol apart from the scatter. With it only appearing on those three reels, there is no win amount associated with the wild, but the symbol will lead to many extra wins with others.
The first bonus feature is based around Forrest Gump’s famous line ‘Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get’. The scatter symbol shows a box of chocolates – and landing three or more across any of the reels will see you enter the feature. First, you’ll have an immediate five free spins, but then you’ll gain additional spins after you open the box of chocolates. The free spins take place on a new set of 3×3 reels with different chocolates making an appearance, with a whole new pay table.
The second bonus feature starts when you land three footballs from left to right on an active pay line. You’ll now enter an arcade style feature where you’ll try and advance Forrest Gump up a football field, trying to avoid defenders as he travels. The further distance you move, the more credits you’ll win.
The final bonus feature relates to the progressive jackpots. There are five of these pay outs in total – Blockbuster, Epic, Smash, Classic and Acclaimed. At time of writing, the highest of the jackpots was fast approaching $20,000 while at lower end the pay-out amount is less than $50. These jackpots are won completely randomly, irrespective of what happens on the reels. You will have a higher probability of winning one when playing at higher stake levels.
This Amaya designed slot is set against the backdrop of a row of houses in US suburbia, with the sidewalk where Forrest Gump runs very prominent. The reels have a white backing and all the characters and symbols relating to the movie are drawn as opposed to movie stills. Strangely, Forrest Gump himself doesn’t look that much like the Tom Hanks movie character, although the rest of the symbols are reasonably accurate representations.
Forrest Gump is a very enjoyable slot, although it doesn’t quite have the same dynamic impact that many other movie-based slots have. Nevertheless, the gameplay has plenty of variety, with 3 features to keep you interested. The free spins bonus feature is perhaps the best part of the game, with a nice original touch in using a new set of reels for the free spins.