The Grand Journey is a slot based around the epic adventures of a pair of explorers. The slot might be part-based upon the movie ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’. As you’ll find yourself drilling through the earth when you land a wild. On the reels you’ll find a delightful combination of symbols. As well as the two explorers, you’ll find volcanoes, sabre-toothed tigers, mysterious wooden creatures and a Tyrannosaurus Rex!
The slot features expanding wilds throughout the base game which feature an added multiplier too. Enter the free spins bonus feature and you’ll find an expanding multiplier trail which grows after every losing spin.
The Grand Journey is a five-reel slot. The game has a set total of 30 win-lines and you can choose both the number of coins and the coin value – from just 1c and up. As with all MicroGaming slots, you can choose auto-play.
Aside from the wild and the scatter, the two explorers are the highest paying symbols in the game. The male explorer has a rugged look with a five o’clock shadow, holding a rope in one hand and a map in the other. Land the male explorer five times in a row and you’ll win 500 coins. He is joined by a female companion. It must be hot in the centre of the earth as she is happy to adventure in just a bikini. Holding a spear, she does appear to be something of an Amazonian woman. The top prize for the female explorer is 300 coins. The ferocious T-Rex and the Sabre-toothed tiger have top prizes of 150 and 100 coins respectively.
At the lower end of the pay table you’ll find the volcano, the large wooden structure (which is alive!), a strange incredibly large mushroom and a series of explorer tools. The top prizes for these lower end symbols range from 100 down to 70 coins.
The wild symbol plays a major role in the game. The symbol shows the title of the slot and will substitute for any other symbol in the game. Any time you land a win that includes the wild symbol, the win amount is doubled too. This wild is stacked on all five reels and can lead to some amazing spins where much of the reels are wild. The perfect spin will see all five reels being completely wild. When you consider that 5 wilds in a row are worth 1,000 coins, the pay-out could be enormous.
As well as the standard wild, you also have an extra ‘drill’ wild which appears on reel 3 only. This is an expanding wild which will now fill the whole reel. In combination with the ‘standard’ stacked wilds, this drill offers up some mega wins.
The scatter symbols show a globe in a wooden frame. Land 2, 3, 4 or 5 scatters anywhere on the reels and you’ll win an immediate scatter prize. 3 scatters or more will also see you enter the free spins round.
In total you’ll enjoy 15 free spins. At first, the spins seem to play in the same way as the base game. However, there is one critical difference. The feature contains a multiplier trail, starting at 2x and ranging up to 10x. Every time you have a losing spin, you’ll move along the trail. This makes for a very interesting feature, where you’re almost happy to have a losing spin. The ideal scenario is to have a run of losing spins followed by a big winning spin.
Grand Journey plays against the backdrop of an opening to a cave. Looking out you can see a stormy sky and climbing out will surely see you encountering some of the creatures on the reels. The game is designed in the style of an animated cartoon and the impressive symbols do indeed animate when you win. An up tempo, atmospheric soundtrack only adds to the sense of adventure.
This MicroGaming designed slot will appeal to all types of players. The base game is more enjoyable than many – largely due to the large number of wilds filling the reels. With stacked wilds you’re only ever a spin away from one of those huge pay outs.
The impressive sound and visuals only add to the base game experience. The feature gives the game an intriguing edge. Unusually, you’ll be happy to see a losing spin, as the multiplier will increase. But how many losing spins are you happy to endure? The Grand Journey is a fun, adventurous slot.