Jungle Jim El Dorado is the second slot from MicroGaming featuring the intrepid explorer. However, the original game, simply named ‘Jungle Jim’ was basic in comparison to this impressive overhaul. The graphics are infinitely better, the gameplay now includes rolling reels and Jungle Jim seems to be a much ‘cooler’ character than before.
Slot players familiar with the famed ‘Gonzo’s Quest’ game will enjoy this MicroGaming designed slot. Each win you land with the ‘Rolling Reels’ sees the multiplier increase, offering up big wins. These multipliers take a big jump in the free spins feature too, with potentially huge rewards.
This explorer-themed slot has five reels, each of the reels three symbols high. The game pays from left to right and has a total of 25 win-lines. Wins come along when you land three or more of any symbol in a row.
A treasure chest is the highest paying standard symbol in the game. This opens to reveal shimmering gold and pays 3,000 coins as a top prize. Next on the pay table is an Aztec-style symbol showing an elderly character holding a pot of gold. This pays 1,000 coins. A miniature green dragon clutching onto gold is worth 500 coins while a wooden musical object has a top prize of 200 coins. The final four standard symbols are uncut blocks of gems, in red, dark orange, green and blue colours. These blocks pay between 50 and 100 coins as a top prize.
Helping you land those wins is the wild symbol which shows the title on a circular background. This will substitute for every other symbol in the game apart from the scatter.
The Rolling Reels system in place ensures that you can win more than once on any spin. Every time you land a win, the winning symbols will now disappear and the symbols from above will now fall into their place. New symbols will fill the spaces left at the top of the reels. The reels will now be re-assessed and any further wins awarded. This process will continue until the Rolling Reels offer up no further wins.
While these successive wins make for an enjoyable experience in itself, there is a nice added bonus. That first win will pay out as usual, but for each successive win the multiplier will increase by one. Your second win will pay out double and your third win triple. The maximum multiplier is 5x. You’ll see these multipliers increase across a meter at the top of the screen.
The final symbol in the game is the scatter which appears on reels 1, 2 and 3 only. This symbol shows two concentric circles within an ornate design. Land this symbol on each of the first three reels and you’ll win 125 coins and also enter the free spins round.
Players will have 10 free spins in total and these will be more profitable than the base game. During the feature, the multiplier starts at 3x, so you’re already onto a winner. However, each successive win will see the multiplier increase by 3, moving through 6x, 9x and 12x to the maximum 15x.
The visuals when playing Jungle Jim El Dorado are simply excellent. Throughout the game, a full-size Jungle Jim stands to the left of the reels. He’ll look on while you play the game and occasionally jump into action. He might look at his watch if bored, or swat a fly off his face. He’ll even retrieve a spade from his bag and lean on it.
The symbols on the reels have the same excellent design. The backdrop to the game shows the misty jungle scene and you’ll hear sound effects from the scene throughout gameplay. Also impressive is the way the symbols fall onto the reels when you hit that spin button.
Jungle Jim El Dorado is a slot that will grab your attention immediately. The visuals are fantastic throughout the game and you’ll be drawn to the central character as he stands by the reels. The gameplay with the Rolling Reels makes for excitement on every spin, while the increased multipliers in the feature only adds to this. The only small downside to the game is the lack of variety, with the base game and the feature playing in the same way.