Join the modern day equivalent of Indiana Jones, Microgaming's Jungle Jim as he seeks to find the mythical lost city of gold, El Dorado, in this exciting new slot from Microgaming, which hits casinos early in September 2016.
It would be remiss of me at this point to not mention the fact that it is quite apparent that the Jungle Jim El Dorado slot has been inspired by (or if you are more cold hearted, completely copies) the hugely popular Gonzo's Quest slot. This extends down to the mechanics of the Microgaming game being practically identical to the other game in terms of the Rolling Reels feature, number of paylines in operation, the theme of the slot, the multiplier bonus and even the free spins round.
Of course, imitation is the most sincere form of flattery so it is said and there are enough differences between the games to make you want to try Jungle Jim El Dorado in its own right, but the similarities between the two games are remarkable.
However, I would point out that more than one company have seen the popularity of Microgaming's slots in the past and have come up with their own version of the game. It's nothing new in the slot industry and as such, Jungle Jim El Dorado should be judged on its own merit, rather than compared with another slot.
That's because although the mechanics of the two games are very similar, Microgaming have added their own production values to the game to give it the customary Microgaming feel and usually that only increases the popularity of the slot.
At its core, Jungle Jim is a 25-payline slot which offers players the chance to play from a minimum bet of just 0.25 and which offers a maximum win of 92,000 credits. Rather than using reels, the increasingly popular Rolling Reels feature is in operation on the slot and it is this feature which is central to the game mechanics and the enticing game-play.
In Rolling Reels, rather than spinning, symbols drop down from above the reels to occupy the three slots on each of the five reels. The big bonus for the player however is not how the symbols get on the reels in the first place, but what happens to them when they form a winning payline.
When this happens with Rolling Reels all the symbols that form the payline(s) on a spin start to flash and then they disappear. Of course, this leaves an empty reel, so any symbols above the reels roll down into the gaps, creating space for new symbols to fall into the empty spaces from above.
This feature can then see players trigger more than one win from a single spin and it is this which unlocks several of the key features in the Jungle Jim El Dorado slot, the multiplier bonus. With each successive spin using the Rolling Reels feature, the bonus payable on the next spin increases up to a maximum 5x in the base game and a huge 15x during free spins.
Speaking of free spins, if you land three or more of the in game scatters across the reels then you trigger a potentially lucrative free spins bonus round, where the top prizes available on the slot can be won. You receive 10 spins initially, but you can re-trigger the feature during the bonus round to unlock more free spins as you go.
Once again, the Rolling Reels feature and the Multiplier Trail are the key to engaging some of the bigger wins in the game, especially if you can push up to the 10x and 15x your win during the free spins round.
The symbols on the reels are a mix of precious gems and a number of ancient El Doradan artifacts. The Jungle Jim logo acts as the in game Wild symbol and can replace high and low symbols to help create winning paylines.
One aspect of the game which does command attention is the clever use of animation. Microgaming have worked hard to give Jungle Jim a more clearly defined personality and through the use of clever and sometimes amusing animations, they have done so quite beautifully. He is certainly a more appealing character than you can find in other similar games.
If you have enjoyed other games similar to this adventure game, including the famous Tomb Raider series of games, then you'll absolutely love what Jungle Jim El Dorado has to offer. There's a number of exciting features, innovative game play and the mechanics of the game work very well, offering a perfect balance between decent sized base game wins and bigger wins available during the free spins round.
Jungle Jim El Dorado hits casinos from 7th September 2016 and regardless of the similarities to other slots, is a game that is well worth a try in its own right.