With cascading reels and increasing multipliers, this Jungle Jim El Dorado slot might not be innovative, but it’s certainly a fun adventure.
A modern take on the adventure slot theme, Microgaming have taken a well known theme and well known mechanics to create something that works.
Should we take points away because this Jungle Jim slot lacks originality? We don’t think so.
After all, it’s got a 3,680 times your bet win, and plays similarly enough to the Gonzo’s Quest slot that you won’t care that it’s basically a a tribute to the far more famous casino game.
That’s what makes this Jungle Jim El Dorado slot machine special. The fact that on every win the symbols will disappear, and you get a mini free go, where more symbols will tumble from above.
It’s not a new concept, but how many multipliers you get is pretty special – up to 5x in the base game and up to 15x in the free spins bonus round.
You could argue that it’s not as good as Gonzo because you have one more step, so one more consecutive win, to get the highest multiplier.
And you’d be right. But considering so many cascading slots don’t have multipliers at all, like in Pixies of the Forest slot, and we like them well enough, any multipliers are good in our book.
Not to mention that Microgaming have used what they call ‘rolling reels’ before, but generally left the multipliers only for the free spins and not the base game, like in the Cool Wolf mobile game.
Unlike so many Microgaming slot games where this studio clearly just found some graphics at the bottom of their creative drawer, with this Jungle Jim El Dorado video slot they’ve gone all out.
Granted, the Jungle Jim character isn’t as charismatic as Gonzo, but the background, animations and symbols are beautiful. They float down on screen, each unique, with not a single high card symbol to be found.
Instead you chase gems and ancient treasure, and eventually the golden treasure room in the free spin round where the massive, huge, mega wins can be found.
This Jungle Jim slot machine feels like a Microgaming game of old; you get good and frequent wins in the base game, and whilst the free spins are hard to find, when you do, you’ll usually be richly rewarded.
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|Mobile Slot released||September 2016|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 25 Paylines|
|House edge / RTP||4% - 3% / 96%|
|Coins range||0.01 - 0.10|
|Min/Max bet||0.25 / 25|
|Free spins||10 Free Spins / from 3x to 15x Multiplier|
|Bonus rounds||Cascading Reels, Multipliers, Wilds, Scatters, Free Spins|
|Slot Themes||Adventure & Explorer|
Wilds: The Jungle Jim El Dorado slot logo is the wild symbol and replaces all other symbols on screen except scatter.
Rolling Reels: This is Microgaming's name for avalanching or cascading reels. Either way, it all means the same thing.
Any time you get a win, those winning symbol explode and disappear, making all the other symbols tumble down, with more cascading down from above.
This can lead to multiple wins in a row, and each 'cascade of win' increases the multiplier on screen.
Usually, you don't get much further than two or three wins in a row, but if you get the higher paying symbols, it can bring surprisingly good wins.
Scatters and Free Spins: The talisman is the scatter symbol and pays wherever 3 show up. But the real draw is that it also triggers 10 free spins.
And this time, the rolling reels go into overdrive as you get much bigger multipliers, starting with 3x on any win.
And whilst 10 free spins might not sound like much, with those cascading reels, it can feel like these Jungle Jim slot free spins last much longer.
We really enjoyed this Jungle Jim mobile slot, despite the fact that if you look too closely, you'll find it's a poor mans version of NetEnt's Gonzo's Quest.
That said, the wins here are no less impressive, and come a little more often than with Gonzo thanks to a high return to player rate and a hit rate of 43%.
Fun, fast, and beautiful, you'll come in for the adventure, and stay for that 15x multiplier on the free spins.
And if all that still doesn't appeal, then why not try some totally different cascading reels with the Wizard of Gems slot?
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: December 28, 2020 - Rating