The only game in history that will make you hope you don’t win during the free spins round, The Grand Journey mobile slot is as inventive as it’s source material.
For the literary buffs out there, you may recognise the theme as Microgaming’s own take on Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the earth. With liberal Hollywood type splashing of ancient civilizations full of beautiful woman and a giant wooden drill. We are sure there’s a joke in there somewhere, but we won’t be crude enough to make it.
That said, this theme works. The music is full of Indiana Jones-esque bravado, the T-Rex roars beautifully, the mountain spouts lava and all the symbols gives you a sense of depth. This is helped by the fact that they are unique and beautifully animated which brings a dash of realism, but is still ultimately a harmless adventure themed slot full of fun.
The first thing you’ll notice is that the wilds come with a 2x multiplier. The second thing is that they often come stacked. The third is that if you get any wild symbol on the middle reel, that giant drill we were taking about earlier shows up to make that entire reel wild. That’s a whole load of wilds.
And that’s just in the base game, which still allows for some impressive wins to help you move your bankroll along. It ensures plenty of action and rarely do you find your eyes wandering off the screen.
But ultimately, all this is an appetiser for the really grand adventure hiding in The Grand Journey bonus games. Because what particularly good fun is that the multiplier meter during the free spins increases not when you win, as with the excellent Tiger’s Eye slot by Microgaming, but when you don’t.
So every dead spin increases that multiplier by one from 2x to 10x. As you only get 15 free spins, guess how often those don’t hit? Generally hitting the 4x multiplier is good enough to walk away with about 30x your bet, but we’ve hit 60x our bet wins from this feature and many have gotten 100x or more.
After all, the max amount you can win here is 1,000x your bet , which ultimately, is the kind of number that makes an adventure worth taking.
Much like the original story, The Grand Journey slot game is in a little topsy turvy world of its own, one where you wish for non wins, yet doesn’t fail to thrill and entertain.
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|Mobile Slot released||July 2014 (on mobile)|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 30 Paylines|
|House edge / RTP||3.65% / 96.35%|
|Coins range||0.01 - 0.10|
|Min/Max bet||0.30 / 60|
|Free spins||15 Free Spins / up to 10x Multiplier|
|Bonus rounds||Stacked Wilds, Expanded Wilds, Scatters and Free Spins|
|Slot Themes||Adventure & Explorer|
Stacked Wilds: The Grand Journey slot logo is the wild symbol, substituting for all symbols except scatter. They usually come stacked on all reels and double any win.
Expanded Wilds: A giant drill symbol can appear on reel 3 at any point and it will turn the whole reel wild. It's basically just a fun animation instead of having stacked wilds and doesn't come with a multiplier. So not as good as the stacked ones, but like we said, still fun and usually comes with a set of stacked wilds to give you decent 3 or 4 of a kind wins.
Scatters & Free Spins: 3 or more old fashioned globes scatter symbols trigger 15 free spin games with a multiplier trail. During the free spins each non-winning spin will increase the multiplier by 1. A win at any point will grant you the multiplier on show and reset the multiplier trail back down to zero.
The trail goes from 1x (normal) to 10x multiplier. Getting all the way up to 10x is nay on impossible, but still brings some good stomach churning moments as each non-win makes you clench a little tighter for a higher multiplier.
The Grand Journey mobile slot is our kind of adventurous fun. Not too risky, giving you enough to balance out your budget if you are careful, but with some big figures hiding in the reels to give you hope for the big jackpot slot win.
Add a great theme, sounds and the multiplier trail that brings something a little different to the table and we would recommend this mobile slot game to all slot players who are looking for some solid but off-the-wall spins.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: December 28, 2020 - Rating