The Journey Begins
There are plenty of films that tell the story of an amazing journey. Often, they are set in the past with an expedition to find some dinosaurs that we all thought were long dead. That’s probably the best thing for them really, not the safest of creatures to go and find, are they? If there’s an expedition to find some poodles, count me in on that one.
‘The Grand Journey’ is a five-reel game that has three rows of symbols and a total of 30 pay-lines. No need to be sitting down working out how many to activate as that’s a fixed amount. You do need to work out how much you are going to be staking on each spin of the reels. The minimum amount you can stake is €0.30 and the most €60. A decent range so you shouldn’t have any worries as long as you simply gamble amounts you can afford to lose.
The theme for this game is set perfectly by its graphics. The background shows what looks like caves that are probably home to something not very pleasant. You know what these films are like, the cast member you’ve never heard of is the first to end up meeting a grisly end. With the symbols being large, we don’t get to see too much of it which is a shame.
Explore and Win
The rather cartoonish symbols include an Amazon with a great big spear, our hero with his square jaw and holding a map, a massive mushroom, a wooden mask, a volcano that’s probably going to erupt any minute, a tiger, an adventurer’s kit, and a rather scary dinosaur looking for its next meal.
It’s the Grand Journey logo that is the wild symbol in this slot. When this ends up on the third reel it can expand and cover the whole reel. That certainly helps get you some winning combinations. Even better news is the fact that any wins it completes are doubled. It can’t sub for the globe which is the scatter symbol and helps get you into the bonus game. Five wilds on a pay-line wins you the top prize of 1000x your line bet. The male explorer is the second-best paying symbol, awarding 500x your bet for 5 symbols
If you’re going on an expedition, then you need to do plenty of research beforehand. It’s the same with playing a slot game so have a look at the paytable and have some free games. That will prepare you for the journey ahead and prevent any surprises. The control buttons are situated down at the bottom of the screen underneath the reels. It’s all pretty straightforward setting your stake for each spin.
Follow the Trail
If three or more of the globe scatter symbols end up on the reels at the end of a spin, that triggers the free spins bonus round. You receive a total of 15 to try and win some cash with. It’s not the usual kind of free spins round, this is a Grand Journey remember, so there’s a multiplier trail to travel along. It starts at 1x and can climb all the way up to 10x and when a free spin fails to produce a winning combination, it climbs by 1x. Ok it’s not great having to hope for a loss just to get an increased multiplier but it can lead to a good win by the end of the round. Hopefully if you do get to a large multiplier and get a win, it’ll be one of the higher paying winning combinations that comes your way. When a win does come along, that multiplier trail goes back to 1x. It’s not possible to re-trigger the free spins.
There’s plenty going on in this fun slot. The bonus game can get you some big wins if your luck is in and the theme is well adhered to. It’s definitely worth going on the Grand Journey and trying to win the jackpot.