243 Ways – Or More
Jungle Spirit is, at its heart, a 243 ways machine. That means that while you’ll have to score wins by making your standard left-to-right matches across the reels, you can do so without worrying about traditional paylines. Instead, any positions will do, as long as they start on the first reel and move across the screen. Players only have to pay one price to gain access to all these potential winning combinations; whether you play for the minimum, the maximum, or anywhere in between, you’ll have the same chance to score wins.
This exciting play style is matched with an equally interesting jungle theme. Bright, natural colors – including a lot of green plants are artfully displayed on your screen, and the biggest prizes are attached to wildlife symbols. Even the special features incorporate the “spirits” of the habitat, making this one of the more evocatively wild games we’ve played in a while.
Enough Animals to Fill a Zoo
Once you dive into the game, you’ll find that the most common symbols are those that appear in a lot of online slots titles: the playing card ranks, ranging from tens through aces. However, these icons only provide for the smaller wins. For larger rawards, you’ll need to track down the game’s five animals. Matching snakes, alligators, bears, elephants, and tigers can earn you some much bigger rewards; while there are no truly massive wins on a single payline, the 243 ways system means that hitting any of these beasts in a number of positions opens up the possibility of earning lots of cash.
Surprisingly, there are no wilds on the reels, which might make you feel like the opportunities to make such massive combinations might be limited. But, thankfully, NetEnt has programmed in some other perks that can truly open up the entire layout, meaning there’s a lot more here than might first meet the eye. For instance, any symbol that is marked with a butterfly can expand to fill the entire reel, suddenly allowing your valuable animals to participate on every line.
Butterflies and Bonuses
As an added perk, there is a Butterfly Boost feature that could show up randomly on every spin. When this feature show up, you’ll see 1-3 more high-value symbols touched by the butterflies, forcing them to expand too. What’s really nice is that these expanding icons are guaranteed to be part of a win, ensuring you’ll walk away with a nice bankroll boost when this feature hits.
There’s also a scatter symbol – a flower – that can appear on all reels. Hit three or more on the screen, and you’ll trigger a free spins game (with an additional instant win if you should find four or five flowers on the reels). In this bonus round, you can choose between any of the five animal icons to appear more often during play. How many spins you get is tied to the animal you’ve picked: the mighty tiger provides only four spins, while the lowest paying creature, the snake, will give you 20. That makes this a risk vs. reward system that you can control, choosing the level of volatility that is to your liking.
Best of all, these free spins take place on an expanded 5×4 layout, while retaining the all ways gameplay elements. That means that during these spins, you’ll have 1,024 ways to win – more than quadrupling your potential earnings.
Fun Without Complications
Overall, Jungle Spirit: Call of the Wild is a very impressive creation by NetEnt. Not only does the game look absolutely beautiful, but we enjoyed the fact that the gameplay was about to offer plenty of replay value without adding unnecessary clutter. There are some special features, of course, but there aren’t so many that the game feels gimmicky or bloated – instead, there’s just enough to make the action fun and engaging, but not overwhelming.
Throw in a theme that’s always fun and exciting for players, and you have a classic in the making. If we had to find a complaint, it is that there’s no true jackpot on the machine, but that’s a minor quibble at most. If you’re a fan of slots that offer wildlife themes and all ways gameplay, then this is definitely a machine that you’ll want to take a look at.