A Jungle of Challenge
Commenting on the difficulty of a slot machine is normally mentioned briefly, but hardly ever in detail, that is unless it’s a super tough game; that’s what Jungle Jackpots is. We were spinning the reels for quite some time and nothing happened, which felt extremely anti-climatic. There’s several features, all of which will never be experienced by us if this level of volatility keeps up.
There are 20 paylines in total, all of which are always activated as they’re fixed into place. Although that isn’t a lot of room to move about, it’s more than enough – we’ve played lower winline titles and won more than what we did here. From our experience, this is one of Blueprint Gaming’s more taxing activities, and so we’d recommend you play for fun before you splash that cash, people.
Blowing Open the Book
The entire slot is set inside an open storybook, which means that there’s pages that can potentially turn if a wind should pick up. You’re in the jungle and Mowgli is swinging about on vines, so that’s more than enough reason for the book to flick to another point in the story. Not only is this a fun animation to watch, but special wilds are attached to this event; some will expand, others will stick in place.
You may have noticed this for yourself by now, but Baloo is the key to every feature that’s in Jungle Jackpots. Instead of the classic rule of needing to match three of the same icons, here you need to match two and then have a different tile on the end. An example would be two bonus icons and then the Colossal Spins: you now get a giant symbol landing on the reels to create a combo.
Another trick that Baloo has up his sleeve is the ability to trigger the gamble option, though we never experienced it for ourselves. From what we can see, you can either collect the prize you’ve already won or risk it to claim another. It’s not as simplistic as other features we’ve seen, which may put gamers off.
The Jungle Fights Back
Plant vs Zombies is a fantastic way of seeing how defensive our environment can get when pushed to an extreme. Brought to you by Gamesy, this is another pop culture product just like The Jungle Book, albeit for different reasons. When we tested the two out, we noted that they both have the same volume of winlines, they both have a 3×5 grid, and they both offer expanding wilds. They’re very different theme wise, but we think you’ll agree they’re twinning on a lot of other aspects.
Jungle Jackpots has so much to offer, so why do we feel like this game isn’t as good as it should be? Maybe we’re stuck in our ways and want an exact match to Disney or nothing at all, but the aesthetic and story that is woven here just doesn’t compare on any level. We’d play again, but probably on demo mode because there’s no the point in losing money hand over fist in the name of fun.
This is one for diehard fans, or those looking to try every example that Blueprint has to offer. And while it looks like a blockbuster, it doesn’t play like one. This is an example of when fancy graphics override delivering exceptional gameplay. It’s a three and a half stars out of five from us.