Jaguar Mist Slot Machine
You’ve heard of gorillas in the mist, but would you brave a jungle if you knew that the mist was also hiding jaguars…what about coins and bonuses and real money that can be played for online?
What could be one of the most un-glamorous situations is turned into a sensory-pummeling, heart-racing game with Jaguar Mist.
In this Aristocrat slot machine, a single spin could pay out in a big jackpot prize.
Beware the jungle
The artwork is more rainforest than jungle but since when were slot games lauded for their historical and geographical history. Either way, the artwork is made better with the choice of setting. We have trees and luscious ferns of all kinds, a little river and some interesting animals on the reels. You would expect to see a leopard, parrot, and a bright frog in the rainforest but what can you say about the bald eagle and dolphin. What is Aristocrat referencing? We recommend not getting yourself too wrapped up in that question because you might miss some of the action.
Again, with the sound effects, instead of the sound of waterfalls and screeching monkeys, you get crowd chatter. It’s ambient sounds…from the inside of a casino. We found a rainforest soundtrack on Youtube and cranked that to substitute for a while but it didn’t mix well. Best to just turn off the ambient sound option. There are 5 reels and 4 images and the reels are an opaque sand color, though it would be nice to see the background through the reel because it’s soothing in it’s muted blues and greens.
The black and pink “Xtra Reel Power” neon signs on either side are promising signs of big payouts. But what do they mean? They probably have something to do with the 1024-ways (no paylines) in the game, just consecutive reels from left to right spinning for the winning symbols. To start, you bet on the reels and the higher you bet (up to x40 your coin size) the larger area of the reels you cover for winning. Any three scatters on the reels you’ll get ushered into the bonus round, which takes the format of free spins with multipliers. More on the free game bonus later, just know that your wins can be multiplied by up to 27 times, which is pretty massive for a little game like Jaguar Mist.
The jaguar may be the highest paying symbol but in this rain forest, orchids are wild. That means they substitute for all other symbols to make a winning line, except for the scatter. More on the scatter bonus coming up. They bloom on reels 2, 3, and 4 and are anything but rare. If you hit the three scatters bonus (explained soon) to attain 8 free games then the wilds will become 2x or 3x multipliers if they are part of that win. That could end up as a 27x multiplier if all three land.
We can’t complain too much about winning 8, 15, and 20 free games respectively when sets of 3, 4, and 5 scatters appear. It’s not the fattest stack of free games a person can win in an online slot game but it’s more generous than some penny games. Spins can receive a multiplier of up to 27, and if the orchid blooms during the free spins the win is multiplied. The feature can be triggered again within the feature, making the free games seem wilder than an orchid.
The bottom line
Bizarre animals and soundtrack are two places where the game zigs when you expect it to zag. But the rest is pretty conventional for an online gambling slot. The chance to earn 20 extra games is very appealing and the chances are plentiful. When the game is having a good day, it wouldn’t be hard to stay occupied for a couple of hours. But why would you when there are so many other games out there that are conceptually better and more innovative. Jaguar Mist did well as a land-based game in Australia, where Aristocrat hails from, but it has failed to translate completely online. Don’t get us wrong, at 95.15% RTP and with its high volatility, it does pay but at what cost?