Jurassic Island Slot Machine
You’ll be enjoying a trip back in time with this online slot from Ash Gaming. The theme is dinosaurs, though more from the perspective of ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’ than the more modern Jurassic Park. If you are looking for the more modern slot, you’ll find that one at MicroGaming casinos.
Jurassic Island has a lot going for it, despite the graphics being rather simple. There are 4 different bonus games available. 3 of these are different variations of free spins, while the 4th sees you hunting dinosaurs. You will also find expanding wilds in the base game – with plenty of potential for ‘mega wins’ if you get a few reels completely wild at the same time.
Bones and Dinosaurs – The Jurassic Island Game Setup
If you are familiar with Ash Gaming slots, then the 5 reel by 3 rows setup will not come as a surprise to you. There are a fixed 25 win-lines crossing the reels. Bets start at 1c per line, and there is a turbo mode for quicker spins and quicker resolution of your wins.
Symbols are a mix of dinosaurs and bones which are made to show the playing card symbols ace down to 10. The extinct reptiles pay the biggest amount, with a green one munching some vegetation the best paying of all. 5 of these will get you 1000 coins, with this dinosaur paying down to 2 of a kind from the left. A purple one with mouth open and blue one which looks bird-like are next in the pay table – worth 300 coins for 5 of a kind. A flying red one, and the skull of what could be a triceratops make up the final unique symbols.
Wilds only appear on the middle 3 reels. This is a punk looking Raptor with green hair! When this can create a win, it will expand to cover all 3 positions the reel. You will get some big wins if you are lucky enough to get 2 or 3 of these at the same time. When this happens the symbols merge into one giant one, which shows a detailed view of the raptor.
Scatters can appear on any reel. This is a Victorian hunter type, complete with a monocle and fetching red waistcoat. If you hit 3 or more, then you will get a choice of the different bonus games. Hitting 4 or 5 increases the number of free spins in all of these games.
Your Choice of 4 Bonus Games
You will see a screen with a 2×2 grid, showing each of the different bonuses. The first 3 are free spins games, with the 4th a hunting game. I’ll cover the hunting first.
This takes you to a view of a volcano and some rocks and gives you a first-person shooter perspective. You will see flying dinosaurs coming at you, and some bigger ones moving quickly across the foreground. Your task is to shoot as many as possible. This is easy to do, just keep the rangefinder in the middle of the screen, and click your mouse to shoot. You win different cash prizes depending on what size of dinosaur you kill.
Free spins come in the following variations:
Multiplier Free Spins: Here you get a 3x multiplier on all wins, with 10, 15 or 30 spins depending on whether you triggered the bonus with 3, 4 or 5 of the scatters.
Carnivore Free Games: This game sees all the playing card symbols removed from the game, leaving only the higher paying symbols. Again, you can win 10, 15 or 30 of these spins.
Raptor Free Games: This time raptors are stacked on reels 2, 3 and 4 – giving you a bigger chance of hitting them. This time you get 16, 24 or 40 free spins.
You can retrigger for more spins in any of these games. If you get just 3 scatters, you will have 3 more spins added to your total – with 3+ scatters getting you a different amount depending on the game.
Colorful Volcanic Island Design
There are some nice touches to the design of this game, though I am not sure how many of them are deliberate. The dinosaurs manage to combine looking ferocious with a little cuteness, and do have that slight ‘punk rock’ feel to them. The Victorian hunter adds an element of humor. The stand out animation is the Raptor when it expands – this is especially good when it covers more than one reel.
A drum track keeps the suspense high, and the dinosaurs all make almost comedic roars when involved in wins.
Should You Try Jurassic Island?
There is a lot going for this slot, which has all the makings of a popular title. The expanding wilds are enough to keep the base game fresh. At the same time, there are 4 different bonus games to cycle between. Hunting is entertaining for a couple of times – though I am sure that most people will be looking at the big win potential of the different free spins games more often.