Some of you may not be familiar with the famous family movie Jumanji which was a smash hit in the 90’s and the sequel: Jumanji, Welcome to the Jungle which was launched in 2017. But if you’ve not had the pleasure then that shouldn’t stop you checking out NetEnt Gaming’s homage to the madcap fun of that all-round playful pleaser. If you like mayhem and the idea of wild jungle animals on the rampage, then get your digits ready for a whirl on Jumanji slot. Net Ent are those guys and gals behind the Berryburst slot and Starburst of course, so we are expecting big things. No pressure!
The main idea of the movie and the game is that, thanks to a little bit of magic, a mysterious board game “Jumanji” has managed to bust out of its cardboard confines and become real, very real, for those whose home and beyond becomes over-run with wild creatures, adventure and dangerous deeds.
Jumanji slot is packed with plenty of bonus fun in both the base game and if you’re skilled enough to trigger the big shiny bonus game then count yourself ready for high-falutin’ drama and mega winning potential to match!
Look and feel
Given that this game is inspired by the movie of the same name, it’s hardly surprising that is looks pretty much picture perfect with a look that is lifted straight off the silver screen. This game has even more animals in it than the Lake’s Five slot (er, that’ll be at least six then!), so if you like your beasts you’ll love it.
The unusual shaped reels have been made to fit around the shape of the Jumanji board game and as the player you naturally have a bird’s eye view of the board and all the action. Beneath the board is the floor of a room, presumably where the board game has managed to come alive!
The soundtrack is snorting animals, rumbling sound effects and dramatic upbeat fun. And it’s bright! Think of the Upgradium slot machine but just remember to add all of those animals.
To fit the 5 reels into the board game shape the rows have taken an unusual configuration which is 3, 4, 5, 4, 3 rows- these deliver a 36 pay line potential.
Just like the on-screen adventures, the wild animals are some of the main stars of the show with an animated lion, rhino, massive crocodile and a pelican. The lower value icons of the game are the Ace through Jack of the card deck in a board game font.
The game’s Wild is a none too subtle word “Wild” in massive letters and this substitutes for all other symbols except the Scatter which is the wooden box of the magical game with the word “Jumanji” emblazoned across it.
Base game menagerie madness
At random in the base game there are a mighty four side games to enjoy.
The dramatic Sticky Vines is great fun with the monstrous vine growing onto the reels on the right hand top of the “board game” to invade the action grabbing winning combos and wrapping their tendrils around these to keep them “stuck” in place, while adding the very welcome re-spin to make more winning combos for you.
Wild Stampede is also far from a low key feature with a herd of wild rhinos charging across the reels bringing dust and additional Wilds to the reels- now that’s “Wildly” appealing!
Monkey Mayhem is just what you’d expect with a wild troupe of monkeys entering the board game and being cheeky monkeys, who re-arrange all the icons on the reels, making for some rewarding mischief!
Monsoon Wilds randomly awards you with reels that turn totally Wild to make for a welcome boost to your chances of winning.
Then there’s the main event the Jumanji Bonus game that you trigger by landing three, four or five Scatters with 6,7 or 8 rolls of the dice being awarded accordingly- here comes the big ticket fun!
Some dramatic music cues your chance to enter the board game and choose from a selection of exotic tokens to be your playing piece.
Depending on how many dice rolls you’ve won, you can move around the game board gaining access to four free spin features related to the four base game side games, which are all about the free spinning fun but beefed up, and then cash prizes and extra throws of the dice add an intriguing mystery feature.
The Vines Free Spins now give an inviting ten free spins with those vines continuing to trap and hold your wins – more bucks for you!
The Monsoon Free Spins offer seven freebie spins with that nifty addition of the Monsoon fun with whole reels turning Wild.
The Monkey Free Spins involves six free spins with marauding monkeys still re-arranging the icons with money spinning potential.
The Stampede Free Spins offer a reasonable 5 free spins with those rhinos still bringing their welcome Wilds with them.
The Mystery feature is well worth a go with a jungletastic x10 multiplier, free dice rolls and free spins. Not bad at all!
The Coin Win and Extra Rolls do exactly as you’d expect with the extra dice rolls limited to one being awarded.
NetEnt’s Jumanji slot is a glorious adventure – never did a board game look so good or with so much winning potential. The game’s homage to the original film is well done with plenty of base game and bonus fun at the tips of your fingers, and there’s that very generous x10 multiplier in the bonus feature to keep the game play on the high pay-out side of fun. A winner of a slot, even if it’s a world of mayhem!