Everyone reading this review will have undoubtedly heard of the Jurassic Park franchise. It's arguably one of the most successful of all time. And, if one thing's for sure, it's one of the first to ever hit serious levels. Naturally, Jurassic Park began life as a movie, and since then, we have seen other films, video games and slots. Over the years, many developers have brought Jurassic Park to life via online slots, and they've been great, but now it's Microgaming's turn to take up the mantle. And their aim is to take what has gone before, but develop a more modern take, if you will.
When you’re bringing a slot to the online casino games market that carries the Jurassic Park theme, there is one thing that it must be, and that’s authentic. So, it doesn’t matter how fresh a game is, it must always carry elements that immerse the player in a full-scale Jurassic Park experience, or there’s no use bothering. Of course, this is Microgaming, alongside Stormcraft Studios, that we’re talking about. So, they naturally carry the authenticity, but they balance it off well against the new additions, to create an experience that has all the right things in the right places.
As a video slot in its own right, Jurassic Park Gold looks pretty standard from the outside looking in. It comes with forty fixed paylines across five reels, for example. But, it’s also worth noting that Microgaming and Stormcraft are very much masters of illusion. So, while things may look similar to what has gone before, there is the Link & Win system to consider, which adds importance to streak respins. There is also a fantastic free spins feature to enjoy, too, a bonus round that is sure to attract players. And, let's not forget that we're talking about Jurassic Park.
When you create a slot game based on a movie such as Jurassic Park, and there have been other titles using the film as inspiration, you're often going to see similarities in terms of the design and symbols. It's not a negative. In fact, you could suggest it’s a positive. If developers didn’t go down this route, they’re not really going to deliver the level of authenticity many will be looking for when they come to spin the reels. If you’re playing a Jurassic Park game, you want to know you’re playing a Jurassic Park game, right?
When we look over to the reels at the icons that appear, we’re pleased to see that characters from the movie are involved. They, alongside the dinosaurs that also make an appearance, are essential inclusions and essential for authenticity. All the other symbols will pay lower. They’re there to make up the numbers, but they’re well designed.
We're going to see a wild icon in Jurassic Park Gold, and it will appear on the reels as a game logo. However, instead of being a regular type of wild, it will come stacked, making them all the more advantageous. Multipliers also get involved when they’re included in winning combinations.
We mentioned the Link & Win system earlier, and it will take six Powerball icons to get it started. Players will be given three respins, a number they can reset when a special icon makes its way onto the reels.
The free spins bonus round is probably what most people will be here for, and there's a fantastic one included. The amber scatters will get the ball rolling, with the following four dinosaurs – Dilophosaurus, Velociraptor, Spinosaurus, and T-Rex involved. Each dinosaur will offer its own bespoke mix of free spins and perks, such as multipliers and wild reels. It will be up to the player to decide which dinosaur’s offering suits their style of play the best.
There are some excellent Jurassic Park inspired online slots out there, but Jurassic Park Gold brings the hit movie to life better than ever before with that gold seal of approval. In addition, Microgaming and Stormcraft Studios have modernised the whole thing, introducing new features such as Link & Win into the mix.