Creature from the Black Lagoon Basic Information:
Games which borrow from preexisting properties are quite common among online pokies. From Alien to South Park, there are an incredible range of interpretations available in the world of pokies. Many of these are built to capitalise on a currently very popular property, or perhaps a property which is expecting a reboot or revival. Other's, such as Creature from the Black Lagoon, rely on appealing to the nostalgia of older players. Is this a worthwhile revival, or should the creature have remained under the muddy waters? Keep reading to find out…
This game operates under the use of the NetEnt gambling software system. The talented programmers and designers from NetEnt are well known for going the extra mile in their creations, and Creature from the Black Lagoon is no exception. This game was released in early December of 2013.
The NetEnt system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from NetEnt.
Creature from the Black Lagoon comes with a total of 25 paylines over 5 reels in a 3×5 layout.
- The minimum coins bet sits at 20
- The maximum coins bet sits at 200
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
- Maximum coins size sits at 0.50
- The return to player offered by this game sits at around 96.5%, at or slightly higher than average.
By clicking on the spanner icon towards the lower left of the game screen the player can access the options menu. There are a total of 5 sections within this menu, which are listed below.
Enabling this option speeds up the spinning of the reels. This means that these is less time spent waiting around between the time you click spin and when the reels come to rest, speeding up the entire experience.
- Intro Screen
When toggled this enables or disables the intro screen from playing for the next time that the player enters the game.
This is identical to the option above, where it stops the into clip from playing.
- Ambient Sounds
When selected this lets the player enable or disable the ambient noises generated from the game.
- Sound Effects
As you would expect, when selected this stops all of the game's sound effects.
Space Wars comes with a total of three different graphics settings. These are separated into Basic, Standard and Enhanced. Basic downplays the graphics, making the game run better on older or less powerful machines. Standard sets the game to look like how it was originally designed to be played. When the enhanced setting is selected the game will look better, but the difference in this particular game is not large. Note that the higher the graphical options the more powerful the system it is played on will need to be. This means that is you have trouble running it at enhanced and standard you could consider turning the graphics to basic. This is especially important because overloading your system can cause these games to crash. A crash on a win means the player gets nothing!
- Spacebar to spin
This option simply adds the ability to spin the reels when pressing the space-bar.
Additional options can be accessed by clicking on the autoplay button. The basic options here allow the play to select from 10, 25, 50 ,75, 100, 250, 500, 750 or 1000 autospins.
The player can also click on the advanced settings button to further customise when their autoplay will end. There are five different stopping scenarios to choose from here:
- On any win
- When Free Spins are won
- When a single win exceeds an entered amount
- If cash increases by an entered amount
- When cash decreases by an entered amount
Other Helpful Additions
Creature from the Black Lagoon also comes with question-mark and i help icons. Both of these detail much the same thing, basic game and winning information, but the i button does this within the game and the question-mark opens a secondary text page. The page accessed when the i button is clicked also lists all payout information, paylines and bonus info.
The basis for this game, and the origin of this franchise, is the 1954 monster horror film of the same name. In this American 3D monster film the creature is discovered in the Amazon. This creature, as it turns out, is some sort of link between land and sea animals. Things turn sour as hostilities arise between the humans of the expedition which uncovered it and the creature, which is given the name Gill-man. Sounds more like a door to door salesman's name than that of a monster, but it was a different time.
Since its original release The Creature from the Black Lagoon has received immense success both commercially and critically. Now considered a classic, the film continues to influence film, television and even music, even in the very different modern age.
Other Features and Bonuses
The wild symbol in Creature from the Black Lagoon comes in the form of the title text in front of a green background. This can substitute for any symbol except the free spins symbol. The other two types of wild, the spreading wilds 1 and 2 appear in front of a yellow and orange background respectively. These appear on any reel when in the main game and free spins game and can substitute for any symbol except the free spin and target symbols.
In the main game the wilds act as stickies for a single re-spin.
The free spin symbol in this game comes in the form of a free spin text in front of a blue water background. Gaining three or more of these on a single spins is required to access the free spin bonus game.
- 3 of these give 10 free spins when gathered
- 4 of these give 15 free spins when gathered
- 5 of these give 20 free spins when gathered
The free spins bonus game in Creature from the Black Lagoon is gained when the player gathers 3 or more of the free spins symbols in one spin. The amount wagered in these are then three times the amount which was wagered in the round in which the free spins were won. Additional free spins can be won from within this game. Collecting target symbols in this game gives either 1 of 2 different spreading wilds or 10 additional free spins.
How to Play:
Basic play for Creature from the Black Lagoon is as simple as a player selecting a coin value and level and clicking spin. Alternatively the player can maximise their possible bet by simply clicking on the Max Bet button to the right of the spin icon.
Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins. From here the user can also click on the advanced settings button when they wish to manually select different stopping scenarios. These include on any win, when free spins are won, if a single win exceeds an entered amount, or if cash increased or decreases by an entered amount.
Overall Design and Usability:
The design of this game is obviously heavily influenced from the period in which the film originated. This can be seen mainly through the appearance and animation of the game's symbols. Whether the old adventurer Carl, the seaworthy Lucas or the beautiful Kay, each of these shows a reverence to the original character actors and the Rockwell style which was so popular at the time of release. The matching animations even appear as scratches left by the creature, which prompts the symbols to cower or take action, as their characters really would. All around this is a great effort, only let down by the default gambling bar which is used to house the games options and operation. Be sure to check out the starting animation at least once, as it's one of the best out there.
In terms of usability this is a game which can stand among the best which NetEnt has to offer. With all of the options which modern pokie players have come to expect, combined with a fast, responsive and reliable base system we are left with a fine example of why NetEnt is one of the best there is.
Where to find it:
NetEnt games stand with Microgaming as some of the most popular available. If you already have a favourite gambling website then check out if they offer NetEnt games, if they do then you might be able to find Creature from the Black Lagoon there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.
An interesting theme, great graphics and a solid system help establish Creature from the Black Lagoon as something special. While the bonus system is a little bit lacking we can't but feel the game excels in almost every other area. If you want something new, or a fan of classic films then I can absolutely recommend checking this one out. If you are the type of player who lives and dies by the bonuses then this might not be for you.
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