The Epic Journey Basic Information:
Gambling today is a lot easier than it used to be. Rather than going to have to meet up at a bar, or travel all the way to a distant city, many forms of gambling can now be done from the comfort of a persons own home. This means more time spent (hopefully) making money and less time on epic journeys. So, where does this leave the game The Epic Journey? Is this a trip still worth taking, or is this a journey now outdated by the progress of time (and other, better pokies)?
This pokie was created by the developers at Quickspin. This team is one of the newer groups to enter the online gambling game, having been formed in May of 2011. Since then Quickspin have made great strides in the online gambling market, earning many awards from their creations. While they commonly use preexisting properties for their themes this is not always the case, as they all offer a great selection of their own unique creations. This game was released on the 12th of March, 2015.
The Quickspin 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 Quickspin.
The Epic Journey comes with a total of 100 paylines over 5 reels in a 5×4(3) formation
- The minimum coins bet are 0.80 Eur
- The maximum coins bet are 80.0 Eur.
- Minimum coin size is static.
- Maximum coins size is static.
- The return to player offered by this game is 96%, which is around average.
The Epic Journey is a game built around simplicity, and because of this the game has a notable lack of options. To access the main options screen the player needs only click on the small gear icon which is located to the lower left of the main game screen. This opens a small tab with the following two options:
- Use SPACE for spin
This option simple adds the spacebar to possible ways to start the spinning of the reels.
- Show Splash Screen on startup
This option toggles whether or not the startup screen will appear the next time that a user enters the game.
Also on offer from The Epic Journey is the autoplay function. This is accessed by clicking the small double arrow icon on towards the lower right of the playbar. The tab then then appears gives the player to simply choose from a list of rounds to autoplay, and gives an additional option to enter the advanced autoplay section. In this new section the player is able to select from two limits to the autoplay. These are as follows:
- Loss limit
Here the player can select a limit to end the autoplay once a certain amount has been lost. This can be an entered number, 5xbet, 20xbet, 50xbet or no limit.
- Single Win Limit
Here the player can choose to end the autoplay if a single win exceeds a certain amount.This can be an entered number, 5xbet, 20xbet, 50xbet or no limit.
The Epic Journey has a basis in old adventure tales, and appears to be directly influenced by Jules Verne's Journey to the Centre of the Earth. This means caves, gems, dinosaurs and a collection of rugged men and beautiful women.
The game itself is not a strict interpretation, by any means, but fans of Verne's works should get a real kick out of it.
Other Features and Bonuses
The regular wild symbol in The Epic Journey comes in the form of a golden wild icon. These can substitute for any symbols except the scatter and the other wilds.
The volcano wilds appear as, well, volcanoes. When 2 or 3 of these appear in a single spin they then erupt, spreading additional wild symbols to all three grid reels. These can appear on reel 3 of all 3 reel sets.
The bonus symbol in this game appears as a giant red drill. Gaining at least 3 of these in a single spin gives the player access to the bonus pick screen.
The bonus games in The Epic Journey are accessed when the player manages to gain at least 3 bonus symbols in a single spin. On this screen the player will have four question-marked coffins. Picking on of these will give the player one of the four possible bonus games.
First of the bonus games is the safari free spins bonus. When in this game the player is given a total of 10 free spins. This free spins game comes with an additional special wild symbol for each of the 3 sets of reels. Collecting 3 of any of these to make them into multiplier wilds. The multiplier of a win is paid on each winning betline where the wild is present. These special multipliers are as follows:
- Reel grid 1 has the mammoth wild. This comes with a 2x multiplier.
- Reel grid 2 has the sea creature wild. This comes with a 3x multiplier.
- Reel grid 3 has the t-rex wild. This comes with a 5x multiplier.
In the mushroom forest bonus game the player picks mushrooms for awards. 3 initial picks are awarded when the player enters this game. Some of these mushrooms will generate additional picks when selected. The total pay for this game is the total bonus uncovered multiplied by the sum of the total multiplier values.
With the fossil hunt game the player is given 3 spins to collect as many shovel symbols as possible. These symbols reveal fossil parts when gathered, and lock for all of the remaining spins. When the bonus ends a value is awarded based on the final number of fossils parts which have been revealed.
The final of the bonus pick wins is the coin win. When this is won the player will simply be given an instant coin win.
How to Play:
Basic play for The Epic Journey is as simple as a player selecting a betting amount and clicking spin.
Overall Design and Usability:
When it comes to design this is a game which appears quite visually noisy. This is because of the fact the game itself has 3 sets of reels, as fitting all of these onto one screen is always going to create a certain appearance of clutter. The graphics of the game draw inspiration from the adventure films which used to be so popular in the 1940's and beyond. This means dated but stylish outfits, and colours that are thankfully not hit by the old problem of monochrome displays. Here we have colourful gems and character art for most symbols, set out in a way which is quite striking and appealing. Bold, bright, colourful and overall very well done.
When it comes to usability, The Epic Journey has a few issues relating to options. The main issue here is that having three sets of spinning reels can be quite trying for users on older or less powerful devices, so graphics options here are sorely absent. Thankfully, the rest of this pokie holds up very well. The buttons and options here are all very quick to respond, and during our testing process we saw no problems at all with reliability.
Where to find it:
Quickspin may not be as common as the big boys in the business, but they still do very well. Check out the following links for website reviews which offer games from the Quickspin framework. From here you can decide which casino works for you, and you can jump right in!
You'd be hard pressed to find a pokie which really feels like an epic journey, but The Epic Journey does pretty darned well in this respect. This is a game with a lot to offer. From the great graphics to the large and varied bonus structure, there is a lot to be found within this game.
Not just a game for fans of the theme, The Epic Journey is a game which we could feel confident in suggesting for anyone on the lookout for something new.
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