Jurassic Park Basic information:
Originally written by Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park has ballooned into an enormous franchise covering all types of media. Apart from the films, with which most are familiar, this includes video-games, board games and, now, even a video slot game. This is convenient, as T-Rex's would probably have a lot of problems pulling the arm of a traditional slot machine.
Created by the talented folks responsible for the Microgaming gaming software, one of the most popular and powerful gambling software systems ever developed, Jurassic Park is a pokie game released at the beginning of August of 2014. This was the year before the release of the film Jurassic World, which aimed to bring the series back into the spotlight after a 14 year break. While this was obviously released because of the hype surrounding the new film, this game is based off the first and second films in the series.
As is standard with games offered by the Microgaming software system, this game is available for play on PC, Mac, mobile and tablet systems, such is the versatility on offer.
Jurassic Park comes with a total of 243 paylines over 5 reels in a 3×5 layout.
- The minimum coins bet sits at 1
- The maximum coins bet sits at 10
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
- Maximum coins size sits at 0.05
- The return to player offered by this game sits at around 97%, slightly above average.
Jurassic Park includes all of the main options which a user would expect from modern pokie game. These are accessed by clicking the options button which sits towards the left of the bottom game bar and are then separated into 4 different sections, these are as follows:
- Game Play Settings
Here the player has the option to enable quickspin in both regular games and in the freespin bonus games.
- Graphic Settings
These allow the player to choose the level of appearance which they want the game to show. These are separated into Basic, Standard and Enhanced, with the basic setting require the lowest amount of resources, whereas enhanced looks the best but might not run well on slower or older computers. Jurassic Park also comes with an additional option to switch off animated backgrounds.
- Sound Settings
This section comes with four options. The first option switches off all sounds, which can also be accessed via the main game page, these other options switch off individual sound sources, including game sounds, win sounds and background sounds.
- Balance, Bet and Win Values
These allow the player to switch their currency display between coins and credits. This can also be achieved by clicking the credits button on the game's main page.
Other Helpful Additions
The autoplay button give the player access to 10x, 25x, 50x and 100x quickspin options. The user can also choose to keep spinning until the stop button is clicked, or they can click custom to set further rules. These further rules allow the player to enter a custom amount of spins to complete and choose between two spin-end settings. The first of these settings allows the player to stop when all spins are complete. The second allows the spins to stop when wins equal or exceed a certain amount.
Also offered on the game itself is question mark icon which, when clicked, leads the user to a help page to answer any basic questions which the user might have. An additional tab to the left side of the game lets the player check payouts and combinations information.
By clicking on the win button on the main game page the player can display a list of the top 5 wins on the game. Where these were achieved, and when, is not listed.
Finally, Jurassic Park offers a statistics button which, when clicked, allows the player to see a variety of helpful information, which includes highest wins, spins player, spins per hour and session time. Note that these stats do not persist through sessions.
The first entry into the Jurassic Park franchise came in 1990 with the release of the book Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. This book, similar to the film, followed Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler as they visit the attraction Jurassic Park. This park brought dinosaurs back to life by taking their DNA which was captured inside various animals captured in amber. This is despite the fact that DNA degrades after a few thousand years, and not many millions. This is science fiction, however, so let's embrace it.
On taking their tour of the island where Jurassic Park is contained things start to go awry. This is because of a corrupt employee who steals information and covers his tracks by messing up the park's security systems. The rest of the story details Alan and Ellie and their adventures to escape the island and avoid being eaten by the various inhabitants. The dinosaurs, not the park staff.
Among what made this, and the following films, so popular was the use of fantastic special effects which really brought out the imposing nature of the dinosaurs. The most notable of these were the tyrannosaurs-rex and the velociraptor. In fact most of the famous dinosaurs from these films came from the late cretaceous period, not the Jurassic, but I guess the name Cretaceous Park wasn't as catchy.
The subsequent films had a similar focus. Dinosaurs brought back to life, things go badly, people get eaten. The most recent film in the series, Jurassic World was incredibly popular, so at least two more sequels are planned.
Other Features and Bonuses
The wild symbol in this game comes in the form of a Jurassic Park symbol.
- 3 of these give a bonus of 4
- 4 give a bonus of 15
- 5 give a bonus of 80
These can substitute for any icon except the scatter symbol.
A T-Rex alert can trigger randomly, which adds 35 extra wilds to the reels. This will remain for six spins, during these spins the players bet is capped at what it was during the spin which the alert was activated.
The scatter symbol appears as a mosquito trapped in amber. This does not need to appear on a enabled payline to win and cannot appear during most of the free-spins bonus games. Gaining 3 or more of these in one spin will activate a free spin bonus game.
- 2 scatter icons give a bonus of 3
- 3 scatter icons give a bonus of 6
- 4 scatter icons give a bonus of 60
- 5 scatter icons give a bonus of 300
Free Spins Games
Gaining 3 or more scatter symbols on one spin randomly starts one of the dinosaur bonus spin games. After the free spins bonus games are accessed 25 times or more the player is able to choose which of the games they wish to play.
T-Rex Bonus Game
This game comes with 12 free spins. If the T-Rex symbol appears during these spins the Wild Reels feature is activated, turning 5 reels wild. The T-Rex can also stack in this game. Free spins cannot be retriggered in this game.
Velociraptor Bonus Game
This game comes with 12 free spins. If a wild symbol appears it will split into two to create better winning combinations. When a six of a kind occur in the game the payout for that line will be doubled. The wilds in this game can also stack up to six times, giving an increased multiplier. The velociraptor icon stacks in this game. Free spins cannot be retriggered in this game.
Triceratops Bonus Game
This game also comes with 12 free spins. On each of these spins the wild stack will grow by one wild per wheel. On any non-winning spin any full stacks of wild will keep their place, where partially stacked wilds will join together and all remaining wheels will spin once. The triceratops icon can stack in this game. Free spins cannot be retriggered in this game.
Brachiosaurus Bonus Game
Another game which comes with 12 free spins. This game offers a mystery spins multiplier which means that all wins will randomly be multiplier by 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, or 6x. In this game the brachiosaurus icon can stack and free spins can be retriggered.
Dilophosaurus Bonus Game
This game comes with a total of 12 free spins. In this game random positions are turned into wild symbols, as long as there is a win these wild icons will remain in place. The dilophosaurus icon can be stacked in this game. Free spins cannot be retriggered in this bonus game.
How to Play:
The simplest way to play Jurassic Park is to simply select bet size and click spin, from here the bet can be further customised by clicking on the bet button and choosing coins bet and coin size. As this is a ways to win game the player cannot select how many paylines they wish to select.
By clicking the autoplay button the user can access the quickspin options which allow a quick select of 10, 25, 50 or 100 auto spins, or to spin until the user manually stops the spin process. The custom button in this tab allows the player to enter their own amount of spins as well as stop when either this number of spins are completed or when a certain amount is won or exceeded.
Overall Design and Usability:
Jurassic Park is similar to many of the offerings by Microgaming, so if you've played a lot of their games you'll know what you're in for, The general design is simple to understand, well labelled, and fast to navigate. The theme works well and has been obvious attention. From the icons themselves to the included video clips, bonus games and animated backgrounds, this is a game which cares about its namesake.
When it comes to usability, Jurassic Park is no slouch either. The game runs well on most systems, which is aided by the graphical options. Player will be able to enjoy this on old and new computers just as easily. The only real problem with this game for the reviewer was the question-mark button on the main game page not linking to anything. This can be a major pain for those wishing to know more about the game that is not listed in the view pays section.
Where to find it:
As is common with websites that utilise the Microgaming software platform, Jurassic Park is available on a great many sites so if you already have a favourite gambling website then check it out, Jurassic Park might already be on offer.
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Jurassic Park is a game that looks good, runs well and delivers all that players have come to expect. While it doesn't exactly set the world on fire in terms of originality, it doesn't need to. If you like ways to win slots and Jurassic Park, or just dinosaurs in general, then check this one out.
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