Microgaming licenses Tarzan for latest big name slot machine
Finally getting a release after several months of build up, this five reel, forty pay line game from Microgaming promises to be the best Tarzan-themed game yet.
With bigger payouts and better features than previous efforts from Aristocrat and Party Gaming, there’s no doubt that Microgaming has the skills and experience for the job.
This game sports a cartoon style inspired by the classic Disney interpretation of the Tarzan story, with bright colours, cheerful music, and an intuitive user interface.
What We Love
Microgaming could have chosen to style this game after this years Tarzan movie release, but perhaps wisely stuck with a known popular version of the character instead. Although not everyone will agree, a lighter-hearted style seems to be popular with slots players and we think that the developer made the right choice here.
The stacked symbols during the base game occur quite frequently on the reels which seem to reduce the number of dead spins, despite the game using fixed pay lines instead of the pay ways that Microgaming seems to favour so heavily these days.
Keeping all of the games features on a single bonus wheel means there is no chance of multiple sets of bonus and scatter symbols blocking up other winning combinations.
The free spins feature is of particular note as it combines “Expanding Wilds” with “Rolling Reels”, giving the possibility of several consecutive stacked wild hits from a single spin. The 200x jackpot on the bonus wheel is also more generous than that found in many other slot machines.
What We Do Not Like
The bonus wheel has it’s downsides as well, unfortunately – half of the segments award very small cash prizes, as low as just 3x your stake, which can be extremely frustrating if you’ve been waiting a long time for the bonus to trigger.
The hippopotamus bonus game can also be a source of huge disappointment as it’s possible to win absolutely nothing if you pick the wrong icon when first entering the feature.
The paytable isn’t as generous as you might expect given the fact that this is a 40 line game rather than a 1024 way. If you are more used to the pay way style games you might occasionally find that an on-screen combination which you thought should result in a win did not in fact fall on one of the games pay lines.
This game is bound to receive a lot of attention over the coming weeks as with any major Microgaming release. There’s no question that this is a fun game, but many other big name licenses from this developer have been largely forgotten after the hype has died down and Tarzan may well find itself suffering the same fate.
The tiny prizes on the bonus wheel are sure to annoy a large number of players who were hoping to receive the free spins, and they may choose to play a game where the scatters guarantee them the feature they want instead.