Jumanji, the video slot game by the developers at NetEnt has just come out. Based on the two very successful movies, there is a lot of anticipation for this game. But does it win or does it lose? To help you get a sense of what the gameplay is all about, we spent two hours wagering on Jumanji to give you the full scoop of what you can expect.
The game starts out with a brief intro, which basically shows you the Jumanji game being discovered in the jungle. Then you are off to play the game.
The first surprise was with the reels. Three rows on both ends, and four rows inside. Then the middle reel has five rows. The bottom rows of all the reels through connect for a pay line, so this isn't as off-putting as it would otherwise seem.
Wins on the royal card icons – Jack Through Ace – are much more common than any other type of wins. When you get a win with an animal, though, it can be very big. On our first win with several Lions, we scored 196 credits. Later we got a bunch of Alligators and it gave us 2,120 credits – not a bad win at all!
Randomly, fly-like bugs will walk across the screen. Very rarely, they give you wilds. For the most part, they are just a decoration for the game. We didn't mind it.
What was awesome was the randomly-triggered Rhino attack. The screen started shaking. Then suddenly, a whole mess or rhinos marched across the screen, leaving wild cards in their wake. This resulted in an immediate 730-credit win!
Later, alligators exploded across the screen. They didn't give as many wilds as the rhinos but did deliver a 144-credit win.
If you are lucky enough to get at least three Jumanji board games (in our two hours of playing this happened once), then you'll be transported to a game board. Here, you'll have seven rounds of rolling dice. There are four tokens. Pick one to start. Land on a random spot, and the wheel in the center of the game will spin to see what you win. (On our first roll we got 400 credits.)
On our third spin, we landed on a monkey's paw. This gave us six free spins. After each spin, the monkeys on the side of the board would rearrange what we got in order to maximize our wins. On our fifth spin we triggered five free spins, with the rhinos coming along and putting out more wilds. Lots of action.
On our last roll, we managed to trigger the vine-winning option. Here, whenever you land a wild, it is covered in vines, and it stayed on the board for the 10 free spins. Then whenever we got a winning combination, that too was covered with vines for the next spin. When we won, it stayed covered with vines. If you lose, then only the wilds stay covered and it simply gives you a re-spin. We ended up the game round 9,500 credits up – which is not a bad thing!
It's a fairly high-variance game. While your initial wins are small, if you can play long enough to get to the features you'll earn insane wins. And that is super fun. The challenge is to find a betting level where you afford to lose a bit until you stake your big win. Then you'll be up and can play some more.
Overall, we found Jumanji to be a different and very fun game to play. The excitement of waiting for those board boxes to come out cannot be understated. And playing the board game is both exciting and profitable.