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Jungle Jim El Dorado - great graphics and brilliant gameplay
Jungle Jim has an amazing soundtrack between reel spins, which is a kind of ambient jungle twittering of little birds. It's extremely restful and almost lulls you to sleep. That is until you start playing because this is a game that most certainly keeps you awake!
The symbols include the South American pan pipes that they use to play those haunting melodies. There's a huge chest full of treasure, just waiting to be won. There's an Incan God in a kind of totem, needless to say, he's holding a pot of gold. Other symbols include an ancient sundial and a blue dragon wrapped around a gold ingot. Then there are the beautiful rough cut Amber, Ruby, Emerald and Sapphire stones.
When you win, the winning symbols go up in a puff of smoke. The whole screen clears and you see the rain falling in the background - it is a rain jungle after all! And then the new symbols drop in to a sound a bit like a rattlesnake or a drum beat. These are the Rolling Reels ™, of which more later.
This is a beautifully designed 25 payline video slot with a lot of care being taken in the graphics and in the little pieces of animation.
Jungle Jim El Dorado - a Rolling Reels ™ slot
This feature means that you can get one win, followed by multiple further wins. What's more, the rolling reels are available both in the base game and in the free spins game, which is great. Any win will trigger the Rolling Reels ™, unless it's purely a scatter symbol combo. Once your win is added to your bankroll, the winning symbols disappear in a puff of smoke, existing symbols shift down to fill the empty spaces, and the new symbols drop in. Which can, of course, mean yet another win!
Every time you get a rolling reel, you get given a multiplier, and this increases with every following win (see the section on the Multiplier Trail for details of how that works). If the new symbols create another win, you get another payout.
The Jungle Jim El Dorado multiplier trail
There's also a multiplier trail feature. Each consecutive winning spin increases the multiplier for the next spin. So in the base game, the first winning spin multiplier is x2, the second is x3 and so on, until the fifth consecutive winning spin, when the multiplier is x5.
The free spins game has even more generous multipliers. On the initial free spin, it's x3, the second is x6, the third is x9, the fourth is x12 and the fifth and any subsequent spins are x15.
Wilds and scatters in Jungle Jim El Dorado
The Jungle Jim logo is the wild and it substitutes for all symbols except the sundial scatter. It only appears on reels two, three and four, and isn't a winning symbol on its own.
Scatter wins are multiplied by the total bet you have staked and are added to payline wins. The scatter doesn't need to appear on a payline to win - it pays in any direction but it only appears on reels one, two and three, and the wild can't substitute for the scatter. How much the scatter pays will depend on how much you have bet. Note that winning scatter symbol combinations don't activate the Rolling Reels ™ feature.
Free spins feature in Jungle Jim El Dorado
If you get three of the sundial scatters, you'll get 10 free spins. As with many Microgaming titles, free spins can be retriggered - which we love! During the free spins game, you'll see a free spins counter at the top of the play area. The multiplier changes from the x1 to x5 that you see in the base game,and instead shows the free spins multipliers of 3x, 6x, 9x, 12x, 15x. Every time you win, the multiplier moves along a notch, the new symbols cascade down, and you either lose, in which case it's another spin, or win, in which case the multiplier increases.
Winning values in Jungle Jim El Dorado
It's possible to win up to 92,000 coins. The values in the game's paytable are dependent on the coin size that you've set. So the values can vary, but the hierarchy here is correct.
Right up there at the top of the winners' table is the treasure chest which pays 120 for five appearances, 12 for four appearances and 2 for three appearances. Next comes the Aztec God. He's worth 40 for five appearances, 4 for four appearances and 1 for three appearances. Then there's the strange dragon wrapped around the gold nugget. He's worth 20 for five appearances, two for four appearances and 0.8 for three appearances.
The wooden pan pipes are worth 8 for five appearances, 1 for four appearances and 0.64 for three appearances. The ruby in the rough wins you four for five appearances 0.8 for four appearances and 0.4 for three. This is also the same for the lump of rock amber. The emerald rock and sapphire rock both pay 2 for five appearances, 0.4 for four appearances and 0.2 for three appearances.
Matching symbols have to be next to each other and must appear on a payline. Payouts are calculated from left-to-right starting from reel one, and of course, they depend on your bet per payline
Only one combination gets paid out on each payline, and that's always the highest winning combo. Only one scatter winning combination gets paid out per spin, again that'll be the highest win per spin.
PlayCheck feature in Jungle Jim El Dorado
Up in the left-hand corner, you'll see a little red symbol. Hover over it and click and you'll be taken to the Playcheck feature allowing you to audit your own gaming. You can see your different sessions of play and what time they started and ended. Up at the top, you'll find a calendar where you can set the dates for those that you want to see your session information. This is really helpful in checking how much you're playing and whether you are playing more and more.
The Cashcheck feature also upper left, which is the green icon, is not active when you are playing for free.
There's also a statistics box. If you look down in the right-hand corner of the game, you'll see a little tab. Click on this and there's a statistics pop-up box. Here you'll see the number of spins that you've played, how long you've been playing, your spins per hour and your highest wins. These stats only apply to your current game session and you can reset them at any time if you want.
Customising Jungle Jim El Dorado to your requirements
Microgaming casino software is very good in the way it allows you to tweak the game's interface so that it plays the way you like it to. Down in the bottom right-hand corner, click on the little tab icon and choose options to customise the way that Jungle Jim El Dorado plays. You can set your graphics settings to basic, standard or enhanced - note that the higher the setting, the longer your pages may take to load, depending on your connection. This will apply on both mobile and tablet.
You can also customise the sounds for the games. You can switch off win sounds, the background sounds, all sounds or just the game sounds. Click OK when you've finished setting your options. Also in the tab box, there's a help option and this opens up the full help on the game, which is useful to refer to when you're playing.
Customising coin and credit options in Jungle Jim El Dorado
At the left of the game dashboard, is the demo credits button. Click on the little arrow in the corner, then click on the options tab and you can set the display to either credits or coins or both. If you want the win box to show your wins in both coins and credits, there's a tick box for this, available in a pop-up that's displayed when you click on the win box. This is a useful little tool because it shows your top five wins, and your recent win history.
Click in the coin size box and another box pops up. This allows you to set the coin size, with plus and minus buttons to increase or decrease the amount. The smallest coin size is 0.01 and the largest is 0.1. In the same pop-up, you'll see a coins total showing how many coins you are currently betting. The lowest you can go is 1 and the highest 10. The number of coins multiplied by the coin size gives you the size of your bet. If you just want to go for the largest amount, click max bet. You can still tweak the size of the bet using the plus and minus keys in the bet box.
The return to player (RTP) in Jungle Jim Dorado is 96.31%. But bear in mind that's over many thousands of spins - there can be plenty of ups and downs to achieve that average.
Setting autoplay in Jungle Jim El Dorado
Click on the autoplay button, and you'll see some options for setting the autoplay spins quickly - you can choose 10, 25, 50 or 100 spins. Alternatively, there's an option to keep spinning "Until Stop" - that's to say until you stop the autoplay manually.
There's also a custom button. This opens the Microgaming autoplay settings box. You've got more autospin numbers to choose from - you can select between 5 and 500. You can also use the stop settings options to stop play if a win equals or exceeds a certain number of coins. You select between 1 to 9,999 coins, for the size of wins that will stop the autoplay feature.
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Summary - Jungle Jim El Dorado
Jungle Jim El Dorado is one of the best slots you'll come across. The graphics are great, the free spins and multipliers work really well, and Microgaming's game controls are the best around currently. Definitely try this game - it's one of the best out there.
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|Game Name:||Jungle Jim El Dorado|
|Features:||Free Spins Wild Symbols Multipliers Scatter Symbols|
|Min Bet (all lines covered):||0.25|