The latest branded game from Microgaming is Tarzan, a slot machine that they’ve been working on for a long time now. What they ended up with is a slot machine which is obviously based on the famous character Tarzan, the hero of the novel with the same name, written by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The real name of this character was John Clayton, but he was raised by great apes in the jungles of Africa. Known for his ability to swing from one tree to the next, and for his famous yell, Tarzan is a very easy to recognize figure, which was part of multiple movies and animation films. The game that Microgaming has created here comes with the official blessing from the license holders, so it’s a branded title.
There are 40 win lines used on the game’s 5 reels, which have 4 symbols each. The features that we know they will use include wilds, scatters, bonus games and free spins with Rolling Reels. There is a top prize of $80,000 that can be won inside.
For a game like this, Microgaming will typically allow the player to choose up to 10 coins to use for each line. Since the coin value will go up to $1 in most cases, I expect wagers in this 40 line game to reach a total of up to $400, with the lines getting $10 each.
The jackpot in Tarzan comes via a bonus wheel, a feature that awards a jackpot that multiplies the wager by 200x. With a maximum bet selected, you might win up to $80,000 from this game.
First of all, there are three symbols in this game which are stacked, but with only two symbols in them. They don’t cover the entire reel when they’re completely visible, at most two of those positions. The images of Tarzan, of Jane and of Jane’s Father (I assume) are used stacked.
Another symbol that you can rely on is the wild. Its regular appearance shows you the Tarzan logo, but it can transform into a Wild logo if it contributes to a new combination. Its contribution is via its substitution ability, which allows it to take whatever role is needed of it, if the position is correct.
Perhaps even more important than the wild will be the Bonus scatter. This symbol is used from random positions, anywhere on the five reels, and it gives you access to a bonus game when present on at least three. The choices given to you on this bonus wheel are a Jackpot (200x total bet), Free Spins, Bonus Game or Multipliers (applied to the total bet, used as instant prizes).
Next to the Jackpot prize, the next best thing would be the Free Spins. There are 12 free spins triggered, and they have Rolling Reels plus Growing Wilds. The Rolling Reels help you get more wins out of the same spins, by bringing other symbols to replace the ones that have already formed combinations.
The Bonus Game will show you a screen with hippos, and picking from among them will get you prizes. It’s a simple, but effective, bonus feature.
It’s a Tarzan themed game, where the action takes place inside the jungles of Africa. You see the trees and vines in the background, while on the reels there are mostly characters (Tarzan, Jane, her father), animals (leopard, birds and monkeys) and fruits (apples, melon, plums, oranges). The design looks great, much better than many of the other new Microgaming slots, that developer has offered us in 2016.
It looks like a great new release from Microgaming, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it again. Its features and the design are big advantages that it has.