El Dorado missing treasure is a theme that appears in a number of online slots. The treasure hunt typically takes place through a South American forest full of native imagery. Microgaming’s Jungle Jim: El Dorado is graphically and functionally one of the best slots to have exploited the theme. There are no reels in this game. Rather there are 5 columns and 3 rows of symbols, suspended in air until they either cascade away or explode after forming winning combinations. All this takes place against the backdrop of a thick jungle.
The symbols consist of precious stones, a flute, a snake scepter, an Aztec bust, and a treasure chest. The game’s logo is the wild symbol that can substitute all icons except the scatter, to help make winning combinations. The Aztec calendar is the game’s scatter symbol.
The game features a Rolling Reels mechanism, which is similar to cascading reels. Symbols go ‘pop’ after forming winning combinations, and more symbols fall from top. This is where the Multiplier Trail feature comes into play. The payouts multiply the wins from 1x to 5x with consecutive winning combinations. These multipliers increase during the free spins round, which is triggered every time you get three or more scatter symbols to land on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd reels.
Winning combinations must land from left to right and all symbols have assigned values. The lowest-paying symbols, ironically, are the precious stones of the game. The blue and green stone pay out 6, 20, and 100 coins for landing on reels 3 to 5. Next is the flute, which awards 30, 50, and 400 coins for appearing on 3, 4, and 5 reels respectively.
Higher up in the pecking order is the snake scepter. It pays between 40 and 1,000 coins for landing on 3 to 5 reels. The most valuable symbol on the paytable is the Aztec bust, which pays between 50 and 2,000 coins, and the treasure chest, with a payout of 100 to 6,000 coins for correspondingly appearing on 3 to 5 reels.
Jungle Jim: Eldorado is a mid-to-high variance game with an impressive return to player rate of 96.31%. The betting values range from $0.25 to $25.00. However, though the base game remains hopeful with small wins and multipliers, it can get a bit frustrating while you wait for the free spins to be activated along with their higher multipliers. The maximum winning potential of this game is 3,680 times your stake.
The Multiplier Trail works in tandem with the Rolling Reels feature. All payouts during a single Rolling Reel event get 1x multipliers. The first winning combo gets a 1x multiplier, which goes up to 2x, 3x, 4x, and 5x with every successive win.
You can see here that consecutive winning combinations are limited to five. However, the multipliers are significantly enhanced in the free spins round.
The free spins round is the only bonus game in this slot. It is activated by landing the Aztec calendar on reels 1, 2, and 3, which is easier said than done. However, it can get pretty exciting when it does happen. When the scatters land, not only do they award 10 free spins, they also pay a direct five times your bet.
There is actually no difference between the base game and the free spins round except that the Multiplier Trail is greatly enhanced, which can produce some great wins. The first winning combination gets a multiplier of 3, which progresses to 6x, 9x, 12x, and 15x for consecutive wins in every spin.
You can search for El Dorado’s gold from anywhere you wish. The game is fully-optimized for cellular platforms like Android, Windows Phone, iOS, and Blackberry, etc. This means you can play Jungle Jim: Eldorado on all smartphones and Apple devices that run on these operating systems.
The game runs with HTML5 technology, which allows the slot’s platform to seamlessly adapt to the small screen. This enables you to enjoy the game in original HD quality and sound integrity, while playing on the move. However, since you’ll be online, you will need uninterrupted internet connectivity at all times to enjoy a seamless gaming experience.
Jungle Jim: Eldorado has a lot going for it. For one, it’s got great looks and friendly vibe. Naysayers may point to the fact that there is nothing original about it and that NetEnt got here first with Gonzo’s Quest. However, nobody has a monopoly on a popular cultural theme, and Jungle Jim: El Dorado has several aspects that make the slot a hit in its own right.
Jungle Jim’s RTP of 96.31% will always resonate with players. The game has a high winning potential, and though you will not find all the gold that El Dorado is supposed to be endowed with, you can always find decent wins, which makes the game very rewarding in many ways. The lower maximum bet may deter some high rollers. But then, more power to the casual gamers.