Jungle Gorilla is the latest in a long, long, line of wildlife-themed slots, dominated by buffaloes, rhinos, and lions, etc. However, this game has been named after the gorilla, which has also starred in a few slots earlier. Pragmatic Play takes you deep into the jungle to slot it out with gorillas, elephants, tigers, parrots, and chameleons. Far from being a complicated game, Jungle Gorilla is a one-dimensional slot with lots and lots of multipliers.
The title of this game suggests that the fearsome gorilla is the hero of the game. However, the gorilla hardly plays a starring role in the non-existent narrative. The animal is as active as any other creature gracing the reels, so much so that the game could have been titled Jungle Chameleon or Jungle Parrot and it would have made no difference.
Visually, the game reflects the jungle theme and the reels are fittingly set against a forest bristling with insects and birds. Coarse may be a strong word for the esthetics of the reels, but the portraiture of the beasts belies their actual beauty and grace, which makes jungle-themed slots appealing. Even the ivy-laden rock carved card royals look more authentic, though they look out of place in a jungle setting. The accompanying soundtrack is pleasing though, if you’re paying attention to it in the midst of all the scatter and wild win multipliers.
Jungle Gorilla is all about these multipliers that constitute the entire win potential of the game. There are no bonus features, which is not bad in itself. Bonus features bring more dimensions to the game, and make the game play more entertaining, and profitable. But they also heighten the slot’s volatility and take a while to trigger. On the other hand, one-dimensional slots retain the focus on the multiplier base game, which may offer higher rewards than promised rather than vice versa.
A ‘pragmatic’ question, indeed. The short answer is – you win the sum of all the wild multipliers that enable winning combinations. Jungle Gorilla is a mildly volatile slot with an above average return to player rate of 96.57%. Played across 5 reels and 3 rows backed by 20 paylines, the game provides a betting window between $0.20 and $100.00 per spin. This can appeal to players with varying playing budgets, including the conservatives and high rollers.
Win combos are made from the leftmost reel onward if at least 3 matching symbols land on adjacent reels. As usual the card royals constitute the low value symbols, while the beasts are the premium symbols. Still, since big wins are made with win multipliers, the payline values are pretty modest. The so-called star of the game and the most generous payer, the gorilla, pays 4.5 times your bet for landing on all 5 reels. Jungle Gorilla’s highest win potential is 2,800 times your bet.
This is not a stated feature by Pragmatic Play since this is not a bonus feature. However, the game is based on this feature, or characteristic, if you will. Jungle Gorilla revolves around wild multipliers, and works in tandem with the scatters. There is a progressive multiplier meter above each reel, which begins at x1. Whenever a scatter symbol lands, it flicks an additional multiplier upwards, which adds 1 to the multiplier value on the meter above, which now stands at x2.
Multipliers can only progress up to 5 times the bet or x5. Whenever a normal wild is part of a win combo, the multiplier on top is assigned to the wild, and the win payouts. If more than one wild multiplier is involved, their meter values are multiplied and not added together. After the win is paid out, the multiplier meters on top reset to x1. When you change bets, the multipliers also start at x1. However, the progress of multipliers is saved when switching between bets.
Jungle Gorilla is programmed with HTML5 technology, which creates a mobile interface. It supports all Smartphones and tablets, which run on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Blackberry, etc.
All you need is the correct browser on your mobile (Chrome, MS Edge or Firefox for Android and Safari for iOS devices), through which you will access the game online. Hence, you will also need stable internet connectivity wherever you’re playing from.
Since HTML5 also restructures the game’s platform to the small screen, we recommend that you play Jungle Gorilla in landscape mode, given the horizontal format of the game.
Not only is Jungle Gorilla an also swam in the vast ocean of slot games in this category, even the visual elements of the slot are reminiscent of several other wildlife-themed slots. But Jungle Gorilla has a more rudimentary game play, which is designed for those who prefer one-tiered games, where a bird in the hand is better than two in the bush.
But could Jungle Gorilla have offered something other than bonus features? Maybe the wild multipliers could have been offered without the cap of x5? Sometime an x5 multiplier can wait and wait while new scatters are ineffective to add anything more. If the multipliers keep adding to x7, 8, even 12, a wild win on that reel would then be well worth the wait.
The maximum win potential of 2,800 times the stake might seem perfect for a mid-variance slot, but fortune is fickle. Jungle Gorilla may be best played with low stakes to begin with, and then go higher depending on the frequency of hits and the willingness of the wild multipliers to do your bidding. All in all, Jungle Gorilla is a fair game, particularly for fans of the genre.