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Part of the Universal Classic Monsters franchise starting way back in the 1920s, The Creature From The Black Lagoon slot game developed by NetEnt revitalises this 50s horror classic for some truly excellent gameplay. With sticky and expanding Wilds, intriguing free spin round mechanics wrapped up in high quality and thematically fitting audio and graphics, this is a slot game that does a lot right to catch your attention.
You can expect this slot game to closely stick to the standardised format and layout of other popular NetEnt titles, meaning that anyone familiar with the provider’s titles will have an easy grasp of all the options available within the game. The design is also intuitive enough for anyone new to slots to feel instantly at ease. Bet levels and coin value can be adjusted on the fly directly from the in-game window, as well as a nice and clear ‘i’ button that directs you to the main highlights of the game. Pay tables and the complete set of rules for the slot are found by clicking on the small ‘?’ button found at the bottom of the game window. Getting started with a round is as simple as pressing on the circular arrow button at the middle of the bottom of the screen.
There is a distinct retro vibe with this slot, which is certainly appropriate with it being based on a film that’s almost 70 years old. While the original film was brought out on the big screen in black and white, the slot features a vibrant and varied colour palette that introduces several characters such as Dr. Reed and Dr. Maia. The ‘Creature From The Black Lagoon’ symbols represent Wilds and consist of regular or spreading Wilds that both stick around, while giving you a respin for even greater win potentials. The ‘Free Spin’ symbol also triggers free spin rounds when you get a minimum of 3 of them appearing at any location during a single round. 3 symbols gives you access to 10 free spin rounds, 4 symbols gives you 15 and 5 symbols give you 20 free spins.
This slot features some excellent background music that conjures up the feelings of going on an adventure with a layer of romance and wonder mixed in. This is blended in with the sounds of the jungle, as birds chirp and and the gentle sound of a flowing stream is layered into the mix. Spinning the reels provides sound effects reminiscent of an old projector starting up and landing on a winning combination from one of the character symbols provides actual audio from the original film.
Consisting of a 3 by 5 reel layout that offers 20 pay lines, this slot’s main selling point is definitely its sticky Wilds. You’ll definitely be coming across a fair few of these during extended gameplay and it is definitely the feature you will come across the most. The slot also has another rather interesting mechanic during free spin mode however. There’s a chance of a new ‘target’ symbol appearing on the 5th reel, during any free spin round that has been directly credited from the game. Landing on such a symbol causes the creature to get shot, which diminishes its health bar displayed on the right side of the game window. More hits against the creature unlocks new features that can maximise your win potentials. Level 1 unlocks sticky Wilds during the duration of the free spins, level 2 enables spreading Wilds that spread to the left and stick and level 3 provides an upgrade to the spreading Wilds, as they can now spread horizontally. Finally level 4 gifts you an additional 10 free spin rounds.
Creature From The Black Lagoon is a slot that really gives something extra for those who are fans of Wild symbols and let’s be honest; who doesn’t like landing on Wilds in any given slot. The added mechanics provided in the free spins round also ties nicely into the theme of a film that hearkens back to the infancy of cinema. The sound effects are also great and do an excellent job of bringing in those feelings of nostalgia and adventure. NetEnt have done a great job in providing fans of both cinema and slots a seamless blend of the two into one exciting experience.