It may be cold here in the middle of the New Zealand winter, but it’s certainly a hot time for the release of new online pokies by Microgaming, the industry’s leading software developer. This month has seen an expansion of their range of branded pokies, produced in conjunction with major entertainment companies, that bring popular franchises from other mediums into the online pokie world.
Microgaming has just released Jurassic Park, a 5-reel video pokie based on the 1993 hit movie and, very much like the film, this 243-ways to win game features some ground-breaking new features. Most notable amongst these are five different randomly-triggered 12x free spin bonus games (along the lines of those first introduced in The Dark Knight Rises), with the added twist that after accessing the free spin feature 25 times, players can then choose which of the different bonus rounds they want to play. Each free spin round has its own distinct features, such as wild reels, mystery multipliers and additional spins, and so these offer players both a range of gaming action and varied opportunities to win.
In addition, Jurassic Park features Microgaming’s new Parallax Scrolling feature, which adds further depth and definition to the game’s graphics, while characters, scenes, music and video grabs from the film—including the dinosaurs!—feature prominently throughout. Cinematic production values are to the fore, and the emphasis has been on creating an audio-visual experience that is engaging and true to the spirit of the film. Jurassic Park is available on the Microgaming Download, Flash and Quickfire Platforms.
Terminator 2, another Microgaming new release, is a further addition to their stable of branded pokies which has proved so successful and popular. Based on James Cameron’s 1991 sci-fi thriller, this innovative 5-reel 243-ways to win pokie expands into a 1024-ways to win game during the free spin bonus feature through the addition of a further row of reels. Other added attractions include the T-800 Vision feature where the reels are viewed from the Terminator’s perspective (complete with ultra-violet overlay and cross-hairs) and all the character symbols on them at that time are ‘targeted’, with each awarding a cash prize.
The game utilises the plot line and scenarios of the film extremely well, for instance in the way in which the T-1000 symbol acts as a wild and morphs into other symbols, while video grabs from the original animate the characters on winning spins. It’s a medium volatility game with an above average 98.5% payout percentage, which means it offers players excellent value as well.