We’ve seen all manner of child-friendly slots released of late. Microgaming is keen to catch up on this genre, most recently bringing their cute and cuddly Dragonz slot to the casino world.
Now, they’re at it again with their upcoming video slot, Tarzan. Although it may contain the child-friendly graphics we’ve seen in Dragonz, this is not a Disney slot. Instead, it is more closely related to the original story by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
There is no release date yet, although one would expect Microgaming to unveil this new slot by the end of November. They are going to want it to get a good run, before the more mainstream Christmas themed slots hit the casinos in December.
Tarzan contains top notch graphics – the best we’ve seen in a long time from Microgaming – and has the potential to attract a pretty varied crowd of casino and slot players.
How to play it
As one will quickly be able to tell from the wagering menu bar, Tarzan is very bubbly, very cute, and has not been designed to be taken seriously. This is a friendly slot, where emphasis has been put on design, more so than features.
Tarzan contains a total of 5 reels and 40 lines, with players able to select bets which stem from as little as $0.40 per spin, up to no more than $40 per spin. The wagering range may be more rigid than you are used to seeing, but it shouldn’t be overly expensive for any player.
How much can you win?
Don’t expect this slot to offer up progressive jackpot wins. Tarzan is a non-progressive slot machine game, and one which carries a top prize worth 1,000x your total stake. That cash prize can be won either by landing 5 wilds on a payline, or by pocketing a special jackpot prize via a bonus wheel feature.
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Wild symbols: This slot uses its own title logo as a wild icon, and as a wild it can substitute itself for all other symbols in the game, excluding scatter symbols. Tarzan wild symbols can also appear stacked on the reels of both the base game, and the free spins feature. It is this symbol that you can use to bag a jackpot win.
Scatter symbols: Scatter symbols can offer varied wins when they appear 3, 4 or 5 times on the reels. The amount you can pocket as scattered wins range from 3x up to 18x your total stake. The more scatters you get, the more you will win. Players will also be able to trigger a bonus wheel feature with 3 or more scatters.
Bonus Wheel: The bonus wheel can offer you numerous bonus rounds. After giving it a spin, the pointer will decide which feature you get. Players might end up with the jackpot prize, or a simple multiplier prize.
The amount you can win with the jackpot depends on whether you land 3, 4, or 5 scatters, with prizes ranging from 200x up to the aforementioned 1,000x your stake prizes. Pick-a-Potamus and free spin bonuses can also be won from this feature.
Pick-a-Potamus feature: The Pick-a-Potamus feature is nothing short of an instant win game. Players can click and hippopotami to pocket instant cash prizes. After they locate the collect symbol, players will have their bonus round terminated and all accumulated wins will be paid out.
Free spins bonus: If you are lucky, you will trigger the slot’s free spins bonus. This feature can see Rolling Reels offer you multiple wins per spin (a feature which all Microgaming slot fans will be familiar with), whilst Growing Wild features can see players bag more and more wilds as the feature goes on. You will get an initial 12 free spins to kick things off.
Overall experience and final thoughts
Tarzan is not going to suit everybody. Although many players will be attracted to this game, we do find it rather cheesy, and too child-friendly. We’d like to see a bit more flexibility from Microgaming in terms of bets. For instance, there is no good reason why the paylines aren’t adjustable.
Other than that, Tarzan is a pretty decent slot for you to try your hand at this November. On the upside, if you do plan of giving Tarzan a run for its money, you should be able to find it at the vast majority of major casinos, since Microgaming has such an extensive reach in this market.
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