Heart of the Jungle slot review
I must admit, I do have a soft spot for online slot developer Ash Gaming and their array of slots. I've got great memories of hitting some big wins on the snow-filled Wild Gambler – Arctic Adventure slot and the musical-themed Madness – House of Fun game. Even on the titles that I feel haven't been their best releases I still know I won't get a terrible gaming experience.
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The atmosphere is set from the start. The Hollywood-style voiceover is straight out of a summer blockbuster and the moment the female narrator kicks in with the words, “the deepest darkest jungle...”, you know you are in for a treat!
On the Reels...
Heart of the Jungle is a 5-reel, 50 pay-line slot that I was delighted to see released by Ash Gaming. The jungle theme has an aura of Tarzan about it, except Tarzan and Jane have become very institutionalized by the jungle now, it would seem! Symbols on the reels include animals you might encounter on a jungle expedition, such as parrots, tigers, elephants, chimpanzees, and your regular 9-through-to-Ace symbols (we're not sure if you see many of those in the jungle).
The Jungle is Wild in This Game
The Wild symbol is represented by the Heart of the Jungle logo. It substitutes for all other symbols except the Scatters to complete winning combinations.
Hit the Shields to Trigger the Jungle Trail Bonus
The tribal shields act as the Scatters and they only appear on Reels 1, 3 and 5. However, land three anywhere on those reels at the same time, and you'll trigger a free spins bonus round. This is no ordinary free spins round, though. You will get to play one of four levels along the Jungle Trail depending on how many times you have already activated the feature. It's a nice arcade feel to a game which is now being repeated in many other slots. Keep hitting the bonus feature and your game will 'save' as you progress further and further along the bonus trail.
Earn Up to 25 Free Spins with Stacked Wilds and Multipliers
The first four times you trigger the free spins you will be taken to the Deep Jungle. Here, you will earn 8 free spins with an 8x multiplier and an Ultra Spin where you can earn up to a 25x multiplier on your final spin. The 5th to 9th times that you trigger the free spins, you will be sent to the Crystal Falls. Here, you will be awarded with 10 free spins and four Stacked Wilds for each spin.
Trigger the free spins 10-14 times, and you will be taken to the Golden Mountain where you can win 15 free spins (including Wilds) that remain on the reels and nudge up or down with each spin.
Finally, if you trigger the free spins 15 times or more you will enter the Lost City of Zantar - here, you win 25 free spins and a special Wild that moves horizontally across the reels with each spin and increases the multiplier value. On activating the round on the 20th, 25th, 30th, and 35th time, you will be handed a payment boost. This feature both increases the number of free spins you can earn and increases the RTP for the player.
Earn Bragging Rights With Achievements
Heart of the Jungle also includes an element of social networking fun - something that is becoming popular with Facebook, Playstation and Xbox gamers. The 'Achievements' feature in Heart of the Jungle awards you a notification each time you bag a payout or trigger a bonus. Your achievements can be stored, shared and bragged about among your slots-playing friends.
This slot is certainly one of the best games I've played recently. In fact, I'm going to be bold here and state that it's the slot I have enjoyed playing the most since Microgaming released their long-anticipated Terminator 2 slot. The free spins bonus round is complex and thrilling and certainly one of the best I have experienced since playing Playtech's Marvel-themed slot, The Avengers . Give it a go and prove us wrong.