Free Jackpot Rango slot
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Every once in a while there is an animated movie that captures the imaginations of kids and adults alike. In 2011, Rango, starring Johnny Depp as the eponymous hero, hit cinemas and received favourable reviews. Given that slots developer iSoftBet had sealed a licensing deal with Paramount Pictures, it made sense for the developer to take Rango and turn it into a branded slot.
Jackpot Rango is a 5 reel, 25 payline slot that stays very true to the essence of the movie adding a touch of magic here and there. All of the central characters make an appearance on the reels including Rango himself, Rattlesnake Jake, Mayor John, Beans, Priscilla, and one member of the burrowing owl Mariachi band. The remaining symbols include the regular 9-through-to-Ace symbols.
The first thing to point out is the fact that this is a progressive jackpot slot. The clue is in the name of the slot to be honest. The currency of the progressive jackpot is cohesive with the currency of player's account. It is possible to trigger the progressive jackpot by hitting five Jackpot Progressive symbols across the reels whilst playing with a maximum bet.
Rattlesnake Jake takes on the role of the Wild on this slot. He replaces any symbol across the reels, except for the Scatters and Jackpot Progressive symbols, in order to complete any potential winning combinations that might appear across the reels.
The free spins bonus round on this slot can be triggered by hitting three or more Rango Sheriff badges across the reels. This will reward you with 10 free spins. During the free spins, the Wilds can deliver multiplier wins. If you hit a winning combination with one Wild then you will earn a 2x multiplier. If you hit a winning combination with two Wilds then you will receive a 4x multiplier. If you hit a winning combination with three Wilds then you will be given an 8x multiplier.
If you hit two Rango symbols on the first reel then this will trigger the Rango Free Spins Bonus where for the duration of the free spins bonus round all Rango and Wild symbols are held in their positions giving an increased possibility of hitting big wins.
Jackpot Rango is a slot that surprised me. It didn't appear to have much going for it. Granted, there is the progressive jackpot but we all know the chances of triggering those bad boys are slim to none. The free spins provided a decent return but I had really hoped for more from a slot that was based on a movie that did reasonably well. It is a shame because iSoftBet have proven what they can do with branded slots including the 90s-themed Beverley Hills 90210 slot and the dark Hansel & Gretel – Witch Hunters slot. This slightly missed the mark though.