NetEnt’s Jumanji is the mobile pokie that everybody was waiting for. From the moment that it was announced, and the six-month wait that followed, Jumanji had everybody’s interest tweaked. So, how has this mobile pokie machine fared?
As you might expect, it has received rave reviews, largely down to its jam-packed features. For those of you not in the know, the mobile pokie is based on the 1995 film of the same name which saw Robin Williams forced to handle a tough cast of characters who spring to life from a board game. The pokie itself is no less exciting.
How to play
Jumanji is played over 5 reels and 36 paylines. Those paylines are spread over a 3-4-5-4-3 format reel set and none of the pokie’s paylines can be adjusted.
Not to worry, though. Even though there aren’t too many betting options, wagers are still flexible, stemming from $0.10 per spin up to $200 a spin in all. That’s not too shabby by any stretch, given the number of lines you get to play with.
Wild symbols: Players will note that Jumanji utilises a big golden symbol as its substitute symbol. Wilds can replace any other icons in the game, save for the Jumanji box, which acts as a scatter symbol.
Sticky Vines Bonus: Land two different winnings combos on the reels during a single spin, and you’ll be rewarded with the Sticky Vines bonus. This feature allows for a re-spin, during which wilds can remain frozen in place, and if players land any further wilds on the reels, they will land successive re-spins.
Randomly Triggered Bonuses: These occur at random in the base game. The Monsoon Wilds feature can see either 1 or 2 reels turn wild, while the Monkey Mayhem bonus will see monkeys shuffle symbols around on the reels to produce a win. The Wild Stampede bonus can see rhinos charge across the reels, leaving as many as nine wilds on the reels in their wake.
Jumanji Bonus: This is triggered by the Jumanji box scatters. You’ll need at least 3 of them to appear on the reels of this mobile pokie to trigger the feature. Players will get 6, 7 or 8 dice rolls depending on whether they triggered the bonus with 3, 4 or 5 scatters. Players will move around the board surrounding the reels and can land bonuses based on those rolls.
Jumanji Bonus Features: Aside from an instant cash prize or additional rolls, players can also unlock a few bonus features via the Jumanji bonus. These include Vines, Monsoon, Monkey and Stampede free spins (free spins with each of the base game modified features active on every spin), and a Mystery Win feature which can dish out any of the above features.
Surprisingly, this mobile pokie doesn’t have the largest non-progressive prize to pay out to players.
At most, you can hope to win around 140x your total bet. This is yours if you can land 5 of the lion symbols on any active payline. The pokie has an RTP (return to player) rate of 96.33%, which is above average. Jumanji’s small prize is likely the result of so many decent paying special features being incorporated into the pokie.
Was this new NetEnt mobile pokie worth the wait? Yes. Laden with features, many of which can be retriggered with surprising frequency in the bonus, Jumanji is an excellent release. If the theme of the game doesn’t grab you, you can be sure that the special features most certainly will.