Creature from the Black Lagoon by NetEnt takes the look, the feel and the story of the famous 1950s horror movie and transplants it into a fantastic looking high variance slot machine. All of the stories primary characters are featured on the reels including Kay Lawrence, Dr. Maia and Dr. Reed, along with binoculars, scuba gear and other items that were central to the plot of the classic film. It’s really great to see a licensed slot that isn’t just another bog-standard Hollywood film conversion.
Creature from the Black Lagoon Slot Machine
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This game uses a typical three-row, five reel layout with vintage style artwork that really fits well with the theme of the slot. The soundtrack is very minimal and plays quietly in the background whilst you spin the reels, in sharp contrast to the sound effects which are often overly loud and dramatic. I really enjoyed the way the audio complemented this machine, and it’s one of the few games that I can play for extended periods without wishing to disable the music and sound effects. There are twenty fixed pay lines in Creature from the Black Lagoon, meaning you must bet on all of them in order to play. The overall RTP is very reasonable at 96.5%, and a wide range of bet sizes are available to suit any player’s bankroll.
NetEnt has included a sticky wild feature in Creature from the Black Lagoon which isn’t quite as profitable as the one in Dead or Alive but is still a great addition to the slot. During both the base game and the free spins feature, any wild that lands on the reels will freeze in place and the game will award you a free re-spin after paying your win for that spin. Should another wild land during the re-spin, the procedure will repeat itself indefinitely until you either do not catch an additional wild symbol, or the whole screen has been filled with wilds. It’s possible to win up to fifteen times from a single paid or free spin with this feature, which makes this a very exciting game to play.
Creature from the Black Lagoon Slot Features
The bonus round is triggered whenever three or more “Free Spin!” symbols appear anywhere on the reels. Sadly these symbols do not have any payout of their own, but you do receive additional free spins if the bonus is triggered by four or five scatter symbols. This is important because during the free spins an additional target symbol is added to the fifth reel, and each time it lands in view you will score a hit against the creature from the black lagoon. After you hit the creature for the third time any wilds that land on subsequent free spins will expand to the left, and after six hits against the creature the wilds become even more valuable as they will expand to both the left and right, with all three remaining in place for the following free re-spin. If you should manage nine hits against the creature the game will reward you with ten further free spins with the maximum wild features remaining active. This is very difficult to achieve with just the basic ten free spins but if your bonus round is triggered by five scatters you will receive twenty free spins instead, giving you a much better chance at killing the creature and therefore making it much easier for you to score a huge win!
This is one of the best NetEnt games that have been released in a long time and one of only a handful of their recent releases that is capable of awarding a payout of several thousand times your stake. It’s difficult to calculate just how big a jackpot this game could theoretically pay out, although a full screen of wilds with all of the wins that would occur whilst the screen was filling up would surely result in a jackpot of over 10,000x your bet. The majority of NetEnt’s output seems to be firmly in the low variance category these days, and many of those games don’t even have bonus rounds or free spin features. It’s good to see that they are still capable of creating a truly excellent game when they want to, and Creature From the Black Lagoon is a slot machine that every slots player ought to try at some point!