Microgaming have done another version of the classic Agent Jane Blonde slot, and imaginatively called it Agent Jane Blonde Returns. Coming in with a few potentially nice features and the AJB franchise already in motion, there seems to be a free passage for this one - or is there?
Presented over a classic 5 x 3 setup, this slot comes along with a desperate 15 paylines to keep you interested. Available across devices with a wide range of betting options it’s competitive in todays’s gaming market in terms of optional extras, but there are some shortcomings.
Looks are everything in this game
A marked improvement over the original, it seems this Blonde has had a facelift. Its retro feel takes you on a journey into a world of cold war-esque espionage. Nicely done, it evokes feelings of intrigue and mystery a la James Bond, or Nikita (the French version) for those with taste.
Set against a backdrop of any given European city at night, this slot fills its reels with symbolism to match the theme. Rather cheesily, watches, laptops, cars, cash, passports and handbags adorn the reels, along with four Agent Jane Blonde symbols. These four symbols are more valuable and include her in underwater gear, in stealth mode, uncover with the obligatory hat and glasses and a classy evening get-up too.
Such stunning features
The good lady’s face is the wild in this game, substituting all other symbols to form wins, expect for the scatter, which itself is the Agent Jane Blonde Returns logo. There’s a respins feature that works in the favour of this game and is triggered by getting two scatters on any spin.
Scatters become held wilds with more wilds facilitating additional respins. They transform into wilds and stay in there current position, this is then followed by a respin that can result in more wilds appearing, they too will be held and more respins will follow. A fantastic feature that will continue until the wilds stop landing or all positions fill with wilds. Sadly, this is it for bonus features. We mentioned before that it was the redeeming feature, but unfortunately it’s pretty much the only feature.
Agent Jane Blonde Returns looks great, and if that’s all you need from a slot then it’s up there with the very best. Wins-wise, it’s not so good. The variance is low, with 300x your stake wins max on each spin, even on the respins! What this slot really cries out for is a free spins feature with multipliers, rolling reels.or even just higher value symbols. Disappointing to be honest.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring