Based on Jules Verne’s classic novel, A Journey to the Centre of the Earth, this enthralling online slot from Microgaming’s QuickSpin takes you on an adventure with the character you’ll remember from the book. Tunnel through the core of the earth looking for ways to win, before finding your way to daylight on the other side. The Epic Journey seems to be just that, epic.
Presented over an unconventional 5x4 setup with 100 paylines as standard, this slot divides the paylines up with 100 over three reels, 40 over the extended reel setup and 30 across the smaller reel sets to the right. Set against a backdrop of an underground world, populated with molten lakes and dinosaurs, leaving no room for doubt concerning the theme.
Looks like a tough journey
In keeping with the theme, the high-value symbols include a professor, a chap with pickaxe, another bloke with a backpack and two young ladies. The lower value symbols are serviced by five precious stones, including a lovely piece of amber complete with fossil. Very Jurassic.
Wilds in the game come in the form of two icons, a standard wild that substitutes for all other symbols, and the volcano wild. The bonus symbol in the game is a drilling machine, a practicality we assume.
Bonuses in this epic game
Appearing at the centre of the reels on each of the reel sets, get two or three over the same spin the volcano wild feature will launch. Volcano erupts to send a shower of ash and wilds onto the reels, the score is then recalculated to accommodate the new wilds and a pay-out is issued.
Bonus Picking Game
We love a good bonus picker feature, and this one is epic. Get three drills anywhere across the reels and get the opportunity to choose one of four rune stones which promptly appear. Each stone corresponds to a bonus, as detailed below:
Safari Free Spins
Get 10 spins with additional animal wilds added to the reel sets; the Mammoth Wild on set one, the Sea Creature Wild on set two and the T-Rex Wild on set three. Get three of them over one spin to get a 5x multiplier on the final prize. Sweet.
Select one of the glowing mushrooms that appear on the screen, with three attempts to bag prizes which include further picks and multipliers.
Get three spins to try and collect as many of the shovel symbols as you can. Every shovel conceals a fossil, which it exposes and leave on the reels until the feature ends. More fossils mean a bigger win.
This is a nice a simple random cash prize, for those wanting to be on the safe side of things.
We loved The Epic Journey, so much so we’ve even overrun the word count on this review. With an RTP of 96.54% there are bound to be more frequent wins. To be honest though, the game is truly epic and as a result is just a pleasure to play, whether you win or not.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring