Jurassic Park Slot Game
Jurassic Park Slots is a 5-reel, 30-payline slot machine launched by IGT in 2013. It features clips and videos from the hit movie franchise from Steven Spielberg. IGT says it's the first game in a series of games. Presumably, each of the new gaming machines will feature clips from a movie in the series, with future machines focusing on the 2015 and 2018 movies.
Jurassic Park Slots was launched in the final months of 2013. It has bonus tokens, 2 free spin games, and a progressive jackpot. It also has an option that lets you select a multiplier. Players also can select to play two bonus games at once.
IGT gives gamblers a lot of decision-making in this game. Two players are likely to have much different experiences when they play. A Center Stage screen also lets gamblers anywhere nearby see the action. At some points, they can join in.
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Jurassic Park is based on a 1990 novel by Michael Crichton. Genetic science had seen significant advances in the previous decade. Those advances were significant enough they spawned a great deal of speculative science. It was almost inevitable that these theories would lead to speculative fiction like Jurassic Park.
In Michael Creighton's novel, scientists were able to clone the dinosaurs from the DNA in ancient fossils. Crichton said he envisioned the novel as early as 1983, but the original story involved a student who recreated dinosaurs. He eventually decided the process would be expensive and a rational student would have no reason to make a dinosaur, so he chose to make it an entertainment venture by a billionaire.
The original manuscripts were narrated by a child, but Michael Crichton claimed "everybody" who read the first drafts suggested the story would be better told by an adult, given the technical details to be explained. Before the Jurassic Park novel was published, Universal Studios had bought the movie rights.
Michael Crichton wrote a second Jurassic Park novel, "The Lost World", in 1995. The collected novels were published in 1997 as Michael Crichton's "Jurassic World".
Steven Spielberg's Movie
In 1993, Steven Spielberg released the film Jurassic Park. The film was about an eccentric billionaire who wanted to build a theme park on the fictional island of Isla Nublar. Isla Nublar is located off the Pacific coast of the Central American nation of Costa Rica. The billionaire used cutting edge genetic science to clone dinosaurs. The dinosaur DNA was taken from mosquitos which had sucked the blood of dinosaurs, and then been preserved for millions of years in amber.
After one of the dinosaurs kills a worker, investors (working through a lawyer) send a team of scientists to the island to approve continued work. These scientists are the protagonists of the movie, and are played by Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum. In a contrived way, children are placed on this isolated, dangerous island. Inevitably, the dinosaurs rampage, threatening all involved.
The combination of CGI animations from Industrial Light & Magic and Stan Winston's animatronic dinosaurs dazzled and thrilled audiences. The movie was a hit with children and adults, and set records by generating $900 million in ticket sales.
The film was followed by three commercially successful sequels: The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), Jurassic Park III (2001), and Jurassic World (2015). Industry sources note that a yet-unnamed fifth installment is set for release in 2018.
Jurassic Park Slots from IGT
International Game Technology based its licensed slot machine on the original Jurassic Park movie from 1993. IGT released the brick-and-mortar version at the 2013 Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas. The land-based gaming machine has a "Center Stage" screen, which is the largest and most impressive IGT console screen. 23 years later, the original movie clips are still remarkably crisp and impressive.
We expect the next set of games in this franchise will look even better. We also predict this original game box is going to be the most enduring and popular electronic gaming machine of the bunch, despite an upgrade in graphical quality. People loved the original movie like they loved Titanic or Avatar. They'll want to see those clips.
This is a 50-payline game. On the penny machines, the minimum bet is $0.50. The average bet is $1.25, but high rollers can make wagers in the hundreds of dollars.
One interesting note is you do not have to play the max bet to win the progressive. If you do not play the max bet, your odds of winning the progressive are lower. That's a great feature, because it helps the penny players bet on a lottery-style prize, but let's the high rollers maximize their odds of winning the big prize.
This is a networked wide-area progressive, so it should accumulate at a rapid rate. Players who don't like where the progressive jackpot is sitting should return every time they go to the casino to see where it has climbed.
IGT has a feature where players can choose one of 5 multipliers. The bigger the multiplier, the fewer bonus spins you receive. The bonus multipliers are 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x, and 7x the initial bet.
Again, this lets a gambler set the level of volatility on a bonus game. If you select the 7x multiplier, you'll get fewer chances to win bonuses, but it maxes out the bonus when it hits. This would seem to be the best strategy, since you only need to get lucky once to win the top prize.
As you play, you can save bonus tokens. On most slot machines, when a bonus icon appears, it triggers a special round of play which must be played immediately. In Jurassic Park Slots, you can choose to save up bonus tokens for later in the session.
The bonus token is great, because they follow your slots card. They save as long as you keep the card. You can go to lunch, go home and come back next month, or play the bonus token next year on vacation. Also, these bonus tokens can be used on select other IGT slots. (Note the bonus tokens only work within that one casino.)
The bonus token feature is innovative and brilliant. It's innovative, because we don't know of other slot machine companies who had put this feature in a game before. It's brilliant, because it gives gamblers an incentive to come back to the casino and play another day. IGT is smart.
When the Raptor Rampage triggers, you'll be able to unlock special bonuses. For instance, you might unlock additional free spins or additional multipliers. The base number of free spins is 8. Also, you get to see the Tyrannosaurus Rex eats the velociraptor.
When you play the free spin bonus game, it allows you to trigger an additional bonus level. If you hit the big bonus, you go from the basic introductory level of bonus betting to a higher level. The progressive tiers are becoming popular in slot machine design, so IGT took advantage of that game mechanic for Jurassic Park Slots.
This gaming machine allows players to play two separate bonus games at once. When you start the bonus, you select which games to play. This can be the same game or two different ones.
IGT points out that both bonus games use separate random number generators, so these truly are separate from one another. In a promotional video, an IGT representative admits that the casino operators like this bonus feature, because when you choose two games at once, you might as well be two gamblers on different machines.
Mobile Jurassic Park Slots
Almost immediately after the land-based slot machine released in 2013, the online and mobile Jurassic Park slots games were distributed by IGT. Online casinos which offer IGT software should have the game. Mobile casinos supported by the company's software should have Jurassic Park slots apps for Android smartphones, iPhones, and iPads.
We're impressed with the game design in Jurassic Park Slots. Some of that admiration is for the cunning of the game designers. While the 2-reel game play provides gamblers with more entertainment value, it also puts twice the money in the casino operator's pockets.
The bonus tokens are even more cunning. In an interview with Steve Bouree, an IGT representative admitted that the tokens provide players with an incentive to return and play IGT slots again. Also, in a particular visit, if you have tokens that work on other IGT slots, you're more likely to gamble on their slots than those the competitors offer.
Beyond that, Jurassic Park Slots is a first rate game box from a first rate movie franchise. This was the movie that started to break down barriers in CGI technology. It's amazing it wasn't turned into a licensed slot machine before.