Take a step back in time with the Creature from the Black Lagoon video slot. This NetEnt creation features the creatures and characters from the 1954 classic horror film by the same name.
There’s a prehistoric and terrifying beast in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. Dr. Maia and Dr. Reed work to capture the creature and study it but all that follows in drama and of course the beautiful Kay Lawrence is kidnapped by the monster.
Kicking off Creature from the Black Lagoon, I’ll admit that I was a little frustrated by how long it took for anything interesting to happen. No wins, no special bonus or free spins. For approximately the first 20 wins, absolutely nothing happened.
A small but interesting win occurred when I landed 3 Carl Maia symbols and the explorer changed from searching through a pair of binoculars to looking scared. Unfortunately the win was tiny but at least something happened. Needless to say, Creature from the Black Lagoon has not impressed me very much just yet.
The free spin symbols keep teasing me as they streak past the reels or land without any consequence and I’ll tell you, it’s frustrating!
Finally I landed a Creature From The Black Lagoon Wild Symbol! And then another! The symbols trigger free spins while they stick to their reels. I won a total of only 19 coins, but my faith has been restored slightly and I’m hoping for more wins. The regular Wild Symbols are popping up often and it’s really got me intrigued. I won a rather large sum of 150 coins after landing 2 Wild Symbols and a 4 of a kind win during the free spins they triggered.
After what felt like an eternity I finally landed 3 free spins symbols and suddenly all of my previous qualms were gone. It was not disappointing! A cut scene reveals how the Creature from the Black Lagoon sneaks onto the boat where our explorers are living and steals away the beautiful Kay Lawrence to the bottom of the lagoon. The free spin game is launched and I’m awarded 10 free spins. I need to rescue Kay!
The free spins game has a new symbol – the target. As the reels spin, the target can land on any reel which then attacks the Creature and harms it. You watch it’s life deplete and you unlock new Wild Symbols as you do so. The Wild symbols can also be triggered during the free game and they landed me a huge win of 335 coins! The free spins game is exciting, there’s no doubt about it. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time and I couldn’t have been happier with my 715 coin win after quite some time of striking out.
There’s no denying that the graphics of Creature from the Black Lagoon are beautiful. The classic art work and animations immediately remind me of another NetEnt online slot based on a classic movie, The Invisible Man. Even my husband (who watches me do these reviews all the time) commented on it’s similarity to The Invisible Man. If nothing else, the graphics, animations and cut scenes are spectacular.
SOUND AND SCORE
The jungle ambiance overlapped with tense but gentle music is the perfect background audio for this game. It matches the theme and the graphics perfectly. In addition, the insert of voice snippets from the movie brings the characters to life when you land on them and they’re suddenly scared or excited.
The symbols on the reels are a Kay, Carl, David, Lucas, set of binoculars, a knife, an oxygen tank and an old camera.
There are also the free spins symbol and three different Wild symbols. The Wild symbols are simply symbols featuring the words CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON and they have different colours. The regular Wild symbol is blue, the Spreading Wild 1 symbol is yellow and the Spreading Wild 2 symbol is orange.
BONUSES AND FREE SPINS
The free spins in the Creature from the Black Lagoon are triggered by landing Free Spin symbols. The free spins game has you hunting the beast while you try to win big and rescue Kay.
If you land 3 Free Spin symbols, you are rewarded with 10 free spins in the bonus game. 4 symbols awards you with 15 free spins and 5 Free Spin symbols will have you smiling all the way to the free spins bank with 20 free spins – and trust me, A LOT can be achieved with 20 free spins!
The Wild Symbols have different functions in the video slot. Regular Wild symbols become sticky and trigger free spins. Spreading Wild symbols are triggered during the Free Spins game and also remain sticky while they spread to the reels next to them and trigger more free spins.
IS IT WORTH PLAYING?
It took me a short while to warm up the Creature from the Black Lagoon but it is definitely worth playing. NetEnt is never one to disappoint and they’ve proved as much again with this quality game. While waiting for those big wins may take a little time, it’s definitely worth it.