Based on ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ by Jules Verne, The Epic Journey is a 100 payline video slot from Scandinavian developer Quickspin. This adventure-themed offering comes with an excellent selection of features including free spins, multipliers, exploding volcano wilds and pick me rounds. Go jackpot hunting from between 80p and £80 per spin.
The first thing you’ll notice is the rather unusual reel set up. The Epic Journey features three different sets of 5 reel, four-row screens. The large one on the left offers 40 paylines with the two smaller ones on the right giving 30 apiece for a total of 100. As well as paylines set completely in each one, the bonus symbols spread across all three.
Look out for the Volcano Wild which appears on the middle reel in each set. If you find 2 or 3 on a single spin, the volcanoes will spit out molten lava, turning any symbol they fall on into wilds. You’ll win whatever the payout is after the wilds have worked their magic. 3 Drill Bonus Scatter symbols on the middle reels of all three screens trigger the Bonus features. You’ll then be offered a selection of 4 rune stones. 1 stone will award a cash prize, the other 3 offer a feature.
The Mushroom Forest is a classic pick me affair – behind each of the mushrooms are a selection of cash bonuses, multipliers and extra picks. You’ll be awarded 3 to start with but can get more if you pick the right mushroom. The multipliers can reach up to 4x which can be a tidy little boost.
Next is the Fossil Hunt – you’ll be taken to a new screen where a dinosaur fossil is hidden. Spin the reels. If you find a shovel you’ll reveal part of the fossil and win a cash prize. The more shovels you find during the three free spins the bigger the prize.
Finally there’s the Safari Free Spins Bonus feature. Here you’ll be awarded 10 free spins with an extra wild added to each of the 3 sets of reels. Collect 3 of each of them to turn them into multiplier wilds. The Mammoth appears on reel 1 and doubles winning paylines in which it features. The Sea Creature on reel 2 triples wins with the T-Rex wild on reel 3 boosting wins with a 5x multiplier. The Volcano wild feature is still valid in the free spins giving the chance to bag some spectacular combinations.
The visuals in The Epic Journey are excellent including symbols featuring the main characters from the book as well as a selection of gemstones. It’s all complemented by a beautifully drawn mountain backdrop and a stirring, adventure movie style soundtrack.
The Epic Journey take a little while to figure out but it’s well worth the effort. The variance is on the high side so expect some dry spells. The features can be big payers when they hit, especially the free spins round with the multiplier wilds. Some careful bankroll management is recommended if you want to undertake this journey.
If you do have the resources to play then there’s plenty to enjoy here. There is a fine selection of features on offer and it’s easy to play once you get your eye in. Get lucky in the bonus features and this Epic Journey could also be a lucrative one. Layout wise, it’s like the Colossal Reels slots by WMS (think Spartacus Gladiator of Rome and KISS Shout It Out Loud). Theme wise, Jurassic Park by Microgaming is similar (with dinosaurs).