|Symbols||Creature from the Black Lagoon|
Creature from the Black Lagoon is another multi-reel NetEnt online slot property that stands out for being developed in partnership with Universal.
It is based on the classic 1954 monster movie, and features vintage art and soundtrack styling inspired by or borrowing from the film, making it a treat for retro lovers.
Look and Feel
Creature from the Black Lagoon opens with a creepy black-and-white splash screen showcasing Gill-Man, the eponymous half-man, half-fish monster from the 1954 horror movie, complete with spooky music.
The gameplay screen is sleekly designed, blending a modern-looking UI with five reels of vintage-style artwork featuring movie poster-style portraits of the characters for higher value symbols, alongside lower value symbols signified by props themed from the movie including a hunting knife, diving tank, retro binoculars and camera.
The soundtrack is excellent, featuring soothing music interspersed with old-style movie music stings and sound effects to signal wins, and to build suspense when the wild or free spins logos are hit.
Snippets of movie dialogue also feature, and there is a mini-game based on the film in which Gill-Man kidnaps heroine Kay and takes her to his underwater lair.
This beautifully animated, atmospheric scene unlocks anywhere from ten to twenty free spins and the chance to activate spreading wilds, while pitting the player against Gill-Man to rescue Kay.
Creature from the Black Lagoon is a 5-reel, 20-payline slot with a minimum bet of 20p and ceiling of £100 per spin.
Bet can be controlled by coin value, and via the “level” and “max bet” buttons. The game claims to offer a 96.5% return to player RTP, and does seem to pay out well on a number of small wins, plus a potentially very rewarding free spin game.
Three free spin symbols in the main game activates ten free spins, four symbols unlocks fifteen, and five free spin symbols nets the player twenty free spins. Further free spins may be won during the free spin rounds, with another possible ten spins up for grabs.
There are three wild symbols in the main game which may appear randomly, and they are treated as sticky, meaning they will remain on the reel for one further spin. They will also substitute for the highest possible winning combination on any potential pay line, but cannot stand in for free spin symbols.
During free spin rounds, collect target symbols on the reels to shoot Gill-Man, who appears on the screen with a health meter visible at the bottom right. His health meter will deplete according to how many targets are scored, which in turn affects the bonuses the player receives. Score more than three targets, and you activate up to two spreading wilds, which will shift one place horizontally on the reels and stay in play for one further re-spin.
Clever application of bonuses and mini-games along with beautifully themed graphics and sound make Creature of the Black Lagoon a very solid addition to NetEnt’s library of online slots, and the advertised RTP will no doubt make this game attractive to players, though in reality it isn’t that different to the theoretical RTP of many other slot games.