Is the New Jurassic World Slot From Microgaming a Roaring Success or Ready for Extinction?
Prepare yourselves for the unleashing of the 3rd in the Jurassic Park/World franchise of slots from Microgaming as the Jurassic World: Raptor Riches slot prepares to escape into the wild on the 22nd September 2021.
Firstly the design of this slot has been handed over to Fortune Factory Studios, who has done a fantastic job visually. This 3rd Jurassic Park / World created for Microgaming is again based on the popular film series.
Various characters from the film, such as Owen Grady and Claire Dearing, are used as the highest paying symbols. Other actors make up the rest of the picture symbols, and different dinosaur-themed designs make up the lower-paying symbols on the reels.
Along with standard wilds, there are also less frequently found Indoraptor Wild Stack that acts like a walking wild seen on previous slots such as Jack and the Beanstalk (NetEnt).
Special Features on the Raptor Riches slot include Free Spins, Win Booster, Walking Wild Reels and several stake based Jackpot Prizes that can be won on any spin.
Jurassic World: Raptor Riches Base Game
The base gameplay in Raptor Riches takes place on a standard 5x4 reel set and comes with just 20 fixed paylines. This goes somewhat against the current trend of Ways, Megaways and other super-high variance machines, including the original Jurassic Park and Jurassic World slot, which was a 243-way machine.
A lot of the screen real estate is taken up by a colossal jackpot wheel to the left of the reel set. This brightly coloured Jackpot feature can activate on any spin during the base or bonus gameplay.
The value of these jackpots is stake based so if you increase the bet size, the jackpot rises in value too, with the most significant Apex Jackpot offering wins of 2500x stake!
Win Booster Feature
The first decision to make, however, is whether or not to activate the Win Booster Feature. The cost to activate is 1.5x the current bet size, so a regular bet size of €5 is increased to €7.5.
If activated, the symbol wins do not increase (in this example, they would still pay the same as the original bet size based on a €5 bet). Multipliers above the reels come into play from the Walking Wilds and increase Multiplier values in both the base game and free spins round with this feature activated.
Think of it as a "slight boost in volatility feature". With it activated, your cost to spin is increased but countered by the higher multiplier values and will provide bigger wins!
The standard RTP of this machine is 96.02% and with the WinBooster™ activated is 96.04%, probably not noticeable in regular play but worth noting all the same.
Walking Wilds - Re-Spin Feature
The Walking Wilds and Respin feature is the core feature of this slot machine. There are special Indoraptor Wild Stack symbols on the reels, which, when landing anywhere in view, will nudge up or down to cover that reel completely and then trigger the walking wild and respin feature.
The respin feature moves this wild reel one reel to the left during the respin, and this process continues until the wild reel is removed from the reel, ultimately providing one more final spin.
The key feature here is that multipliers increase with each respin awarded, so wild reels that start on the last reels give you way more opportunity for higher multipliers.
With the Win Booster Feature activated, the final multiplier values are increased hugely. These values get boosted even further during the main bonus round with a maximum 20x Multiplier on offer with Win Booster!
We've included a breakdown of the multiplier differences in the base game below to summarise this feature.
Respins Win Booster Inactive
1st Respin 1x multiplier
2nd Respin 2x multiplier
3rd Respin 3x multiplier
4th Respin 4x multiplier
5th Respin 5x multiplier
Respins Win Booster Active
1st Respin 1x multiplier
2nd Respin 2x multiplier
3rd Respin 3x multiplier
4th Respin 5x multiplier
5th Respin 10x multiplier
The base gameplay of walking wilds, respins, and rising multipliers give a great taster of what to expect during the free spins bonus round. With a pretty high hit frequency of 44.45%, you can expect consistent and sometimes significant wins from the base gameplay, which kept our interest up whilst waiting for the bonuses.
There is, of course, the vast Jackpots on offer, too, and these can trigger on any spin, but we will cover this extra feature later in the review!
The main free spins feature is triggered by landing three Volcano scatter symbols on reels 1, 3 and 5. Before the bonus round begins, you spin a wheel that awards the number of starting free spins.
During the bonus round, the same functionality of nudging wild reels are provided by the Indoraptor Wild stacks. When any part of an Indoraptor wild symbol lands during the bonus round, it will nudge into position, creating an entirely wild reel. This also initiates the Respin feature until all wild reels have walked off the reels.
However, the good news is that these re-spins do not count towards free spins being used, so this feature can help extend the bonus round duration when lots of respins occur.
The multiplier values above the reels are also boosted in value during the bonus round. A 20x Multiplier on the 5th respin is the maximum value if you have enabled the Win Booster feature. In regular mode, this is capped at a 10x Multiplier.
There is no re-trigger or even extra spins on offer here. What you win on the free spins wheel is your total number of free spins, although, with lots of re-spins, this can extend the bonus feature massively.
The Jackpot Wheel feature is present in both the base game and bonus round. There are tiny mosquitoes trapped in amber encased symbols (a nod to the original Jurassic Park slot) overlayed onto some of the regular symbols that, when landing in view, have a chance to trigger this Jackpot Wheel.
These special symbols are highlighted and visibly added to the collection pot under the Jackpot wheel, showing how this process works. It is still, however, a chance to trigger the wheel!
In our testing, it took us quite a few hundred spins before we triggered this Jackpot feature, lots of amber symbols collected in the process, so don't expect this feature, just be pleased when it does finally trigger!
The Jackpots values are based entirely on stake size and are fixed jackpot prizes, no progressive jackpots on offer here. The more you bet, the higher these values become. Based on the following multipliers.
Raptor Riches Jackpots
Apex Jackpot 2,500 x stake
Mega Jackpot 500 x stake
Major Jackpot 100 x stake
Minor Jackpot 25 x stake
Mini Jackpot 15 x stake
The values of these Jackpots are also increased by activating the Win Booster Feature. Jackpot values are fixed and based on the total stake multiplied by this amount.
As an example,
In the screenshot below we were playing on a €5 stake with the win booster active making the total stake €7.5, so €7.5*15x = €112.50 for the Minor Jackpot Win!
While some of the Jackpots, such as the 15 x Stake Mini Jackpot, aren't too much to write home about in terms of big wins, the good news is that when you manage to trigger the Jackpot Wheel, you are guaranteed to win one of them.
This feature, along with the high base game hit frequency, really does help keep your balance in decent shape whilst hunting for the free spins bonuses.
And, of course, the super rare Apex Jackpot of 2500x is definitely a big enough win to get excited about!
Jurassic World: Raptor Riches Slot - FAQ's
What is the Jurassic World: Raptor Riches Slot RTP?Jonathan Ridehalgh2021-09-20T16:44:31+01:00
The theoretical maximum win for the Jurassic World: Raptor Riches Slot is 2500 x bet, This value is a maximum stake based Jackpot awarded from the Jackpot Wheel for winning the Apex Jackpot. Big Wins are also possible from the Free Spins with Multipliers but the max win is limited to this amount.
Jurassic World: Raptor Riches Slot Review
Jurassic World: Raptor Riches Final Opinions
The Jurassic World: Raptor Riches slot from Microgaming/ Fortune Factory Studios is a surprisingly enjoyable slot. However, if you are looking for a super high variance machine, this is probably one to avoid, as with a max win cap of 2500x, it is a little under the current trends of what we would call super high variance.
With that aside, the simple 20 paylines and walking wilds feature combined with a rising multiplier and the option of the increased volatility from the Win Booster feature provide a thoroughly entertaining and rewarding base game.
This novel feature gets amplified during the free spins, with 20x multipliers on offer, making an exciting and potentially rewarding bonus round.
The Jackpots, whilst offering wins of up to 2500x, may tempt some players in, but certainly, we felt we didn’t need the Jackpot feature and were more way more interested in triggering the free spins round for that kind of big win excitement and anticipation.
If I had the option, I would have swapped the Jackpot feature out for more bonuses, extra base game features, or just bigger wins from the free spins in a heartbeat or made sure it didn’t take up as much room on the screen in regular play!
Overall though, we enjoyed playtesting this slot, which we weren’t expecting initially. The basic features work well together and keep the base game exciting and engaging whilst waiting for the main bonus features to trigger!
In conclusion, We don’t view it as a successor to the original Jurassic Park Slot by any means which still reigns supreme, but it’s worth taking a look if you enjoy medium variance slots or are a big fan of the Jurassic Park/World movie franchise.