Go on an exciting Journey to the centre of the Earth in The Epic Journey, a 5 reel, 100 payline video slot from Swedish developer Quickspin. Based on Jules Verne’s classic novel, this unusual game is played over 3 separate reel sets. Highlights include free spins, multipliers, exploding volcano wilds and pick me rounds. Play on all devices from between 80p and £80 per spin.
The first thing you’ll notice on firing up The Epic Journey is it’s played using a very unusual reel set up. There’s a main 40 payline reel set to the left which is joined by 2 smaller reel sets on the right, both of which offer 30 paylines. The 3 machines spin separately but can combine and bring the bonuses into play. There are plenty of extras on offer in this historical adventure.
Volcano Wild feature – this is triggered by landing 2 or 3 volcano wild symbols on the same spin. The volcano wilds erupt and spew out extra wilds to all 3 reel sets. A new payout then follows with all the extra wilds in place.
Land 3 of the bonus scatter symbol (the drill) to trigger the other bonus features. Pick from 1 of the 4 rune stones which will determine which feature you’ll receive:
- Coin Win feature – the most unimaginative of the extras, it does exactly what it says on the tin, delivering an instant coin prize.
- Safari Free Spins Bonus feature – 10 free spins are awarded here. A special wild is added to each reel set. Collect 3 of them during the feature and they turn into multiplier wilds. The Mammoth wild on machine 1 offers a 2x boost. The Sea Creature on machine 2 trebles payouts with the T-Rex on set 3 boosting payouts by 5x.
- Mushroom Forest feature – choose from the selection of mushrooms to reveal cash and multiplier prizes. You’ll get 3 picks to start with but you could find more.
- Fossil Hunt feature – you’ll be given 3 spins to collect as many shovels as possible. These shovels reveal fossil parts. Prizes are awarded depending on how many fossil parts you manage to discover.
Quickspin are 1 of the better developers when it comes to design and The Epic Journey is another fine-looking video slot. The reels include gemstones and a band of hardy, Victorian-era explorers. The imagery wouldn’t look out of place in a TV cartoon and is very well constructed. Likewise, the sweeping soundtrack that certainly matches the Epic part of this game’s name.
If you enjoy volatile action then The Epic Journey should appeal as the variance here is pretty high. Expect lengthy spells where your journey will stall. Trigger the bonus features and there’s plenty of play on offer. If you like what you say, I recommend you play Volcano Riches which is also by Quickspin.