Creature from the Black Lagoon
The Creature from the Black Lagoon is a NetEntertainment game based on a classic horror movie. The film, released in 1954, is one of these awesome old black and white low-budget scare-ems, and a perfect fit for a 3D slot game. Why? For starters, licensing such an old character must have been cheap, and for another thing, horror themes and monsters almost always work well in slot format.
The main appeal of this NetEnt title is its use of special symbols to reward the player and make the game more lucrative. Specifically, Creature from the Black Lagoon includes wilds, sticky wilds, spreading wilds, and plenty of free spin and other bonus chances. NetEnt seems to be moving in that direction, especially with their recent line of 3D licensed titles like this one.
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Coins Range:$0.20 to $100
Free Spins/Multiplier Better:Yes
This is another example of NetEntertainment’s system whereby players must wager on each of twenty paylines per spin – no need to choose a number, you have to play all twenty each time you spin the reels. The game uses five reels of symbols drawn straight from the classic film, beautifully-animated as I’ve come to expect from this company.
Instead of picking lines, players can pick a bet multiplier per line between one and ten coins. That means the total of wagers available is as low as 20 and as high as 200. Figuring out the game’s available stakes is just a matter of figuring in the available coin sizes.
On this title, as is common with NetEnt video slots, coins can be set at one of the following denominations: $0.1, $0.02, $0.05, $0.10, and $0.15, and $0.20, and $0.50. Do the math and you’ll find that the available per-spin bet cost is between $0.20 and $100. This is a decent range – it allows penny bettors (like myself) to play along with fat-bankroll types willing to drop big notes on a single spin.
I couldn’t find a theoretical payout percentage listed by NetEnt – that’s not uncommon, especially for this company. Reading through forum posts and review sites, I saw the number 96.5% come up quite regularly. If that figure is anywhere near accurate, it means players should only expect to lose $3.50 for every $100 they pay in.
I’m a penny slots guy, so on a game like this I’ll play for $0.20 a spin. That gives me 500 spins for $100. On this NetENt title (assuming the number quoted everywhere for the game’s theoretical payout percentage is accurate) I’d only expect to lose $4 or so for every 500 spins. That means a big return for my entertainment budget – which is, after all, what my slot budget is. I find a lot of value in this title, provided this payout percentage is accurate.
The top fixed prize is pretty low – 750 coins for lining up 5 of the Heroine symbols in a row. The other fixed prices are equally low. Clearly, the purpose of this game is to take advantage of those sticky and spreading wilds described below.
In place of traditional bonuses are a series of symbols that reward the player in different ways.
Wild symbols appear during both the regular game and during Free Spin mode. They appear on all five reels and substitute for all symbols except Free Spins to create winning combos.
Sticky Wilds hold their position on whatever reel they appear on during a set number of free re-spins. You can re-trigger more free spins by spinning sticky wilds during these free spins. This happened to me once during the hour or so I spent playing the game and it was very lucrative indeed.
Free Spin Mode is triggered when 3 or more Free Spin symbols appear anywhere on any of the game’s five reels. Different numbers of triggering symbols lead to different numbers of free spins, up to 20 in a row.
Spreading wilds are triggered when a target symbol appears. The creature itself is shot through this target, which reduces its health (according to a meter visible on the screen). When the creature is hurt badly enough, a spreading wild symbol activates, making all wild symbols over a set number of spins multiply all the way to the left side of the screen. Spreading wilds are where the big money is found on NetEnt’s Creature from the Black Lagoon game.
Creature from the Black Lagoon is available at various mobile-oriented casinos and apps for both Android and iOS-powered smartphones and tablets. I won’t lie and say the visuals don’t suffer from the smaller display sizes, but the game is still fun, and if mobile gaming is your thing, it’s nice to have a decent title like this from NetEnt to occupy yourself with on the train or a boring day at work.
The movie this slot is based on is a few decades before my time, but since I’m a horror movie fanatic, I’m familiar with it. I thought this game was a great example of how NetEnt can take a so-so theme and turn it into an entertaining slot with lots of replay value.