Creature from the Black Lagoon; Slots Version
Creature from the Black Lagoon is the classic 1954 black-and-white monster movie against which all subsequent creature features using actors in rubber suits have been measured. The tale of brave geologist Dr David Reed rescuing his love, Kay Lawrence, from the hideous amphibious monster is now a cult classic, and the slots spin-off developed by NetEnt stays true to the original, including many snippets from the film in between the various round of play.
To take care of the technical specs first: the Creature from the Black Lagoon slot uses five reels displaying three symbols each. There are 20 fixed pay lines, but players can vary the bets per line from 1 to 500 coins per line in various increments. Like most NetEnt games, the top prizes are paid to players playing all 20 lines at the maximum number of coins, namely 10. So it is advisable playing on this setting, even if the player can then only afford to bet in coin denominations of 0.01, in other words 10 coins per line, for a total bet of 200 coins per spin.
All Symbols from the Film
With so many artefacts and characters from a classic movie at its disposal, Creature from the Black Lagoon has no need of the all-too-familiar poker symbols that crop up in most slots. Instead, the four low-value icons are all props used in the film, happily rendered in full colour this time. The diving knife and the old-fashioned camera each win 4, 30 or 100 coins for matches of three, four or five on a pay line. The scuba tank and the binoculars also win equal-value prizes; namely 5, 40 or 125 coins for the same sequence of matches.
Four characters from the film, also rendered in vivid hues against different-coloured backgrounds, make up the high-value symbols. In ascending order or value, they are Captain Lewis, the photographer Dr Carl Maia, Dr David Reed and Kay Lawrence. For five of a kind, these symbols win 400, 500, 600 or 750 coins, respectively.
Sticky Wilds Trigger Free Re-spins
The Wild in the Creature from the Black Lagoon slot is the film title, which explodes into the word Wild, designed in the greenish half-melted font used for captions and tag lines in so many schlocky horror film trailers. The Wild can arrive in its regular form, or as a spreading Wild, which allows the Wild to appear on more than one reel window at a time.
Every time the Wild substitutes for another ordinary symbol to complete a winning pay line, it also sticks in place while a free re-spin is triggered. If the re-spin results in a win, the Wild and any new Wilds remain stuck for another free re-spin. This continues until the re-spin brings no new wins, at which point the Wilds become unstuck and the next paid spin proceeds as normal.
Underwater Bonus with Extras to Collect
The other special icon in the Creature from the Black Lagoon slot is a Free Spins bonus symbol. This is the phrase Free Spins, designed in the same font as the Wild. Three or more trigger a round of 10 free spins, during which the creature kidnaps Kay and David must fight him underwater.
From time to time, a target appears on the reels during free spins, allowing David a spear-gun shot at the monster. If the player collects enough of these bonus targets, the monster is killed and the player either unlocks more free spins, or the spreading Wilds features.