When I was a child, I was a huge fan of the Jumanji book. When the movie came out in 1995, I was in theatres to see Robin Williams and his co-stars fighting to complete the game in order to restore order after a bunch of jungle animals create havoc in a small town. The film was a hit, and eventually led to the 2017 remake, which starred Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, which shattered expectations in the box office. NetEnt secured the rights to create the Jumanji slot, with a game based on the original film that you see above. There are also rights to a newer game, which I hope to see in the near future.
Jumanji is a 5 reel, 36 payline video slot that's set in one of the bedrooms in the first movie. You have a downward view of an opened up Jumanji board game, and you try to get yourself through the game while you score some large prizes. Symbols in the game run from the mundane (J, Q, K, A) to the thrilling (lion, rhino, crocodile, pelican).
The game has an array of special features, including sticky vines that trigger a re-spin with stuck symbols. Monsoon Wilds are also present, which sees crocodiles swimming up and splashing onto the reels, giving you a wild reel. Monkey Mayhem sees the mischievous primates switching symbols to create a guaranteed win. A Wild Stampede sees the rhinos rampaging across the game board and generating between 4-9 wild symbols randomly.
The game board mentioned earlier serves a special purpose should you manage to get three scatters on a single spin. If you achieve this you play the board game in an attempt to progress along the path to earn free spins, which will hopefully generate some large wins for you.
This game is an excellent choice if you're interested in the Jumanji movie. Unlike other licensed titles that so often pay for the licensing fee with a low payout rate, Jumanji has a competitive 96.3% theoretical return to player percentage.
All-in-all, I have to say that I really enjoyed my time with this game. My only wish for improvement is that it lacks a bit in terms of footage or something tying it into the original film, but other than that this is an excellent game to play.