Creature from the Black Lagoon: Slot Overview
Swedish developer NetEnt is the brains behind this slot conversion of a very early big-screen hit. Produced by Universal Pictures, Creature from the Black Lagoon has been entertaining movie viewers since it was released way back in 1954. It was filmed in black and white, initially projected using a polarized light technique. Viewers would don polarizing shades creating a 3D effect, adding an extra dimension to the terrifying monster. NetEnt uses colour for the slot version, breathing a few lungful’s of life into this long-running cultural phenomenon.
Set in the South American Jungle, players join a scientific expedition along the Amazon River. While searching for fossils, the team bump into Gill-man, an amphibious humanoid-like river creature with big claws- a rubbery monster basically. Gill-man ends up falling in love with one of the female explorers, Kay, stalking and eventually dragging her to his lair. Of course, in the end, the goodies find the creature, pump him full of lead, and rescue the dame.
The movie might have been released in black in white back in the day, but the slot version has been designed in full-blown technicolour. It’s aged well and still looks good. The 5-reel, 20-payline game area sits by the water, amidst dense jungle foliage, and backgrounded by the explorers’ ship, Rita. NetEnt has managed to capture an old school vibe while giving the slot a modern look. An unnerving soundtrack full of movie shout-outs adds to the eerie atmosphere.
Players can join the adventure on any device, setting bets from 20 p/c to £/€100 per spin. Lurking in the depths, the game’s math model is as highly volatile as the creature it portrays. Whether it is too volatile or not for some, RTP has a universal appeal due to a decent rating of 96.47%. Hit rate should be agreeable for many players as well, with a win theoretically occurring once every 4 spins or so (27.91%). Creature from the Black Lagoon also offers pretty decent wins during free spins, which trigger roughly once every 149 spins, on average.
The movie is well represented on the paytable, where three or more of a kind makes a winning combination. Eight regular symbols are split between low pay knives, cameras, diving tanks, and binoculars, followed by four high pay characters – Lucas, Carl, David, and Kay. Premium 5OAK lines are worth 20x to 37.5x the bet. Several wilds show up at different points of play, some tied to the features, let’s take a look.
Creature from the Black Lagoon: Slot Features
Wilds appear on any reel, and when one or more land in the base or bonus games, they become sticky, awarding a respin after wins have been paid. Any wilds landing on a respin also turn sticky, triggering more respins until no new wilds land. Wins are tallied up after each respin and paid when the whole sequence comes to an end.
Along with potential, wilds get a major shot in the arm during free spins - 3, 4 or 5 scatter symbols in view award 10, 15, or 20 free spins respectively. Before the bonus begins, Gill-man gets his rubbery mitts on Kay, dragging her back to his lair. The goal is to harpoon the creature as many times as possible to free Kay and enhance the bonus game.
Each time a target symbol lands on the last reel, the creature is shot once. A life meter at the lower right of the screen tracks the number of hits and your progress through the four levels:
- Level 1 (0-2 hits) – the standard wild and respin feature occurs.
- Level 2 (3-5 hits) – sticky wilds become spreading wilds, adding another wild symbol to their left before triggering a respin.
- Level 3 (6-8 hits) – spreading wilds expand two positions before triggering a respin – one to the left, one to the right.
- Level 4 (9 hits) – 10 additional free spins are awarded.
Creature from the Black Lagoon: Slot Verdict
Branded slots can be pretty hit or miss, but NetEnt has successfully crossed the classic beast-man movie into the slot world. It might seem like an odd choice at first, yet Universal Studio’s blockbuster film makes for a surprisingly good time. It is high volatility, so don’t expect massive thrills from the base game, though sticky wilds do pull off the occasional big win there.
It does mean that free spins can go off when triggered. While fans of the movie may get a slightly bigger kick, even those who haven’t seen the movie can still enjoy this. Most people should be familiar with the movie in some way, and NetEnt has built a great bonus game around the kidnap/rescue scene. Having four levels of free spins adds to the challenge while incorporating the movies best bits. It can be tough to reach level 3 or beyond, yet triggering the additional 10 free spins can lead to copious amounts of sticky, expanding wild respins.
Add it all up, and NetEnt has done a commendable job of reviving the classic movie. Rarely have the creature or lagoon looked this good, nor has their entertainment value been so high – though film buffs may beg to disagree. NetEnt has released a bunch of branded slots over the years, but they got the mix of brand, action, and potential just right for Creature from the Black Lagoon. The final product remains a terrifically playable slot.
With Creature From The Black Lagoon, NetEnt has successfully converted a classic B-grade movie into a highly entertaining slot.