Creature From The Black Lagoon is a very nice video slot from Netent that is based on a cult film of the same name from the 1950s.
In this famous horror movie, a group of scientists is attacked by a mysterious monster, which is hiding in the swampy swamp. The monster eventually attacks Kay, the beautiful researcher, and takes her to his cave. Fortunately, the group of tough scientists manages to free Kay from the river monster’s hands.
Netent has released this online slot Creature of the Black Lagoon as part of the Universal Monster series of slots, all slots that are “loosely” based on famous horror movies. Other titles from this popular series include The Invisible Man, Dracula, and The Phantom’s Curse.
The atmosphere of the cult film from 1954 is perfectly reproduced: the drawing style is typical of that time and almost caricatured. The swamp sounds and soundbites from the film provide a wonderfully nostalgic setting where you are automatically sucked into the story.
How does the Creature From the Black Lagoon slot work?
The game is played on 5 reels with 3 symbols per reel. There are 20 fixed paylines and a betting range of a minimum of 0.20 euros and a maximum of 20 euros per spin. This maximum bet can be called relatively low and that has a lot to do with the high variance. The average payout percentage is 96.5% and that is of course perfectly fine.
Symbols and Payouts
The premium symbols of the Creature of the Black Lagoon all consist of the main characters of the film. The dopey expedition leader, his pretty girl, the intrepid jack-of-all-trades, and the tough diver.
Kay, the beautiful girl kidnapped by the monster, is worth the most: 750 coins for 5 of the same. The other expedition members pay between 400 and 600 coins on 5 of the same on an active payline.
For a change, the low symbols do not consist of card symbols, but of all kinds of attributes from the film, such as binoculars, knives, and oxygen tanks. These symbols pay out between 100 and 125 coins. Here too, Netent has put in a lot of effort – the symbols look great.
Sticky Wild Respins
The wild symbol of Creature of the Black Lagoon substitutes for all other symbols except the scatter symbol. As soon as a wild symbol appears on the screen, you will receive a free respin. In addition, all wilds become sticky and you get the credits with every spin. This can be a very lucrative feature, especially if you manage to spin multiple wilds in a row and also spin some premium symbols.
Free spins bonus
Three or more scatters activate the free spins bonus:
3 scatters = 10 free spins
4 scatters = 15 free spins
5 scatters = 20 free spins
During the free spins, you can try to kill the monster. Every time the reticle appears on the 5th reel, an arrow is fired at the monster. It takes a total of 9 arrows to kill the monster.
For every 3 arrows fired you will receive a reward:
3 arrows: expanding wilds to a double wild
6 arrows: wilds expand to 3 horizontal positions
9 arrows: the monster is dead: you receive 10 extra spins
This bonus is extremely erratic: sometimes you only win back a few x your bet and sometimes hundreds of times your bet. Therefore, the free spins bonus of Creature From The Black Lagoon can be hugely frustrating and at the same time immensely satisfying.
As a player, you have to be able to handle that.
It is not a Quickspin slot bonus that always pays out around 30 x – 60 x the bet.
What do we think of Creature From the Black Lagoon?
We think Creature From The Black Lagoon is a top release from Netent. And we know that there are people who hate this online slot intensely. This has a lot to do with the high variance of the bonus game in particular. We believe that these people should not whine so much.
This online slot is clearly made with love and attention. Not only is it inspired by the film, but it’s also a tribute to the horror movie genre that was so popular in the 1950s. In terms of graphics and sound, there are a few nicer slots in our opinion.