The Jurassic world with ferocious dinosaur is coming to live on the slot from German gaming giant Merkur Gaming. They will defend their kingdom in full battle gear on five reels with four random features and a free spins round that is played on three game windows. Marking a departure from their usual high-volatility games, Merkur is surprising us with a medium variance game that can pay up to 1,500 times the stake on a single spin.
Dinosaur Kingdom is a video slot with five reels, three rows, and 20 fixed pay lines. The RTP of this medium variance game is set at 96.95%. As usual with Merkur games, it can be played on desktop and mobile devices. Entrance to the Dinosaur Kingdom is granted for 0.20 to 40 credits.
The maximum win in the base game is 500 times the stake. That can increase to 1,500x the bet when all three game windows are activated in the free spins round. The provider limited the overall win potential to 250,000 credits or 10,000 times your stake, whichever value is reached first. We doubt that can happen on this slot.
Merkur is known for simplistic game designs while maintaining a high standard for graphics and animations. They did not deviate from that on Dinosaur Kingdom. Especially the animations on the reel modifiers, where large wild symbols expand in different ways, are simply stunning. Different types of dinosaurs in battle gear come alive on each occasion to defend the kingdom and one could get the impression they will jump out of the screen at any moment. A Jurassic island at sunrise can be seen in the background of the game window, while a heroic-sounding thumping soundtrack completes a well-designed game.
Dinosaur Kingdom has eight regular pay symbols, starting with the low-value J, Q, K, and As. The premium symbols are four different dinosaurs in battle gear. Further, the game has in total four types of expanding wild symbols – Pteranodon, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Dino Shield, and the Kingdom Fortress – that can be triggered randomly on any spin. A single five of a kind will pay 1.5x to 25x the stake. The wild symbols substitute for all symbols, except scatters. A female warrior holding her dinosaur on a leash is the scatter symbol.
The game window is marked with eight small wild symbols that will expand when they are randomly triggered on any spin in the base game and the free spins. The symbols light up when the random feature is triggered, with wins being evaluated and paid only after the reel modifiers have expanded. Multiple random wilds can be activated simultaneously in one spin.
Hit scatters on reels one, three and five to trigger 10 free spins with up to three game windows spinning independently. The game will lead to a different screen, displaying the main game window plus two locked reel sets on the right. The feature will start with only the main game window being active. Retriggering the free spins once will activate window two, while a second retrigger will activate the third window. Wins are paid for all winning combos on all active game windows. The feature cannot retrigger any further after all game windows have been unlocked.
Is this another slot creation from Merkur that is destined for cult status like Magic Mirror and Eye of Horus? I’m afraid, not as it simply lacks the volatility and sky-high win potential that is usually attributed to Merkur games. Still, it is well designed, the animations are stunning while the random features and free spins are triggered often enough to score medium-sized wins.