Anyone, who has been an active online player for more than a decade, will have played at some point Agent Jane Blonde from Microgaming. In itself it was an exact clone in the ever-growing 9-liner catalogue of Microgaming with wild substitutions, a free spins round and a jackpot pay of 1,000 times your bet for hitting five wilds on a pay line.
The first slot in the series was released as early as 2004 under the name of Thunderstruck, a period when Microgaming dominated the online gaming market. All slots from the series including Ladies Night, Summertime and Adventure Palace became player favourites, mainly for their simplicity but also for what was considered at the time a high win potential.
Fast forward to 2019 and Microgaming took on the challenge to create a sequel to the popular slot in collaboration with Stormcraft Studios. Fans of the original have been waiting anxiously for years to see it happening and in hindsight, it might have been better if Microgaming would not have bothered. The Agent Jane Blonde Returns slot is a far cry from its predecessor and no sane player will add this slot to a favourites list.
You might wonder why we put a game on the chopping block before finishing our review. The answer is simple, it is that bad. A top win potential of 300x bet in a single spin, only a simple re-spin feature with sticky wilds and no free spins or bonus round. To be honest, I can’t see where the attraction is other than looking at the dashing female agent in a semi-cartoon style.
Agent Jane Blonde Returns is a video slot with five reels, three rows and 15 fixed pay lines. Wins are awarded for three to five matching symbols on a line from left to right only. Joining agent Blonde on her missions on mobile or desktop will cost you 0.05 to an insane 400 credits per spin. The RTP of this low variance game comes in at 96.60%.
The graphics are maybe the only part we like on the new slot. Stormcraft Studios signed responsible for the graphics on some of the most popular Microgaming slots such as Game of Thrones or Thunderstruck II and they kept their high standard on Agent Jane Blonde Returns. A metropolis at night serves as the backdrop to a game window dominated by agent Blond in different outfits as she performs her missions. You will also hear her speak occasionally, mostly when you let the game in idle mode for some time.
For once, the low-value symbols are not the usual card royals. Instead, you will find watches, laptop computers, cars, money and passports and handbags followed by agent Blonde herself in four different outfits. In her fifth outfit, she acts as the wild symbol, appearing double or triple-stacked in the base game but not during the single feature on the slot. Pays for a single five of a kind range from 2x to 20x your stake. The slot logo serves as the scatter, although it won’t trigger any free spins round.
After enduring a time with mediocre wins in the base game, you might hit two or more scatters in a spin, which will not trigger a free spins round but a respin feature. The scatters in view turn into sticky agent Jane Blonde wilds, while the rest of the reels spin again to potentially land more wild symbols. The feature continues until no new wilds land or you filled the entire screen with agent Blonde wilds. The latter should be a reason for super mega win celebrations, however, on this slot you’ll pocket a measly 300x your bet.
Expecting more to review? Unfortunately, there isn’t more to the Agent Jane Blonde Returns slot. In our opinion, the game is in dire need of some extra features as the entertainment factor as well as the win potential are virtually non-existent. The question remains as to when Microgaming will wake up and produce once again some true blockbuster slot? At this rate, they’ll be soon a Tier 2 or Tier 3 developer.