Jekyll & Hyde is a 5-reel, 243-pay line online slot from Microgaming. It’s a slot based on the novella by Robert Louis ‘Treasure Island’ Stevenson entitled ‘Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ in which the up-standing Dr. Henry Jekyll turns guinea pig and tries one of his own potions out for size. The result is the revelation of Dr. Jekyll’s dark side, as he transforms into the obnoxious Mr. Hyde and ends up being someone you’d never ask around to meet your mum.
The novella, which was written in 1886, has been filmed well over one hundred times all over the world, and there are also countless stage adaptations as well. Betsoft provide a slightly more cartoon-style slot version of the tale, ‘entitled Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde’.
Jekyll & Hyde Gameplay and Symbols
If you’ve a notion for potions then this slot is going to leave you drunk with pleasure. Joining some of Dr. Jekyll’s illicit brews on the reels are playing card values nine to ace, a rather nice-looking young lady and a mutton-chopped Dr. Jekyll himself.
This game is one of those great games that has 243 pay lines. This means that to score a win, you simply need to land identical symbols in sequence across the reels – which actual reel they land on doesn’t matter. The lowest pay out is 5x your bet-per-line for three nines, and the top jackpot in normal play is 1,500x for five of the not-so-good doctor himself.
You can choose your coin size from 0.01 to 0.10, and the number of coins you want in play for any one spin from one to ten. Your final wager is always your coin size multiplied by the number of coins multiplied by 25. This makes your lowest possible wager 0.25, and your maximum 250.00.
When you are good to go, hit the spin button. You’re rewarded with some creepy sounds and a nice harpsichord flourish if you land a winning combination.
Jekyll & Hyde Bonus Features
Wild Symbol: The wild symbol in this game is simply the word ‘WILD’ in fiery letters, and it substitutes for all other symbols aside from the scatter.
Scatter Symbol: The ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ logo acts as the scatter symbol, and landing at least three of them anywhere on the reels will award you ten free spins in which Dr. Jekyll develops a quick thirst, gulps down one of his potions and emerges much in need of a shave as Mr. Hyde.
Jekyll & Hyde Free Spins: Free spins is the only time that Mr. Hyde pays the reels a visit. You can win 500x for landing three Mr Hydes on one of your active pay lines from the left-hand reel, 3,750x for four of him and a massive 7,500x for five.
Jekyll & Hyde Conclusion
Given the potential that the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde possesses to be turned into a decent online slot, then it has to be said that this online slot from Microgaming is a bit of a disappointment, as they’ve only managed to turn the tale into quite a mundane game.
It’s great that there are 243 pay lines as such slots are so much easier to play than those with a fixed number. ‘All ways pay’ slots are much more exciting as it’s simpler to see when you’ve landed a win. However, you can’t help but feel that with a little more imagination Microgaming could have turned in more features than the free spins in which Mr. Hyde makes his appearance. By all means give this slot a spin, but like Dr. Jekyll, you might need a very stiff drink to help you through a protracted playing session.