The Jekyll and Hyde Phenomenon
Robert Louis Stevenson wrote a novel towards the end of the 19th century that tells the tale of a doctor that transforms into the evil Mr Hyde. This 1886 novel gripped the public’s imagination and the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde became one to the most famous stories in English literature. The popularity and universality of this psychological story of damage, danger and psychopathology is such that there are at least three popular slots games alone with the same theme.
The slot machine in the spotlight is the one simply called Jekyll and Hyde, a 5 reel and 25 pay line machine created by Playtech. It is very well placed in the marketplace and joins the esteemed company of Microgaming and Betsoft as a video slots game that has this iconic theme of an evil transformation.
The Theme and Slots Decor
Thematically the slots game is well designed, and the backdrop of a hazy stone wall with drifting green smoke creates a certain ambiance that is rare in slots games. In terms of reel symbols, three characters from the story including Dr Jekyll are portrayed along with a top hat and cane, a notebook, the potion and made up of standard playing card symbols.
Dr Jekyll is the Wild symbol and appears on reels two, three and four. If it can create a winning combination by so doing, this symbol will expand to cover the entire reel, transforming into Mr Hyde in excellent graphic animation. The Scatter symbol is the potion. The default colour of the potion is green, but at the price of doubling the stake on the spin, the symbol becomes red and glowing. Crucially it counts as having landed even if it is just outside the reels. An option to be well utilised.
Features of the Game
Jekyll and Hyde is a medium variance slots game. The primary objective is to land three or mare Scatter symbols anywhere on the reels. The reels spin to this feature and heighten anticipation when two potions have landed. Should three or more potions, green or red, depending on the players choice of feature will trigger the Free Spins feature.
When the Free spins feature is activated in the game, players are given the option of playing for Jekyll benefits or for Hyde benefits. The free spins continue until the fourth scatter appears on the last reel, and breaks. The number of spins is therefore quite variable, and potentially quite lucrative.
Jekyll or Hyde Benefits
During the Hyde benefit spins, the three character symbols on the reels become additional wild Symbols. This happens incrementally when a potion bottle appears on the last reel. There are 4 wilds in the game, players therefore make large wins on each spin at this stage.
During the Jekyll benefit spins, every time a potion bottle lands on the last reel, the wild multiplier increases. This is from therefore 1x to 2x to 3x to 5x in consecutive order. Many free spins are clearly required after the 5x multiplier is activated, and before the next potion bottle lands and ends the Free Spins game.
A medium variation slot machine with a fair Free Spins feature, Jekyll and Hyde by Playtech is in line with a return to player average that ranges between 96.16% and 96.22%.