Tarzan is a 5-reel, 4-row, fixed 40-pay line online slot from Microgaming. This game is of course based on the 'legend' of Tarzan, a boy lost deep in the Amazon who somehow survived and became the jungle's head honcho. Tarzan was created in 'Tarzan of the Apes' by Edgar Rice Burroughs in 1912, appearing in the magazine 'The All-Story'. Burroughs knew he was on to a good thing and so wrote a full Tarzan book and several sequels. Such was Tarzan's popularity that he made it onto celluloid in 1918, being played by Elmo Lincoln. It was – however – swimming champ Johnny Weissmuller (born Johann Weißmüller) who truly brought Tarzan to life, appearing as the great ape man in countless Tarzan films between 1932 and 1948. Tarzan made many more movie appearances once Weissmuller had retired from the role, one of the latest being 'The Legend of Tarzan' in 2016 in which Alexander Skarsgård donned the famous loincloth.
In this Microgaming title, Tarzan is joined on the reels by his perpetual love interest Jane and the prince of monkeying around, Cheeta. Tarzan's son – who was unimaginatively called 'boy' – is not present, although a double-chinned big game hunter is. There's also a cheetah (presumably called 'Chimp') and a parrot, plus four types of fruit. There are forty pay lines and that's a fixed number. You can select your coin size from 0.01 to 0.10, and the number of coins you have in play from one to ten. Your final bet-per-spin is your coin size multiplied by the number of coins multiplied by forty. When you're ready to yell "Ah-ah-AHHHH, ah AHH, ahahahahahhhhh!!!!!!" hit the spin button.
Payout & bonus rounds
The lowest winning payout in this game is for four identical items of fruit, which will win you four coins. The jackpot in normal play is obtained by landing five bonus scatter symbols, which wins an elephantine four thousand coins.
The 'Tarzan' logo is the wild symbol in this game, and comes stacked in both the base game and free spins. It substitutes for all other symbols except for the scatter symbol.
The bonus scatter symbol awards the 'bonus wheel game' if you land three or more anywhere on the reels. The bonus wheel has a jackpot of up to one thousand times your total bet, and also contains two features:
- Free spins: You are awarded a dozen free spoins with 'rolling reels' and 'growing wilds'. The rolling reels can award multiple consecutive wins, while the growing wild feature stacks increase by one wild per spin, up to a maximum of fifteen.
- Pick-a-potamos: Select hippos from the lagoon. You can pick up to twelve, and each contains a cash prize. Once you pick-o a hippo that goes 'pop' the feature ends.
Tarzan is a fine figure in this game with a magnificent chest. He stands by the left of the reels and occasionally does something ape-like. Other than that this is a pretty tame game. The features we've seen before, and neither of them are particularly inspiring. A missed opportunity we think – a game that whimpers when it should roar.