Like so many of IGT's other older show-inspired slots, the Gilligan's Island slots which were once all the rage are now becoming harder to find, especially since no online versions have yet been designed. Still, fans of the original TV show and true slot connoisseurs will be well rewarded for hunting down the increasingly evasive Gilligan's Island slot machine.
The Gilligan's Island slots have five reels and 30 paylines. Since this game is typically only offered as a penny machine, the online casinos offering it keep the progressive relatively low; it restarts at $20,000 and has never made it to $200,000. The symbols include all your favorite characters from the original show – Gilligan, Skipper, the Professor, Ginger, Maryann, etc. Also included are original soundbites, images and video clips. It’s these special features that make the game so popular and playing it is a true experience for any fan of the late TV show.
Gilligan's Island is a slot machine created by IGT for land-based casinos. It is of course based on the American sitcom from the 60s and has become pretty rare nowadays. Being fairly old, the controls are standard and the five reels have 30 lines which can be activated. The credit size can be as low as one cent and it is possible to put 10 credits per line. All of this can be done from the interface under the screen or from the buttons on the machine, depending on the version.
Another reason that we think Gilligan's Island online slots would fare well is their fun bonuses. The game actually offers two distinctly different bonus features, and we love them both. Players that line up three shipwreck shorts symbols on a Gilligan's Island slot machine will enter the pick and win bonus wherein they can choose several clips to reveal a total prize. This bonus is fun to play and it gives players a feeling of control. You decide what your prize is going to be and by making the right decision you can win some truly substantial rewards.
The other Gilligan's Island slots bonus is the usual free spin feature. This is initiated when a player hits three or more castaway cash symbols. Players choose which character they want to help them get off the island, and that choice then determines how many free spins they receive and with what multiplier. Again the bonus feature gives players a feeling of control and makes the game more interactive. It’s these nice touches that help the game stand out and make it something more than just a fun themed slot machine. It’s also one of the more involved slots that you can play and that makes it a whole lot of fun. Both bonuses are available at any Gilligan's Island slots casino, though the progressive jackpot may not be if you find a solo machine.
Since Gilligan's Island online slots are not available, about the only place you can go and still expect to find one is Las Vegas. Still, we rate this kitschy classic a 9 out of 10.
Initially, the game had a progressive jackpot that started from $20,000. While this may not seem like much, it is because the bets are pretty low as it is a penny slot. The big prize could increase to almost reach $200k. Nowadays however, the jackpot has all but disappeared since there aren’t many casinos that offer the slot, let alone in groups linked together for the jackpot.