An old film from the 1950s might seem like an odd choice for a slots title but, in the world of gambling, it seems like just about anything goes; we have games dedicated to flowers, mobsters and even Judge Judy, so why shouldn't the Creature From The Black Lagoon get a look in as well?
The game's visuals are stylised and look beautiful, like a vintage travel poster brought to life, and some nice ambient music plays over peaceful nature sounds (presumably coming at us direct from the Black Lagoon). The tweeting birds might start to grate after a while, but thankfully you can mute the game's audio if you want to choose your own soundtrack.
Creature From The Black Lagoon sets itself apart from competitors thanks to a couple of neat features that we'll talk about below, but it's still one that players can just jump in and start playing without needing to know anything special.
Based on the 1954 film of the same name, Creature From The Black Lagoon represents one of NetEnt's latest attempts to bring some larger than life characters from film and television to the world of online gambling.
With 5 reels, 20 paylines and a free spins bonus round, there's nothing too out of the ordinary about the game but its Sticky and Spreading Wilds offer enough value to make it worth a look, despite a fairly low 7,500 coin jackpot.
Creature From The Black Lagoon has gameplay that's very much typical of other 5-reel video slots – the game has 20 paylines, which is lower than lots of other games but it still feels like players win fairly regularly, and a bonus round comprised of free spins. So far, so normal.
There are some extra touches, like the chance to win more free spins by taking on the creature in the bonus round and Sticky/Spreading Wilds that remain in place for an extra spin after they appear, but Creature From The Black Lagoon is otherwise very much standard video slot fare.
Obviously this isn't a particularly bad thing but rather something to note if you're planning on giving Creature From The Black Lagoon a try, which we definitely recommend by the way. Fortunately, despite being quite a new slot, you'll find it in all sorts of online casinos – if they have NetEnt games, then there's a good chance that they'll have this game.
Creature From The Black Lagoon does have a bonus round, but it's not really anything all that special. All you need to do is get 3 free spin symbols to launch 10 free spins, 4 for 15 or 5 for 20. Fair warning: landing 5 free spin symbols is pretty rare!
Spreading Wilds also appear during the bonus round to help players out, but we're sad to say that there's no multiplier in play here. Sometimes a target symbol appears on the 5th reel, giving players a shot to take down the Creature From The Black Lagoon. Land enough shots and you'll kill the creature, which grants 10 extra free spins. Don't rely on this but it's certainly a treat when you do manage to pull it off.
There's nothing wrong with the bonus round per say, but it only really gets exciting if it looks like you're going to kill the creature and bag yourself some extra free spins.
Much more interesting are the game's Sticky and Spreading Wilds which appear at random during standard play and stay on the reels for an extra spin. While it's certainly possible to land some big wins during the bonus round, we've always found that the biggest wins we've had tend to come during standard play thanks to these wilds.
With a jackpot of 7,500 coins, Creature From The Black Lagoon doesn't exactly have a monster jackpot to match up with the creature's credentials. And, since its maximum coin bet is 0.50, we're not looking at anything particularly impressive here.
Still, if we're to look on the bright side, the low maximum jackpot means that players are more likely to land some decent (if not incredible) wins during standard play and that can certainly be a good thing.
With no progressive jackpot and a fairly modest grand prize, we can't imagine that many jackpot hunters will be sticking around for long after giving this one a try. For a modern NetEnt title, this game really is a bit of a letdown in the grand prize department.
We said above that Creature From The Black Lagoon is a strange choice for a slot tie-in, but it actually makes sense in some ways – the movie features larger than life characters and will hold plenty of nostalgia value for slots fans of a certain age.
The slot's gameplay, with Wild re-spins and a relatively low variance, will likely appeal to that same older demographic. The low jackpot will certainly put some players off, but that's just how it goes when you're producing slots titles.
Of course, the slot will appeal to players who are fans of the movie, but it offers an ambience that's pleasing enough and should keep those who've never seen the film entertained as well. It's just a shame that the bonus features and jackpot can't live up to the ambitious tone set by the game's appearance.
Not the best game in the world, but you could do a lot worse than to spend a bit of time playing Creature From The Black Lagoon.