With a huge jackpot of half a million coins, it's no wonder that so many slots fanatics are firing up this NetEnt slot and trying to find the Lost Island.
The game puts you in the shoes of an unnamed treasure hunter (we like to imagine a character like Lara Croft or Indiana Jones) – at least that's what we're guessing from the golden idols and tribal symbols that appear on the reels – which is appropriate since players will also be hunting for big wins...only in the form of coins instead of ancient gold.
Of course, Lost Island is not the first game to use the pursuit of vast treasure as its theme – and it certainly won't be the last – so you shouldn't go in expecting anything too out of the ordinary here. Still, the game is a little more modern than some others in the genre such as the Tomb Raider series of slots.
Lost Island is an attractive, and oddly relaxing, 5-reel slot from NetEnt that invites players to explore a mysterious island and the treasures left behind on it by a lost tribe. Sticky and multiplying wilds also mean that it's possible to land some very nice wins here, even during standard play.
There are only 20 paylines, and the maximum coin value caps at 0.50, but the game's huge jackpot means that many players will be more than happy to get lost on this island and spend a few sessions hunting for that mystical treasure.
Lost Island's layout is very simple ¬– 5 reels, 3 rows – and instantly feels familiar if you've ever played slots before. Bright colours and attractive animations make the game a real treat to look at, and the slightly haunting ambient music that plays in the background is easy to listen to as well.
Considering the game has only 20 paylines, wins seem to come quite regularly. Obviously not every win is a big one, but droughts generally don't seem to last too long. It's rare that the outcome of a spin looks like you should win but don't, although it does happen from time to time and can be a bit frustrating if you're used to titles that have 50 or even hundreds of different ways to win.
Lost Island is as well suited to penny gamblers as it is to actual treasure hunters who've already found their fortune! With a minimum bet of just a few cents ranging all the way up to 200 coins per spin, there's a betting level here to suit every pocket.
The game's betting range and its large jackpot are two of the main reasons that you'll find Lost Island on offer at virtually every online casino that features NetEnt games in its library.
We'll get to the dedicated bonus round shortly, but let's look at a helpful bonus feature that appears during standard play first. If you get a win in Lost Island when 2 wild symbols appear, you'll enjoy a 2x multiplier. Get 3 wild symbols and that multiplier will be 3x, and so on up to 5x. This can easily turn pretty minor wins into much more impressive results, but it's rare to see a multiplier higher than 2x or 3x.
It's always easy to root for wild symbols, since they never fail to help a player out but the way Lost Island uses them is quite refreshing and really does result in you getting excited every time you see a wild land.
The bonus round is your standard free spins affair, but a sticky wild in the centre of reel 3 appears throughout and is very helpful for two reasons. First of all, it's useful because it's a free wild! But just as, if not more, important is the fact that it means you only need to get one extra wild during a free spin to trigger a 2x multiplier. It would be nice to see a dedicated multiplier of at least 2x throughout the bonus round, but we guess that this is the next best thing.
If you're looking for a reason to play Lost Island, then we've got a very good one. Actually, we've got 500,000 of them. This game has a jackpot of half a million coins, which makes for a very hefty grand prize when you consider the fact that the game's maximum coin size is 0.50.
If you don't feel like doing the math, this means that Lost Island's jackpot is a huge $250,000. You won't find many non-progressive games with prizes of this size, which gives the game a serious leg up over its competitors and other games in NetEnt's library.
Of course, a large jackpot alone doesn't make for a perfect game. But we think that Lost Island offers enough to keep players who come for the large jackpot hanging around for a while. If you enjoy the game based on its own merits, then that big jackpot is just an added bonus!
Lost Island looks great and plays very nicely, but it doesn't really do anything special enough to warrant becoming your favourite slot...except for featuring an eye watering jackpot that's worth getting lost on any deserted island for.
If you experience a big win we have no doubt that you'll come back next time you play but, unless you're a real jackpot hunter, the lack of a truly compelling theme means that the game may not do enough to distinguish itself from other similar titles to keep you coming back every time you visit the online casino.