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John Hunter and The Quest for Bermuda Riches Slot review

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The man, the myth, the legend - John Hunter returns for another adventure. Leaving the Egyptian dust bowl, John Hunter picks his next destination at the mysterious tropical islands of the Bermudas. The game pairs picturesque graphics with thrilling gameplay, creating a fun and exciting slot experience that caters to the travel-hungry beasts inside of players. On top of that, the massive treasure of 5,000x the stake waits at the end.

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Setting off on another trip to exotic lands to dig up the last piece of ancient wealth, John Hunter and the Quest for Bermuda Riches takes players to the sunny islands off the coast of Florida. The stunning visuals, featuring a sandy beach and clear blue water blanketed in thick green moss, create an uncharted look where treasures lurk beneath the thick overgrowth. 

Bermuda Riches comes with Cluster pays and Tumble mechanics, where winnings of at least five matching symbols disappear, creating space for new ones to drop. Pressing the spin button will fill the screen with 49 gems and artifacts of an age far gone whose value only increases with time. Each symbol pays a certain amount, though none can match the Ring at 150x the bet for a cluster of 15+.

Rooting around in the game’s noggins turns up a highly volatile math model, rated at a 4.5 out of 5 by the developer. Although unpredictable, Bermuda Riches might be for players who are more into the thrill of the unknown. The RTP is 96.39%, although it can go up to 96.40% when players purchase the bonus round at 100x the stake. All in all, the favorable math model, when combined with the many features, creates a smooth journey towards the summit jackpot of 5,000x the bet.

Bermuda Riches has multiple features, including Cursed Wilds, Money Collect, and the standard Free Spins. When Wilds drop on the screen, they have a random chance to transform into Cursed Wilds, containing a multiplier of 2x or adding extra wilds to the grid.

Like the Big Bass series, Bermuda Riches integrates a Money Symbol feature for instant cash rewards. Money Symbols can randomly drop, and players can claim these monetary rewards by landing a Collect Symbol simultaneously. Should more than one Collect Symbol land, they activate separately, effectively doubling, tripling, or quadrupling the collected amount. Furthermore, there are different effects to Collect symbols:​

  • Collect: Collects all Money Symbols on the screen.
  • Extra Credit Collect: Adds its value to all Money Symbols in view before collecting them.
  • Multiplier Collect: Multiplies its value to all Money Symbols in view before collecting them.
  • Extra Drop Collect: Adds more Money Symbols to the screen before collection.

Landing 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 Scatters rewards players 3x, 5x, 10x, 20x, or 100x the bet and 12 Free Spins. Additionally, landing 3 Scatters on the screen during the bonus round will reward 5 Free Spins. The base game rules apply to the bonus event, with one exception being that landed Money Symbols don’t get collected by the Collect symbols. Instead of that, they go into a Bonus Pot. At the end of the round, a reel of 3 Win segments and 7 Loss ones appears on the screen. Depending on the players’ luck, they can make out with the collected Money Symbol amount.

Roshtein’s Take

With its wild looks, primitive islands, and wavy-blue waters, Bermuda Riches captures the essence of the tropical archipelago with its graphical design. The gameplay is decent, with plenty of Money Collecting to play around with in the base game and free spins in the bonus round.

One problem with the game, which is more troublesome than it should be, is the end of the Free Spins. The game carries some potential, but what is the point if all your hard-earned cash can be taken away at the end of the bonus round? The game contradicts itself by making Money Collecting the focal point and then scraping it all off regardless, which turns many people, including me, away from playing. Bermuda Riches may be a hit to some, but I won’t bother going back any time soon.

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