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Golden Jungle Grand
Golden Jungle Grand is a "variable-state" game, meaning the expected return of the next game depends on the state it was left in by the previous player. In particular, the game has a special feature where every tenth game the player is eligible for fully wild reels, according to outcome of the nine previous games. If the game is left in a state close to that special 10th spin and/or with lots of accumulated Golden Vishnus.
The game was made in 2018 by Unity, which is a branch or subsidiary of IGT.
I won't get into all the rules, because the player doesn't need to know them to successfully play this game. Following is the executive summary, with an emphasis on the rules needed to play this game with an advantage.
- A bet is 75 credits. The player may choose how much a credit is, but I believe 1 cent to 5 cents are the norm.
- The game has five reels and four visible rows.
- What I will call the arch is a scatter pay symbol. If the player gets at least three of them, he will play the bonus game.
- The bonus game has fully wild reels in every spin. The player may choose between three options on the number of spins and wild reels, as follows:
- Three scatters — 25 free games with 2 wild reels, 10 free games with 3 wild reels, 2 free games with 4 wild reels.
- Four scatters — 40 free games with 2 wild reels, 15 free games with 3 wild reels, 3 free games with 4 wild reels.
- Five scatters — 75 free games with 2 wild reels, 30 free games with 3 wild reels, 6 free games with 4 wild reels.
- Free games may retrigger more free games.
- Each purchased game (as opposed to a free game) shall be numbered sequentially from 1 to 10. After the player plays the tenth game in a cycle, the counter will reset to 1.
- A counter, in the lower-right of the screen, shows the number in the cycle of the LAST game played.
- If the player gets what I will call the Golden Vishnu symbol anywhere on any reel, it will be collected above that reel.
- After the 10th game in a cycle, all Golden Vishnus will be cleared out.
- If the player already has two Golden Vishnus for any given reel, he can not accumulate any more for that reel.
- On the tenth spin in a cycle, any reel that has two Golden Vishnus will be completely wild for that game.
- The tiger is a special symbol that doesn't act as a line pay, but a block of ten of them, consisting of two rows and five columns, pays 10,000 credits.
- The game has 75 lines. The player always plays all of them for his 75-credit bet.
For further information on the rules, please click on any of the following thumbnails of the rule screens.
When does this game have a 100%+ return? Before I answer, let me give the disclaimer that I don't know exactly how this game was designed. To analyze the game, I reverse engineered a similar game, with carful attention to the ten-game cycle feature and test in all 2,430 possible game states. I get that number from all five reels having 0, 1, or 2 Golden Vishnus (GVs) and the 10 possible states over a cycle (10*3^5 = 2,430). I certainly don't claim my own version of Golden Jungle Grand is the same as the real thing, but I think will advise pretty well when the game is in a positive state.
As mentioned in the rules, the game counter is for the LAST game played. Usually you will find this on a 10, meaning the last player played off the wild-reel feature and left. That is not what we want to see. Below I give a strategy for when the game counter is at 1, 2, 4, 6, and 8. For games 3, 5, 7, and 9 in the cycle, please look at the strategies for the even numbers bordering it and use your best judgement.
In explaining the strategy I will abbreviate Golden Vishnu as GV.
As you play, it is possible the game will from a positive to negative state, if you don't earn more GV's. You should revaluate whether to keep playing after every spin.
Disclaimer: Please take the following strategy with a tablespoon of salt. This is just a rough guess of what I think a correct strategy should look like. Please also be more picky playing games at casinos with tight slots, like most of them on the Las Vegas Strip. I file this strategy under "something is better than nothing. "
If the previous game was the first game in a cycle, then play with at least one Golden Visnhu on reels 1 to 4.
If the previous game was the second game in a cycle, then play under any of the following conditions:
- At least one GV on reels 1 to 3.
- Two GVs on reel 4.
- One GV on reel 4 and two GV on reel 5.
If the previous game was the fourth game in a cycle, then play under any of the following conditions:
- Three or more total GVs.
- Two GV in first four reels.
If the previous game was the sixth game in a cycle, then play under any of the following conditions:
- Four or more total GVs.
- Three GVs in first three reels.
If the previous game was the eighth game in a cycle, then play under any of the following conditions:
- Three or more GVs in first three reels.
- Two GV on reel 1, 2, or 3 and either (1) 1 or 2 GV on reel 4, or (2) two GV on reel 5.
- Two GV in first three reels, on different reels and either (1) Two GV on reel 4, or (2) One GV on reel 4 and two GV on reel 5.
- One GV in first three reels and four GVs on reels 4 and 5 combined.
Discussion about Golden Jungle Grand in my forum at Wizard of Vegas.
Written by: Michael Shackleford