The Invisible Man slot review

By NetEnt

The Invisible Man Slot

The Invisible Man Basic info

Game provider NetEnt

Release Date 12/2014

RTP 96.30%

Game Technology HTML5

Popularity Medium

Min bet $0.20

Max bet $100

Max Win bet x 1000

Gamble Feature Bonus game or special game, Paylines from both sides, Multiplier, Walking wilds, Freespins

Layout 5x3

Devices Support all devices

Configurable Winlines No

Volatility High

Progressive Jackpot No

The Invisible Man is a homage to the classic monster movie. It’s filled to the brim with atmosphere and special modes.

The story of an invisible man has been told throughout the ages. The first known text is from Plato’s Ring of Gyges, and many famous writers have had a go with the idea. H.G. Wells wrote The Invisible Man, Jules Verne did The Secret of Wilhelm Storitz and so on.

The invisible man has made it to the silver screen as well. One of the most famous films is the 1933 Universal classic, simply called, The Invisible Man. It is based on the H.G. Wells novel featuring the same Jack Griffin as the titular character.

That movie is also the source for the NetEnt 2014 The Invisible Man slot, which is fully licensed from Universal Studios. Five reels, 20 pay lines and tons of special features are waiting for the curious movie fan.

Graphics and sound

NetEnt came out swinging with The Invisible Man when it comes to the audio and visuals. This game looks gorgeous. It has a dark and grimy Art Deco look, that really hits the mark -Tarnished gold, smoky lab equipment and frightened people set the scene well.

The player is sucked into the gritty atmosphere, and feels part of the story. When I played The Invisible Man, I found myself rooting for Jack Griffin and wanted to see him outsmart the police. One reason might also be that Griffin has the better bonus game, which I wanted to play more often.

The music and sounds suit the theme well, and you can even hear sound clips from the original 1933 film. I found myself keeping the game open in the background, just to hear the music while I was doing other things. That is a lot to say for a mere slot machine.

Symbols and features

When you start to play, the game seems like a calm, even timid experience. Gameplay begins with just the traditional number symbols and a selection of characters from the movie. Dr Cranley, Arthur Kemp and even the doctor’s daughter, Flora Cranley are all there. For now, the only thing that is out of the ordinary is that you can win both ways.

The game truly begins when you start dropping wilds into the mix. There are two of them, one for the police and one for Jack Griffin, the invisible man. The special features are multi-tiered and for me, a big reason to come back. I wanted to see how the story evolved for both parties and see just what was in store for them.

  • Walking Wilds: The first special feature you will encounter are the wild symbols. In one of them, a police officer and in the other, Jack Griffin. When a wild symbol lands on a reel, it starts to walk to the side one reel at a time. You will keep getting free re-spins until the wild symbol has left the reels. The police will walk to the right and Griffin to the left.
  • Free Spins: If the opposing wild symbols ever collide, the free spins will be re-triggered. You start off with 10 free spins and can gain more while they are active. Now the police are close to Griffin, but getting more wilds will either let him escape or get cornered. If you can get eight wild symbols to cross the board in either direction, you start the next bonus game. Both parties have their own special mode, and only one can be activated.
  • Police bonus game: Now the police have chased Griffin to a burning building for the final showdown. This is a three-round free spin game, with burning wilds as the extra treat. At the start of each spin, five burning wilds are randomly placed on the reels.
  • Griffin bonus game: Griffin has managed to evade the police and is back to his dirty deeds. You will now get to cause mischief in the village by going house to house. Unlike Santa, you will only leave destruction in your wake. In each building, there are three possible items – Cash money, better multiplier or a policeman’s hat. If you find the hat, you have been seen and are forced to move to the next place. After three locations, you tally up your score and see how much you won.

Final Thoughts

The Invisible Man is a thematic slot, with a heavy focus on the story. I found myself playing the game just to see how it would unravel. If you are interested in either the classic monster movies or just want a game with some actual story elements, this is a game for you.

The base game might seem bland, but things do get wild with the wilds. The special features and bonus games are the main reason why you’d want to play this slot and keep on playing it. This is not a good game for just a few quick spins. You need to sit down and play it properly to enjoy it.

This is also the weak point of the game. I found that the base game gave out measly wins. If you are able to double your wager, you must have done something right. The game doesn’t start until the wilds start walking. If you ever want to get big wins, you need to hit the special features.

For me, this is a great game. I love the atmosphere, the music and the characters, and I wanted to follow the story. These are the key factors in determining whether this game is for you or not.

Though, there is one more option here. If you like the mechanics, but not the theme, NetEnt has got you covered. They released a Christmas-themed version of the same game in 2019, called Santa vs. Rudolf.

Leticia Miranda

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