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The wombat says: What do you get if you cross an eagle with a lion? No, it’s not a crap dad joke, you actually get a Griffin Wombat Fans. Yes of all the mythical creatures, the Griffin is our favourite. This legendary beast has the legs and body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle, meaning the Griffin has combined features of the two most kick-ass creatures around. Put it this way, we wouldn’t like to meet one in a dark alley… Anyway, it looks like Microgaming- of Monster Mania slot fame- have taken this crazy dude as the inspiration for another magical-themed game: the Great Griffin slot! Let’s fire up this bad boy and see what’s going on!
Look and Feel
There’s some very detailed artwork here which makes a change from a lot of other older games, which we like. The reels are set within some lofty vaulted stone halls and the graphics are intricate and easy on the eye. The epic soundtrack adds to the gothic atmosphere too! Well, we’ve got legendary horned beasts in the Unicorn Legend slot– it made sense to throw in a few lion eagles for you!
Great Griffin is a 5 reel, 3 row and 50 pay-line slot. Your symbols on the reels are made up of all things magical (the Well of Wonders slot will get you in the mood for this one). They include; a load of glass jars potions, some magical plants, a griffin claw clutching a crystal ball, a pestle and mortar, a cloaked sorceress, alchemy scales for weighing potion ingredients and a Griffin egg with the baby bird’s tiny beak poking out of it. All-in-all a weird and wonderful selection.
Griffin Wild and Wild Bonus
The Griffin symbol is the game’s Wild and will substitute for all other symbols in the game except for the Scatter. He will also double your payouts if he features in a winning combo. But there’s more! Keep your eyes peeled for the Griffin Wild Bonus, which is triggered randomly. Here the big old lion/eagle will swoop across your screen, turning random symbols into extra Wilds. Nice touch Microgaming!
Free Spins Bonus
Land 3x of the Great Griffin logo Scatters anywhere across the reels and you’ll have a choice of 3 different Free Spins bonuses: 5 spins with a 10x multiplier, 10 spins with a 5x multiplier, or 15 spins with a 3x multiplier. We opted for option 2 and scooped an absolutely huge win of 4196 coins!!! Sweet.
Magic Pick ‘Em Bonus
There’s another bonus feature in Great Griffin slot that can be triggered by landing 3x or more of the Sorceress symbols on reels 2, 3 and 4. It’s a straightforward Pick ‘em Bonus where you must choose various potion ingredients to reveal a hidden prize. This could be an instant cash win, a ‘Pick Again’ symbol giving you another go, or a ‘Win All’ symbol which will dole out you all 3 prizes.
Great Griffin is a nice-looking slot with some quality artwork, and we particularly like the effects in the Griffin Wild Bonus when the scary-ass bird swoops across the reels. With some decent extras that land quite often, and some lucrative payouts, this slot is definitely worth a go, and one of the better magic themed games we’ve played.