Agent Jane Blonde Returns is the latest Microgaming slot release
It is strange to think that it has been fifteen years since the first Agent Jane Blonde slot burst onto the scene from Microgaming back in 2004. The James Bond-styled female super sleuth proved to be a big hit with fans thanks to its simple but engaging game play and wide range of cash prizes on offer.
Microgaming announced at ICE 2019 that a new game featuring the eponymous spy was in the works and that Stormcraft Studios, who did a fabulous job on the Fortunium slot in 2018, would be working on developing the new game.
Just a few months on from that announcement and the sequel is now here and has been released across Microgaming casinos. Backed by a big hype campaign, Agent Jane Blonde Returns sees the famous agent use an array of skills, weapons and gadgets to get the better of a group of evil henchmen.
So is this new Agent Jane Blonde Returns slot all make up, or has this game been given a fresh new identity, a splash of perfume and a careful application of lipstick to bring it up to speed? Let's take a closer look at the slot and find out.
- Game: Agent Jane Blonde Returns
- Developer: Stormcraft Studios (for Microgaming)
- Reels: 5
- Pay Lines: 15 (non-selectable)
- Minimum Bet: 0.05
- Maximum Bet: 400.00
- Jackpot: 120,000 coins
- Free Spins Bonus: No
- Other Bonuses: Yes
- Progressive: No
- Volatility: Low
The presentation of the Agent Jane Blonde Returns slot has been very nicely done. The backdrop to the slot is an evening city scene, I'd guess London given the accent of Agent Jane Blonde (whose voice you can hear when you pause playing the slot and which sounds very much like actress Liz Hurley).
The controls to the slot are located down the right side of the screen and icons are used to identify them and they aren't the clearest to be honest. The five reels are in the middle of the screen and the animations used to see them move are smooth and nicely done. The music is gentle and although Agent Jane Blonde's gentle reminders to play are endearing at first, they do begin to grate on your nerves a little after a while.
This is a pretty looking slot and what is notable is that the 2019 Agent Jane Blonde is portrayed less as a sex-bomb than she was back in 2004 and the game is better for that fact.
What is on the reels?
There are nine main symbols in the game, plus two others that are linked to the bonus features of the slot, the Wild and Scatter symbols, which we will deal with in more detail in the sections below.
The lower value symbols on the slot are all the tools Agent Jane Blonde may use as part of her work. They include a watch, a laptop, cash and passports, a sporty looking car and a handbag with a gun. What is pleasing with these wins is that only the two smallest wins offer you a cash prize less than your total bet. All other wins will be to the value of at least your triggering bet, if not higher and that does make a big difference.
There are four other symbols on the reels that offer higher value wins and each is Agent Jane Blonde in a different guise, sometimes with different hair colour to complete the change of look. Wins range from just over your betting amount to 12x your bet amount for five of the two top ranked symbols on the reel.
The blonde-haired and smiling Jane Blonde symbol is the in game Wild and she is stacked on the reels either two or all three symbols high. Land five of these symbols across the reels and you can earn a prize of 20x your total stake and of course, with the Wild being stacked, it is possible to win that amount across more than one line.
Wilds can be used with other symbols to trigger additional wins, but it cannot be used as a Scatter symbol.
Free Spins features
Agent Jane Blonde Returns is a somewhat unusual slot in that it doesn't have a standalone Free Spins bonus game. Instead, if you land two or more of the Agent Jane Blonde Returns Logo Scatter symbols anywhere across the reels, then you launch a Re-Spin Bonus game which is the main bonus feature on the slot.
With this bonus, the triggering symbols (regardless of how many you land) will trigger one Re-Spin of the reels. However, for that re-spin, the Scatter symbols will hold their position on the reels and will change into Wild symbols. For any re-spin, all Scatter symbols on the reels change into Wild symbols.
If you then manage to land an additional Wild in one of the spinning spaced on that spin, you will trigger another re-spin of the reels, and so on until you land a spin that does not see another symbol added to those already present on the reels.
Obviously, the more Scatters that change into Wilds you can add to the reels in this bonus feature then the greater your chances of landing a sizeable win. The amount you can win in this round can vary tremendously and you don't always have to land a large number of Wild symbols in order to hit a big money prize. Occasionally, if you hit a favourable spin, just two symbols can be enough to trigger a decent win.
Best feature of the Agent Jane Blonde Returns slot
There's lots to like about the Agent Jane Blonde Returns slot. The game has been given a fine update by Stormcraft Studios and this slot is a worthy addition to the original game. I did wonder if a lack of Free Spins would hurt the games appeal but the Respin Bonus round does make the game a huge amount of fun and can lead to some sizeable wins and it does tend to trigger more often than a standard bonus round, which is another positive.
Agent Jane Blonde Returns is a fantastic addition to the popular original slot and Stormcraft Studios have taken a brave decision to release a game without Free Spins but with a Respins Bonus instead and that decision works well. The game is simple, easy to play and not too hard hitting on the wallet. With a wide range of bets available, it can be played by smaller stakes and higher rollers no problem. This is one slot well worth a closer look next time you visit a Microgaming casino.
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