Oh my god! Looking at this The Grand Journey game for the very first time, it instantly reminded me of the Girls With Guns game. Everything looks almost the same, with the same overall colour scheme, with the jungle background scenario, and the unmistakable Stacked Wilds on the reels. I have already lost count on how many of such similar games there are in Microgaming list! A thousand games perhaps? Hmm, just kidding. Okay, I must admit, the graphics and the presentation of the game are all acceptable, nothing much to complain about, except for the cloning part. I guess some things will never change.
The logo 'The Grand Journey' is the Wild symbol, paying a very low 33.3x the total bet for 5 of them, is stacked on all reels, doubles all wins with it, and substitutes for other symbols except the Scatter symbol. Thank god it isn't one more of those typical dumb Wild symbols. The Globe is the Scatter symbol, paying the usual 100x the total bet for 5 of them, and getting 3 or more Scatters trigger 15 free spins with Increasing Multipliers of 2x to 10x. A non-winning free spin increases the multiplier by +1, but a winning free spin resets the multiplier back to 1x. The Free Spins game cannot be retriggered. Argh!
The Mole is an Extra Wild symbol, appearing only on reel 3, and expands into a Wild Reel with any winning combinations. It also appears during the free spins. As for the other symbols, the Man pays 16.6x, the Woman pays 10x, and the rest pay from 5x to 1.1x, all per total bet for 5 of each kind. For a 30-paylines game, this paytable is very low.
What more can I say about this The Grand Journey game? It feels like playing Girls With Guns Jungle Heat game, and the game play is no different from the so many other similar games. If you've played one game, you've played all of them, basically. Well, not exactly, because I couldn't get any decent wins from this game, unlike in the other games. The Free Spins games paid 14x, 6x, 13x and 11x my bet amount, in that order, so how on earth to like it?! The payouts were all simply horrible and blardy low, but honestly speaking, I am not surprised at all!