He’s the giant ape from Skull Island who’s been playing exciting cultural games for many decades now on and off. And here, he’s a slot star!
King Kong slot game comes from a giant ape of the slots world, NextGen Gaming. There are so many iterations of Mr Kong’s story – show him some respect! – that there’s plenty of room for lots of game titles based around his story. There’s the classic black and white film, on which this game seems to be based, as well as the big-budget 2005 remake, which has a tie-in title of its own.
There’s a lot going on in this game, which has multiple wilds, scatters, a free spins round, and a gamble on wins in the base game.
Should you go exploring with this king of the jungle? Let’s find out in our King Kong slot review.
King Kong slot machine is a five-by-three game with five reels and three rows of symbols filling your screen with 15 possible places.
It offers a theoretical return to player of 95.14%, but please remember that this is no guarantee of any particular game session you play, it’s a measure of how the game will perform over its lifetime. The variance – another imperfect measure for individual players – is rated as high, meaning it’s more likely to pay out fewer big prizes than regular smaller prizes.
Betting on King Kong slot by NextGen runs from 0.25 coins to 625, but make sure that you’ve checked all the limits and values on the actual game and site you’re using before you play. Those wins show up on 25 pay-lines – an unusual number on a five-reel machine.
The top end of the paytable is filled with symbols from the 1930s heyday of the monster feature that gave us the original King Kong film.
The first pair of symbols is a pair of cinema tickets and some shackles, which pay 5-times stake for three, 20-times for four, and 100-times for five. Next up, a film camera and a skull pay 10-times stake for three, 25-times for four, and 150-times for five. Then a crab and a ship are rewarded with 15-times stake for three, 50-times for four, and 200-times for five. The bi-plane and dinosaur symbols pay from a pair upwards, offering players double their stake for two, 20-times for three, 100-times for four, and 500-times for five.
The two stars – standing in for Fay Wray and Bruce Cabot, and Naomi Watts and Adrien Brody – pay three-times stake, 25-times, 200-times, and 1,000 times for the guy, and 4, 100, 1,500 and 7,500 for the girl.
The King Kong wild triggers a King Kong Goes Ape feature when it lands on the middle reel. He, erm, goes mad for a bit and turns every single symbol slot on his reel into a wild. Crikey! Thrown into the mix are extra wilds on the other reels too.
The biggest bonus game though is King Kong Smash. It triggers when three or more of the game logos appear. This is a scatter, so they’ll kick this off from anywhere. This is essentially a cash ladder game with aeroplanes that you select trying to bring down Kong. Kong hits them – or not – and those that he hits are turned into lovely free spins for you, with one being worth 15, 2 worth 25, and the third bringing up 50 free spins. Four adds 25 more to the total, five makes it 100, and six mean 150 free spins. Already you’re looking at a hugely generous free spin round before you add in the doubling multiplier on all wins.
The movie tie-in from King Kong uses actual stills from the film to fill up the reels. This is not the case with this game, and I prefer it. It uses graphics cartoons for the symbols. They’re really well-drawn, and the animation of the reels is super smooth.
The extras are well delivered too, including the bonus games, which do actually have something of the atmosphere of the original Kong stories.
The controls are set along the bottom in the usual way, and fit in with the retro-futurist aesthetic of this stylish little machine.
NextGen has been around since 1999, and it’s undoubtedly one of the biggest names in the online video slots business now. Among their current top titles are Foxin Wins, Shields of the Wild, Jackpot Jester, Mad Monkey, and The Wild.
There is quite a lot to get your head around with King Kong slot from NextGen. It shouldn’t put you off though, and if you’ve played any slot game you should be able to find your way around it.
At the left of the screen is the sound control above an information button to open up the paytable and help. Next up, are the controls to set the bet amount, which is shown as a picture of coins. The centre of the screen is taken up entirely with information windows. On top is a general status window, under which are the total bet amount and the balance. To the right of that is the auto-spin button then, finally, you’ll see the spin button.
We had a great time checking out this top-quality slot from one of the best developers in the business. If you like NextGen games you’ll like this one we reckon. It’s got quality graphics, sound, atmosphere and animations. Throw in some excellent extras – including a Win gamble – and bonus features that are among the most generous we’ve ever seen and we reckon this game could be a monster hit.
Give this excellent monster feature a go when you next log in to your favourite casino site.