Even a civilised chap like me sometimes lusts for a break from all the adoring, Martini carrying perky-tailed lady monkeys. The Go Bananas slot from gaming giants NetEnt takes me right back to the jungle tree-tops to get in touch with my roots, oh and yes, to try and make a mint. I’m uniquely qualified to review this game. In fact, I have just come off the Planet of the Apes slot which is another great reel spinner from Sweden. Let’s go looking for some yellow fruit shall we?
Hold onto your hats chaps and chapesses as there’s a maximum win of 700x your wager on the table. It’s time to put your mission face on and go get ’em tiger!
The Go Bananas slot has crisper graphics than a submarine’s radar. The humorous and comic styling is high quality enough to have stepped right off the big screen and onto the reels. NetEnt are good at toon styling (we’d rate the Koi Princess slot machine in this regard) and this game is no exception.
High in the treetops perches a tree house, the perfect setting for the game. The sharp-eyed among you will note the rubber tyre for playful primates and bunches of bananas. This is where the five primates at the centre of this game spend their down time. The reels are awash with a mission-honed crew of five monkeys and some of their treasures. You might think you’re in the Butterfly Staxx slot for a second this being a jungle game- that’s because both of these games are from Net Ent.
If you prick your furry ears up you will hear some jazzy calypso-style drums and soothing jungle sounds of birdsong and insects in the background. Home Sweet Home. There’s the chatter of monkeys too- that’s top secret mission information that they’re whispering about and it’s on a strictly Need to Know basis!
This arboreal adventure is played out over 3 rows, 5 reels and 20 pay-lines. Let’s swing up a few branches and see what we can find, shall we?
A gigantic pink ruby clutched by some hairy hands is the highest value icon. Capture five of these on an active pay-line and you will earn a 700 coin wallet-busting treat. Up next there’s a ruby encrusted gold monkey statue, a bulging monkey money clip, a pair of bongo drums and a banana split desert- well, why not?
The lower value icons of this game are a five juicy patterned fruits.
There are also a promising-looking troop of monkeys who make the bonus game come to life. More of these rewarding chaps later.
A giant golden banana emblazoned with the word “Wild” substitutes for all icons. But, pay attention slot lovers: this Wild only comes into play when triggered by the appearance of Wild Monkey icons.
The big money comes into play when one of five different primate characters lands on the reels. When a monkey appears, it lands and spreads to adjacent reels in a range of different patterns depending on the species.
The bully boy of the crew is a hulking Wild Gorilla: he lands creating five Wilds. The Wild Orangutan (a curvy creature toting a flower in her hair) creates a square of four Wilds together. The blue-nosed Wild Baboon brings a line of three vertical Wilds to reels while the Wild Langur brings a trio of vertical Wilds into play. Last, but not least, is the diminutive Wild Tarsier which brings a duo of vertical or horizontal Wilds for you. So, as you see, these nice fellas and lasses are there to help net you a win. How very civilised!
The Go Bananas slot is a medium variance game with a creative and characterful bonus game which is relatively easy to trigger. There are few greater pleasures in life than an efficient mission and a setting in paradise, so I enjoyed this outing.
I’ll be back soon, maybe next time I’ll bring Miss Monkeypenny too!
Monkey Score: 4 bananas
This slot introduced me to some fine looking primates. First rate!