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Planet of the Apes

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Planet of the Apes

Monkey Summary

Well, if I’m not qualified to review this game then my name’s Arthur Dent. A slot game involving a collection of primates with coins to be won? Count me in. The theme, heavily based on the smash movie franchise, makes this game from NetEnt a sheer buzz. Let’s have a whirl on the reels, shall we? NetEnt are famous for their feature packed games like the Koi Princess slot and Guns n Roses, so let’s see if they hit the mark on the Planet of the Apes.

The Basics

Planet of the Apes is a joint effort between Twentieth Century Fox, the movie makers and NetEnt. It’s a bonus packed slot that pits mankind against apes (some of us are civilised!) Two movies, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes inspired this slot game which is a spliced up game version of the two. I can’t wait to get my hands on it! NetEnt do a good movie slot (try the Jumanji slot if you don’t believe me) so we were expecting good things from this one.

The Graphics

Thanks to the team up between the movie and the game designers there are a host of features straight from the movie, with photos and even footage taking centre stage on the reels. This is probably the best looking game since the Forsaken Kingdom slot from Rabcat. It’s a real looker!

There’s a dramatic movie style soundtrack that accompanies the slot play that is great at building atmosphere and will have you sitting in anticipation on the very edge of your seat. Hail Caesar!

The Play

NetEnt has thrown out the slot rule book with this smasher of a game. There are two sets of reels that stand side by side and these “Dual Reels” impact game play significantly in the bonus games.  Let me explain….

On the left are a set of reels themed by Rise on the left, and Dawn on the right.
Each set of reels contains five reels, 3 rows and 20 pay-lines- giving this game a massive 40 pay-lines of dosh making potential. Each reel set works independently until the bonus games start.

The early life of Caesar the ape is at the centre of the stories and is seen on the left hand reels. Naturally, Caesar is the highest value icon on those reels. He’s not alone though, as we have a trio of further characters featuring in the high value symbols. The lower value icons are the Ace through 10 of the card deck.

The Dawn reels are themed by Caesar’s life – as the ruler of the apes. As a result, the older Caesar and three human characters, as well as his nemesis Koba, the wicked ape, are the high value icons on the reels. Again, the Ace through ten of the card deck make up the low value symbols.

On each reel, the Wild is an entwined icon which is gold on the left hand side and red on the right. Only the bonus icons or Scatter substitute for the all-powerful Wilds. The Scatter is in both reels as the younger and older face of Caesar and the movie logo. Landing a handful of Scatters on either set of reels will boost your wallet by a welcome 1,000 coins. How very civilised!

The Bonuses

The Dual feature is a marvelous piece of slot innovation from NetEnt. Prior to making a spin in the base game, a single icon – different on each side on the reels is selected at random. Then the reels spin, and if further instances of that icon land, they will freeze in place increasing their win potential.

Cleverly, if that special icon lands on the opposing set of reels it can move over to the other set of reels to increase your cash making potential. The spinning continues until further special icons land on either reel set. And better still, in this mode there’s a 1,000 x your wager win potential! Now thing are looking up for primates everywhere!

Rise and Dawn Features
Landing the related bonus icon on the first reel on the left hand set, or the last reel or the right hand set will trigger the special movie themed features.

The Rise feature transforms all primates and human symbols into a neat cash gift generator- they’re faces translate into hard cash for you.
The Dawn feature goes crackers and turns all the character symbols into one individual, making for some seriously profitable play.

Stacked Wilds
Wilds can randomly become stacked and when this occurs, it is mirrored in both sets of reels. Helllo! Now if that is not a quick way to up your bank balance I don’t know what is.

Free Spinning Fun
A trio of Scatters on either set of reels triggers a thrilling Free Spins game.
The Rise Free Spins game gifts you a generous 10 free spins. Intriguingly, as you play any Wilds you land are collected to be released simultaneously onto the reels on the tenth spin.

The Dawn Free Spins game gives you an impressive 15 free spins but there’s more. A trio of new special bonus symbols are added to the reels. These charred and fiery icons include a Multiplier, Extra Wild and Extra Free Spins.

As you land these special icons, they register on a meter and when that fills, the feature is triggered into action. You’ll gain three free spins, a character turning into a Wild or a random multiplier. At this point, as you can imagine, I am screaming, screeching and banging my chest.

Monkey Verdict

NetEnt have pushed the boat out in this graphically stunning slot game, stuffed with enough bonus extras to keep even the most energetic gamer busy. It’s top bananas! With so much movie action, the Planet of the Apes slot is a sure fire winner.

5 out of 5 bananas