Can you find the diamond within and turn all the animals into the king of the apes? Let’s find out in our Gorilla Kingdom slot review.
NetEnt game studios does it again, as they bring you deep into the jungle, with flowing waterfalls, intricate flowers, and just a little bit of animal mysticism – because there’s a little bit of magic in the air.
This Gorilla Kingdom mobile slot has 1024 ways to win with 5 reels and 4 rows of intricately designed jungle atmosphere. You don’t have a wild symbol but you do get scatter that triggers the free spins feature where you can upgrade all the high paying animals into Gorillas.
In short, whilst this is a little different from your standard 5 reel video slots, it’s actually a very simple machine: you spin, you hope to catch stacks of animals in the base game, and when that doesn’t happen, you hope to catch the scatters.
3 scatters will trigger 10 free spins, but you’ll want 4 to trigger 15 free spins to get really good results. Unlike other casino slots online, we’ve actually gotten 4 scatters more often than we thought, mostly because NetEnt knows that this game is for patient gamblers.
Because once you’ve started the Gorilla Kingdom slot free spins, you are not heading straight for riches. First, you got to give this king of beasts some companions.
How do you do that? By capturing masked gorillas on the reels. 6 will transform the jaguar (next highest paid symbol) into a Gorilla. Another 6 will then transform the toucan, then the deer, and finally the Pangolin.
For every animal, you transform (or upgrade) you get +2 free spins, and only 2 scatters in the free spins will add +3 spins to your overall count. In short, you may start with 10 spins, but you usually play at least 12 or 13 spins, if not more.
We get that this is a volatile slot game. But by going backwards down the paytable, so transforming the highest paid symbols into Gorillas, it means that you get a lot less stacked symbols of the big ape that you might wish for.
And that’s fine if we had another feature to help create multiple wins over 1024 ways to win. An expanded wild maybe. Or even one stacked symbols per spin like in the Xmas Magic slot for example.
So it is very frustrating. You feel like you are just spinning to jump through more hoops in this Gorilla Kingdom online slot.
But the top win of almost 3,000x your bet is generous, and we’ve rarely walked away from a free spin round with less than 30x our bet – usually closer to 50x our bet, and in one blazing round as much as 150x our bet.
So we can’t say the wins aren’t here, or that we didn’t have fun. Just that maybe it needed just one little extra to make this game extra special like the Jungle Spirit slot also by NetEnt.
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|Mobile Slot released||April 2020|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 1024 Ways to Win|
|House edge / RTP||3.97% / 96.03%|
|Min/Max bet||0.20 / 350|
|Free spins||10 to 20 Free Spins / symbol Upgrades|
|Bonus rounds||Scatter, Free Spins, Symbol Upgrades|
Scatters and Free Spins: 3 or more diamond scatter symbols anywhere on the main reels activates the free spins. 3, 4 or 5 scatters triggers 10, 15 or 20 free spins respectively.
During the free spins you can get extra spins by catching:
How do you catch the animal transformation? During the Gorilla Kingdom bonus games, the high paying Gorilla may come as a 'mask' symbol. Catch 6 of them and you'll transform the lowest paying animal on the paytable to the next highest paying.
This continues until all 5 animals have transformed into the Gorilla or you run out of spins.
We can't deny that this Gorilla Kingdom slot on mobile looks beautiful, but there are just not quite enough wins over its 1024 ways to win to make this into a 'must play', just a 'you can do if you come across it'.
The problem is that in order to get a top win of 2,857 times your bet you have to jump through too many hoops - it has to be the perfect combination of enough spins, enough masks, and enough animal transformation to get a jungle of riches.
It can happen, it is exciting to watch, and the sounds and animation certainly lead you into a world full of riches.
But we can't help but think that it may be a little easier to catch those riches in the luxury of That's Rich slot or even the excellent Piggy Riches Megaways slot. And if we can think of two games rather play whilst playing a video slot, you know it's only a 3-star review.
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Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: April 29, 2020 - Rating