NextGen Gaming brings you a smash of a King Kong slot that looks iconic and plays beautifully.
This game should not be confused with the Playtech King Kong slot based on the 2005 movie of the same name.
Instead, NextGen Gaming has brought you a far more classic looking King Kong. One with art deco glamour, beasts lost to time and a real feeling of thrill as the great ape smashes onto your screen.
This King Kong slot machine sits up higher on the variance scale than most. Meaning you will need to keep a close eye on your budget, otherwise, you’ll find yourself sacrificing more than you’d hoped to the king of the jungle.
That said, the King Kong Goes Ape helps alleviate the empty spins, as whenever you get a wild on reel 3, it will expand, cover the whole reel, and generally give you one or two extra wilds on reels 2 and 4.
We’ve had wins of over 160 times our bet thanks to this slot feature, and we never get tired of seeing this great ape smash through our screen in a dazzling little animation.
And before you say ‘yeah right, bet it’s impossible to get that many free spins’, we’ll have you know that we’ve won 75 free spins at once thanks to this little mechanic.
Basically, you get to play a simple mini-game, smashing planes from the top of the empire state building, to determine how many free spins you end up with.
The real problem isn’t the cool animations, it’s the fact that the King Kong Goes Ape feature doesn’t appear during the free spins. And if we are being honest, is the main draw of the base game.
Playing 75, or even 150, free spins whilst trying to catch a couple of elusive 5 of a kind wins can feel unsatisfying, especially if you don’t get much for your efforts.
Still, as with all high variance machines, a little patience is necessary, and you need to be able to take the hits this beast will throw at you when it decides not to pay out.
Because one good free spins round is all it takes for this King Kong video slot to smash it’s way into your heart, especially as all the wins in the bonus games are doubled.
And if you’re impatient, and can’t be bothered to play 50 free spins, you can always take a ‘mystery prize’ instead, which will give you the general equivalent of what you might have won.
But where’s the fun in that? We all know King Kong falls to his death in the end, the joy is in watching the mayhem and chaos he creates around him. And the wins that come with that destruction of course.
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|Mobile Slot released||May 2016|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 25 Paylines|
|House edge / RTP||4.86% / 95.14%|
|Coins range||0.01 - 2.00|
|Min/Max bet||0.25 / 50|
|Free spins||Up to 150 Free Spins / 2x Multiplier|
|Bonus rounds||Free Spins, Mystery Prizes, Expanded Wild|
|Slot Themes||Adventure & Explorer|
Wild: King Kong himself is the wild symbols and shows up on reel 2, 3 and 4. He replaces all symbols except scatter.
King Kong Goes Ape Expanded Wild: When a wild symbol shows up on reel 3, King Kong will smash through the screen and turn the whole reel wild. A little bit like in the Incredible Hulk slot.
On the plus side you also generally get extra wilds on reels 2 and 4, leading to easier 4 and 5 of a kind wins.
King Kong Smash Free Spins: The King Kong slot logo is the scatter symbol, and you'll need 3 anywhere on screen to start this feature.
We've spun well over 200 spins with no free spins in sight, so you might have to be patient.
Here you'll play as King Kong and you'll choose to smash left or right to hit aeroplanes. The more aeroplanes you hit, the more free spins you win. Miss aeroplanes 3 times and the feature starts.
At this point you'll have a choice; take the free spins you've won, and played them. All wins come with a 2x multiplier.
Alternatively, you can choose from one of 3 mystery prizes, forfeit the free spins, and win instant cash. The more free spins you win, the more cash you are likely to uncover.
Which is best? Hard to say. We played for close to 3 hours and hit the free spins 4 times, so not enough to say which is best. We like the thrill of the random luck of the free spins though, so we tend to prefer playing it out.
That said, bear in mind that during the free spins round you will not get the King Kong Goes Ape feature, making wins harder to find.
NextGen's King Kong mobile slot is subtly retro and it works all the more for it.
Concentrating on the beast itself, its easy to enjoy a true King Kong game where you see him smash through the screen, climb skyscrapers, and create chaos around him.
He is not an easy creature to love, but those who appreciate a slow build-up with a credible chance of getting at least 50 free spins, will find a machine with a heart of gold... even if that heart can lead to the destruction of your wallet sometimes.
Dare you conquer the beast? We think you should. But if you're not quite brave, or experienced enough, we would also recommend the Gorilla Go Wild slot, which is a little more light-hearted.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: March 25, 2021 - Rating