The world’s most famous giant ape returns to our reels, with King Kong Cash Slot, this incarnation coming at us from Blueprint Gaming. The studio that brought us such epic online slots featuring ass-kicking wildlife as Wild Antics and Paws of Fury. Rather than go down the Skull Island route of having Kong smash and fight everything in site, Blueprint takes a nod from NYX stablemate NextGen. The studio instead delivers a cartoonish view of King Kong in this five reel, 20 payline slot that features Blueprint’s trademark love of scores of bonus features.
From the playful apeish grunts that greet us when we fire up this slot we know we are in for a light-hearted ride, a feeling backed up by the cartoonish artwork. Kong snoozes by the side of our reels, accompanied by drifting ZZZs. His jungle kingdom stretches out behind the reels, while we score an alluring glimpse of the cash of which he boasts in the game’s title as a big pile of it glints on the floor of this outdoor jungle palace.
King Kong’s pals make up our high symbols, with educated-looking Crocodile, Parrot, Tiger and Rhino doing the honours when they form wins of three symbols or more. Playfully-styled Jacks through Aces do the running as low-paying symbols, though a 100 coin payout for a five-of-a-kind Ace combo is as ace as the symbol’s title suggests. The King Kong Cash game logo takes top spot as the highest-paying symbol, though, while the Wild Barrel substitutes for all symbols except Kong Bonus Scatters.
While there can be only one Kong, we need to land this guffawing gorilla three times as the Bonus Scatter to trigger the King Kong Trail feature. Kong climbs a ladder to launch one of five bonus feature variants.
- Barrel Blast – a pick ‘em style game that sees us win a prize when we match three symbols. Look out for the Big Monkey Bonus, won when we find three Golden Monkeys.
- King Kong Trail Bonus – choose wisely to move around the gameboard, collecting multipliers on the way as we once again hunt the Big Monkey Bonus.
- Empire Free Spins – in the first real nod to the classic movie we find ourselves climbing the Empire State Building collecting Golden Monkeys and extra spins as we go.
- Golden Kong Free Spins – Collect special Wilds during part one to send onto the reels during the free spins in part two. The more Wilds, the merrier.
- Big Monkey Bonus – here it is again! We can land the ultimate prize straight off from the bonus ladder.
But that’s not all. In true Blueprint style, the Newark studio includes several randomly-triggered modifiers that sees Kong burst awake from his slumber and beat his chest to deliver either Banana Cannon Wilds, Golden Barrel Super Spin, King Kong Spin Streak or a Bonus Boost to boost our chances of triggering the main bonus feature. Roarsome.
Blueprint makes online slots development seem effortless with another well crafted release, taking the legend of Kong and giving it a trademark cartoonish twist. Throw into the mix a banana bunch full of bonus features, both randomly-triggered and dedicated bonuses, and we are looking at an online slot that can mix it with the best of them. Never mind that this slot continuously refers to monkeys rather than apes. We want to see Kong burst into life as much as ever in this awesome Blueprint slot release.