If ever you could imagine someone or something being furious, it would be King Kong. You certainly wouldn’t want to get in his way if he had got out of the wrong side of the tree. NextGen, with scores of tip top slots under its banana belt, brings King Kong to our gaming screens across five reels, four rows and 50 pay-lines. The King Kong Fury Slot also boasts two randomly triggered bonus features and a dedicated free spins feature, the Kong of Skull Island Bonus. It’s enough to get your palms sweaty at the mere thought of it.
Skull Island is a murky and foreboding place, and NextGen does a superb job of making it just that. Our reels are set against a swamp, with vines and creepers curling around the edges of our reel case and the famous mountainous skull that gave the island its name staring solemnly in the background. NextGen brings our reels to life with the dinosaur Beasts that Kong so famously fought making up our high-paying symbols. Jungle-styled 9s through Aces do the business as our low-payers. Fittingly, Kong is Wild, appearing on reels 2, 3 and 4 to substitute for all symbols except the Ann Darrow Scatter. All symbols except our Scatter can appear stacked, boosting base game win potential. Our game-play is accompanied throughout by a broody soundtrack, bursting to life when we launch the bonus features.
And boy do they come to life! Landing an Ann Darrow Scatter on reels 1 and 5 triggers the main Free Games feature, the Kong of Skull Island Bonus. The backdrop transforms from the murky swamp to a rocky volcano, where Ann is tied up. We now spin two framing Statue Reels, whose numbers multiply together to give us our free games total – up to an incredible 100 free spins. Kong roars on to the screen and grabs Ann, bounding off with her into the Free Games feature. Now, any full stack of Kong Wilds triggers the Raging Re-Spin, a single re-spin in which the stacked Kong Wilds are held.
But it isn’t only the Free Games feature to which we can look forward. During any spin, the Lightning Reel will blast high-paying Beast symbols onto the reels for monstrous wins. In addition, the Kong’s Call feature will call any amount of Kong Wilds onto our reels to create winning pay-lines from nothing and boost our Wild adventure.
NextGen has form for creating epic gorilla-themed online slots. Remember Gary the Gorilla from Gorilla Goes Wild? That was fun and cartoonish. But King Kong Fury isn’t. It’s powerful, broody and epic. Just like Kong himself. Overall, this release is an excellent piece of slot development that will have you excited and terrified in equal measure. Okay, more excited than terrified. But it sounded good, didn’t it?