Released by NextGen, King Kong is actually not the first slot machine with this theme to be made available on the market. It’s one of my favorites though, the style being more vintage, and focusing on the first movie which was released in the 30s, or at least that’s how it looks.
The story of King Kong is about a giant ape that is captured on Skull Island by a crew of film makers, which then bring him to New York.
There, he manages to escape, and he does quite a bit of damage to the city before he is finally defeated. As for the layout of the game, it offers 5 reels and 25 lines, paying $15,000 in the best case scenario.
What We Love
One of the things that you get to appreciate immediately about this game is the quality of the design which was created. The various characters and objects look like they are somewhere between paintings and comic book style drawings, but either way, they look good.
The image in the background shows you the skyscrapers of New York at night, while on the reels there are skulls, old style filming cameras, the ship that carries the monster and King Kong, of course.
The image of a very angry King Kong is placed in one of the symbols, and that’s going to be the only one with the ability of a wild. Wild symbols are only allowed to appear on the reels 2, 3 and 4, and from those positions they are capable of substituting for any other symbols, as long as they’re not scatters.
Should the wild King Kong land on the 3rd reel, a feature will trigger, which the developers called King Kong Goes Ape. King Kong rips through the 3rd reel, turning it entirely wild, and he may also add a couple of extra wilds on the other two reels next to it.
The second symbol in use here is the King Kong Logo, a scatter which is allowed to appear in any position in the game, and if it’s present 2 or more times you get a cash prize (25 to 2,500 coins), while with 3 or more symbols it triggers a feature.
That feature is called King Kong Smash. You’re asked to recreate a scene from the movie, where King Kong sits on top of a building, and smashes incoming airplanes.
You keep choosing the planes that should be smashed, and each one that is hit will increase the number of free spins which are then awarded. The feature ends when you miss three airplanes, or when you hit a total of six. Depending on how many planes were smashed, you can get 15 to 150 free games, for 1 to 6 planes.
Obviously, it’s a huge number of free spins to get from such a slot, and it’s definitely one of the things that we love about this game. The slot also gives you an alternative, a choice of a Mystery Prize, basically a guaranteed win which is offered if you give up the free spins that you won.
What We Do Not Like
The game does pretty well in every area, so there isn’t much to dislike in its case. I for one enjoyed it.
There are a few good reasons to try the slot out, and the round with up to 150 free spins is definitely at the top of the list. The rest of the game is also quite good though, and it doesn’t seem to have any obvious downsides.
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