King Kong Slot
King Kong Slot is an 5-reel, fixed 25-pay line online slot from NextGen Gaming. The theme of this slot is the legend of King Kong – a gorilla of gigantic proportions whom was quite happy living on Skull Island with dinosaurs, giant spiders and mutant insects until some humans popped along and offered him a career on Broadway instead. Kong's opening night was not a success – stage fright got the better of him and he ended up eating some of the audience. Still, a better night than going to see an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.
This slot is based on the 1933 cinematic version of the King Kong legend, and not the disappointing 2005 version directed by Peter 'Lord of the Rings' Jackson, and definitely not the terrible 1976 version directed by John Guillermin. All versions end the same way – Kong kidnaps a beautiful damsel (whom is soon in distress) and shows her a good time by ascending the Empire State Building. The authorities send along bi-planes that pump Kong full of bullets until he goes full ape and topples to his demise.
The symbols used in this game are all related to the 1933 movie – the hero and heroine, a movie camera, a boat (and tickets), a skull, a spider, handcuffs, a T-Rex and a bi-plane. There are twenty-five pay lines in total, and they are fixed. Your coin size can be anything from 0.01 to 2.00, giving a range of bets-per-spin between 0.25 and 50.00. When you're ready to starting monkeying around, hit the 'spin' button.
Payout & bonus rounds
Payouts commence at double your coin size for two dinos or bi-planes. The jackpot of 7,500x your line-bet in normal play is won if you land five of 'the beauty that killed the beast'.
Guess what! King Kong is wild in this game. In fact, he's practically livid. He appears on the central three reels and substitutes for all other symbols aside from the scatter symbols. When you land a King Kong symbol on reel three Kong really doesn't like it. He arrives to smash that reel to splinters, and all symbols on that reel go wild.
The King Kong logo acts as a scatter in this game. You win a prize if you land two anywhere on the reels, but if you land three or more you enter the 'King Kong Smash Feature'. Kong ascends the Empire State Building and gets to swat some planes. You can tell Kong whether to use a left jab or a right hook. The more planes you hit, the more free games you win – hit all six and you win 150 free games. Once the round is over you can play your games or take a mystery prize instead.
All wins can be gambled. You can guess the colour of a concealed card to double your win, or the suit to potentially quadruple it. Of course if you are wrong then you lose your prize.
We can't see ourselves going ape over this NextGen Gaming release. The graphics are very well done – especially when Kong gets annoyed and smashes that central reel to bits – but this is too old-fashioned a game for a 2016 release. Modern slots players simply want more than what this game provides. In short, we can't say that this game deserves the top banana.