Mad Mad Monkey Slot
Mad Mad Monkey is a 5-reel, 4-row, max 50-pay line slot made by NextGen Gaming and leased by NYX and Microgaming, among offers. This game has a cartoon jungle appeal with some very nice graphics, including a pleasant background where butterflies flutter by and the mad, mad monkey pokes his head around the reels now and again. This is a real ape of a slot, as it has four rows as opposed to the much more common three, and fifty available pay lines, all of which are selectable. All the symbols used have a tropical feel – parrots, snakes, monkey nuts, bananas and coconuts for example. There are also playing card symbols from ten to ace. Of course you should never play cards in the jungle as there are too many leopards. Uh … jaguars? Oh – cheetahs, CHEETAHS!
The controls for the game do look a little daunting but they are easy to use once you get your head around them. You simply select how many lines you want in play from one to all fifty (hint: the more you choose the more chance you have of a win) and the size of your coin from 0.01 to 0.20. Your final wager is your coin size multiplied by the number of lines you have in play. When you're ready to start a rumble in the jumble, then hit the 'spin' button.
Payout & bonus rounds
To win a pay out, you need to land at least three identical symbols in sequence on an active pay line, starting with the left hand reel. The lowest winning payout is for three tens or jacks, which wins 6x your line bet. You'll go for bananas for the jackpot – a 1,000x win for five of the mad mad monkey's favourite fruit.
Speaking of the mad mad monkey (so mad they named him twice), he acts as the wild symbol in this game. He substitutes for all other symbols, and is stacked three-high on the central three reels. Any win containing the monkey is doubled.
The 'Mad Mad Monkey' logo symbol acts as the scatter symbol. You need to land two anywhere on the reels in order to win a cash prize.
If you land three or more scatters on the reels you are awarded ten 'super stacked free games'. During your freebies the jackpot banana symbol becomes stacked on all reels, and all wins during your free games are tripled.
Mad Mad Monkey has a 'gamble' feature. If you choose to gamble a win, you're shown the back of a playing card. You need to correctly guess the card's colour (to double your win) or suit (to quadruple it). Lose, and your win dwindles to zero. You may gamble any single win up to five times.
Back in the day, Mad Mad Monkey was a popular slot but the slotting world has moved on since then, and it's no longer a slot many people go ape over. It's still a bit of fun, and you're not likely to 'split' from this slot if you land plenty of bananas. If you like a bit of slots nostalgia, then take Mad Mad Monkey for a spin before he swings off into the jungle, never to be seen again!