Go Bananas with King Kong Slot
The character and image of King Kong, the giant ape, is an enduring one, from the golden age of silent cinema to the more recent remake, and he has also given his name to several different slots: the latest is from Playtech, but Cryptologic’s title has proven to be one of its most popular slots, and it captures the era of the original, terrifying film that portrayed the beast.
Beasts and Symbols
This 5 reel slot features images of giant prehistoric beasts, as well as symbols associated with the hunt: the ship, the skull, the leg irons and the movie camera and film tickets, followed in value by the biplane, the director and the ill-fated starlet. A rampaging King Kong himself is the Wild symbol, naturally, and is larger than the normal reel space allows: he appears only on reels 2, 3 and 4 during normal play, but when he occupies the centre position on reel 3, Kong expands to fill the whole reel, as well as triggering more Wilds across the other 2 reels. This is the King Kong goes Ape feature, and should be a valuable bit of animation.
With a maximum bet of 500$ across the 25 lines, and the chance to multiply your trigger bet by up to 7500 times, King Kong can potentially deal you a monster payout.
The King Kong logo, in suitably weathered looking stone letters, functions as the Scatter symbol: when three or more of these appear, they will trigger the King Kong Smash feature, which will take you to a second screen. Here, the iconic film sequence of Kong atop the Empire State Building will play, and you are required to swat down the biplanes that buzz around him: each plane awards a number of free spins, usually 25, with the last one being worth 50.
If you get all 5 planes, that means 150 spins, which even without multipliers is a lucrative reward, and the spins can be retriggered, too! This bonus game continues until you miss three successive planes, after which you are required to choose between playing out the free spins that you have accumulated, and taking a mystery prize, which can consist of more free spins or an instant cash bonus.
No Monkey Business
King Kong is a slot that has stood the test of time, and pays homage to an equally iconic story. It has great potential payouts, but is also accessible to penny slot players, and the arcade style bonus feature really adds an extra dimension to the game play. While the lack of a progressive jackpot may be a disincentive to some, the accumulation of free spins can make up for this with some great rewards: there is a legend around this game of a bonus round that continued for 24 hours, although the winnings on this are not recorded! King Kong is a very entertaining way to spend your time on a slot, and remains a giant in the online entertainment world.