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Added by NetEnt. Information last updated: 01/03/2021
Max. win:bet x 2857
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Expert's review Trystan Michielsen
Gorilla Kingdom brings us deep into the jungle where there is an entire kingdom run by gorillas as they oversee the different other species that inhabit the jungle, and the hidden treasure they guard!
This brand new NetEnt game was released in 2020, meaning we can experience the full abilities of their development team! It immediately shows when we start up the game as we are treated with an eye-popping intro animation. Here we see the heart of this kingdom with waterfalls, lush foliage and a mysterious totem.
The reels are filled with pretty symbols although the high cards used to fill the reels aren’t an obvious choice for a game set in the jungle. They also look rather simple, with only the occasional vine warped around them. It’s too bad because the high-paying symbols are different animals and those do look great. With its 5-reel, 4-row playing field and 1,024 paylines there are plenty of opportunities to see their animations as well!
NetEnt has shown a fondness for Jungle slots as they have a few others like this. Jungle Spirit: Call of the Wild might be the most popular one. The developer also has some experience with dominant apes, as their Planet of the Apes slot proves! Both of these are excellent slots that approach the topic in different ways.
I found the sound design to be rather obvious but done very well nonetheless, using a lot of drums and slow music to enforce the idea of a deep jungle. When animals were part of a win they’d let out a roar or squawk depending on what they were, which was a nice addition. Getting into the free spins mode put the music into overdrive, adding some much-needed energy to the game.
Gorilla Kingdom is a standard slot when it comes to its approach to symbols. There are the high-paying symbols that are presented as different animals and the low-paying symbols that are simple card symbols. I found the animals to look great while the card symbols felt out of place.
From highest to lowest the symbols are:
As you can tell, the game has a very low payout for winning paylines, even with the maximum five-of-a-kind on the highest symbol. This is partly due to the 1,024 paylines but with the Medium Volatility, I still found it to be a very low value. During my time playing, I didn’t feel like I was getting a massive amount of wins, and these low wins didn’t help much.
Gorilla Kingdom has a few familiar but interesting features. To start with, I’ll give a quick overview:
The 1,024 Ways to Win are always active, granting a win whenever 3 or more of the same symbol appear on consecutive reels. The Gorilla, Leopard and Toucan also award a win with only 2 symbols on consecutive reels! Even though this helps in getting wins, because of the low payout for any win it meant a rather large number of wins was needed to actually be beneficial.
The Free Spins mode triggered reasonably often, giving the player the opportunity of getting some bigger wins. With 3 Scatter Symbols on the screen, you start with 10 free spins, which can go up to 20 free spins with 5 Scatter Symbols.
During the Free Spins mode, it’s possible to add more free spins to the total number with additional Scatter Symbols. 2 Scatter Symbols grant 2 extra free spins, while 5 Scatter Symbols increase them by 20! I found this to occur quite often, making the free spins mode a real part of the game and not some curiosity that would sometimes appear as is the case in many slots.
The final feature to discuss is the Random Symbol. During the Free Spins mode, there is a totem with 4 animal symbols on them, each of them with 6 pips. While the free spins spin, a Gorilla Mask symbol can appear. These Gorilla Masks are added to the totem starting from the bottom and filling the pips. Once an animal symbol has 6 pips, that symbol turns into a Gorilla on the playing field as well, increasing the likeliness of getting a win.
At first, I thought the Gorilla Symbol acted as a Wild in the free spins mode but that’s not the case. By simply removing the different animals and turning them all into Gorillas, the 1,024 Ways To Win mechanic makes it much more likely to get a big win.
I found the entire free spins phase of the game to work well. It would trigger frequently and it would almost always add at least some additional free spins during the mode. The Gorilla Masks feature was a little more unpredictable but when it filled at least one animal totem it would facilitate a lot of wins.
Gorilla Kingdom is a good example of where NetEnt is at as a developer at this point in time. The game looks gorgeous, has a nice soundtrack and uses familiar features in a slightly unique way. At the same time, it does take some shortcuts that diminish the experience somewhat.
The low-paying symbols really stand out as too simple and easy for a game that’s so well designed around it, and they actually took me out of the experience somewhat. The volatility was also higher in my experience than the game reports, since it was only in the free spins mode that I felt I had any really big wins. Even with the 1,024 ways to win the number of regular wins I got was fairly unimpressive.
Gorilla Kingdom allows players to pick a bet between £0.10 and £350 per spin which is quite a wide variety! Considering the volatility I would caution against betting too high and use the lower bets to figure out what you’re comfortable with. The max. win of 2,857x your bet is nice for a NetEnt slot but lags behind other developers.
This slot is for players that enjoy a beautiful but classic slot experience. There are only a few features and these require very little from the player who can sit back and watch. If this sounds appealing to you, you should definitely give it a try!
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RTP (Return to Player):96.03%
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Trystan Michielsen is a Dutch native who started his career as a content writer for various small businesses who were interested in creating an online presence.
When the opportunity arose to move to Malta and work in the iGaming sector, Trystan didn't hesitate to make the plunge. Here he worked as a Content and SEO specialist for different companies before moving back home.
Now acting as a freelancer he maintains his connection with the online slot community by playing and reviewing the wide variety of videoslots that are released.
Trystan enjoys playing the slots that offer a full experience, focusing on more than just the technical details but keeping an eye on its presentation. Graphics, music and style can create a game that's more than the sum of its parts.
A writer at heart, putting thoughts to paper is something he's done for as long as he remembers. In his free time, he enjoys writing fiction as well as watching and reviewing movies.