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Legend of the Golden Monkey slot review

Added by Yggdrasil. Information last updated: 01/03/2021

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Game supplier:Yggdrasil

Release date:05/2016



Max. win:bet x 20000

Mobile version:Yes

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Expert's review Trystan Michielsen

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Legend of the Golden Monkey uses the ancient legends of the Monkey King as inspiration for an energetic and colourful slot.

This slot puts us in the heart of China, minding an old temple that is frequently visited by the titular Golden Monkey. We watch the 5-reel, 3-row slot with 243 ways to win dispense a colourful range of symbols to see if we can appease this whimsical being.

Yggdrasil released Legend of the Golden Monkey in 2016, which was one of their most productive years. It seems the developer was intent on trying out a wide range of features and types of games.

Some of them were amazing, like Legend of the White Snake Lady, others were maybe a bit bland like Wicked Circus. Legend of the Golden Monkey falls in between these in my opinion. While it has more character and creativity than most slots by other developers, in comparison to the other Legend game they released that year I thought they skipped some steps.

Graphically I can’t say anything bad about this game. The symbols are original and the high-paying ones are slightly animated when they’re on a payline. The background fits the style well and immerses me in the Chinese setting.

What really deserves special mention is the Golden Monkey itself. Fully animated and very energetic, he occasionally jumps into view to kick a Wild onto the reels or does a thumbs up when I got a big win! I wish we could see more of him, but it’s already impressive how mobile he is and it must have been a huge amount of work.


The symbols in the game are largely in the setting of Chinese folklore. All the symbols are also related to Chinese culture.

From highest to lowest they are:

  • Free Spins Symbol: When 3 or more Free Spins symbols appear on the screen, it activates the Free Spins mode.
  • Treasure Chest: Only appears on reel 5, randomly gives you free spins or coins.
  • Pot: Max. 250 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Cauldron: Max. 200 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Scroll: Max. 150 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Shield: Max. 125 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Potion: Max. 100 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Circlet: Max. 80 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Heart: Max. 50 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Spade: Max. 50 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Club: Max. 40 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Diamond: Max. 40 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Wild Symbol: Substitutes all other symbols in the game, except the Free Spins symbol and Treasure Chest.

I thought the symbols were pretty as I’ve come to expect from Yggdrasil. They have a little animation when they’re part of a winning payline but it’s honestly not that much.


Legend of the Golden Monkey has a fair few features that largely work well together. Many of these make frequent appearances in Yggdrasil slots so you might already be familiar with them.

  • 243 Ways to Win: Legend of the Golden Monkey has 243 ways to win, running from left to right and right to left. If you get 3 of the same symbol on consecutive reels, it will be a win.
  • Wilds: At any point, the Golden Monkey can add a random Wild to the screen. The Wild will become a Sticky Wild on reel 2 or 4 if it’s part of a winning payline and stay there until you don’t have a win. More Wilds can appear and also become Sticky Wilds the same way!
  • Count Down Wilds: A special kind of wild that only appears in the middle of reel 3, this Wild stays in place for 3 spins.
  • Treasure Chest: During the base game the Treasure Chest can appear on Reel 5. It can grant you either up to 1000 coins or trigger the Free Spins mode. In Free Spins mode, the Treasure Chest can grant either up to 1000 coins or an extra 2 Free Spins.
  • Incremental Wilds: You receive 6 Free Spins. During the Free Spins phase, the Golden Monkey adds 1 Sticky Wild to reel 2 and 4 until both reels are filled with Sticky Wilds. Then the Free Spins mode ends.
  • Stacked Wilds: You receive 8 Free Spins. During the Free Spins phase, Wilds on reel 2 and 4 are Sticky. A Stacked Wild can appear on reel 3.
  • Starting Wild: You receive 10 Free Spins. A permanent Sticky Wild appears in the middle of reel 3. Wilds that appear on reel 2 and 4 are sticky.

When you trigger the Free Spins mode you get to choose between the Incremental Wilds, Stacked Wilds or Starting Wild feature. They also give you a different amount of Free Spins. I found the best way to judge their effectiveness is to see how many free spins they let you play with. The Incremental Wilds had the best payout, but you also get only 6 free spins. Meanwhile, the Starting Wild helped me the least but gives you 10 free spins to even it out.

As you can probably tell it has a heavy emphasis on Wilds. These can appear randomly while playing but the Golden Monkey also appears occasionally to add the special wilds to the game. The Free Spins mode revolves around these special wilds.

I thought it worked well together and the frequent Golden Monkey appearances made the base game interesting. The Free Spins mode was very rare, unfortunately!

In Conclusion

Legend of the Golden Monkey had the misfortune of being released close to the Legend of the White Snake Lady slot game, which totally absorbed my attention around that time. Both slots are solid but then so are most of Yggdrasil’s in general. It means Legend of the Golden Monkey doesn’t really have anything to stand out with.

During my time playing it again for this review, I also didn’t agree with the listed Medium Volatility. Now I obviously understand this is a game with RNG and it would probably even out over the long run, but during my time playing I had very low returns. If I had to guess, I’d say it’s because of the game’s high reliance on Wilds.

Get the right Wilds at the right time and since these can turn into Sticky Wilds this can start a long streak of wins. If that doesn’t happen, like when I tried the slot, it leaves me gasping for any kind of win. There is the option to choose a bet between £0.25 and £125 to lessen the blow if it isn’t going your way for a while. Meanwhile the potential max. win of 20,000x your bet is enticing enough to keep trying.

Even the Treasure Chest was a bit meagre, often only awarding me 80 coins out of a potential 1,000. Finally triggering the Free Spins mode offered little reprieve since these also were highly dependent on the Wild mechanics working out in favour of the player.

All in all, the game is not bad but there are better ones out there. Both games released by Yggdrasil and released in 2016. If you want to see if the Wilds favour you more then, by all means, give it a shot!

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    RTP (Return to Player):96.1%


    Max. win:bet x 20000

    Min. bet:£0.25

    Max. bet:£125

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    Max. lines:243

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    You can play Legend of the Golden Monkey in English, Finnish, Swedish, German and 18 other languages.

    All supported languages:
    English, Finnish, Swedish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Turkish, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Chinese


    Legend of the Golden Monkey supports GBP, EUR, USD, CAD


    Release date 05/2016
    103rd newest on Yggdrasil 2,080th newest on Bojoko
    RTP 96.1% 0.23% > average
    71st highest on Yggdrasil 1,323rd highest on Bojoko
    Win up to 20000 x your bet
    24th highest on Yggdrasil 307th highest on Bojoko
    Paylines 243 1115% > average
    24th highest on Yggdrasil 291st highest on Bojoko
    Min bet £0.25 per spin
    90th lowest on Yggdrasil 2,001st lowest on Bojoko
    Max bet £125 per spin
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    Trystan Michielsen

    Trystan Michielsen

    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.

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    Game supplier:Yggdrasil

    Release date:05/2016

    RTP (Return to player):96.1%

    Max. win:bet x 20000

    Mobile version:Yes

    User rating: 0
    Expert rating: 3.3

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