This is one of two King Kong themed slots from Amaya. The other one is simply called ‘King Kong’. Island of Skull Mountain takes you to the island where King Kong lived, before he was captured and taken to America. There is dense foliage around the reels, and the main winning symbols are explorers from the 1920’s or 30’s.
You will not find any second screen features in this game. All the action takes place on the reels – making this a solid game rather than a complex one. There are wild symbols in play, and also special ‘gate symbols’. These appear on the reels as closed wooden gates. When they open, all of them are the same (random) symbol. These can combine with the regular symbols and wilds for some bigger wins.
All-ways wins are in use. This pays for consecutive symbols from the left, regardless of their position on the reels. There are 243 winning combinations possible, over a standard 5 reel by 3 row grid. You can bet all of these ‘lines’ for increments of 25c – with bigger coins possible for the high rollers. You will find auto-play on offer.
The wins below are for the smallest 25c bets. You will find that the pay table updated dynamically depending on your bet amount. Individual wins for all-ways slots are smaller. Big prizes appear when you hit multiple wins on the same spin.
King Kong, mouth open revealing sharp teeth, is the single highest paying symbol. This is one of only two symbols which pay from 2 of a kind and up. 5 across the reels in any position will get you 500 coins. You’ll get 200 coins for 4 from the left-hand side, 25 coins for 3 and 5 coins for just 2. A male explorer is the next highest paying symbol – worth 400 coins for 5 of a kind. After that comes the female explorer (300) and captain (250).
Playing card symbols have been designed to look like cracked rocks. These are the lower paying symbols. Wins start with the ace (200 for 5) and go all the way down to the ten (50 for 5).
Regular wilds are a logo, which looks like it has been carved into a giant square of rock. This symbol only appears on reels 2 through to 5 – and so does not make wins on its own. It will substitute for any of the other symbols, often creating extra wins. The same wild can create winning combinations with more than one regular symbol on each spin.
The final symbol is what makes this Amaya slot unique. This looks like closed gate when it lands on the reels. It is stacked, meaning it will often cover all 3 of the positions on a reel. You will often see these symbols on more than one reel (though not always covering all the positions).
After the gate symbol lands, it will open and reveal a random symbol. All of the gates show the same symbol – giving you a shot at some bigger wins if this connects with the rest of the symbols on the reels.
Considering the Island of Skull Mountain is supposed to have been undiscovered, there are some elaborate statues there. These can be found either side of the reels, with a flaming bowl at the bottom, ornately carved pillar and King Kong statue at the top. Behind these pillars you can see rocks and a dense jungle scene.
Symbols are dark and subdued, though come to life with flashes and animations when they are involved in winning lines. King Kong is the stand out. He looks fierce, as was the intention in the original movie. When you win with him he will beat a giant fist and roar. The explorers are drawn with a lot of detail.
Animations for the wilds (lava) and gateway symbols (flashes of light) help to bring this simple slot to life. There are plenty of dramatic sound effects too.
There is not too much to this game in terms of game-play. There are wilds and the gateway symbols – and that is your lot. While the graphics are attractive, and the chance of a big win certainly there, I do wonder whether this game really does enough to keep players engaged. Check out King Kong: Island of Skull Mountain for yourself soon.