While there is a more modern King Kong themed slot in the Amaya range, this original is hard to beat. The setting is the 1930’s, a time of bi-planes and skyscrapers. The familiar sites of Fay Ray, King Kong and a steam ship can be found on the reels. When you trigger the bonus game, the famous scene where the giant ape sits on top of the Empire State building and fights at planes is beautifully recreated.
This ‘Smash’ bonus round will determine how many free spins you move forward with. There is also a mini-bonus game on the reels. Here reel 3 expands, and more wilds can be added to the other reels.
Spotlights can be seen scanning the skies either side of the reels of this 25 win-line slot. The grid of the reels is standard, with 5 reels and 3 rows of symbols on each. You can adjust both the number of lines and the bet size. With an expanding wild in use, I recommend you stick to the default 25 lines. You can bet from 25c and up, and as usual – auto-play is on offer.
Often in online slots, the female characters get 2nd or 3rd spot on the pay table. I am happy to report that Fay Ray gets the top prize for this game. If you line up 5 you will get 7500 coins, with 1500 for 4, 100 for 3 and a consolation prize of 4 coins for just 2. A guy in a grey suit is next, at 1000 coins for 5. The higher paying symbols are completed by a dinosaur and a bi-plane, each worth 500 coins for the maximum 5.
Instead of playing card symbols, there are items related to the original King Kong movies as the lower paying symbols. These are a steam ship, crab, movie camera, skill, handcuffs and movie tickets.
King Kong appears as a wild symbol. This only occurs on reels 3, 4 and 5 – which explains why it does not have a win listed on the pay table. King Kong will substitute for the regular symbols, creating more wins.
When this symbol appears on reel 3 an animated sequence is triggered. This sees Kong standing up, covering all 3 reels, and holding on to the top of the reels with huge hands. The middle reel becomes wild, and you can also get extra (single) wilds assigned to reels 2 and 4. Wins are then recalculated.
Scatter symbols will trigger the King Kong smash bonus if you get 3 or more consecutively from the left. There are also prizes (listed as multiples of your total spin amount) for 2 or more. The top prize is 100x your total spin amount.
This Amaya slot comes to life when you start the smash feature. You’ll see the top of a sky scraper, which King Kong climbs. Around him bi-planes cross from both directions. There are two buttons, ‘smash left’ and ‘smash right’. You click on these and Kong will take a swipe at a passing plane. A score card keeps track of his hits and misses.
Once you miss 4 times, a box appears. This gives you a number of free spins. It also allows you to swap your spins for one of 3 mystery prizes. If you take the spins, these use the regular reels at the same spin amount that you triggered the bonus with.
This slot was designed to look a little retro. It covers the early era in which the original King Kong stories were set. Overall, this slot is showing signs of age, though is not yet old enough to feel too dated.
The background shows floodlights searching the sky, and a dark night-time city behind that. The reels are white, making it easy to see the many different designs of the symbols. King Kong is the standout, he becomes animated when involved in wins – especially when he expands on reel 3.
Sounds are a real mix. There are roars from Kong, plus music and electronic beeps for wins.
It is the bonus game where things get spectacular. For me it is worth playing this slot just to see the smash round part of this.
This is an enjoyable game, which combines nicely produced visual effects with the opportunity for some big wins. If you do well in the smash round, you can get a lot of free spins – meaning plenty of opportunities for those big line hits.