You might expect a snooker or pool based slot from the title. What you’ll find is that the ‘break’ refers to waves. The surfers riding those waves – as well as lounging in pools or on a beach – are all different types of monkey. This is a bright game, with plenty of cartoon style animations and entertaining money animations.
While the main feature is a free spins bonus game, there is plenty more action on the reels. You can win with wilds, scatters and enjoy ‘lucky break’ spins where your win gets doubled. You will also find a second screen picks game, where you get awarded a prize after picking from a line-up of monkeys with surf boards.
Big Break is a 15 win-line game, and offers a lot of flexibility. You can choose how many lines to play (15 is the maximum and the default) if you’re playing for real cash. You can also select your coin size from 1c and up, and play up to 10 coins per line. Auto-play is on offer too. The grid of the reels is a standard 5×3 setup.
Monkeys are the top paying regular winning symbols. All of them pay out prizes from 2 of a kind from the left. A silver haired gorilla is the highest paying symbol. This is worth 1000 coins for 5 of a kind – a good prize for a 15 win-line slot. Next comes a black and white monkey with a pink hair ribbon, worth 800 coins. A damp looking monkey (700), cheerful orangutan (600) and cheeky looking monkey with beige fur (500) complete the line-up.
No playing cards to make up the smaller wins for this game. Instead you will find fruit. Bananas play a prominent role – worth 150 coins for 5. You will also find a pomegranate, melon, passion fruit and a well-chewed coconut.
There are two special substitute symbols on the reels. Big Break slot logos are the standard ones. These will substitute for all the monkeys to create extra wins. A special symbol can appear on line 6. This is yellow and green, and says ‘lucky break’. It substitutes for the fruits as well as the monkeys. When this is part of a win, you’ll see it say 2x – doubling your win.
Scatter symbols are a stamp design – saying ‘Munky Wax’. These have scatter prizes based on the total number in view. The top prize for 5 is 100x your total bet amount. These prizes go down to 2 of a kind, which gets you 2x your total bet.
Three or more will trigger the free spins bonus game in the slot game Big Break. Here the background of the reels turn orange, and you get some funky music while you spin. The monkeys play differently in the free spins round. Instead of being tied to the win-lines, they pay left to right as scatter symbols. This means you will count the total number and work out your win from that.
There is no retrigger for this free spins bonus.
The ‘Surf’s Up’ bonus is a simple picks type game which gives you the opportunity to win 50x your total spin amount. This is triggered by lining up all 5 of the monkeys across the reels. You will see a beach scene, with 5 full sized monkeys standing with their surf boards. You click a button to start a scrolling light covering them, and then click again to stop. You’ll want this to stop on the Gorilla, which has the top 50x prize.
Overall the design is basic, bright and colourful. There are some nice small touches. These include the silhouette of a surfer van at the top of the screen, and a beach and sea view peeking from behind the reels. Those reels have a plain dark blue background.
All the monkeys have their own character. They also have animations, for example a zoom out to reveal a monkey chilling on its surf board. The best graphics are saved for the picks round. Here you get to see all the monkeys standing in a line on the beach.
This is an entertaining slot, and is well worth a spin. There are only 15 win-lines, though unlike many slots with that setup – you’ll find a lot going on. I like the way that wins can be doubled at random by catching a ‘lucky break’. The free spins bonus round is the highlight. Here the monkeys all act as scatters, giving you plenty of big win potential.