After playing 100’s of online slots over the years, this is the first one I have seen where it is possible to get 25 of a kind on a 5-reel game! The symbols are fierce but cute monsters. Each is brightly coloured, and somewhat alien looking. In certain spots, they will multiply, splitting into up to 5 within the same symbol. This can lead to some very big wins! This slot is part of a series with similar game play. Other titles include So Much Sushi and So Much Candy.
There are scatters in play, in the form of blinking disembodied eyes. Hit 3 or more, and you’ll get to choose your free spins game. This is a variation on the classic choice, more spins, or bigger potential wins with fewer spins?
So Many Monsters has a clear and clean look to it, along with big buttons. This would make it ideal for use on mobile phones.
While the setup is standard in So Many Monsters slot, the game-play is anything but. You’ll find the usual 5 reels, and 3 rows of symbols on each one. There are 25 win-lines crossing these reels. Bets are sized using a combination of coin size (from 1x) and number of coins per line (from 1). Auto-play lets you decide on how many spins to set each time.
Higher paying symbols are all monsters. These include a red frog with big fangs, a yellow wedge full of eyes and a baby dragon with one huge eye covering the top of its head.
When you win with these symbols, they can randomly split into anything up to 5 separate creatures. This gives you a top win of 25 of a kind (they are added, not multiplied). Top prizes for 25 of a kind are high. The red frog gets you $640 for every $1 staked, the yellow wedge $560, the green baby dragon $480, purple bat-monster $400 and blue mouse type critter $320.
What I like about these prizes is that the mid-sized wins are not too small. You need a minimum of 6 of a kind to trigger a win.
You will also find playing card symbols – which do not split. Prizes for these are between 3 and 5 of a kind.
Wilds are luminous green blobs with the name of the slot on them. These substitute for all the other symbols, including the split monsters – though they do not split up themselves. The top prize for 5 wilds on a win-line is $300 per $1 staked.
Eyeball scatters give you a satisfying sound when you win with them. You need at least 2 in view to trigger a prize. If you get 5 in view, you’ll win 75x your stake. Other scatter wins are 10x for 4, 3x for 3 and 1x for just 2.
3 or more get you a choice of free spins. You will see the 5 monsters lined up on the screen. Whichever monster you choose replaces all the other creatures for the duration of your bonus. The fanged red toad is on the left. This offers 8 free spins, with a shot at winning up to 320,000 coins per line. Each monster then adds 2 free spins, all the way to the blue mouse, at 16 free spins. Here you can ‘only’ win up to 160,000 coins per line.
Over time, the prizes will even out – what you are choosing is your short-term volatility. If you are not sure, you could always just pick your favourite monster!
The monsters have been deliberately created to be cute, rather than dangerous. These all come with animation, and are all full of charm. There are a lot of small touches, including the eyeball that blinks at you from the reels. All the monsters are nicely drawn, though my favourite is the dragon with a single eye. Watch out for the animations when the monsters multiply!
While you play a jumpy, fun tune plays in the background. This is almost a parody of movie music, and adds even more charm to the game.
I’ll definitely be back to spin the reels on So Many Monsters again – and recommend that you check it out. The production is first class, and the game-play solid. This slot works great on mobile devices as well as desktops. The chance of hitting 25 of a kind, and the associated big prizes, is available in the base game. When you hit the free spins, things get even more interesting. Do you go for a huge win in just 8 spins, or smooth things out with 16 spins and lower prizes?