The Eastern mythology has been an inspiration for many video pokie games. This game utilizes the legend about the Monkey King who was banished to a life of imprisonment under a mountain for rebelling against the heavens.
This legend can be seen in a few movies but this is the first game we’ve seen with a theme like this one. The graphic and animations are on a decent level, nothing too fancy, but the background music could be more original. The sounds the reels make when they spin and the sound of the bonus symbol landing can be found in many other video pokie games.
More Monkeys is created by Lightning Box. This software provider isn’t so famous as Microgaming or NetEnt but has a decent offer of video pokie games. Usually their games can be found along with NextGen and some would say that the games from these two providers are very similar.
How to Play
More Monkeys is one of the rare games from Lightning Box which features 1024 ways to win. The minimum bet to play this game is set at $0.30 while the maximum is $75. Since there are no variable pay lines the only thing left to do is adjust your bet and start spinning. The auto play button is a good option in this game if you are playing long sessions.
The bonus features in this game are something that will surely keep you occupied. There are 3 bonus features in total excluding the jackpot game. If you manage to hit 3 scatter symbols on the reels you are awarded with 7 free spins. Winning 4 or 5 scatters rewards 10 or 20 free spins accordingly.
Once you enter the free spins bonus you have 3 choices available. The first choice awards 8 extra free games, so if you win 3 scatters you will start with 15 free spins. The second choice awards more stacked wilds on reel 3. This means you can get an entire wild reel and a chance for more winnings. The third and final choice awards a random multiplier for every win up to x 8. These are all great features no matter which one you choose but there are a few more details that make the bonus round even more attractive.
The classic wild symbol appears on reels 2 and 4 only and this doesn’t change in the bonus round. During the free spins an extra Baby Monkey wild symbols can land on reels 2, 3 and 4. No need to say that the winnings in the bonus round can pay great if all the right symbols land in the right place.
If you take a look at the pay table you will see that the highest paying symbol is the Tiger followed by the Panda. These symbols award a 1,000 and 750 coin win for 5 of them on the reels. This isn’t a lot but if you take into consideration the bonus rounds with their special features, the winnings can go much higher.
Each feature can pay big even up to 8,000 coins in one spin but we can’t recommend which one is the best. The choice is definitely between the random multiplier up to x 8 and the extra wilds on reel 3. These two bonus features can pay the most. This excludes the jackpot winnings where you can win one of the 3 jackpots attached: Mini, Minor and Major. The jackpot prizes are fixed and are not progressive and playing higher bets can increase the jackpot level.
When we first saw the game it looked more than decent. Good bonus rounds with extra features, decent pay table and jackpot amounts attached. But if you play the game for real you will see that the base play payouts are usually small. Whenever you get a big win on the screen it is 20 x bet tops and usually doesn’t cover the previous spins.
Our balance decreased slowly but surely. Every bonus round that we tried paid no more than 50 x bet. Triggering the jackpot bonus seems very easy in this game. The jackpot game itself awards small wins until you reach the last level and winning the jackpot is…well winning the jackpot. Low variance game with small wins and not a game we would recommend to win big despite of all the interesting bonus features.