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NextGen Gaming doesn’t always manage to pull off attractive slots. Often they are a little sub-par, but that cannot be said about King Kong, which is beautifully drawn and comes with a classic 1930s feel to it, more reminiscent of the original King Kong movie than the newest adaptation. There are also some really nice visual effects that provide quite a bit of fun. The soundtrack is suitably grand and never becomes overly annoying.
Thankfully King Kong makes do without generic card symbols. Instead we get a Skull, Chains, a Ship, classic Biplanes, Movie Tickets, but also Gigantic Spiders and scary Dinosaur. The blonde Heroine is not missing either and her male counterpart is there as well. King Kong himself provides the Wild symbol, which only appears on reels 2, 3 and 4.
But onto the fun part. The first bonus feature to look out for is the King Kong Goes Ape feature. Here the King Kong Wild will show up on reel three and King Kong will smash in scary show of strength through the entire reel, making it Wild. The first few times you witness this feature you may well end up a little startled, which is probably what the developers were hoping for. Also, additional Wilds may show up on reels 2 and 4 before King Kong climbs up the Empire State Building once more.
The real deal, however, is the King Kong Smash Free Spins feature. Admittedly, that’s a bit of a mouthful, but you’ll want to hang in there to see it. If you manage to get 3 King Kong Logo symbols on the reels, you will trigger the bonus feature. Here you’ll start off with King Kong atop a building, where he will need to smash the airplanes coming at him. You choose if he hits out towards the left or the right. The more airplanes you smash, the more free spins you will collect. But careful, three misses and you’re done and the free spins will start.
If you hit at least 1 plane, you’ll get 15 free spins, 2 will give you 25 spins, 3 get you 50 spins, 4 downed planes will reward you with 75 spins and 5 will get you 100 spins. But it takes 6 smashed planes to get a whopping 150 spins. Alas, the King Kong Goes Ape feature does not show up during these free spins, but all wins are automatically doubled.
Before the free spins start, however, you get a choice of swapping your free spins for an instant cash prize. You’ll be able to choose among three options. It is generally recommended that you skip this step, if you manage to score 50 spins or more.
Lastly, the slot does have a gamble feature. So, whenever you win, you can double or quadruple your winnings by choosing either a card’s colour or suit. But you will lose it all, should you pick the wrong one.
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NextGen Gaming certainly pulled off a pretty good slot with their version of King Kong. It’s entertaining and watching King Kong go ape never gets boring. The graphics are well-done as are the effects, which is definitely a treat here.
That being said, getting to the free spin feature takes a lot of patience and a careful budget. The slot is highly volatile, which means you can win big, but it may take you quite a while before you get there. The RTP is nothing to write home about, but that shouldn’t stop you from checking out this slot.