Is NetEnt’s Gorilla Kingdom King of the Jungle?
Jungle-themed pokies are nothing new, which makes it difficult for Gorilla Kingdom to stand out from the crowd. NetEnt has a reputation for pulling magic out of the bag when it needs to. Has it managed to make Gorilla Kingdom the king of the pokies jungle?
Gorilla Kingdom Fundamentals
The Gorilla Kingdom pokie looks different to the majority of its rivals due to it being on a 5×4 layout. Most pokies adopt the tried and tested 5×3 layout. The extra row helps NetEnt offer 1,024 win lines and makes bigger wins possible.
Gorilla Kingdom has an RTP (Return To Player) average of 96.3%, which is above average. All pokies players are catered for with min bets starting at only $0.10. High Rollers can enter the jungle with King Kong-sized $350 spins.
A medium volatility keeps you plodding along nicely without any major peaks and troughs. Big wins are possible, however, with the maximum win capped at 4,096x your bet.
Gorilla Kingdom Visuals and Audio
Gorilla Kingdom has a jungle setting, as you expect, one that is vibrant yet believable. A, K, Q, J, 10, and 9 royals are the lowest paying symbols. Payouts of these low-value symbols require landing between three and five symbols.
The different animals represent the higher-value symbols, which only need two landing to win. There are hornbills, leopards, okapis, and pangolins. The titular gorilla is the highest paying symbol in Gorilla Kingdom. It’s disappointing the gorilla only pays 4x your bet when you land five of them. That said, your prize is multiplied if you land more than five gorilla symbols.
We particularly liked the sound of the gorilla roaring when they landed. It’s a nice touch even if it did blast out in our headphones and scare us at first!
Rare blue diamonds serve as the scatter in Gorilla Kingdom. Wins are awarded for landing three, four, or five scatters. Three scatters awards 10 free spins, four give you 15 free spins, with five gifting 20 free spins. Massive wins are possible during the free spins round.
There is no wild symbol in Gorilla Kingdom, which we find strange because it’s about wild animals. NetEnt certainly missed a trick in this respect.
What Are The Special Features
Gorilla Kingdom is all about the free spins round. It’s triggered when you land at least three blue diamond scatters. Additional free spins are awarded if you land more scatters during the free spins round.
- 2 Scatter symbols = 3 extra free spins
- 3 Scatter symbols = 10 extra free spins
- 4 Scatter symbols = 15 extra free spins
- 5 Scatter symbols = 20 extra free spins
The gorilla symbols randomly transform into a gorilla mask when the free spins feature is active. These gorilla masks fill up a totem pole on the right-side of the screen. The polie is made up of the four other animal symbols and has six slots. Fill each animal with a gorilla mask and that animal’s symbols become gorillas on the reels.
Completely filling the totem pole requires 24 gorilla masks. You’re laughing all the way to the bank if this happens because all the high value symbols are now gorillas. This is the only way to hit the maximum theoretical payout of 4,096x your stake.
We really wanted to say that Gorilla Kingdom is a new and exciting pokie that needs your attention. It isn’t a bad pokie by any stretch of the imagination, it’s just there are several similar machines. NetEnt hasn’t done anything to make their machine stand out from a very crowded crowd.
The free spins feature is great, however, and does rack up some substantial wins. Filling the totem pole is something of a rarity despite the medium volatility. Don’t expect to be getting it even half full when you trigger it.
Play Gorilla Kingdom by all means. Several online casinos offer free spins as it’s a new pokie. Just don’t go into it thinking you’re going to have a life-changing experience and you won’t be disappointed.