The Monkey Prince is a new slot from creators IGT, and transports players back to, we assume, some time in the past. Or maybe that’s just how it feels because of the lacklustre design… With a somersaulting monkey protagonist, a host of special features and the chance to wager $1,800 per spin, many users won’t care about the low quality graphics!
This Asian-themed slot takes place high on a rocky outcrop somewhere, with fantastical music and an energetic monkey leading the way.
Gameplay & Layout
The soundtrack is definitely what the un-cultured among would call “Asian music”, and it rings and chimes pleasantly in the background as you play. The harsh, clunky slamming of the symbols landing in place is a bit at odds with the serenity of the music and graphics. That said, depending on your mood, there is something to be said for games which requires zero thought or brain power to play!
As we touched on in the introduction, players can wager a colossal sum of money: up to $1,800 per spin! As a tactic, you could try accumulating 4/5 masks using lower wager amounts, and then ramping up your spending to try and land a bonus with maximum cash.
There are 3 fancy masks sitting to the left of the reels, yellow, red, and blue ones. There’s space for 5 of each mask in their little rows: every time you land a mask on the reels, it floats off to fill a space among the other masks. Once you reach all 5 of a particular mask, that’s where things start to get interesting.
- Blue masks – Scattered Wilds, aka 3-4 random symbols turn wild for one spin.
- Red masks – Random Wild Reels, aka 1-5 reels become fully wild for one spin.
- Yellow masks – Surrounding Wilds, aka a random symbol, and all those adjacent to it, turn wild for one spin.
Free Spins Round
In addition to those fancy masks we’ve outlined, players can unlock a free spins round by landing 3, 4, or 5 scatters during the base game. Not only that, but you get to select your own bonuses similar to the mask system above. Here are your options:
- Scatter Wilds – 25, 30 or 50 free spins with up to 4 wilds.
- Random Wild Reels – 10, 15 or 25 free spins with up to 5 completely wild reels.
- Surrounding Wilds – 5, 10 or 15 free spins with 1 random symbol plus all adjacent symbols turning wild.
We’re tempted to say that the Random Wilds offer your best chance of success, but it’s really hard to say – it all come down to good fortune in the end!
The Monkey Prince is one of those games which you can tell some players are going to like, and others are going to close immediately in search of something more modern or dramatic. The only thing it does “wrong” is the graphic quality: they’re a bit potato-y for 2018. Otherwise it’s a good slot, and the bonus rounds add a nice bit of pizzazz!