Banana Odyssey is a relatively new game from Microgaming with medium variance, a beautiful aesthetic, and an enjoyable set of features. The free spins round allows players to take home pretty impressive payouts, though the maximum 400x stake per spin is a little disappointing; for that amount of cash, we might expect to see more frequent wins to reward players a little better.
That said, Banana Odyssey is extremely fun to play and the premium feel of its graphics and animations is surprisingly high for Microgaming.
There are a tonne of buttons and settings players can tinker with, if desired:
Once the first spin is underway, the game is super straightforward: players simply need to hit the ‘spin’ button and cross their fingers for a wild reel or 3 scatters!
Despite the relatively simple design, Banana Odyssey can only be described as a clean, professional, and incredibly attractive game. The reels are set in the gently moving vastness of the galaxy, with vast glowing nebulas lighting the scene. The symbols and characters look straight out of a 2019 video game – as does the funky soundtrack!
The game jumps to lightspeed when the wild reels appear, and the lasers and bursts of energy which follow winning combinations are a great touch.
In terms of visuals and audio, Banana Odyssey is an absolute smash hit and a joy to play.
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While players can wager anywhere up to $400 per spin (which is substantial by any game’s standards!) the maximum payout is also just 400x stake. Now that’s not a small payout at all, but for a medium variance game that’s had this much effort put into the design, we’d just expect to see a bit more firepower.
Since rival games to Banana Odyssey could be offering 10 times that payout, it’s a slight letdown. However, taking home $160,000 would still be a delight!
Whenever a wild symbol appears on the middle 3 reels it immediately explodes into a giant wild reel! Any winning combinations made as a result are included, and then a respin is initiated with the stacked wild locked in place. While this feature isn’t guaranteed to generate a payout, the odds are pretty good.
What’s more, it’s possible for multiple wilds to land at once which means multiple fully wild reels!
For such a new game, the free spins round with Banana Odyssey is surprisingly subdued. Here’s how it plays out: first things first, players need to land the 3 scatter symbols on reels 3, 4, and 5.
From there the reels go straight into autoplay mode and start spinning! Close to sounding like a pretty average experience, Microgaming did make one adjustment which can be spectacular: every wild which lands during the round will expand to fill the reel and stay locked in place for the full feature!
Once 2-3 reels are fully wild, it’s almost impossible not to generate massive winnings. Any players lucky enough to get all five wild reels would instantly guarantee themselves the maximum 400x stake payout – up to $160,000 if betting the maximum.
Really the only negative we could find with Banana Odyssey is that the maximum payout of 400x is a bit low. And that’s us nitpicking! This slot is realistically very good, especially for players who value the cinematic, video game-like experience of modern slots.
It is very hard to trigger the free spins round, but the wild reels are a major crowd pleaser during general gameplay. At the end of the day, playability is 100% this game’s main strength: it is fun, well-designed, and easy to play for hours on end!