Yggdrasil is well-known for producing games which push boundaries when it comes to graphic design, animation, and in-game special features. However, even at the time of its release in 2016, Monkey King was not quite up to that lofty standard. While the game has a few tricks up its sleeve, the graphics and animation are relatively basic.
Its RTP is 96.00% and it remains a pretty popular choice among players.
The theme of Monkey King is a relatively generic, mythical Asian style: woodwind pipes playing in the background, monkeys and dragons, massive Asian temple and so on. The games symbols are well in-line with the theme:
In terms of actual gameplay, it’s pretty straightforward. There are sticky wilds and a crazy monkey to look out for which both make things quite interesting (the monkey creates wilds or specific symbols to trigger wins!) and the free spins symbols, you guessed it, trigger the bonus round.
There is also a selection of buttons and information on-screen:
The graphics for Monkey King are attractive, but somewhat basic. Set under the tall ceiling of an oriental temple, richly decorated with sculptures and dragons, the reels fill most of the screen with just a small outcropping of scenery visible in the background.
The soundtrack is definitely a headline attraction for this game. Rather than the slow, tranquil sounds we’re used to from ancient oriental games, Monkey King has dynamic, upbeat, and motivating music! The graphics seem a little aged, but once a winning combination is found or the Golden Monkey springs to life, we catch a snippet of Yggdrasil’s famous animations.
Overall it’s a fun game to play. The relatively low variance means there are regular wins, keeping players entertained for a longer period. We should add that while we love the music, its constant motivation did wear thin after a prolonged session!
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The highest-paying basic symbol is the chalice, offering 250 coins for 5 on a payline. This is dwarfed by the 1,000 coins available when a treasure chest lands on reel 5 (though this may instead trigger the free spins round) and for any player fortunate enough to land five free spins symbols anywhere on-screen, they’ll trigger the bonus round and a payout of 5,000 coins!
With a maximum coin value of $5, players can take home $25,000 in a single spin in the base game. During the free spin round it’s possible to trigger multipliers full of wilds, and the payouts could be even higher!
The free spins round can be triggered in two ways:
During the round itself, there’s a tonne of cool options. For starters, players get to choose how many spins they get:
If the treasure chest lands during the free spins round, it will either pay out 1,000 coins or grant two additional free spins. This free spins round is immensely powerful and, depending on the player’s luck and strategy, can produce monumentally big payouts.
The combination of the sticky wilds and free spins round in Monkey King is probably the main reason the majority of players still choose this game. It’s true that it lacks some of the excitement of Yggdrasil’s other games, but the 96% RTP and blockbuster potential from the free spins round are nothing to sniff at!
Try Monkey King for yourself and see if you can win some cash with that talented golden monkey!