Monkey King Basic Information:
Many of us out here in the western world have no knowledge of the four great classical novels of China. As such, this pokie might seem a random topic for us, though in reality it has a basis in the classic Journey to the West. Interestingly enough, many forms of gambling which are popular today originated from China, though pokies are not one of them. So, is Monkey King any good? Keep reading to find out…
Monkey King was created by the team at Yggdrasil. These aren't the biggest gambling software team out there, but they aspire to great things. Hence their slogan “We are not the biggest but the best”. Other pokie creators put a lot of emphasis on quantity. Yggdrasil, on the other hand, is more concerned about quality. Monkey King was released in May of 2016.
As is standard with online pokies, Yggdrasil runs on flash compatible devices. This means most desktop and laptop computers, as well as many tablets and other mobile devices. Generally speaking; if your device can run HTML 5 and Flash then it should be able to run this pokie.
Monkey King comes with a total of 243 paylines over 5 reels in a 3×5 layout.
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
- Maximum coins size sits at 5
The return to player offered by this game sits at around 96%, which is about average.
In order to access the options the player must click the small pink circle with the ‘+' icon on the lower left corner of the screen, then on the gear icon. This options screen is cut into four sections. These sections are as follows:
In this section the player can choose to mute all sound effect or ambient sounds. This also comes with a volume slider for the sounds which are active.
This section comes with the ability to change spin speed. Rather than the standard toggle for quickspin, Monkey King comes with a slider which goes from turtle to hare. There is also an option here which toggles the appearance of the splash screen.
Yes, there is a further options section in the options screen. Here the player can choose whether they want their display to show coin values, and allow their space-bar to spin the reels.
- Stop Autoplay
This section allows the player to choose when they want autoplay to stop. There are four possibilities here.
1: If a single win meets or exceeds an entered amount.
2: If cash increased by an entered amount.
3: If cash decreases by an entered amount.
4: When entering the free spins game.
OTHER HELPFUL ADDITIONS
By opening the toolbar by clicking on the small ‘+' to the lower left of the screen a number of extra buttons become available. Aside from the options listed above, there is mute-all, game information and bonus information buttons.
On the main game screen the player can click the coins bet box. Doing do will change the currency display from coins to Euros, which can also be achieved by clicking the win and balance boxes.
Clicking on the Autoplay button, which appears as a circular arrow with a play symbol inside, allows the player to choose how many autospins they want from a list. These are 10, 25, 50, 75, 100, 250, 500, 750, 1000 and infinite spins. These can be stopped manually or by the rules which have been set in the options menu.
Monkey King also comes with a Max Bet button. When clicked this sets coin value instantly to its maximum.
The story of the Monkey King comes from the classical Chinese novel Journey to the West. In this story the Monkey King, also known as Sun Wukong, is born from stone which has been granted life by the five classical elements of Wu Xing. These are water, wood, fire, earth and metal. The Monkey King learns a great deal about combat, life and spirituality. As the Monkey King grows in strength he eventually becomes a match for the eastern deities and is sealed under a mountain in order to be contained.
Eventually he is freed by the pilgrim Xuanzang, under the agreement that he serve as a helper. While they are joined by others in their journey (to the west), the Monkey King acts largely as bodyguard from bandits and supernatural threats both. Once their quest is completed and the group return to China the Monkey King is granted Buddhahood. After this he gains the title of the Victorious Fighting Buddha in recognition of his hard work and strength.
The abilities of the Monkey King are nothing to sneeze at either. He is capable of lifting his 8 ton staff with ease, and can travel half-way around the world in a single somersault.
Other Features and Bonuses
The bonus symbol in this game comes in the form of a treasure chest. In the base game this symbol is worth up to 1000 coins. Alternatively it can trigger the free spin mode. If this is collected within the free spin mode can generate up to 1000 coins or give an extra 2 free spins. This can only appear on the 5th reel.
The free spin symbol in this game comes in the form of golden free spin text set on a sigil of gold and purple.
- 3 of these start the free spins bonus game
- 4 of these start the free spins bonus game and give 1,000 coins
- 5 of these start the free spins bonus game and give 5,000 coin
The first of the two types of wild in this game is the sticky wild. When this appears it will remain on the reels as long as the player keep achieving winning spins. These can only appear on the 2nd and 4th reels. Sticky wilds substitute for all symbols except the free spins symbols. Changing the bet while these are on the reels will unsticky them.
The second of the two wilds in this game are the Count Down wilds. These appear only on the third reel and will stay for a total of three game rounds. Count Down wilds substitute for all symbols except the free spins symbols. Changing the bet while these are on the reels will unsticky them.
The Golden Monkey will activate randomly in regular play. When it appears it will change one symbol into one which generates a better win. This includes wild symbols.
In the free spin bonus game the play can select from one of three variants.
The first is Incremental Wilds. When this is selected the player gains a total of 6 free spins. While this game runs there is one permanent sticky wild on the 2nd or 4th reels. One additional sticky is added each spin until these reels are full.
Second of the three games is the Stack Wilds version. When this is selected the player is gifted a total of 8 free spins. In this game stickies can appear on the 2nd and 4th reels, where they stay for the remainder of the game. A special triple stacked non-sticky wild can also land on the third reel during this game.
Last of the three games is the Starting Wild. When this is selected the player is given a total of 10 free spins. In this game the player is given a permanent sticky wild in the middle position of the middle reel. Additional stickies can also be rolled on the 2nd and 4th reels, and when these occur they remain for the rest of the free spins game.
How to Play:
Simple play in this game require only one choice from the player. Here, the player only needs to choose their coin value and then hit spin.
For more advanced options the player must rely on the autoplay function and options. To start autospins the player need only click on the autoplay button which is located to the right of the spin button. From here the player only needs to select the amount of spins they want from the displayed list and then click spin. Stopping options for these autospins can be set from within the options menu.
Overall Design and Usability:
Yggdrasil tends to put a lot of effort into the way their games look, and Monkey King is no exception. Everything from the symbols to the frame and bonuses is built around the theme with a high degree of professionalism. This extends to the animations, which are also of high quality, especially when it comes to the Monkey King himself. Top notch work all around.
When it comes to design, the game brings most of what you would expect, with a couple of exceptions. The first potential problem here is the lack of graphics options. This can be a problem when the game is accessed from a older, less powerful or mobile device. The other potential problem, which is entirely subjective, is the lack of bet customisation options. As the player can only modify the coin value in this game some players may feel a little left out of the customisation process. Other than those issues the game runs very well, and responds quickly.
Where to find it:
Yggdrasil isn't as common as the big boys like Microgaming and NetEnt. This means that it is usually only offered on the largest gambling sites or some of the more targeted smaller ones, if you already have a favourite site then search around, you might find that the game is already on offer.
If it isn't, or if you want a more specific list then you can check out our reviews on some on of the following sites. These all have Monkey King on offer:
Another entry by Yggdrasil brings their trademark quality and attention to detail. One of the best looking pokies available, especially if you are fan of Chinese history and literature. The free spin games in this game are all great, and the two types of wild also add a lot. This is a game where the wilds can really start to stack up, and when they do you can end with with long periods of high payout, which I really loved. If you're a fan of great designs and are looking to try something new then I would absolutely recommend this game. If you are the type of person who prefers variety in bonus games other than free-spins then this might not be for you. Either way, there is no denying the quality of work on display here by Yggdrasil.
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