Wed, Jul 10, 10:08pm by Ethan Anderson
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:12pm
There is no doubting that the monkey star of this Ainsworth pokie has a certain cuteness to it. He pops out of a barrel, making endearing classic monkey sounds. As a pokies player, you’ll quickly find out whether you love this monkey, or find it extremely irritating! Other symbols have a wild animal and fruit theme. Bananas and exotic fruits, plus parrots and leopards can be found on the slot reels – all have a cartoon style.
You can play Jungle Monkeys both live and online. The key feature, involving richer-reels and moving wilds is the same for both. Online you will not find the must-win random progressives. Here are the highlights of the Jungle Monkeys pokies:
When the barrel symbol lands on the reels, the lid pops open. You’ll see and hear a small monkey poking its head out. If you get 3 or more of these on a single spin, the monkey jumps out. It does a backflip – celebrating the fact that you won free spins. You’ll get 8, 12 or 20 free spins for 3, 4 or 5 barrels.
Other than more monkey sound effects, the free spins bonus reels look similar to those in the base game. There are differences in wild reels and the stacked symbols which can help produce some big wins.
In the base game, reels 3, 4 and 5 have wild strips of monkey symbols on them. These will produce the occasional multi-line hit. For the feature, the wild strips move. Now reels 1, 3 and 5 are wild. This gives you a lot more potential for hits. If you get both reel 1 and 3 wilds (and no bonus symbols on reel 2), then you just triggered 100 win-lines from the same spin.
In addition, the mix of symbols on the reels shifts. There are more of the higher paying fruit and animal symbols. These come stacked in long strips, meaning you have a shot at covering the screen in a mix of wilds and higher paying symbols.
You can add more spins to your total. 5 are awarded for 3+ barrel symbols.
Ainsworth reuse jackpot systems on many titles. If you play Jungle Monkeys in a live casino, you’ll find two ‘must win by’ jackpots. These are not huge. The biggest prize must be triggered by the time it hits $400 (it is seeded at $350). Having the potential for a jackpot to drop in at any time does add a little extra excitement to the game play.
Many pokies from other studios use bigger reel setups where 100 win-lines are in play. With Jungle Monkeys, Ainsworth Technology have squeezed this number of win-lines over a regular 5×3 reel setup. This not only makes it hard to ‘miss’ a win-line, it gives a lot of coverage when those wilds and stacked symbols combine.
The top winning symbol shows an exotic fruit, with black seeds inside. This is followed by the head of a parrot, a palm tree, coconut and bunch of bananas. Playing cards are the filler / lower paying symbols.
In addition to monkeys in a barrel, a full-faced monkey appears stacked on the reels. This is the wild symbol. It replaces most other symbols, the only exception being the barrel.
Everything is bright and cartoon-like on the reels of this game. Around the reels is a more natural jungle view. You’ll see dark vines and creepers between giant trees. If you look carefully a silhouette of a monkey leaping from a tree can be seen.
Barrel symbols immediately grab your attention. A cute monkey will pop its head out, emerging to do backflips if you trigger the bonus games. While this is a fun animation, I’ll warn some players that it might lead to turning down the volume after several spins!
While there is nothing in the game play to make Jungle Monkeys stand out, this is a solid and enjoyable pokie. The design is bright – and those animations entertaining (at least for a while!). With must-win jackpots available, you might want to check whether these are close to the listed amount. Free spins are the highlights of Jungle Monkeys. Those moved wilds and extra stacked symbols can make a big difference to the frequency of your line hits here.