Wed, Jul 17, 7:34pm by Ethan Anderson
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:12pm
While the long sticky tongue which chameleons use to catch insects is well known, you might still be shocked by the animation in the King Chameleon. Bright, multi-coloured chameleons are wild symbols – they are in long strips on the slot reels. When you win with one, its long tongue lashes out (with accompanying sticky sound effects!). Joining this regal lizard, you’ll find an exotic tree frog, bold butterflies and a grey primate.
This game only has a single feature. As you’d expect from Ainsworth, this is a free spins bonus. What it lacks in variety, King Chameleon makes up for with quality. Wilds with multipliers can create win after win during this feature. Here’s a summary of the highlights for this medium level variance pokie:
You’ll need at least 3 of the symbols showing unusual trees to trigger the free spins bonus. These appear on all reels. You’ll get 8 free spins for 3, 4 or 5 of them – in addition to scatter wins of up to 100x your bet.
During this feature, just 2 trees will add 5 free spins to your total, making this easier to extend that bonuses on many Ainsworth pokies.
In the base game, stacked chameleon symbols appear on reels 3, 4 and 5. This is not the perfect place to have wild reels. The left side reels will result in more frequent wins. What they can do is link up matching symbols on the first 2 reels into multiple 5 of a kind wins.
These are still in place for the free spins – though with one notable exception, reel 3 goes gold.
The golden version of the lizards on reel 3 have a special role. When you hit one, it acts as a wild first time. It then reappears for the next 4 spins, adding a multiplier each time. For the 2nd spin, any wins it creates are 2x, with 3x for the 3rd spin – up to 5x.
Even better, it is possible to hit a stack of these multiplier wilds. It is also possible to have more than one at different stages. For example, if you got a new one on the penultimate (4x) spin of one in place, then the new one would be at 2x while the original moved to 5x. As they are on the same reel, they will not combine – though they do link up with the regular wild chameleons on reels 4 and 5.
You can choose how many win-lines you’d like to play with King Chameleon. These cross a 5×3 grid. The maximum is 100 – giving you plenty of opportunities to use those wild stacks.
A red finch is the highest paying regular symbol. This is followed by a grey monkey, brightly coloured tree frog and tortoise and butterfly. It is rare to find an Ainsworth pokie without playing card symbols, and this one is no exception. Aces down to nines are used for the smaller wins.
Chameleons don’t have wins listed of their own – as they don’t appear on the left-hand reels, they can’t create wins.
There are carved totem poles on either side of the reels. They have a south American tribal look. Around the reels a jungle creeper vine weaves in and out. With beige parchment on the back of the reels, an era of explorers comes to mind. The vivid colours of the wildlife symbols paint a different picture.
Chameleon symbols are oversized, beautifully coloured and detailed. The tongue animation is very realistic. It comes with an electronic sound effect which sounds suitably ‘sticky’. There are plenty of other detailed designs. The tree frog looks poisonous, with orange striped legs and different shades of green on its body. Overall this is a high-quality production, with enough detail to bring the exotic animals theme to life.
This is about as good as a ‘one trick’ pokie can get. The base game is excellent, with solid play and stacked wilds for the occasional big hit. You can even adjust the win-lines to suit your style and bankroll. The single feature is excellent. With golden chameleon wilds bringing you increasing win multipliers, it is easy to hit several big wins in a row. Extend this bonus, and you could be looking at a series of big wins!