Thu, Jun 27, 12:55am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:19pm
Skull Island was the mystical jungle-covered island where King Kong was discovered. Another Ainsworth pokie called King Kong, on the other hand, is based in New York. Kong of Skull Island pokie subsequently brings the early part of the King Kong saga to life. Instead of biplanes and buildings, however, you’ll find wild animals and temples on the reels of this slot.
Some of the features are found on both pokies. These include expanded reels for the free spins, random jackpots, bonuses and multiplied wins. An additional respin feature can be found in the Kong of Skull Island version – giving you even more big win potential. Here are the highlights to explore:
Logo symbols will trigger free spins. You need a minimum of 3 to enter the main bonus feature. If you get all 5 of the scatter / logo symbols in a single spin, you get 100x your triggering bet as well as the 8 free spins.
With King Kong jumping into the scene, and smashing the glass of the reels from the inside, things get off to a dramatic start. Even more dramatic is the expansion of the reels. These will change from a 5×3 setup to a 5×9 setup. With 9 rows of symbols on each reel, there are plenty of chances to line up those huge wins. Retriggers are also easier to come by, as you have more room to hit the logo symbols. 3+ will get you an additional 5 spins each time (in addition to scatter prizes). Finally, mixed higher paying symbols will trigger line prizes during this free spins bonus.
Respins happen at random when you win with the higher paying symbols. You’ll see King Kong again, and then the reels with the winning combinations stay in place while any others (4 and / or 5) will respin. It is possible to cover the entire 5×9 reel grid with the same symbol via this feature.
Multipliers happen when you get stacked symbols showing either the woman, man or jungle temple completely covering reel 1. Again, King Kong stars. He jumps into view, when the coloured smoke clears, you get a multiplier between 2x and 5x on your win.
A final feature is completely random. This occurs in the base game or the free spins (and again stars a certain large gorilla). You’ll be instantly awarded a progressive jackpot after any losing spin.
The base game uses the regular 5×3 grid. This is packed with win-lines, 50 covering the symbols from left to right. Bets range from 50c, up to $2.50c max in most casinos.
King Kong is a wild symbol, he also has the single biggest line prize. Like the other higher paying symbols, he comes in long stacks on the reels. This gives you a shot at multiple wild reels on any spin. Other higher paying symbols are the lady, gentleman and towering, glowing temple. Animals including a hippo and fish are used for the lower prizes.
You’ll be both shocked and delighted the first time King Kong appears over the reels. He has a wild look on both themed pokies from Ainsworth. Expect some chest beating, and to hit (and crack) the reels from the inside. When the smoke clears away, you’ll be looking at one of the features – making this big monkey a welcome sight!
Jazzy, swing music plays while you spin, contrasting with the jungle sound effects. As well as smaller animations on the reels, there is plenty going on around them. This includes planes flying around with coloured smoke billowing from their tails. On the reels, King Kong stands up and beats his chest when involved in a win as the wild symbol.
This game is certainly more atmospheric than ‘King Kong’. The jungle setting provides plenty of ideas for the design team at Ainsworth. Many of the features are shared between the games. Expanded reels in the free spins is spectacular enough. When you add in respins, multipliers and easy retriggers – this becomes an excellent feature. While the jackpots are smaller compared to some games, they can drop in at any time.