The game preview of Planet of the Apes is live – and it’s epic.
Every once in a while a slot provider presents something different. Something fresh, something unique, something we’ve never seen before. Something exactly like Planet of the Apes. When NetEnt announced they were working on a slot adaptation of the immensely popular franchise, we were more than just a little bit excited. They knew they had to deliver something extraordinary for this one, and boy will they. Ever since the preview arrived, everyone’s been raving about how shockingly good this slot is promising to be. Curious what’s so special about it? Keep reading.
The Planet of the Apes video slot is based on the two most recent films, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Does this mean they mixed elements from both films into one slot? Yes and no. It is one game, but it displays two 5 reel and 3 row video slots. This means double the reels, double the features, double the fun. You can understand why NetEnt’s been receiving a lot of praise about this slot thus far. The left slot is inspired by Rise of the Planet by the Apes film, whilst the right slot is inspired by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes film. Both slots are equipped with character symbols from that specific movie, and have individual features but also connecting features. Confused? We’re not blaming you. Let us break it down for you:
- Rise Wilds & Dawn Wilds – only occur individually in designated area;
- Rise Scatters & Dawn Scatters – only occur individually in designated area;
- Rise Free Spins & Dawn Free Spins – only occur individually in designated area;
- Rise Bonus feature & Dawn Bonus feature- only occur individually in designated area.
- Dual Feature – combines both areas;
- Stacked Wild feature – combines both areas;
The Rise and Dawn Wilds, Scatters, Bonus feature and Free Spins symbols are all treated as separate symbols in that specific area and counted separately. They can not be combined. So if you hit 2 Scatter symbols in the Rise area and one in the Dawn area, you will not have a complete combination.
Both the Rise and the Dawn area have Wild symbols. They can award you with a coin win of up to 600 if you manage to hit a combination of 5 of them, and will also substitute all symbols except for Scatters and Bonus symbols.
Both the Rise and the Dawn Scatter symbol award a win when you hit a combination of three or more in one spin. Both Scatter symbols have the same value. A combination of three symbols will award 40 coins, a combination of four symbols will award 300 coins and the highest combination of five will award 1000 coins. Hitting a combination of three of these symbols in one area will also activate the Rise or Dawn Free Spins respectively.
Besides a coin win, hitting a combination of three or more Scatter symbols will also activate the Free Spins for that specific area. The Rise and Dawn Free Spins each have their own unique features. If you activate the Rise Free Spins, you will receive 10 Free Spins. During the Free Spins mode any Wild symbols that land on the reels will be collected. On the last spin all these collected Wilds will be randomly places on the reels. If you activate the Dawn Free Spins, you will receive 15 Free Spins. Three feature meters will be displayed on the right side during the Dawn Free Spins. These are the Multiplier, Extra Wild and Extra Free Spins meter. Each time you hit a corresponding symbol, the meter will be filled by 1. The feature will be activated when the meter is completely filled.
The Bonus Features can be activated by landing the Bonus symbol in a spin. The Rise Bonus symbol lands on reel 1 in the Rise area, whilst the Dawn Bonus symbol lands on reel 5 in the Dawn area. If you’ve activated the Rise Bonus feature, you will receive an extra coin win that is awarded for every single character and ape symbol that are visible in the Rise area at that time. Scatter symbols are not included though. If you activate the Dawn Bonus feature, all ape and character symbols in the Dawn area will be transformed into the same symbol.
The Dual feature is one of the two features that combines both playing areas. It can be randomly activated before each spin. When triggered, one symbol (except for Wilds and Scatters) will be randomly selected for each playing area. The symbol in the Rise area will always be different than the symbol in the Dawn area. After the symbols have been selected, reels will start turning. Only the two selected symbols will be left on the reels, the rest will be blank spaces. If one of the selected symbols lands in the corresponding area, it will stick. If it’s the selected symbol of the other area, it will move to that area. In order for the game to re-spin, at least one of the selected symbols has to land in one of the areas.
Stacked Wild Feature
Last but not least, the second combining feature involves Stacked Wild symbols. This feature is activated when a reel in the Rise area is fully covered with Wild symbols. The reel will then be duplicated tot the Dawn area on the same position, therefore creating a fully Stacked Wild reel in both playing areas.