If you think more Donkey Kong than King Kong, you will be properly re-aligned to play this fantastic new online slot from software provider Blueprint gaming, where your main objective is to wake the sleepy character of King Kong and persuade him to unlock some serious cash for you.
What might look like a simple five reel and 20 payline slot, is anything but, with escalating bonus rounds, wilds and a variety of interesting graphics and audio to keep you entertained. Gone is the serious nature of the King Kong Films, instead here is a fun filled cartoon like slot game more in line with the Jungle Book!
It isn’t just entertainment value either, this game, although lacking a progressive jackpot, can offer x1000 your bet in the bonus rounds and there are two symbols capable of giving you 500x your bet for five of a kind, the bonus rounds can contain free spins, multiplying and expanding wilds to really add some monkey madness to your wins.
King Kong Cash is set in a funky colourful cartoon jungle, the huge ape himself sits on a stone throne, enjoying a lazy afternoon snooze and surrounded by piles of gold and gems. Above him sits the reel set, which is bamboo framed, the wins also link up using bamboo shoots which is a nice little theme touch.
You don’t get a big video intro sequence but you do get plenty of 3D animations to keep you entertained along with some funny monkey styled big win sequences like ‘Bamboon Brilliance’. Everything on the game is tied in with an upbeat little jungle jingle played out on bongo drums, try saying that five times fast!
In addition to Kong himself who is the games bonus trigger, you will want to watch out for other animal caricatures in the form of a Pirate parrot, a cigar smoking rhino, a very effeminate looking alligator and a bespectacled tiger who seems to have come straight off the Frosties cereal packet!
The fixed wild symbol in the base game is a simple wooden barrel, whilst on a rare minus point, the low pay symbols are the common 9-Ace playing card icons.
Where to start with the sheer amount of bonuses available on this game? First off, in the base game, at any time, Kong can randomly awake and offer you a variety of enhanced win modifiers or multipliers, these are all tremendously themed: Banana Cannon Wilds, Golden Barrel Super Spin, Bonus Boost, Kong Respin and King Kong Streak.
Given that the base game round already has the wilds and game logo symbols which can offer 500x time a bet, the extra random bonus options really spice up the general play, the win lines are fixed so it’s just a matter of setting up your total bet, hitting auto-play and watching the entertainment whilst you wait for a fun filled hit!
What you will really be waiting for is three or more of the Kong bonus scatters, these trigger an escalating ladder like bonus round progression, first a random reel spin will offer you one of the five bonus rounds, you can then choose to gamble to move up to the next round or collect and take the offered bonus game.
First up is barrel blast, where a cannon shoots barrel wilds onto the reels and they then explode, similar to a cascading reels game and reveal matching symbols underneath to the board, although it’s the lowest paying bonus round, it still has some one off big hit potential to it.
Climb one step up the ladder and you find yourself on the King Kong trail, this is a Donkey Kong style platform game setup, you get to choose from four barrels, two will grant you moves forwards and two will be bombs, ending your round, each barrel and platform you advance over, increases the win multiplier on offer in this round.
Rung three on the ladder is where you first get a traditional King Kong game, the Empire free spins, here you have three levels of reels to climb on the empire state building. You start with ten spins and, if you collect 3 golden monkeys during the spins, elevate yourself to the next reel and gain five additional spin. The bottom reel has floating wilds, the middle they accumulate and on the very top reel, they expand. If you get all the way to the top it isn’t unusual to have five or 6 expanding roaming wilds on the reels – I bet you can imagine the win potential there!
Second of the two free spins rounds is the Golden Kong spins, you now get a reel set with double the pay lines for ten spins, each Kong symbol you collect (up to ten) is played at the end of your free spins as random multiplying wilds added to the reels for re-spins. The reel re-spins are granted using the same barrel bonus pick system of the King Kong trail round, this can be a bit hit and miss, offering small or large wins and little in the middle.
Last and certainly not least is the big money bonus round, at least, we assume it isn’t least as we have found it impossible to trigger so far! The title and the fact it sits atop the ladder indicate this is where the 1000x bet multiplier is hiding, just waiting to be unlocked!
King Kong cash has everything the best online slot games should have, great bonuses and gameplay, fun theme and no download required to take it out for a spin. It is clear Blueprint took a lot of valuable experience from the amazing Jungle Book Jackpots game and used it here to stunning effect, that’s all from me, as I’m off back for another spin!