Crouching tiger, hidden jackpot, spinning monkey. This uniquely themed slot machine by Lightning Box gives players a chance to unleash their inner monkey with a novelty kung-fu theme featuring a variety of kick-ass animal characters. There are also some kick-ass wins to be spun too thanks to the fact that this slot machine has 1024 ways to win, not to mention few walloping bonus features such as free spins with a special baby monkey wild icon. But, perhaps the biggest draw of this slot machine is its three progressive jackpot prizes which are won through a randomly activated bonus game.
This Stellar Jackpot with More Monkeys slot machine has a totally unique theme for a 5-reel video slot. That is because the reels revolve around a novelty kung-fu monkey character as well as some other iconic critters from the Chinese wilderness such as Pandas, Tigers, and the most fearsome of all – the koi carp. These symbols are all presented as two-dimensional images, making the slot machine appear somewhat underwhelming when compared to some of the 3D slot machines out there.
However, the overall aesthetic of this game benefits from some diligent artwork, presenting a breathtaking mountain scene and setting the reels themselves within a Shaolin temple frame. The video slot also incorporates some simple and subtle animations, causing the creatures to perform movements whenever they form winning sequences. Plus, big wins during the game are accompanied by brisk gusts of wind and beautiful flumes of snowfall.
Speaking of wins, this game has plenty of them to offer since there are 1,024 different ways to line up prize paying combinations of symbols. Essentially, this means that there aren't any paylines across the 5x4 reel grid but, instead, winning spins consist of three or more matching icons appearing on consecutive reels from the leftmost reel going rightwards.
Such sequences of adjacent symbols will award a prize, the size of which is determined by the symbol in question, the quantity of symbols, and the size of the bet that is placed. The betting options starting from stakes as little as 0.01 credit, going up to 1.25 credits. That may not sound like a lot but those values are actually “multiplier bets” and the total bet that is placed per spin will actually be 60x that value.
It is the “multiplier bet” value that matters when it comes to the payout schedule, because these are the values that will be applied to the following winning multipliers:
Spinners should also keep an eye out for the kung-fu monkey symbol on reels 2 and 4, because this little fella acts as the game's wild symbol and his most impressive karate move is to substitute for other icons and complete winning sequences.
The biggest win in the main game is actually a 5,000x multiplier that is awarded by a scatter symbol – depicted by the big red “Bonus” icon. And, as you can probably guess, this icon will trigger a bonus feature with 7, 10, and 20 free spins which are awarded when three, four or five show up on the screen, regardless of whether they appear on consecutive reels.
These free spins come with some extra gameplay features, such as an additional baby monkey symbol that acts as another wild icon. Plus, players can choose from a series of other bonus gameplay elements such as 8 extra free spins, 8 stacked wilds or a multiplier that could award wins up to 8x.
As part of the Stellar Jackpot series of slot machines by Lightning Box, More Monkeys also has the potential to reward players with a Mini, Minor or Major jackpot. This bonus side game is triggered randomly, sending players into outer space where they will have to complete 6 bonus levels to win one of the three progressive jackpots.
Stellar Jackpots with More Monkeys is a solid 5-reel video slot from Lightning Box which offers a unique theme and plenty of feature rich gameplay. Visually speaking, the game doesn't quite stand up in comparison to some modern 3D slot machines, but it is still more than pleasant to behold. But the most exciting thing about this game is definitely the fact that there are loads of different ways to find a winner with the constant potential for a shot at the jackpot.