Welcome to the jungle in this appealing and entertaining NetEnt game. Opting for the any ways pays mechanic, this game offers 1,024 ways on a 5x4 grid to score a payout when identical symbols land on adjacent reels reading left to right. Unusually there’s no wild symbol in the base game so this pokie is all about the free spins feature with the unusual symbol transform mechanic with collection feature.
You’re looking out for the oversized crystal symbol with 3 or more unlocking the free spins feature. We’ll take a deeper dive into the mechanics of the symbol transform later but if you get frustrated waiting for special features to trigger or unlock, the collection feature lets you keep track of your progress towards the next goal.
There are 111 paying symbols in this appealing game with the gorilla at the top of the heap paying 40x your stake. Symbols are split between 5 high paying picture symbols and 6 royals 9-A. NetEnt pokies tend to be highly entertaining rather than hugely volatile and this one is no different with up to 2,587x your stake on offer.
There’s a demo play version of this pokie available for you to try before you buy and mobile players will enjoy playing in-browser on mobile and tablet.
Theme, Graphics & Soundtrack
We’re in a clearing in the jungle where a strange stone gorilla idol stands and a waterfall thunders into a pool below. Tropical flowers bloom and dragonflies dart across the screen. A slightly foreboding soundtrack plays, driven by pipes and a throbbing drum beat. This is the land of the gorilla king.
Ever since Sir David Attenborough got up close with a mighty Silverback, we’ve been obsessed with Gorillas. King Kong and Mighty Joe Young were colossal stars of early cinema and maybe it’s because we share 98% of our DNA with these incredible primates that we’re so fascinated by them.
Highly intelligent, these incredible creatures can make and use tools and communicate using sign language. In this game the gorilla is indisputably king of the jungle and the representations of all the animals and their habitat is undeniably beautiful. Most players enjoy NetEnt games for their aesthetics and this one doesn’t disappoint.
RTP & Volatility
Medium volatility and a higher than average RTP of 96.03% create a pokie with side appeal to risk takers and casual players alike. There’s some decent potential here that will suit most players.
How to play Gorilla Kingdom
Before you play any pokie, decide on your session budget, set a time limit and take frequent breaks. That way you’ll stay in control and play responsibly.
The game controls are straightforward so here’s a quick guide to getting set up:
1. The Menu bottom left accesses the following options:
- Game settings including quickspins and spacebar to spin.
- Game rules.
- Paytable that updates as you change your stake.
2. Autoplay left of the spin button gives you the following options:
- 10 to 1,000 autospins.
- Loss and win limits to keep track of your bankroll.
3. Use the arrows to adjust your coin value up and down and the total bet will be shown in the Bet widget.
4. When your game is set up press the spin button to play.
Min & Max Bets + Top Wins
There’s a bet to suit every style of player in Gorilla Kingdom. Pick a coin value between 0.01 and 35.00 to play for as little as 0.10 per spin up to a max bet of 350.00. The maximum win available is 2,857x your stake but wins of that size are rare. A look at the paytable shows some decent potential 5 of a kind wins paying in multipliers of your stake as follows:
- Gorilla pays 40x
- Leopard pays 30x
- Toucan pays 30x
- Dik dik pays 25x
- Pangolin pays 25x
- A & K pay 15x
- Q & J pay 12x
- 10 & 9 pay 10x
We promised you a deeper dive into the bonus features and they don’t disappoint. All the potential is packed into the free spins that come with the symbol transform feature.
Free Spins with Extra Spins
Crystal scatter symbols trigger free spins with 10, 15 or 20 free games for 3, 4 or 5 scatters. Extra free spins are also available and you can add 3 more free spins when 2 symbols land.
During free spins any gorilla mask symbol is collected and leaves behind a gorilla symbol. You’ll need to collect 6 symbols on an animal panel before all symbols representing that animal transform into gorilla symbols. Each filled panel awards 2 extra spins.
Overall Review: Our Verdict
You’re rarely disappointed playing a NetEnt game and Gorilla Kingdom is another solid effort. Of course the jungle aesthetic is beautifully done but the gameplay is also rock solid with medium variance that should suit most players.
We liked the collection feature but we’d have liked to see some more action overall and the lack of a wild leaves you waiting a long while for the potential of the free spins to show up. It can be worth the wait and of course you’ll always have the lush tropical view to enjoy!
If you prefer more base game action with some massive multipliers and 4 free spins bonuses to unlock then NextGen’s Gorilla Go Wild pokies will have you beating your chest.