When it comes to the overall design of Jungle Monkeys, Ainsworth have added as much details as they possibly can. The reels are wrapped in golden bamboo and are placed in the centre of an overgrown jungle. There are green trees and leaves for as far as the eye can reach. Upon the reels are numerous symbols that fit in with the jungle theme, these are; monkey, papaya fruit, parrot, coconut, coconut tree, barrel, bananas and card values 9, 10, J, Q, K and A.
From the symbols featured within this game, it looks to be loosely based on the popular gaming classic of Donkey Kong. Barrels, bananas and exotic fruits will take you back to the days of adventurous console playing with Donkey Kong and his trustee side-kick Diddy Kong.
The screen is uncluttered with very little options to distract your attention from the reels. The lower of the screen houses your balance, lines adjuster, bet adjuster, your total bet and your winnings. The big red button to the right that looks almost like a handbag is the spin button. Within the ‘i’ button is where you will find the paytable and rules on how to play the game – along with other options such as sound controls.
There are 5 reels and 100 paylines, of which can be altered at any time. If you wish to play just one payline, you can – but the chances of spinning in a win is drastically reduced compared to playing all 100 paylines. Minimum stakes are 0.01 a payline to 100.00 a payline – this gives a total for all paylines of 1.00 and 10,000.
The barrel will award the non-progressive jackpot of up to 1,000,000 for five symbols on your payline. Next up, the papaya fruit will explode with 100,000 with the parrot triggering 30,000. Bananas, coconuts and coconut trees award 20,000 with all other symbols offering a break even on a maximum stake of 10,000.
As with all Ainsworth titles, there is only one feature and this is the free spins bonus. The scatter (barrel) will award the following free spins:
- 3 symbols awards 8 free spins
- 4 symbols awards 12 free spins
- 5 symbols awards 20 free spins
Trigger three more barrels during your free spins to be awarded an additional 5 free spins. The paytable will change to lower value prizes during the free spins.
There are wilds that will swing onto your reels in the form of the monkey. During the free spins, he will only appear on reels 1, 3 and 5.
For a slot machine that offers big stakes and even bigger jackpots, we were surprised by the lack of features on offer. Jungle Monkeys slot game is a medium to high variance with wins coming few and far between on the reels. You don’t have to bet big stakes to play this game because there’s still a decent amount of cash on offer for those wishing to conserve their bankroll for as long as possible.
The free spins bonus is where you can accumulate some big cash – but you can accumulate just as much on the reels in our opinion. Just because you trigger free spins, doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed to win anything decent – or anything at all.
Jungle Monkeys has a return to player (RTP) percentage of 94.14%.