Like the title might suggest, this slot machine is centred on the wacky antics of a silly ape, creating a slot machine that is filled with comic potential. Whether you appreciate the comedy really depends on your sense of humour because the laughs are a bit slapstick and immature. But nonetheless, nothing quite helps you to unwind than seeing an anvil drop on a monkey’s head, right?
The reels are filled with a hodgepodge of props such as anvils, bananas and pineapples as well as a few other animal critters like a lion, a butterfly and a slippery snake. The game’s wild symbol is a tribal mask and the most lucrative icon of all is the “Crazy Monkey” logo.
Much like the basic level of humour, this slot machine isn’t much to look at with its rudimentary 2D illustrations which make the game take on the appearance of a children’s cartoon. However, the aspect as a whole is bright and colourful and there are attention grabbing sound effects to help drive the comical happenings on the screen.
These arcade sounds are bolstered by the fact that the game’s control panel is presented as a traditional arcade game machine – which may well appeal to retro game enthusiasts while also helping to keep the gameplay as uncomplicated as possible. That said, there isn’t any “autoplay” option, meaning that players will have to manually click the “Start” button every time they want the reels to spin. At least, your clicking finger will get a good workout!
The fact that there are only 9 paylines is a bit misleading because in actual fact, this slot machine pays wins in both directions. So, in effect there are more than just 9 different ways to win prizes. All you need to do is line up matching icons on the active paylines going from left to right starting from the first reel, or from right to left starting from the fifth reel.
You can choose to play with all 9 paylines, or you can limit your wagers by playing with less; the available payline options are 7, 5, 3, and 1. The bet per line value can be seen in the top left and right hand corner of the game screen an you can change it by clicking the “Bet” button to roll through the different stakes – these are: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 20, 25. So, there is definitely plenty of opportunity to play it safe or go for the big bets.
These line bets will be multiplied by the following values whenever a sequence of three or more matching icons align.
|Symbol||Three in a row||Four in row||Five in a row|
|Crazy Monkey logo||200x||1,000x||5,000x|
So, with a maximum line bet of 25 in play, there is a chance that lucky spinners can win a jackpot of 125,000 credits from the base game. Plus, to help you rack up the bounty, the mask symbol is a wild icon which will substitute for all other paying symbols.
Crazy Monkey offers a very simple yet effective bonus game, which gives players a chance to win some random total bet multiplier prizes. This side game is triggered by finding three or more monkey icons scattered on the reels in any position.
When the game is activated, a jingle will play and spinners will be shown a screen with five dangling ropes. Pull down on a rope using the control panel buttons to see what falls down. A tasty bunch of bananas will gift a bonus multiplier that will applied to the total bet value, while an anvil, brick or coconut will end the bonus fun and give our monkey a head full of stars. Get all the way to the end without harming the monkey to play a “Super Bonus Game” which offers two choices for a random mystery prize worth up to 168,750 credits.
Crazy Monkey is a very simple slot machine by the Russian software company, Igrosoft. The graphics are cartoonish and a little bit outdated while the theme is quite elementary in its slapstick silliness. However, the game doesn’t take itself too seriously and if you can get past the visual flaws, then there are many pleasant spins to be had with a good deal of winning potential.