Live the Legend
Legend of the Golden Monkey is taking players on an adventure in Ancient China, just like many other games before but this time with boosted graphics and animations. The reels are set within the frame of a temple, decorated with fish statues, green tiles and red paper lanterns. Other temples are visible in the background, perched on top of high peaks that stretch all the way to the horizon.
Each spin of the reels and winning combination triggers dynamic 3D animations, while several characters (including the golden monkey himself) pop up on the screen from time to time to trigger special features and bonuses. Legend of the Golden Monkey is truly a visual experience that is worth a try. But let’s come back to the more practical aspects of the game in the next section.
The Adventure Begins
Legend of the Golden Monkey features a discrete command bar at the bottom of the screen, with enough buttons and switches to let you customise the game freely. The 5 reels do not feature any specific payline but instead allow you to score winning combinations in any possible configuration of adjacent symbols. This means that for each turn you have 243 ways to win. Start by adjusting your bet size with the arrow buttons. You can bet from 0.25 to 125 credit per spin in total, and the max bet button will help you to go all-in faster. Legend of the Golden Monkey also features a classic autoplay game mode, if you happen to be in a hurry.
The game’s RTP was set at 96%, which is about the average for most modern slot games. In terms of variance, Legend of the Golden Monkey proves to be quite average as well, with decent chances to win big prizes at every spin – but not too generous at the same time. The basic paytable of the game is a mix of suits of cards and mysterious artefacts such as parchment rolls, pieces of jewelry, potions, crowns and more, with a maximum reward of x250.
Generous at Every Spin
Legend of the Golden Monkey goes one step further and introduces a generous selection of bonus features. Start with the Golden Monkey bonus, which is announced by the random appearance of the hero of the game, who will transform a specific symbol into another at your advantage. This could lead to a new winning combination, or one of the game’s wilds.
The sticky wilds, for instance, appear only on reels 2 or 4 and stay in place for as long as you keep winning. Countdown wilds appear on reel 3 exclusively and will stay there for 3 turns.
The treasure chest is another special symbol, which is limited to reel 5. You can win either 1000 credits of initiate the free spin game mode. Finding 3 or more free spin scatters is another way to enter this special game mode, where you get to choose the number of free games (up to 10) and the added wild bonus yourself.
Beautiful and Terribly Efficient
Legend of the Golden Monkey is winning both on the aesthetics side and on the pure gamble aspect. Beyond the amazing graphics, the game is easy to play and can offer some very exciting bonuses relatively frequently. The basic wins might not be as generous as in other slot games, but if you aim for the free spins you should be able to make up for that quite easily.
Lost Vegas from Microgaming is built on a similar set of rules, but offers up to 50 free spins instead of just 10 in Legend of the Golden Monkey – so if you are up for a more classic slot machine challenge, you should definitely check out this other game as well.