Based on the movie re-boots rather than the Charlton Heston-era camp classics, Planet of the Apes is a 10 reel, 40 payline video slot from NetEnt. Created in association with 20th Century Fox, it’s played on 2 reel sets based on the Rise and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes sequels. Extras on offer include duplicating symbols, morphing stacked wilds, free spins with added multipliers and wilds. Available to play on multiple devices, stakes range from 20p to £200 per spin.

The game engine here is a little different to the norm as there are a pair of 5 reel, 20 payline machines – 1 half is based on Rise, the other on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Both machines include lower value playing cards, 3 human characters from the respective film and a pair of high value apes. Each machine also has its own wild and scatter. NetEnt has packed plenty of features and bonus features into this video slot. Here’s what you can expect:

Stacked Wild feature – a stacked wild that hits on the Rise reel set duplicates and copies into the same position on the Dawn side.

Rise Bonus feature – land the Rise Bonus symbol on reel 1 and you’ll receive an extra instant cash bonus of up to 79.5 times your bet.

Dawn Bonus feature – land the Dawn Bonus on the far-right reel and all the human and ape symbols on the Dawn side transform into the same matching symbol.

Dual feature – 1 unique symbol is chosen on the Rise side and the Dawn side. If the respective symbol lands on the spin that follows, it’s held. If a chosen symbol lands on the opposite side, it’s transferred to the other. Re-spins continue until there’s a spin where no new chosen symbol lands. A payout is then made.

Rise Free Spins feature – you’ll receive 10 free spins if you land 3 scatters on the Rise side. Each wild that hits during the feature is collected. On the last free spin, the collected wilds are dropped into play to boost your winning chances.

Dawn Free Spins feature – land 3 scatters on the Dawn side and you’ll be awarded 15 free spins. There are special multiplier, extra wild and extra free spin symbols on offer here. When they land, they’re added to a meter. Fill the meter and you’ll be awarded the associated extra. This means you can get 3 free spins each time you fill the meter, benefit from extra wilds and increase the multiplier up to 5x.

Multiple Free Spins feature – this is played when you get 3 scatters on each of the reel sets. Basically, you will play the Rise Free Spins feature and then the Dawn Free Spins feature after one another.

With its twin reels, Planet of the Apes is certainly a little different, especially for a branded video slot. The unusual set up takes a little getting used to so a few spins in play mode are recommended. Once you’ve got used to the layout, there’s plenty to enjoy here.

The visuals are as high spec as you’d hope from a NetEnt film game. The range of extras offers plenty of play too. We especially liked the Dual feature as well as the added goodies on offer in the free spins rounds. The Dawn Free Spins feature is the most lucrative giving you a potential 3,000 times your bet on each free spin!

The recent films versions in the Planet of the Apes series have been a hit with critics and movie goers alike. This video slot version should do the same. Great work, again, by NetEnt!