Watch out, there’s a Mighty Monkey on the loose. That’s the setup of Cool Bananas, a 5 reel, 25 payline video slot from NextGen Gaming. This funky monkey delivers some tasty action including double wild wins and a bonus round that awards up to 80 free spins where all payouts benefit from a 2x multiplier. Play on all devices from between 25p and £250 per spin.
The story here is very loosely based on the classic tale of King Kong – the reels are set against a skyline backdrop and include lower value A to 9 playing cards, sunglasses, ice cream sundaes and skyscrapers. The best of the standard symbols is the blonde woman. Land a 5-in-a-row combination and you’ll pocket 1,000 coins.
Helping to create those winning combinations is the super cool Mighty Monkey. Clad in an outlandish Hawaiian shirt and sporting a nifty pair of shades, he replaces all symbols bar the banana scatter. When the Monkey wild forms part of a winning line with a standard symbol, that payout is doubled. Land 2, 3, 4 or 5 Monkeys in combination and you’ll win an award of 10, 100, 1,000 or 5,000 coins.
Land 3 or more banana scatter symbols to trigger Cool Bananas’ Free Games feature that awards 24, 32 or 40 free spins depending on how many bananas landed on the triggering spin. Every winner during the feature, whether or not they include a wild, is boosted by a 2x multiplier and doubled. You can also retrigger giving you up to 80 free spins.
NextGen Gaming has kept things super simple in Cool Bananas – the visuals are done in a stripped back, cartoon style. The soundtrack is pretty standard too but you will get some jazzy fanfares to herald a winner. The gameplay is equally basic. The 2x wilds help things along in the base game. The best action is on offer in the feature though. The potentially high number of free spins plus the double payouts are an enticing combination.
Cool Bananas will be a little too simple for some tastes – it’s certainly not overflowing with extras or outlandish design. If you’re after some simple, comic action with a decent bonus round then you’ll want to add Cool Bananas to your playing menu. I would personally opt for branded titles like Playtech’s King Kong and NetEnt’s Planet of the Apes which are better and offer more.