Join the wild animals of the Chinese zodiac in Golden Macaque, a colourful Asian-themed video slot from Playtech. The action here takes place on a 5 reel, 243 ways to win machine and there are a couple of features that can deliver some top action. They include a free spins round with lower value symbols removed and a streak respin bonus where cash prizes and added jackpots of up to 2,000 times your bet are up for grabs. Play on your computer, tablet or mobile from between 20p and £500 per spin.
The glossy, colourful visuals in Golden Macaque are terrifically well done. The setting is a mountain valley with the reels set within a traditional Chinese-style building. Joining the lower value A to J values are 5 higher paying animals that are all associated with the Chinese zodiac. In order of value are the rabbit, rooster, pig, goat and tiger.
Land 3, 4 or 5 of the top-paying tiger on adjacent reels (starting from reel 1 of course) and you’ll pocket a payout of 0.25, 0.75 or 2.5 times your total bet. Joining the standard symbols is the macaque monkey which is the wild. This can land on the middle 3 reels only. There are a couple of potentially exciting feature rounds on offer in Golden Macaque.
Land 3, 4 or 5 of the gold gong scatter on the same spin and you’ll receive a payout of 1, 10 or 50 times your total stake as well as triggering the Gong feature. You’ll then be taken to a new screen. Pick 1 of the gongs to reveal which feature you’ve been awarded.
Free Games feature – land this and you’ll receive 6 free spins. These play out on a new set of reels made up of high value symbols only. Retriggers are possible here too.
Fire Blaze Jackpot feature – this round can also be triggered by landing 6 or more drum symbols on the same spin. The drums from the triggering spin are held and 3 respins are awarded. You’ll notice that each drum comes with a cash value equal to between 1 and 100 times your bet attached. If a new drum or Jackpot Star symbol land, they too are held and the number of respins resets to 3.
Hope to see the golden macaque make an appearance during the respins. This awards a prize equal to the combined amount shown on the drums. After your respins are over, all the cash values are added together for your overall prize. The Jackpot Stars deliver bonus payouts of 10, 25 or 100 times your bet.
To land the Grand Jackpot, you need to fill the whole of the reels with drums, Jackpot Stars and/or golden macaque symbols. You’ll then pocket a bonus prizes of 2,000 times your bet!
We enjoyed Golden Macaque. It looks and sounds terrific and serves up some potentially exciting gameplay. We’ve seen this respin feature in plenty of other Playtech video slots but it has the potential to be a cracker. The appetite for all things Chinese remains strong in the online slot world. If you enjoy that Sino theme, then Golden Macaque is well worth considering.