This exciting and colourful 2016 release, The Legend of the Golden Monkey from Swedish studio Yggdrasil Gaming, takes ancient Chinese mythology, culture and tradition as its inspirations. Specifically, it is based on the mythical Sun Wukong figure, otherwise known as the Monkey King, who could turn himself into myriad animals and objects.
The game is set against a temple background, with a view over the mountains, and lanterns hanging outside. The background music is also suitably oriental, and you’ll also hear the distant echo of faraway drums.
How to play
As you’d expect from Yggdrasil, The Legend of the Golden Monkey is a mobile-friendly offering compatible with your device of choice. Play from 25p a go up to a high-stakes £125 per spin.
It’s also a Win All Ways slot, meaning you won’t encounter any fixed Paylines, but any combo of at least a trio of symbols working from the left or right lands you a win.
Icons are all in keeping with the theme and encompass cauldrons, scrolls, goblets, shields and crowns. Heart and diamond playing-card values make up the lower-paying icons.
As you’re playing, look out for the Golden Monkey entering the game at random, who’ll alter one symbol into another to your advantage.
The Legend of the Golden Monkey Slot special features
You’ll find two Wilds in this game, including the sticky one you’ll only see on Reels 2 and 4, which stays where it is for the following spin when it forms part of a winning combination.
Countdown Wilds, the other sort, only rock up on the central reel. Each one comes with a number attached to it and will remain sticky for as many spins as that number indicates.
The treasure chest icon, which you’ll see on the fifth reel, can win you 2x to 50x stake.
There are also free spins symbols, granting you access to this perk wherever you land them on the reels.
As it usually the case, this is the highlight in The Legend of the Golden Monkey. It works like this:
- Three symbols trigger the feature
- Four means you also enjoy a cash prize of 50x stake
- Five means you also enjoy 250x stake
What’s more, there is a hat-trick of free spins modes to choose from:
- Starting Wild: Look forward to 10 free spins plus a fixed sticky Wild in the central position of Reel 3. Also, look out for similar icons on Reels 2 and 4.
- Stacked Wild: Eight free spins with permanently sticky Wilds on Reels 2 and 4. Equally, a non-sticky triple-stacked Wild can display on the central reel.
- Incremental Wilds: Six free whirls with the Monkey King placing a sticky Wild on Reels 2 and 4 with every free go, meaning the final freebie will involve half a dozen sticky Wilds, or two reels (2 and 4) become fully Wild.
Unfortunately, there is no chance to play for a progressive jackpot in The Legend of the Golden Monkey. But you can scoop up to 100,000 coins playing it, or a top prize of €125,000.
Return to Player (RTP)
There’s nothing much to write home about here – RTP is a pretty average 96%. Variance in this game is medium to high.
The Legend of the Golden Monkey is a fully immersive game that grabs and captures the imagination. There’s also some great potential to win big, and the game has won firm approval from reviewers. And, of course, as with all Yggdrasil slots, it looks amazing.
Give it a go in free demo mode first off, without the need to download anything, and see if you agree that it’s the sort of monkey business you like!