NetEnt has an outstanding ability to hype its games long in advance and we started to feel like we had been waiting forever for Planet of the Apes to hit our screens! The wait is over, however, and the game is now loaded up and ready to play on all of the leading mobile casino apps, and we would like to say at this early stage that it has definitely been worth the wait! Even before going into detail on the various aspects of the game, we can tell you that this one is going to be unlike anything that you have seen before, even if movie slots are almost the norm right now! It is every bit as epic as players would hope, whether they prefer Rise of the Planet of the Apes or Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, as both movies are featured at the same time!
What to Expect
We will kick things off with undoubtedly the most obviously outstanding element of this game, that being the inclusion of a massive ten reels. Sure, we have seen ten reels before, especially on colossal reels slots from WMS, but they are all the same size here – you essentially have a Rise of the Planet of the Apes board on the left of the screen, and a Dawn of the Planet of the Apes board on the right. They do not interact all that much, but there are twenty win lines on each of them so the wins and action always keep on coming. The one feature that this game does share with the colossal reels games is that there are stacked wilds on every reel, and if they land as a full stack on the Rise board, they will transfer to the corresponding reel on the Dawn board. More often than not, only one stack will make a difference, but you do of course have to be in it to win it!
Each board has its own single symbol bonus, snappily named the Rise Bonus on the left and the Dawn bonus on the right. In the former, when the Rise symbol lands on the first reel, you’ll receive an instant cash win for every human and ape character on the board, and it does seem to add up quickly. Over on the other board, a Dawn symbol on the tenth reel will see all apes and humans becoming the same symbol – and we have only seen that fail to improve our board once.
Next up we have a randomly triggered feature, known as the Duel bonus. A herd of apes run across the front of the screen, and one symbol is randomly chosen from each board. Now, there will be respins, but only the chosen symbols will land. If they land on the ‘wrong’ board, they will be moved over to where they can be more effective, and these respins continue until no more symbols land – any position not taken up by the featured symbols is blank. At this point, both boards are assessed, and a generally decent win is awarded immediately.
There are two free spins bonuses, one on each board, and we will start off with the Rise Free Spins. Land three scatters on this board and ten spins are awarded. Wilds land more often and are collected when they do. On the final spin of the ten, the collected wilds are then redistributed back onto the board in random positions for one final big win in the round.
Over on the Dawn Free Spins, fifteen free games are awarded. Three new symbols are added to the board, with one increasing multipliers, one turning the human symbols wild and one awarding batches of three more free games. You’ll need to collect three of each to trigger the corresponding feature, and if all goes well you can expect a five times multiplier, four additional wilds and theoretically unlimited free games by the end!
The MobileCasino.net Verdict
One of our favourite things about NetEnt is that while they are always more than happy to hype up their top releases, we have never known them to actually disappoint when it comes to the release. If you like unique action – or indeed either of the movies – then Planet of the Apes will be absolutely perfect. Our slight gripe is that it can feel like forever without one of the features hitting, but they are often big enough to more than make up for the time spent waiting. Overall, this is yet another branded triumph within the NetEnt range and it goes without saying that Planet of the Apes is one of the very best mobile slots out there right now.