NetEnt have teamed up with 20th Century Fox to bring you the branded slot of late 2017. No matter what your age is, you’ve probably seen or at least heard of the Planet of the Apes franchise. What started off as a Tim Burton movie in 2001 has lead to the latest two creations from the dystopic world: Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. And this Planet of the Apes slot captures everything essential about the films. Both in terms of design and gameplay. Played on dual reels, this slot comes with a whole host of special features and a possible $6000 per bet line win. Following the trend in these times, the slot is also of high volatility and with an RTP of 96.33%. Ready to delve into this nightmarish future? Grab onto our perfectly human hand, and let’s get to it.
Both of the films are combined in this one slot: Rise and Dawn. In Rise of the Planet of the Apes, we saw James Franco’s formula develop Caesar’s brain well beyond its ape-limitations. Soon, apes had started to take over the world. Fast-forward a few years, which is where the second film picks up, and the simian flu has wiped out most of the human population. A small settlement of homo-sapiens remain, and Caesar has to decide whether to extend the hand of welcome or kill them all. You can read up on the very long and complex history of the film here.
As a branded slot, the gameplay is intercrossed with scenes from the two films themselves. It makes spinning this Planet of the Apes slot that much more immersive. And that much more exciting. The music serves to add that extra hint of impending danger that you’d expect from the film. It won’t get boring, that’s 100% positive.
The slot is played on dual reels (meaning two separate play-areas, each composed of 5-reels and 20-paylines) to represent the two movies. The cast of the first film make up the symbols of the reels to the left. The cast of the second film make up the symbols of the reels to the right. As a player, you don’t really have to worry about the fate of humanity so much. You just need to focus on getting bonuses and winning some real cash. Sounds like a good deal to us.
Because it’s NetEnt, and because there’s two play-areas, this Planet of the Apes slot has a lot of special features. It might take us a while to go through them all, but hang tight.
It’s important to keep in mind that each play-area, labelled ‘Rise’ and ‘Dawn’, has its own symbols. That means there are two sets of Scatter symbols, two sets of Wild symbols and so on. It’s a jam-packed slot which will keep any player on their toes.
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Wilds and Stacked Wilds
Like we said, there are Rise Wilds and Dawn Wilds. Both of these Wilds substitute for all other symbols on the reels, except for Scatter symbols and Bonus symbols. This increases chances of landing winning combos for the player.
Stacked Wilds are triggered only on the Rise reels, when a reel is fully covered with Wilds. The Stacked Wilds will then duplicate on the Dawn reels in the corresponding positions. As you can imagine, once again, this ups your chances of not only landing winning combos – but of winning big too.
Rise Bonus Feature
This is activated when the Rise Bonus symbol lands on the first reel of the Rise play-area. During the Rise Bonus Feature, additional coin wins will be awarded for every Human and Ape symbol on screen. Given that Human and Ape symbols make up the majority of the high paying symbols, that’s a really good bonus. Scatters do not count as part of these symbols.
Dawn Bonus Feature
The Dawn Bonus Feature is triggered when the Dawn Bonus symbol lands on the last reel. During this feature, all Human and Ape symbols are transformed into the same symbol. Obviously, this leads to a big win since one set of reels will have multiples of the same symbol.
The Dual Feature can be triggered randomly in the base game before any spin. You’ll know it’s activated because a pack of apes will blast their way through the bottom of the reels. During the Dual Feature, one symbol is chosen from each of the play-areas. The same symbol can never be chosen for both. Then, the reels will start spinning but only with the two chosen symbols.
Whenever a symbol lands in its correct play-area, it sticks. If a symbol lands in the opposite play-area, it’ll get transferred to its proper play-area in the corresponding position. The reels will continue spinning until no new symbols land and stick. Then, at the end, the total win is calculated. The Dual Feature is really fantastic – it can easily earn you coins in the hundreds.
Rise Free Spins
In order to trigger the Rise Free Spins round (10 free spins), you need to land 3 or more Scatters on the reels. In the Rise play-area specifically. Only the Rise play-area is active throughout the Rise Free Spins. Aside from the free spins themselves, this Planet of the Apes slot comes with special features for both Free Spins round.
During the Rise Free Spins, all the Wild symbols that land will be collected in a Wild meter to the right of the screen. Each symbol adds +1 to the meter. After the free spins stop, the Wild symbols collected will all be randomly distributed back to the reels. The total win is then calculated. Free spins, plus a huge Wild bonus translates to significant money wins.
Dawn Free Spins
The Dawn Free Spins are triggered by landing 3 or more Scatters on the Dawn reels. It awards 10 free spins. Once again, only the Dawn play-area is active during the Dawn Free Spins round. The Dawn Free Spins are especially exciting because they introduce 3 different collect symbols that activate a corresponding meter: Multiplier, Extra Wild and Extra Free Spins. Whenever a symbol lands, it adds +1 to the meter. 3 of a kind of symbol fills up its meter. When the meter is full, it activates a feature. That means the Dawn Free Spins incorporates three additional special features.
Multiplier: The Dawn Free Spins round starts off with a x1 multiplier (which is useless to you). Every time the Multiplier meter reaches the top, an additional x1 will be added. The maximum you can reach is a x5 multiplier.
Extra Wild: Every time the Extra Wild Meter is filled up, it’ll turn one of the Human symbols into an Extra Wild symbol. These means higher payouts by the end of the free spins.
Extra Free Spins: This meter awards three extra free spins every time it’s filled up.
Multiple Free Spins
If, by some miracle, you land 3 sets of scatters on the separate play-areas at the same time, you’ll trigger the Multiple Free Spins. The separate Free Spins will both be triggered just the same, and play one after the other. The Rise Free Spins round will go first by default.
Payouts and Wagering Limits
The Planet of the Apes slot has some good statistics to boast of. Wilds, Scatters and high paying symbols have really good payouts, as you can see from the above paytable screenshots. The slot also has an RTP of 96.33% and a good hit frequency of 30.2% on average. Obviously, the hit frequency for special features and bonuses will likely be less.
We took this slot out for 100 spins, and we have to say it was a fun-time. Between the volatility of the dual reels, the cut-scenes from the films, and the numerous special features, there’s never a dull moment. You’ll be entertained for days.
Planet of the Apes also comes with adjustable bet levels, and a wide range of coin values. This was necessary given the dual slot set-up. But keep in mind that, despite the flexible betting options, this is still a highly volatile slot. Keep an eye on your money at all times. Don’t get distracted by the pretty graphics.
Planet of the Apes
NetEnt does it again, it seems. This is one enjoyable slot to take for a spin. Most importantly, it also isn’t stingy with those precious payouts. Planet of the Apes is a creative break from some of NetEnt’s previous releases, taking on new challenges with the dual reels. Check it out at one of our recommended casinos, and let us know what you personally think of it too.
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