Planet of the Apes is an iconic film series, in fact, there have been more than one series, which shows just how popular this theme is. Based on the original book by Pierre Boulle, the first screened version appeared in 1968 and four sequels followed. A remake was released in 2001 and then the first title of the reboot series was released in 2011. The NetEnt slot that we review here is based on the first and the second of the reboot series – Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the premier film and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes which was the second title.
Reels and Layout
This game has a lot of exciting features and is unique in many ways. Firstly, the outline and the reel layout are completely different, as Planet of the Apes slot features as many as 10 reels, but only 3 rows. In fact, the screen is divided into 2 five-reel parts. The left-part of the screen represents the first sequel and the second part displays symbols that were characters in the second film.
As the number of reels is above regular, so is the number of paylines, there are 40 different paylines, but only 20 coins. The minimum wager is a penny per coin, whereas the maximum amount that you can place on one spin is £10 per coin. That sets the minimum stake at 20p, whereas the maximum is £200. The maximum jackpot prize in this game is 600,000, which is quite impressive.
When it comes to symbols, as you’d expect, the symbols that appear on the left side of the screen differ from the ones that you can see on the 5 rightmost reels. The only symbols that are the same are the standard card symbols – the 10, J, Q, K and A, as these can appear on any reel. There’s also a wild symbol – which has the same shape but different colour for the two respective parts of the screen and there are also special Rise and Dawn scatter symbols.
The characters, both the apes and the humans that appear on each side of the reels differ and are based on the respective film characters, but each character on the Rise side has its Dawn counterpart and the payouts for each respective symbol are the same.
Free Spins Bonus Features
The Planet of the Apes slot features multiple bonuses and the Free Spins bonus features are perhaps the most interesting aspect of this game. The free spins bonuses are activated when you get a sufficient number of scatter symbols, i.e. at least 3 scatter symbols. Bear in mind that the Rise and the Dawn symbols are treated as separate symbols.
So, with 3 Dawn scatter symbols, you activate the Dawn Free Spins bonus which gives you 15 free spins, where you can collect an extra multiplier, an extra wild symbols plus additional free spins. Similarly, 3 Rise scatters activate the Rise Free Spins game which is consisted of 10 free spins. During this free spins bonus game you can collect different wilds and your progress is shown in the wild-meter. If you collect enough wilds you can win up to 600 times your stake.
The best one is the Multiple Free Spins bonus, but this bonus feature is only triggered when you hit both the Rise and the Dawn scatters at the same time. If this happens you will first get to play Rise Free Spins game and then the Dawn Free Spins game which means that you can win at least twice as much compared to a single free spins bonus game.
Other Bonus Features
In addition to the free spins bonuses, you can also activate other bonus features – the Rise Bonus, the Dawn Bonus and the Dual Bonus. The Rise and Dawn bonuses are activate whenever the respective bonus symbol appears on the leftmost or the rightmost reel. The Rise Bonus will award you extra money for every high-value Rise character that appears anywhere on the reels, whereas the Dawn Bonus turns multiple symbols into a chosen human or ape symbol, thus giving you more winning chances.
Last but not least, there’s the Dual Bonus which is activated randomly. In this bonus game you will get one randomly chosen symbol on each side of the reels, but not the same one. Then only the selected symbol will be shown on the reels, whereas the remaining spots will be empty. Another recent title by NetEnt that is worth checking out is The Legend of the Shangri-La: Cluster Pays.