Legend of the Golden Monkey Slot Review

I’ve been really impressed whenever I’ve had to review a new slot from Yggdrasil Gaming in recent times and their latest offering the Legend of the Golden Monkey is another fine addition to a portfolio of high quality games. The game is based on a mythological figure from Chinese culture called Sun Wukong, a Golden Monkey that was said to be able to transform themselves into any other object, living or inanimate.  A fact which plays a neat role in one of the key features of the slot.

The slot is available to be played right now at Bet365 Vegas. You can also play a number of other slots from Yggdrasil Games on the site too, so it is well worth a closer look.  The presentation is excellent with an Oriental sounding soundtrack that is rather mellow playing as you play on the reels. The setting of the slot is a very ornate Chinese building decorated with Koi Carp carvings on the wooden struts either side. This is where the 5×3 reels are housed and this is a Win All Ways game, which means rather than paylines, you win simply by having the same symbol on successive slots across the reels in any position. You don’t even need to land the first symbol on the first reel to trigger a win.

You can get the reels spinning for as little as 25p per spin, but you can also ramp up that bet to a maximum of £125 depending on how much money you want to play for. For lower stakes players, that represents excellent value for money when playing as there are effectively a lot more paylines on offer than 25 on the slot. The jackpot on the slot is just 250 coins, which is a little on the small side, but I did find that this was a medium to higher variance game, which offers a nice mix of lower value wins, with some rarer mid to high value wins thrown in from time to time when you get lucky or trigger a bonus feature.

Key Features

There are ten symbols on the reels, the four playing card symbols are the low value selection, while a number of chinese artefacts are the higher value symbols offering anywhere from 5 coins to 250 coins per win on a payline.  The base game benefits from the Monkey King randomly triggered bonus which when activated will see the Monkey King appear and will randomly change one symbol on the reels into another, to give you a better chance of a bigger value win.

The slot also boasts a number of other features notably the Sticky Wild symbol which appears on the second and fourth reel of the slot and which when landed, will remain in place for the following spin, offering you a second chance of landing a Wild win. Land Sticky Wilds on both reels to increase the chances of you landing a better value win, hopefully across multiple paylines.

The other Wild symbol in the game is the Countdown Wild, which appears only on the central reel. This is a Wild symbol with a number overlaid onto it and the number shown is how many additional spins that Wild will remain in place for you once it has been landed on that middle reel.  If you manage to get another Countdown Wild landing on the middle reel free spaces, then you will reset the number back to three and have both Wilds in place for an additional three spins.

Another bonus feature is the Treasure Chest symbol, which appears only on the fifth reel in the game. When landed, you win either a cash prize of between 2x and 50x your total stake, or you could also trigger the Free Spins mode. You can also trigger free spins by landing three or more of the Free Spins scatter symbols anywhere across the reels during the base game. Landing four or five scatters also awards you a cash prize of 50x and 250x your stake respectively while also triggering the Free Spins bonus round.

In the Free Spins bonus round you have a choice of three different Free Spins games you can play. These are outlined below:

  • Incremental Wild Free Spins – During this bonus you receive 6 free spins and during each spin, the Monkey King will appear and add an additional Sticky Wild to the second or fourth reel on that spin. The Sticky Wilds will remain in play throughout your bonus round and that means that on your last spin, you will have two reels completely full of Wilds.
  • Stacked Wild Free Spins – On this bonus you receive a total of 8 free spins and you have a selection of Sticky Wilds in place on the second and fourth reel for the duration of the bonus round. In addition, for this bonus, there is a triple stacked Wild on the third reel which can be landed to help you land some huge multiple payline wins, although this is not a Sticky Wild.
  • Starting Wild Free Spins – You get the largest amount of free spins with this bonus (10) and with this you also get a permanent Sticky Wild located in the middle position of the third reel for the duration of the bonus round. You can also trigger additional Sticky Wilds on the second and fourth reels during this feature too which can increase the value of any wins considerably if you can land them.

Of the three Free Spins bonus rounds, it is the Stacked Wild bonus which seems to offer greater returns more regularly, especially if you can land that additional Stacked Wild on the third reel for a spin or two as this can trigger some of the biggest wins in the base game, if you can hit the right symbols on the two outer reels too.


Editor's Review

Although they haven’t been around as many other slot developers, Yggdrasil Gaming have earned a reputation as a producer of beautiful games and the Legend of the Golden Monkey is another slot to add to that swell of popularity. This is a very well designed slot that plays as well as it looks. The different bonus features of the slot, particularly the different Wild bonus features, combine well and although this is a medium to high variance slot, you don’t feel that you are ever too far away from a big value win. The choice of three free spin modes adds a great deal to the game too, although I feel that the Stacked Wild option is by far the most lucrative of the three on offer. This is a fun, enjoyable and eye-catching slot that is well worthy of its four-star rating.

Where can I play?Bet365
Number of paylines:243 Ways to Win
Number of reels:5
Is autoplay available?Yes
Game manufacturer:Yggdrasil Games