The Planet of the Apes slot by NetEnt is based on two of the most recent films from the hit movie franchise — Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) — and is one of NetEnt’s most visually impressive recent releases.
Planet of the Apes slots is a 10 reel 40 payline game that is actually made of up of two separate yet connected 5 reel 20 payline games. The reels are located in two distinct play areas, Rise and Dawn, and each has its own separate set of symbols and payouts. However, on each spin all 10 reels are in play.
The game has 20 fixed paylines altogether and these are all automatically in play on every spin. The coin sizes are 0.01. 0.02. 0.05. 0.10. 0.20, 0.50 and 1.00, and between 1-10 coins can be played on each line. The max bet ranges in size from $2 to $200. In each play area, wins pay left to right, except for scatter wins, which pay anywhere on the reels.
Planet of the Apes slots has a maximum jackpot payout of $50,000. This can be won when you are betting the max and hit 5x Dawn of Planet of the Apes Scatter symbols anywhere on the reels during the Dawn Free Spin Feature when the 5x multiplier is in play.
The biggest jackpot you can win in base play is $10,000 for hitting 5x Rise of Planet of the Apes scatter symbols, or 5x Dawn of Planet of the Apes scatter symbols, when you betting the maximum coin size and number.
Planet of the Apes casino game is packed with features, including stacked wilds, win multipliers and free spins bonus rounds.
The Dual feature can be activated randomly before any spin. Once the feature comes into play, a symbol in each play area is randomly chosen (not a scatter or wild symbol). Before the spin begins, the randomly selected symbol will start to drop onto the reels while the other spaces remain blank.
If a symbol lands in its own play area i.e., either Rise or Dawn, it becomes sticky and will remain in place for the spin. Any symbol that lands in the opposite play area will move across to the corresponding position on its own reels, and if that space is vacant, it will become sticky and stay in place when the reels spin. However, if the space is already taken, the symbol that moves across will disappear. Once no more new symbols appear, the reels spin with the sticky symbols in place.
When you hit the Rise Bonus symbol on the first reel, the feature is activated for one spin. Bonus cash wins are awarded for every human and ape symbol that appear on the reels in the Rise play area (this is in addition to any regular payline wins).
When you hit the Dawn Bonus symbol on the last reel, the feature is activated for one spin. Human and ape symbols in the Dawn play area are all transformed into the same symbol.
If a reel is entirely filled with wild symbols in the Rise play area, this is then duplicated as a stacked wild in the Dawn play area.
Hitting 3 or more scatter symbols anywhere on the reels in the Rise play area will trigger the Planet of the Apes free spins bonus. You are awarded 10 free spins which are played on a separate set of reels with its own unique symbols. Any wild symbols that are hit during the free spins bonus round are collected, and then on your final free spin they all appear randomly on the reels.
Hitting 3 or more Scatter symbols anywhere on the reels in the Dawn play area activates the bonus round. You are awarded 15 Planet of the Apes free spins, which are played on a separate set of reels. As the bonus round is played, all Multiplier, Extra Free Spins and Extra Wild symbols are collected on meters. When a meter is full, the reward comes into play. You can win either a 5x multiplier, an extra 3 free spins, or all human symbols being turned into wilds. There is no limit as to how many additional free spins you can win during the bonus feature.
Even by NetEnt’s own high standards, Planet of the Apes slot has outstanding production values. With characters from the films as symbols, cinematic spins, video animations and original music from the films, anyone who has seen the movies will appreciate how well the look and feel has been recreated. Koba and Caesar are among the leading characters from the films who feature in the game, while a number of other humans and apes come into play as well. The gameplay is fast and furious thanks to the 10 reels and two play areas, and this recreates the tension and excitement of the films extremely well.
Even if you haven’t seen any of the films in the franchise, it’s hard to imagine that there could be any pokies players who won’t enjoy Planet of the Apes slots. The innovative structure of two 5 reel games in one, combined with the multiple bonus and free spins rounds, means that the gameplay is some of the most exciting we’ve seen. Likewise, the game looks brilliant, and the way in which characters and stories from the movies have been incorporated into the game is outstanding.