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The Monkey Prince slot from IGT is an Asian-themed slot which some readers will be familiar with from land based casinos. Set with a backdrop of the Sky Kingdom, The Monkey Prince stands alongside the reels and regularly spins, flips onto his hands, but plays no real part in the game. The soundtrack is Oriental in style, with lots of blasts of extra sounds when you reveal masks of hit wins. So will this Monkey Prince help us find hidden riches in his kingdom or lead us on a fruitless mission?
This is a 5 reel, 4 row slot with a total of 60 paylines. The symbols are golden in colour, with the top paying picture symbols being the dragon and the lion, offering 200 coins for 5-of-a-kind (5OAK). Other picture symbols, which are all jewellery related, will pay between 100-150 coins for a 5OAK. The lowest paying symbols are the A-K-Q-J which will reward 40-75 coins for a 5OAK. The Wild is the best paying symbol on the reels with a potential 1000 coins for a full payline. It will also replace all other symbols except the masks and the bonus scatter.
During the base game you will collect red, blue and yellow masks which will collect in the top right until you reach a total of 5. Once 5 is reached you will trigger a mask feature:
5 blue masks - Scattered Wilds will fill 3 to 4 positions on the reels
5 red masks - Between 1-5 reels will become Wild
5 yellow masks - One symbol will be selected and become Wild and all connecting symbols will also turn Wild
There is the meekest of chances of all 3 features occurring at once, but certainly two being triggered in the same spin is achievable.
There is a free spins feature in The Monkey Prince slot, which is triggered when you get 3 or more scatters anywhere on the reels. You are then taken on a journey with the Monkey Prince to the Sky Kingdom and are presented with a choice of free spins and Wild features. Your options are as follows:
Scatter Wilds feature – 3, 4 or 5 scatters will present you 25, 30 or 50 free spins and up to 4 Wilds with each spin
Random Wild Reels feature – 3, 4 or 5 scatters will present you 10, 15 or 25 free spins and between 1-5 Wild reels per spin
Surrounding Wilds feature – 3, 4 or 5 scatters will present you 5, 10 or 15 free spins with 1 random Wild + surrounding Wilds per spin
The feature can be very rewarding, although it can take an absolute age to trigger. The good news is that it can be retriggered during the feature should you see 3 or more scatters in view.
The Monkey Prince slot is a fairly decent effort from IGT, who have rolled out quite a bit of mediocrity in recent years. With the way that the features are set up, you can quite often feel like all the Wilds are all landing on the least important reels - regularly appearing on reels 4 and 5. This can often lead to a negative feeling about a game, which I feel The Monkey Prince does without the deliberate intention to do so. The RTP for this slot is 92.14% - 96.16%, fairly typical for an IGT, not the best for an online slot. The theme is also very similar to Legend of The Golden Monkey from Yggdrasil, although I believe IGT developed the land based version of this slot a long time before this game came along. Would I follow the Monkey Prince on a journey to find lost riches? Probably not…