Free Monkey Warrior slot
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Monkey Warrior slot by Pragmatic Play reverts back to their usual look of dark reels, lots of gold about and an oriental theme. I don't need to tell you what kind of music and sound effects are present here but if you've seen their other slots such as Caishen's Gold, 5 Lions and 8 Dragons for example, you'll know the answer to that! The theme takes us back to those classical Chinese icons of the Monkey King, Pig, Emperor and Warrior of which we see all here and this usually means some not insignificant potential if Pragmatic's other games are anything to go by. So will the battle for riches be easy here, or will this warrior make a monkey out of us and our bankroll?
On The Reels...
The 5 reels of 3 rows each are what you always get on 243-way games and that's exactly what Monkey Warrior gives us while charging us 25 coins to play. The Emperor awards us 20x bet for 5-of-a-kind, Pig 12x, Warrior 8x, Scroll 6x, Bottle 2x as do the 3 card values. The Monkey King is our Wild appearing on all reels bar the first with Bonus scatters available on the centre 3 reels for our feature. There are however stacked Money Symbols in the form of Nectarines on all the reels too which are equally as interesting.
You need 6 or more Money symbols to appear anywhere in view. These always display predefined values of 1 to 24x bet and will remain in place once they do appear. The remaining tiles respin with only Money symbols or blanks on the reels. You get 5 respins initially which don't reset when another Money symbol lands, although you may land a pick-me token which will award you 1,2 or 3 more respins. You may also land a jackpot symbol which are fixed prizes of 30, 50, 100 or 200x bet respectively for Mini, Minor, Major or Grand. The round ends when all the respins are used or all 15 tiles are filled with Money symbols, and you also get the combined value of those as well as any jackpot you may have won.
You will require Bonus Sceptres on reels 2,3 and 4 for 8 free games which can be retriggered indefinitely. You will only see the 4 highest symbols in play here as well as the bonus scatters and money symbols which means you can trigger the Money Respins within the free games. Good fun, especially when the round retriggers and those wins stack up.
Monkey Warrior doesn't bring anything new to the slotting world at all as the Money Respins have been done on numerous slots across various developers and the free games model is hardly original either. That said, you have a good 96.50% RTP, nice music and a slot that's easy on the eye along with the potential for some mid-range wins and bonus totals. The volatility is just on the high side of medium according to the rules and I wouldn't dispute that having played it myself. If you want average fun with average playtime for your money then Monkey Warrior would be a wise choice...