Net Entertainment rolled out its latest 3D online slots buster ‘Planet of the Apes‘ on the 23rd of October 2017. We played the game for real cash with a bankroll of £20 at an average bet of £0.20 per spin just to see if it lived up to the hype and if it does the Hollywood films of the same name justice. Before we dive right in let’s give you a brief overview about the game. The slots is fitted with 10 reels, 40 paylines, has a RTP (average return to player percentage) of 96.33%, 3 different free spins options, 5 bonus modes and pays a top non-progressive jackpot of 3,000x your stake.
Planet of the Apes slots is playable on mobile phones and PC desktops from 20 pence per spin, it can be played in the free mode too. The graphics and animations are clean as a whistle and a delight to the eye. We’re not going to discuss every bonus feature since we’ve already covered them in our review of the game.
”Aesthetically Planet of the Apes NetEnt slots is excellent and plays well, whether players enjoy it remains to be seen but there is potential for some decent hits.”
Now that the formalities are out the way let’s have a look at the engine that drives the slots: its payouts. Another top feature about it is that the developer added actual footage from both modern films to it. Basically it’s 2 slots rolled into one on different reel sets: ‘Planet of the Apes’ and ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’.
The characters/actors from both films appear on the reels. The wilds on both the ‘Rise and Dawn’ reels appear stacked, 5 of them at the maximum bet per spin pays 600 coins or 30x your stake. The symbol that offers the top prize is the scatter (main chimp), 5 of them pays 1,000 coins (50x your bet) while the human characters all pay 9x your stake for 5 of a kind.
Base Game Wins
We experienced a few dead spins (up to 5 at times) during the main game, the biggest win we landed was around 5x our stake which is not spectacular to say the least and wins were slightly below par too. The scatter symbols and stacked wilds appear often but you must hit a decent combination before you can cash in.
The wilds replicate from one reel set to the next. When the Dawn Bonus along with a mystery symbol and the replicating wilds appear payline wins are boosted. You’ll see a chimp burst onto your screen smashing everything in its path.
The trick during the main game is to collect a bunch of wilds, as you accumulate them a screen to your right keeps track of them. We managed to accumulate 8 wilds and scored a payout of 955 coins (£9.95).
Dual Bonus and Dawn Free Spins
After a slew of money spins (50 spins) we finally triggered the ‘Dawn Free Spins’ feature which awards 15 free spins. We managed a win of 100x or £10, this is not too bad if you take the size of our average bet per spin (£0.20) into account.
During the Dual Bonus, symbols of J and A are duplicated on both reel sets. This keeps on going until no more symbols appear.
When the Rise Bonus is initiated the symbols that pitch on the reels are the Rise Bonus, a character from the film and symbols from 10 to Q appear too. Which is kinda similar to another NetEnt slots Motorhead, because the in-play bonus features are triggered quite often.
In summary. Planet of the Apes medium to high variance slots didn’t blow us away. Besides its jaw-dropping visuals it’s extremely difficult to trigger a free spins feature. Expect a few 30x to 50x wins but the bigger wins of 100x your stake is quite hard to come by.
If you’re a low roller the feature to look out for is the ‘Save a Wild’ since you can accumulate up to 12 wilds. Of the 3 free spins features the ‘Dawn Free’ spins has the most potential but triggering it is a different beast altogether.