Monkey´s Gold X Pays
The wombat says: Ever the trailblazers, Nolimit City are back and this time they are bringing us an innovative new payout mechanic called xPays, in Monkey’s Gold xPays Slot.
Meet the Monkey King. This big ape rules the jungle and its riches too, by the looks of things. Will he shower us with gold? Let’s hope he’s a benevolent type of king, rather than the European kind that’ll chop your head off at a moment’s notice.
Chuck in some bonza extras like symbol upgrades, win multipliers and colossal icons and you’re on to a winner! Best of all, the max possible win in this release is 12,683x your wager. Which is absolutely huge.
Let’s get to know this monkey better, shall we? He might not be as scary as he looks…
Look and Feel
Enter the dense dark jungle (you might recognise it from the Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar slot) and you’ll be presented with some reels that are flanked by overgrown trees and vines. Plus 2 MASSIVE statues of a monkey’s face. These could be Mayan or Aztec, we’re not sure – but what we do know is that this primate has got one helluva beard!
Below the reels you’ll see gold coins fill up the jungle floor, while the sound effects are spot on. They are mainly made up of the crunch and crumble of heavy stone icons as they land on the reels and disappear again. We’d put the entertainment value right up there with the likes of the Dark King slot from NetEnt. It’s top drawer stuff.
We are used to seeing No Limit City come up with weird, wonderful and completely unique themes, so it’s a bit of a disappointment to find them jumping on the jungle bandwagon. Still, the graphics do look very nice…
Monkey’s Gold xPays slot has 6 reels and 6 rows. That’s a hell of alot more than more traditional formats like the Rise of Dead slot with its 20 pay-lines.
Bets start at 0.20 and go up to 100.00 per spin. You’ll notice we didn’t mention anything about pay-lines – well that’s because there aren’t any. Instead, you’ll be playing with Nolimit City’s patented xPays mechanic…
xPays: What are they?
This awesome, brand new mechanic gives you wins when at least 3 matching symbols connect reels 1 to 3 – on any row.
Next, all non-winning symbols are removed, while the winning icons are dropped to the very bottom of the grid. Now another new batch of symbols lands from above, and this process continues as long as new winning combos land. When no more wins can be made, the number of symbols collected is now multiplied by its value and a payout is calculated.
Get it? Good.
There are 3 kinds of icons on the reels. The high-paying symbols in Monkey’s Gold xPay are the stone blocks with intricate carvings of faces on them in orange, blue and green. The medium symbols are the gemstones in the same colours, and the lower value icons are the J, Q, K & A from the playing card deck.
The orange fearsome face is the most lucrative symbol in the game, and will pay you out x60 your bet for a whole screen full!
The pink W icon is Wild and will substitute for all other icons to help you scoop more winning combinations. Finally, the bonus symbol is the cauldron of flames. This burning hot icon is the key to the Free Spins…
Free Spins and Bonus Features
There are A LOT of extras in this game. Let’s break them down Wombat fans, bit by bit.
In this game colossal icons and wild symbols work together to give you extra wins – and what a great partnership it is!
2×2 and 3×3 symbols can land at random and have multipliers attached to them starting at 4x and going up to x500! (I’m not kidding, you could get a x500 multiplier!) If there are any empty spaces underneath a colossal symbol, it will be filled with wilds.
If a whole row is filled with matching icons, all the symbols will be given an upgrade to the next highest symbol on the pay-table – which means bigger and better wins. Nice work!
If you make a row with the highest-paying symbol in the game, something else happens. Instead of upgrading into a different symbol, it gets a multiplier added to it. See below wombat fans…
At random, any of the standard symbols can land with multipliers on them. These multipliers will usually be 2x or 3x. But, they won’t multiply the total value of the payout, instead, they’ll count as multiple symbols.
For example, a symbol with 3x attached to it will count as 3 symbols in a winning combo. Happy days…
Monkey’s Gold Free Spins
Land 3x of the flaming bonus symbols and you’ll set off the bonus round. Now 10 free spins are yours! Although 3 more spins are added for each extra bonus icon that you landed to begin with.
Before the spins start, you’ll roll a dice to see which multiplier you’ll get; either x1, x2 or x3. This multiplier will become sticky and increase for every row you fill with matching symbols. In theory it can be infinite. Just as long as you keep on getting matches – that thing will keep on climbing!
Perhaps that’s why it’s called the Vine Multiplier? Ha!
Finally, you’ll get an extra free spin for each bonus symbol that hits the reels during play.
Nolimit Bonus – Feature Buy
Getting tired of waiting for the those bonus icons? Then this feature allows the players to buy directly into the Free Spins round.
Click on the gold star to the left of your reels and part with a large sum of cash (x73 your bet) to play the bonus whenever you want. However, this extra isn’t available in all regions.
Monkey’s Gold xPays slot is a lot fun to play – and a cool new take on the cascading reel mechanic. Plus, you really can hit those big wins if you get a run of increasing multipliers in the Monkey Gold spins.
As far as the theme goes, we have seen this one done before. And in my humble wombat opinion, slightly better – ELK Studios’ Ecuador Gold springs to mind. But the original gameplay still makes this game a must-play.
Wombat score: 4.5/5
Monkey's Gold xPays FAQs
- What is Xpays? How does it work?
After a matching win, all non-winning symbols disappear from the reels while the winning symbols drop to the bottom of the screen. Next, a cascade spin will happen. This continues until no more wins can be made. Basically it’s like avalanche reels but in reverse!
- How volatile is Monkey’s Gold xPays?
After a few calculations (RTP and possible max win) we would say it’s a medium variance slot.
- Is there a Free Spins round?
Yes. To set it off, land 3x of the flaming scatters anywhere on the reels.