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The wombat says: We like movies here at Wombat Towers, and of course we love slots, too. So when gamesmakers put the 2 things together, it couldn’t get much better for this Wombat! What happens when humans and highly intelligent apes clash for control of the planet? Fire up the reels of NetEnt’s brand new Planet of the Apes slot and all will become clear!
This awesome new slot from the makers of the Flowers Slot (Christmas Edition) has two game windows, each representing one of the movies – Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Do you know what one of the coolest things about this slot is? Try it on your mobile- because this game features a double set of 3×5 reels, it looks fantastic and plays really well in portrait mode on a smartphone. I guess that’s what those clever Swedish designers at NetEnt were hoping to achieve. Try it out on your phone and see what what mean.
Well, this is a good looking game isn’t it? It matches the Hidden slot in the beauty stakes I’d say.
As we mentioned, there are 2 different sets of reels in this slot, and each has 20 paylines with 5 reels each. The left reel set is called ‘Rise’ and the symbols there include head monkey Caesar, three characters from Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the standard 10, J, Q, K & A playing cards. On the righthand reel called ‘Dawn’ you’ll find a different version of Caesar (where he looks a bit more knackered up), 3 characters from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and, again, the 10, J, Q, K & A.
The Wilds in this cracking slot are a gold Wild symbol on the left, a red one on the right. Both of these will replace all others symbols on the reels (except for the Scatters) to give you more winning combos.
When you compare Planet of the Apes to older games like Supe it Up, you start t appreciate how slots have moved on. There is no comparison!
A full stack of Wilds landing on a spin in the Rise area will activate the feature, where the stack is copied to the same position in the Dawn area. This gives you the potential for a super mega win when multiple stacks copy to give multiple line wins. The maximum is 1,200x bet when five full stacks on Wilds hit the reels.
Rise Slot Features
On the Rise of the Apes side of the slot game you can win with two blockbuster features. When the Rise Bonus symbol lands on reel 1 the first feature is triggered wherein an additional coin win is awarded for every human and ape symbol on the screen. You can win up to 15,900 coins here. The other feature in this round is the Rise Free Spins that you will win when three or more Rise scatters land anywhere on the reels on that side of the casing. During this free spins round wild symbols are collected in a meter and on your last spin those collected are randomly distributed for your final spin!
Dawn Slot Features
The Dawn features allow you wins up to 600,000 coins with two great bonuses. The first happens when you land the Dawn bonus symbol on reel 5 on the Dawn side of the slot. All ape and human symbols transform into the same symbol. Maximum win is 240,000 coins in that feature.
The second bonus happens when you land three or more Dawn scatters on the Dawn side of the game. You will earn 15 free spins where you can collect three different symbols to activate different meters. These meters will award multipliers, extra wilds and extra free spins if you gather enough.
On the Mobile
OK- now this is where this game blew us away, when we fired it up on the Wombat-phone.
We are no strangers to the marvels of NetEnt slot design on smaller screens. So this game switches seamlessly between full screen mode (just swipe up on your mobie).
And there’s a big spin button that floats across the top of the game so that the symbols are sized up to the maximum.
But on the Planet of the Apes slot, the mobile police have really ordered the goods, as this game looks it’s best in portrait mode, so it’s really comfortable to play and it looks fantastic.
If you are on a tablet, you’ll probably want to play it in landscape because, let’s face it, holding an iPad Pro in portrait mode is not that easy on the wrists.
Netent’s Planet of the Apes is one of the most feature-heavy slots we’ve seen recently and it is highly entertaining. We love the movie clips that are littered throughout the game play, and are exciting
Wombat score: 5/5
Don’t monkey about, try this game out- it’s something special. This is one of the more innovative games you’ll see and if you like playing games on your phone, P.O.T.A. is super comfortable to play as it’s best played in portrait mode thanks to the double set of reels. Outstanding!
Background- How Did We Get Here?
We’ve come a long way from that original 1068 movie: “The Planet of the Apes” starring Charlton Heston. Even that film cost $10 million to make which was big beer in the sixties. Then there was that TV series in the 70s with the slightly comical ape masks, a cartoon called Return to the Planet of the Apes and we are not even on to the Hollywood blockbusters which launched with the Planet of the Apes (2001).
Next we had the Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), The Dawn (2014), and The War for (2017), these last 3 being known as the Reboot Series. Oh yes my special Wombat friends, fur is big! So I guess that it comes as no surprise that the Planet of the Apes slot is so fantastic: they threw a lot of money at the design.