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Go Bananas

Release Your Inner Ape

If there is one thing that the Swedish gaming company NetEnt know how to do, it is produce top quality online slot machines which will provide hours of entertainment for their legions of fans all over the world. Once again, they have demonstrated this ability of theirs with their Go Bananas online slot machine.

If monkeys are the first things that pop into your mind when you think about bananas, then you have got the theme of this slot machine spot on. This is an animal-themed game which is all about monkeys: big and small. The graphics and animations found in this game are excellent and the sound effects and the soundtrack of drums beating to the rhythm of a conga help add to the fun of the game. In fact, out of all the online slot machine soundtracks that you might come across, this one is bound to be amongst your favourites.

This game is set in a tree house in the middle of a jungle and contains 5 reels, 3 rows and 20 fixed pay-lines. The regular symbols include a coconut, a clip of money, a banana sundae, an orange, a pineapple, a golden monkey, drums and a gem. The gem is the highest value symbol and rewards 700x your bet if you get 5 of them.

The coin betting ranges vary from €0.01 to €1.00 and the betting levels range from 1 to 10. Therefore, the minimum/maximum betting stakes are €0.20 and €200.00. The total stake is worked out by coin betting range x betting level x 20 pay-lines (remember: the pay-lines are fixed at 20). The Return to Player (RTP) is a very reasonable 96.9%.

How to Play

Playing is simple:

  1. Choose your betting range down in the bottom right
  2. Choose your bet level on the bottom left
  3. Click spin

Bonus Features

Wild Monkey Symbol: Whenever a wild monkey symbol appears on a reel, certain adjacent symbols will be turned into wilds. The banana with the word ‘Wild’ written on it is the wild symbol.

There are 5 different wild monkey symbols which all have different tricks up their sleeves:

  • Wild Orangutan: Turns four adjacent symbols wild and in the shape of a square
  • Wild Gorilla: Turns five adjacent symbols wild and in the shape of an X
  • Wild Langur: Turns three adjacent horizontal symbols wild
  • Wild Baboon: Turns three vertical symbols wild
  • Wild Tarsier: Turns two vertical and horizontal symbols wild

It is even possible to get multiple wild monkey symbols in one spin. If this occurs, it means more wild bananas and more chances of winning.

Summery
The fact that this slot has no bonus rounds or free spins available might put some players off giving this game a go; however, fear not, as the unique wild monkey symbols feature definitely goes some way to help compensate for this. So go on, give it a go and see for yourself.

Festival Queens

Get the Party Started with 2BY2’s Festival Queens

When you think of Brazil, festivals are probably one of the first things that spring to mind. Festivals are an important part of Brazilian culture and, if you are lucky enough to experience one, it is something you will never forget. Unfortunately, not everyone has the opportunity of experiencing one of Brazil’s amazing festivals. Therefore, 2By2 Gaming, to a certain extent, has tried to remedy this by bringing the Brazilian festive spirit to you through their online slot machine Festival Queens.

The graphics in this game are so good that they might even start to convince you that you are at a Brazilian festival. The sound effects, which include fireworks and drums, the magnificent array of colours and the colourful bubbles that float around behind the reels all help add to this festive feeling. This game is a 5 reel, 4 row, 40 variable pay-line slot machine. The regular symbols include hearts, spades, fireworks, a drum, a tambourine, a mask and four Festival Queens. The Festival Queens logo is the highest valued symbol in the game: 5 of these will win 1000x your wager.

The coin betting ranges vary from €0.01 to €0.20 and there is the option of betting 1 to 20 coins per spin. Therefore, since there is the option of playing with 1-40 pay-lines, the minimum betting stake is €0.01 and the maximum is €160.00.

How to Play

Playing is simple:

  1. Adjust the coin betting range (€0.01 to €0.20)
  2. Choose how many coins to play with per spin (1 to 20)
  3. Decide how many pay-lines to play with (1-40)
  4. Click spin

Bonus Features

Wild Symbol: Is the colourful symbol which is marked ‘wild’. It can appear on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5. It acts as a replacement for all symbols apart from the scatter symbol.

Free Spins: The Carnival logo is the scatter symbol. Get three or more of these on any reels and you will be rewarded with free spins: 3 = 10 spins, 4 = 15 spins and 5 = 20 spins. Before the free spins start, four question marks will appear. You must choose one of these to reveal one of the four dancers. The dancer behind the question mark will become the Festival Queen for all of the free spins and any wins with this symbol are doubled.

White Mask: Also acts as a wild card and can replace all symbols apart from the wild and scatter symbols.

Mask Bonus: At random times throughout the game, a red mask will appear above one of the reels. When there is a red mask above all five reels, you can choose one for some extra cash.

Summery
Festival Queens is an entertaining slot with great bonus rounds and other special features. It has very good cash prizes and the colourful theme will make it appeal to a vast audience. So go and get the party started with 2BY2’s Festival Queen.

Cricket Star

Hit Online Gaming for Six with the Cricket Star Online slot

When compared to football, which has fans all over the world, the game of cricket might be considered unpopular by some. However, if you think about it, you will realise that cricket actually has a pretty big following. Cricket is like a religion in countries such as India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It is also popular in countries such as England, West Indies, South Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Australia. Cricket is growing in popularity in countries such as the United States and Germany and Microgaming have decided to cash in on cricket’s growing popularity through their Cricket Star Online slot.

This Cricket themed game is a 5 reel, 3 row, 243 way-to-win slot. For the uninitiated, this means that you can win by landing three or more identical symbols in any adjacent reel from left to right. For example, the same symbol in reel 1, row 1; reel 2, row 2; and reel 3, row 1 would be a winning combination. To add to the theme, the background is a cricket pitch with a stadium full of fans who you can hear. The regular symbols include international players, umpires, fans and players celebrating.

The coin betting ranges vary from €0.01 to €0.10 and there is the option of betting 1 to 10 coins per spin. There is also a fixed bet multiplier of 50. Therefore, the minimum stake is €0.50 (0.01*1*50) and the maximum stake is €50.00 (0.10*10*50).

How to Play

Playing is simple:

  1. Choose your coin size (€0.01 to €0.10)
  2. Choose the number of coins per spin (1-10). Remember the bet will be multiplied by 50
  3. Click spin

Bonus Features

Wild Symbol: The wild symbol is represented by the Cricket Star logo. This acts as a substitute for all symbols apart from the scatter symbol.

Free Hit Bonus Game: The scatter symbol is the cricket ball. Get 3 or more of these symbols on the reels to activate the Free Hits Bonus game. You can win up to 25 spins with the scatter symbol: 3 balls = 15 spins, 4 balls = 20 spins and 5 balls = 25 spins. The Rolling Reels feature (see below) means that more money can be won. For each consecutive win with Rolling Reels during these free spins, the multiplier increases up to 10x. The multiplier will reset once you stop winning.

Rolling Reels: When you win, the symbols will disappear and more will fall into place.

Wild Wickets: At random, a set of stumps will appear in front of reels 2, 3 and 4. A ball will be bowled and will knock over one stump; turning that whole reel wild for one spin.

Summery
Microgaming has produced yet another gem of a game. The rolling reels and the free spins help to keep things interesting and an RTP of 96.42% is pretty decent too. Overall, this is a game cricket lovers will thoroughly enjoy.

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