Planet of the Apes is a 10 reel, 40 payline slot from Net Entertainment that has been produced in association with 20th Century Fox. Drawing inspiration from the Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes films, it comes with plenty of bonus features as you journey between the 2 phases of Ape Army leader Caesar’s life. Get spinning from 20p to £200 a spin on all devices.
As you’d expect, Planet of the Apes looks fantastic – the screen showcases the settings from the 2 films and features actual footage from the hit movies. Symbols include both Rise and Dawn symbols with A, K, Q, J and 10 playing cards featuring on both sides. You have the film characters as the apes from both movies. I must say, Planet of the Apes is visually stunning with authentic sounds and voices to match.
Onto the gameplay – it benefits from dual reels (each with 5 reels and 20 paylines) as it combines elements from the 2 Planet of the Apes films. Look out for Caesar’s attic window symbol as this is the wild symbol and replaces all symbols except the scatter and bonus. When the wild appears fully stacked on a reel in the Rise play area, you will trigger the Stacked Wild feature – then the stacked wild reel will be duplicated onto the Dawn play area in the corresponding reel.
There’s a Rise Bonus feature which is played when the Rise Bonus symbol lands on the 1st reel – basically, an additional cash bonus is awarded to you for every human and ape symbol appearing on the screen (bar the scatter). This only applies in the Rise play area and can give you wins of up to 79.5 times your total stake.
You then have the Dawn Bonus feature which is triggered when the Dawn Bonus symbol appears on the last reel – ape and human symbols then transform into the same symbol in the Dawn play area. The symbol is chosen at random in case you’re wondering but cannot be the scatter. You can win up to 1,200 times your stake here.
Then you have the Dual feature which can be triggered at random – 1 symbol is chosen from each play area but cannot be the same symbol in both area. Once activated, the reels will only contain the chosen symbols with the rest of the reels showing blank spaces.
If the symbol lands in its corresponding play area, it will stick – if it lands in the other play area, it will transfer across to the correct play area. You will then get re-spins if at least 1 new symbol appears in its own play area. The re-spins continue until no ore new symbols in either area are added. There’s a cool 1,000 times your stake to be won.
Now, you have the Rise Free Spins feature which is played when 3 or more Rise scatter symbols appear anywhere in the Rise play area – you will get 10 free spins. Now, during the Rise Free Spins, the wilds are collected and stored in a wild meter – on your last free spin, all collected wilds are randomly added to the play area. In total, you can win up to 600 times your stake on each free spin.
The Dawn Free Spins feature is triggered when 3 or more Dawn scatter symbols appear in the play area – you will receive 15 free spins. You need to then collect 3 different symbols to trigger the Multiplier, Extra Wild and Extra Free Spins meter.
When a collect symbol appears, the corresponding meter is filled by 1 – when the meter fills, you will get 3 extra free spins (for the Extra Free Spins feature), the multiplier will increase by 1 up to 5x and a human symbol transforms into an extra wild. If you manage to get the multiplier up to 5x, you will then just win more free spins. Due to the 5x multiplier, you can win 3,000 times your stake on every free spin.
Finally, you have the Multiple Free Spins feature which is played when 3 or more scatters land in both play area – you will then play both the Rise Free Spins feature and Dawn Free Spins feature one after the other (starting with the Rise Free Spins feature).
Well, Planet of the Apes has a lot going on – visually, it’s fantastic and has an array of superb bonus features to match. I would sticky my neck out and say this slot is NetEnt’s best branded title yet with big wins available in the base game and most of the bonus features.
I particularly like the Dawn Free Spins feature due to the potential 5x multiplier, unlimited free spins possibility and extra wilds. Overall, a superb slot from NetEnt which is sure to become a blockbuster hit (like the 2 movies). Caesar is home – will you join him? If you like branded titles, NetEnt also offers you Jimi Hendrix which is based on the legendary musician.