Planet of the Apes is one of the most popular film series in the history of cinematography. The original series was based on Pierre Boulle's book and it reached an iconic status. The films of the Planet of the Apes series were a must-watch for everybody growing up in the 1970s.
The remake at the beginning of the new millennium (2001) certainly lived up to the expectations and the reboot series that was launched in 2011 proved that Planet of the Apes is here to stay, forever and always. And in the year (2017) when the third film of the reboot series (War for the Planet of the Apes), NetEnt decided to release a slot based on Planet of the Apes. However, the game is based on the first two releases of the reboot series – Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
The game has 10 reels and 3 rows, which is a rather interesting layout. The screen is in fact divided, half of the reels represent the first title of the reboot series – Rise of the Planet of the Apes, whereas the remaining part, the second five reels (the ones on the right) represent the second film – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. So far, slot developers have released series of slots which have matched series of films, i.e. where one game is based on the first part of a series, the second game on the second part of the series and so on. But there hasn’t been a game which incorporates two different films.
The graphics is based on the films and you will see recognisable faces and symbols if you have seen the first two films of the reboot series. There are forty paylines in this game and a lot of interesting and exciting features. NetEnt developed this game in cooperation with the film industry giant – 20th Century Fox. The animations are really vivid.
There are 40 paylines and 20 coins and you need to wager at least 1p per coin, or a total of 20p. The maximum stake is £10 per coin which sets the maximum wagering limit at £200.
The low valued symbols are standard cards – 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace and the remaining symbol include characters from both films. There are many ape symbols, as well as some of the original actors. The characters from the first film appear on the left side of the screen, whereas characters from the second appear on the right side of the screen.
The Caesar’s attic window acts as a wild symbol in this game and it can substitute all other symbols, except for the scatter and the bonus symbol.
The RTP percentage offered by NetEnt here is 96.33% which is pretty fair and considering that you can win a prize worth 600,000, it might prove to be a risk worth taking, especially considering how many bonus games and features you might activate.
There’s one thing that really characterizes this game and that’s the wide scope of bonus features. There are so many bonuses that if you play just for a little while you might still activate at least few of them. If the Caesar’s attic window appears stacked on a reel in the left part of the screen, it activates the Staked Wild and then the stacked reel will be copied onto the Dawn area on the reel that corresponds the original reel.
The Rise Free Spins is a bonus game where you get 10 free spins and all wilds that appeared in the spin before the free spins have been activated remain intact. This bonus is activated whenever you get at least 3 Rise scatter symbols. If the matching Dawn Free Spins game is activated you get 15 symbols, but if you manage to collect the right symbols you can get extra free spins, plus a special x5 multiplier. The Dawn Free Spins game is triggered by at least 3 Dawn scatters.
The best free spins feature is the Multiple Free Spins where both the Rise and the Dawn features are activated at the same time and here you may some pretty impressive prizes. This feature is activated when you get at least 3 of each of the scatter symbols in their respective areas.
Then there’s also a Rise Bonus and this one is activated when you get the Rise bonus symbol on the leftmost reel. During this bonus you can get extra money for every human or ape character that appears anywhere on the reels. This bonus only applies to the Rise area.
The Dawn Bonus is the counterpart of the Rise Bonus. It is activated when you get the Dawn bonus symbol on the rightmost reel and then all ape and human symbols turn into the same symbol chosen randomly. The symbol can be human or ape symbol, but not the scatter.
The Dual feature is triggered randomly. In this bonus one symbol is chosen for each part of the screen, but it can’t be the same symbol at both parts. Then the reels will only show the symbols which were chosen whereas the remaining positions will be blank.
Then whenever the right symbol appears in the appropriate part of the screen it will stay there, whereas if it lands elsewhere it will be transferred to the right part of the screen. If at least one symbol appears in the right area, you will get a re-spin. Major prizes can be won in this bonus game.
Planet of the Apes has every prerequisite to become one of NetEnt’s classics. It offers everything, great visual elements, innovative layout, many bonuses and other features, a very high jackpot and fair RTP. The game is available at both mobile and desktop devices.
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