Cool Bananas doesn’t look like a game that takes its theme too seriously, but you’re going to have no trouble figuring out that it is themed around the famous King Kong. The great ape like monster that had so many movies, books and comic books created based on it comes here in the form of a gorilla that’s dressed in a Hawaiian shirt and wears sunglasses. He looks ready to go on a tropical holiday. The same humor is noticeable in the rest of the design. Cool Bananas, which is a slot machine created by WGS Technology, has 5 reels with 25 lines during each spin. Mighty Monkey is the wild symbol, the Banana is the Scatter, and then there are also free spins to activate in some situations. The slot’s big payout can reach values of up to $100,000.
If you look at the bottom, the screen will show you the number of lines, 25, and the line bet. The latter starts at $0.01 and can be increased to $10. Keeping these numbers in mind, you can spend between $0.25 and $250 per round, enough of a range to let any player try out this slot.
When you see the image of Mighty Monkey, taller than buildings and holding a pretty blonde girl in one of his hands, there will be no doubt that the inspiration for this character came from King Kong. There are differences though, and this looks more like a parody in the end. Mighty Monkey, as it is called by the slot, is dressed in a floral shirt, has green sunglasses on his eyes and he seems to be in Las Vegas, ready to have some fun. Even the design style gets a comedy angle. The symbols give us images of Mighty Monkey, of Scattered Banana, the Blonde Girl, City Buildings, Ice Cream Sundae, Sunglasses and six very regular poker cards. It’s a design that is enjoyable mostly, though I wouldn’t consider it a modern look.
Whenever you see Mighty Monkey making one of its appearances on the reels, you’re getting a wild symbol, so it’s a good reason to smile. There are several ways in which wild symbols can be very useful. One of them is the classic substitution role, the one thanks to which it actually gets its name. Even better, if you get a combination formed and a wild was in it, then the prize’s value will be doubled. There is also the possibility that a wild symbol will form combinations with other Mighty Monkey wilds, and this would be the ideal situation since the biggest payouts of up to 5,000x would come this way. There is a second symbol that has a feature to trigger for you, a scatter with the image of a Banana used for it. You land these symbols in scattered spots, hence the name of the feature. In exchange for having at least two, the game will award a prize. Get three or more, and in addition to the prize you have free spins to go through as well. The game will give you 8 spins for each triggering symbol, which should mean between 24 and 40 rounds total. Prizes are doubled during free spins. This should work with the wild’s multiplier as well, so the total multiplier used for a regular combo reaches 4x when getting a wild while in free spins mode. With another 3 or more Bananas on the reels, the feature can be retriggered, getting you another round 8 spins.
The best possible situation that you can dream of will be the one where you form a combination of Mighty Monkey wild symbols on an active line, and it all happens when you’re in free spins mode. It’s the one situation where the wild symbol’s combo can benefit from a 2x multiplier, so instead of 5,000 coins you’re getting 10,000. The value of such a prize would reach $100,000, if you used $10 line bets that round. Otherwise, the paid spins can pay at most $50,000 for the same combo.
Cool Bananas is a good slot machine if you play it as a parody inspired by King Kong. Otherwise, it would be just a cartoon design with a bit of a dated look, but with some good features.
With a sharp eye for detail and an even sharper wit, Amelia Nguyen is the trusted slot game reviewer for SlotsRank. From Sydney's arcades to the global stage, Amelia's reviews blend Aussie flair with a universal understanding of what players really want.