Follow the path of Wu Kong on the slot from Pragmatic Play. The monkey warrior featured in heroic legends dating back to 10th century China but gained immensely in popularity as one of three disciples to the Buddhist monk Tang Sanzang in the 16th-century novel “Journey to the West”.
Wielding his powerful staff Ruyi Jingu Bang that weighs over 7 tons and can only be carried by the chosen warrior together with his magical hairs, the monkey warrior protects the monk on a treacherous journey where they encounter 81 tribulations before they can retrieve the sacred sutra scrolls and return to China unscathed.
Get ready to experience the journey on a set of slot reels with a money respin bonus game with four fixed jackpots and a free spins round triggered by Wu Kong’s staff that can lead to wins exceeding 6,080 times your stake.
Monkey Warrior is a video slot in a 5×3 format with 243 ways to wins. Pays are awarded for three to five adjacent symbols from left to right only. Follow Wu Kong on desktop, mobile or tablet from 0.25 to 125 credits per spin. The game has high volatility and a factory RTP of 96.50%.
A serene scene with cherry blossoms, lush greenery and a Chinese temple are the backdrop to an intricately ornamented game window. The displays for the four fixed jackpots tower on top of the reels. An equally serene acoustic piece played on a traditional Chinese pipa is the main audio on the slot.
On the reels, you will find the card royals Q, K and A as well as a green potion bottle at the low end of the paytable, awarding 2x your bet for a five of a kind. They are followed by a sacred sutra scroll and the two other disciples guarding the monk – Sha Wujing, an exiled warrior general and Zhu Bajie, a half pig, half human character. Hit five across the reels to win 6x to 12x your stake. The top-payer is the monk Tang Sanzang with 20x your bet for a single five of a kind.
The Monkey Warrior is the wild symbol, appearing on reels two to five only and substituting for all symbols bar the money respin and scatter symbols. An intricate golden tile with a ripe peach is the money respin symbol while the warrior’s powerful staff is the scatter, appearing on the middle reels only.
Although the game can produce some sizeable wins in the base game, the big money on the Monkey Warrior slot is clearly in the two bonus features – Money Respins and Free Spins.
The Money Respins bonus game is triggered when you hit minimum six money symbols anywhere on the reels in the base game and free spins. Each money symbol carries a coin win between 1x and 200x your bet or one of the four fixed jackpots – Mini at 30x, Minor and 50x, Major at 100x and Grand at 200x your total stake.
The soon six land on the reels in one spin, the game is removing all regular pay symbols and awards five respins. Your aim will be to land more money symbols until you either run out of respins or fill the entire screen. After every respin, you may be offered randomly a choice of three treasure chests containing +1, +2 and +3 respins. You can make one pick to add more respins to your tally. Any money symbol marked with a jackpot name will pay the respective jackpot, which can happen multiple times within the same bonus round. The total win is added at the end of the feature and should you manage to fill the entire screen, then the winnings will be multiplied by x2 as an extra reward.
The second feature is a free spins round with indefinite retriggers. Hit staff scatters on reels two, three and four to trigger an initial 8 free spins. During the feature, only the sutra scrolls and higher pay symbols plus wilds, money symbols and scatters are on the reels, providing the extra potential for mega wins. A full screen of the monk will pay 500x your stake.
While the treacherous pilgrimage of Tang Sanzang was full of twists and surprises, there is little to be found on the Monkey Warrior slot. That doesn’t necessarily make it a poor creation, but neither is it some reinvention of the wheel. Overall, a solid effort from Pragmatic Play with smooth gameplay and decent win potential.