Science-fiction themed Monkeys To Mars slot, a five-reeler with software by Cryptologic, has some eye-catching animation, with walkie-talkie symbols that send out pulsating yellow and green radio waves when on winning lines, and oxygen cylinders that spin in space and release gas.
Best, a hand falls to press the Substitute launch button, setting off a rocket right across the reel that leaves behind a trail of smoke. All the symbols on the reel then act as wilds. The launch button substitutes for all symbols except an alien and a Monkeys To Mars icon.
There are 25 paylines in the Monkeys to Mars online slot game. The other icons are cute male and female monkeys, a map to get you safely from Earth to Mars, propulsive space boots, a ray gun and some spacey rocks or crystals or something. It seemed to take a year or two before we triggered the Asteroid bonus round with those aliens.
The alien is the Scatter and it triggers the bonus round when three appear on reels two, three and four. Five Monkeys To Mars icons give the top payout of 2000. Our heads may have been in the clouds but we noticed that the coin size has a wide range from 0.01 to 20, with more than 30 stops between the minimum and maximum.
When it does, you select five weapons to fire to collect credits. The game also has a Rocket Re-spin feature, awarded randomly on reels two, three and four. During a reel re-spin, all purple crystals on the reel become launch buttons. The initiating game outcome is analysed for awards then one, two and/or three of the reels re-spin. The initiating game outcome is then added to the re-spin feature outcome. So: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5 … get set for blastoff.