Go Bananas Slot from NetEnt
The humor in this slot is evident from the first spin – when you’ll see that the banana symbol is actually a sundae! You’ll find a jungle setting, with lots of animations of different types of monkeys on and in front of the reels.
The same monkey can have several different sequences – and sometimes you’ll get more than one. There is no break out bonus or free spins game for this slot. Instead the action revolves around wild monkeys.
There are 5 in total, and each will trigger a different pattern of wilds when it appears on the reels. If you get 2 or more monkeys at the same time, then the different patterns can match up to provide some bigger wins.
How to Win on Go Bananas
There are 20 win lines in total, and a 5 by 3 grid to match up the symbols on. Individual wins are smaller than in some games – the wilds are the main feature, and the bigger wins will come those times you hit several wins at the same time.
The highest paying symbol is a giant ruby with what looks like golden fingers holding it from the bottom. This is worth 700 coins for 5, 120 for 4 and 25 for just 3. Next comes a golden monkey statue with a huge grin – worth 350 for a full house of 5. A book (with monkey bookmark), bongo drums (with monkeys on them) and the ice cream / banana sundae come next at 250, 180 and 140 for 5 respectively. Smaller wins are made up by plums, oranges and pineapples.
Wild Monkeys and their Patterns
You’ll see 5 different monkeys land on the reels, usually just one at a time – though it is possible to hit more. Each has a pattern of wilds, an animation and (thanks to the pay table) you can learn the names of some different species.
The gorilla wild gives you 5 wilds in an X pattern. Animations change around, though this one usually involves a giant gorilla appearing in front of the reels and beating its chest. This X can be very valuable if the middle is on reel 2 or 3 – as you are certain of some 4-of a kind wins.
A female Orangutan (complete with a pink bow in her hair), has some very good animations – including one where she rolls in front of the reels. This gives you a square block of 4 wilds. Again these are most useful on the left – though if the remaining symbols like up well (or you get other wilds in combination with these) then position is less important.
Other wilds include a baboon, which gives you a completely wild reel, a langur (which triggers 3 in a horizontal row) and a cute looking tarsier, which gives just 2 wilds either upwards or across.
The permutations of 2 monkeys quickly get complex – while 3 could easily cover a lot of the screen in wild symbols. You will not win every single time wild monkeys appear, though your chances certainly go right up!
Monkey House Design
The setting for this slot is a wooden structure, with a ‘stage’ like platform in front (where many of the animations occur) and wooden poles at the sides and on top. A bright yellow ‘Go Bananas’ logo, along with a large bunch of bananas can be seen above the reels. A green curtain backs the reels, providing some contrast to the brightly colored symbols.
As you might expect from NetEnt, the production is high quality. The smooth spinning of the reels, cheeky monkey animations (which are varied enough to keep the game entertaining) and sounds combine really well. The sound is a jungle beat with some ambient noises, which kicks in only when you spin the reels.
Setup for this game is very standard for Net Entertainment online slots. There are 20 win lines (which are not configurable) and coins / bet levels (effectively a multiplier) which you can adjust. As usual you’ll get a max bet option and auto-play.
Slots with no second screen games or free spins are in a minority these days. I will say that the ‘one idea’ for Go Bananas works well enough for this slot to be worth taking for a spin. Different patterns of wilds will often create multiple wins on their own – though when you get 2 or more wild patterns at the same time the potential for big wins goes right up.