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MonkeyPop Introduction 

Did you know Japan has monkeys that bathe in hot springs? These are the macaques that live in one particular area in Nagano prefecture. While these monkeys can be found all over Japan, the "snow monkeys" that live in this particular part of the country have somehow learned to take advantage of the hot springs during the chilly winter months. Apparently this behaviour first started in 1963, when a female macaque was observed relaxing on a hotel's outdoor hot spring. The adage "monkey see, monkey do" proved true as other monkeys flocked to the warm water, becoming something of a nuisance to hotel guests. A compromised was reached as the hot springs were turned into the  Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, a place where tourists can enjoy looking at the primates relaxing in the warm water. It's best to visit Japan during January or February if you want to witness this charming sight in person, but if you cannot make it to the country then AvatarUX brings the next best thing with MonkeyPop. This next slot in the PopWins features no less than 6 monkey symbols on its 5 reels, which in turn can grow in height to up to 7 rows through the PopWins mechanic. Form a winning combination and the symbols making it will "pop" - thus the name - into 2 symbols on the reel! get all reels to 7 rows in height on the spin for 2 free spins with a random amount of low pays removed from the reels and a multiplier that can start at 1x, 2x or 3x! You can also get free spins by landing 3 or more scatters on the reels, and during this round the reels do not reset back to their starting height of 3 rows between spins. Now let us join the bathing primates as we find out what else MonkeyPop holds in store! 

MonkeyPop Game Features 

Monkey Pop is a slot featuring 5 reels that start with 3 rows, allowing for an initial 486 paylines. We say this since the reels can grow to up to 7 rows in height through the PopWins mechanic. Form a payline by landing 3 or more matching symbols on adjacent reels, starting from any reel, and the symbols making it will be replaced by 2 random symbols on the reel in question. This can lead to the formation of new paylines, in which case this PopWins process repeats until there are no more winning combinations on the reels. Each reel can reach up to 7 rows, and if all reels grow to this height on the same spin then you trigger a special free spins round which will be detailed in the next section of this review. You can also get free spins by landing 3 or more scatters on the same spin. As for the symbols making the winning combinations, the reels hold a selection of 11. Of these 6 are the high pays, which happen to be different monkey characters in yellow, orange, pink, blue, purple and indigo. Meanwhile the A, K, Q, J and 10 card royals make the low pays. The bright orange wild can substitute for all symbols except the scatter, which as mentioned earlier can trigger the free spins if you land 3 or more anywhere on the reels. The minimum bet is € 0.2 and the max. bet is € 10.

MonkeyPop Free Spins and Bonuses 

You can get 2 free spins by getting all reels to reach 7 rows in height on the same spin. These get a multiplier that starts at either 1x, 2x or 3x and grows by +1 or +2 with each winning combination. Landing 3 or more scatters on the same spin, on the other hand, triggers a free spins round that starts with a spin of the Reward Reel. This determines the amount of free spins (from 5 to 10), the starting amount of paylines (from 486 to 6,250), starting multiplier (1x, 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x) and multiplier growth (+1, +2, +3, +4 or +5). The reels start at 3, 4 or 5 rows in height and will not fully reset back to 3 rows between spins, instead resetting down to the shortest reel height. During the free spins an y scatters landed are collected. Get 3 scatters and the yellow monkey high pay will be upgraded to a golden version with either a 5x or 10x multiplier. After this upgrade the collection counter resets back to 0 and another high-paying monkey symbol will be upgraded if you collect 3 scatters during the round. In addition, if all reels reach 7 rows in height during the free spins then you get +2 free spins and a random number of low pays will be removed from the reels for the duration of the round. 

Where available you can pay to trigger the free spins by pressing the "Buy Bonus" button. This brings 3 round options, each offering a different number of free spins at a price: 

  • Bonus: 100x the bet for up to 8 free spins with a random starting multiplier of up to 3x that can grow by up to +3 with each winning combination. 
  • Bonus Plus: 250x the bet for up to 9 free spins with a random starting multiplier of up to 4x that can grow by up to +4 with each winning combination.
  • Bonus Plus Max: 500x the bet for up to 10 free spins with a random starting multiplier of up to 5x that can grow by up to +5 with each winning combination.  

MonkeyPop Payouts 

The yellow monkey is the highest paying symbol on the reels, being worth up to 2.5x the bet for a full payline of 5. All other monkeys can bring up to 1x the bet, while all low-paying card royals are worth up to 0.6x the bet. 

MonkeyPop Graphics and Sound 

 MonkeyPop features a truly unique visual style inspired by Japanese ink and watercolour paintings. The background features a lovely image of a snowy hot spring, the kind monkeys in the Nagano area of Japan actually bathe in. Right on top of the pool of warm water are the symbols making the game proper, which are held inside invisible reels. All of these are beautifully painted, with the monkeys in particular being amusing characters that bring a welcome touch of humour to the reel-spinning action. That said even the low pays bring a brushed inkwork style that makes them stand out, while the orange scatter features a bold wave. Form a winning combination and the symbols making it will "pop" in a puff of smoke, before 2 new symbols appear on the reel! A scroll on the left-hand side of the screen shows how many paylines are available on the reels at the moment, while all controls necessary for playing the slot can be found on the right-hand side. 

MonkeyPop Conclusion 

AvatarUX manages to bring something different to the genre of Asian-themed slots, thanks to its collection of bathing monkey characters! The PopWins feature remains as compelling as ever, and is further improved with a full set of fun bonus features. Make sure to check out MonkeyPop here at Videoslots Casino today! 

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