Epic Ape 2 is a slot from Playtech, and it’s the second instalment in the Epic Ape series. As the title says this game is the new and updated version of Epic Ape. This slot game is jungle-themed, with various species of animals spinning across the reels. If you’ve tried the first game, Epic Ape, you should be familiar with the theme and overall setting of the game. For a jungle-themed slot, the graphics aren’t bad, but they aren’t anything to write home about either.
The background is filled with green leaves on both sides of the screen, while the gameboard is green as well. The two colours are a different hues and contrast but still, the colours overlap a little. Frankly, the colours used to design this game are a little plain, but if you like the jungle theme, the colour palette shouldn’t bother you too much.
Rhythmic music plays in the background complementing the jungle and the animal symbols perfectly. In this Epic Ape 2 review, we’ll go over some more features, to see whether delving deeper into the jungle, is worth the risk.
Deeper Into The Jungle We Go
As we dive deeper into the jungle, we uncover more and more features. The gameboard consists of several symbols each representing a different multiplier value which increases the base stake we’ve put in the game. As with any other slot game, there are low paying and high paying symbols all contributing to making us richer or poorer. Below we’ll go over the symbols and their multiplier value, so it will be easier to distinguish them if you decide to start playing Epic Ape 2.
|Symbol||2 symbols||3 symbols||4 symbols||5 symbols||6 symbols|
|9 and 10||/||X5||X10||X40||X50|
|Q and J||/||X5||X15||X40||X60|
|A and K||/||X10||X20||X50||X75|
As we can see from the table above the lowest paying symbols are the numbers 9 and 10, and the highest paying symbol is the gorilla. Generally, the higher paying symbols are represented by various animals, while the lower-paying symbols are represented by numbers and letters.
Bonus Filled Jungle
For our Epic Ape 2 review to be complete we must go over the slot’s bonus feature and see whether these bonuses are enough to make the game more dynamic and more fun. Bonus games are an important part of slots, as many slots have similar themes and similar gameplay mechanics, so the bonus features are something that can be used to distinguish between one slot and another.
With a total of three bonus features, Epic Ape 2 has something to be proud of. But just how fun are these additions to the game?
Epic Trigger Mode
Epic Trigger mode is the first bonus feature of Epic Ape 2. On any spin during you could benefit from 2 scatter symbols added to the gameboard to boost your chances of landing a 3rd scatter, which in turn activates the Epic Free Games feature.
Epic Free Games Feature
When you manage to land three scatter symbols on the same reel, on the same spin you activate the Epic Free Games feature. This is a basic but fun bonus which offers you more free spins for each Scatter symbol landed.
- 3 Scatter symbols will award you 8 free spins
- 4 Scatter symbols will award you 15 free spins
- 5 Scatter symbols will award you 20 free spins
- 6 Scatter symbols will award you 100 free spins
There is a golden gorilla symbol which can pop up in the game during the free spins. Every time a golden gorilla is added to the gameboard it’s added to a meter above the reel. When you fill the meter, the animal symbols are upgraded into the highest paying gorilla symbol for the rest of the free spins.
- 3 golden gorillas transform the frog symbol
- 4 golden gorillas transform the lizard symbol
- 5 golden gorillas transform the panther symbol
- 6 golden gorillas transform the leopard symbol
When a symbol is upgraded to the gorilla, two new free spins get added.
This feature is one of Playtech’s staple features in their slots games. The feature can randomly trigger on any spin played with real money. When the feature activates you are taken to a screen with 20 diamonds. Behind each diamond is the name of the Jackpot type – Mini, Minor, Major or Blitz. If you find three diamonds with the same Jackpot, that’s the Jackpot you receive.
RTP and Volatility
Below we’ll see how Epic Ape 2 compares in terms of its Volatility, RTP and some other minor technical details which may help you make up your mind about Epic Ape 2.
With an RTP of 95.97%, Epic Ape 2 falls in the below-average category when compared to other slot games. High Volatility means that rewards will be given less often, but when they are given it’s a bigger amount of money awarded.
Epic Ape 2 Conclusion
This is where we conclude our Epic Ape 2 review. The slot has some good bonus features which make up for the game’s lower RTP rating and the not so huge maximum payout rewards. Jungle-themed slots are often seen but if you like a lush and green theme with a rhythmic soundtrack in the background this game could offer you a few hours of fun. It’s also fully mobile compatible which is always a plus.