Banana Drop: Overview
Get ready for some primate infested action in wildlife slot Banana Drop from Microgaming partner Crazy Tooth Studio. The Reno-based studio is famous for living up to their name and designing some truly offbeat slots, for better or for worse.
Despite the saying ‘going bananas’, this is one of their more conventional slots. The Big BuildUp mechanic gets a lot of airtime in the docs, but a few other features ride its coattails such as the Falling Banana and the Banana Drop. If you’re ready for some monkeying around, let’s vine in.
By the way, apologies in advance for any banana/monkey related puns which may appear during this review. It's tough to avoid dropping in the odd reference since Banana Drop is practically built around them. The game area, for instance, is made up of 6 reels and 4 rows arranged in front of a line of banana laden trees.
Surrounding the 4,096 win ways grid, which is a well-proven and popular format by the way, is a sanitised jungle, drawn in a pleasing cartoon style, while the symbols have a sort of psychedelic look to them – the highs at least. Your ears are in for a treat from the simple, yet compelling effects that complement the gameplay perfectly. All in all, the visuals are clean and the audio seductive. A giant leap forward for the developer we must say.
Playable across all devices from 15 p/c to £/€30 per spin, Banana Drop isn’t populated with the most frantic monkeys you’ll come across due to its rather friendly 26.8% hit rate and medium volatile math model. The RTP should please the majority of players with a rating of 96.70%, or, comfortably above average.
What helps the hit rate is the Any Adjacent Pays system, which was used in previous Crazy Tooth slots such as Arctic Valor and Diamond Force. It works just as the name suggests - 3 or more matching symbols on any consecutive reels score a payout. That can be from the first reel, second or the third.
The symbols themselves are split into three different categories – low, medium, high. Truth be told, values are low, and the symbols in each category offer the same reward. So the lows are made up of watermelons, coconuts, and pineapples worth 0.8x for a bunch of six.
Mids are J-A card royals worth 0.9x for six, while the highs are the psychedelic hippos, giraffes, zebras, and lions paying 1x the stake for six of a kind. Wild symbols help by substituting for any regular as does the fact symbols can be stacked on the reels. You are going to need the features to step up though to get anywhere half decent.
Banana Drop: Features
Central to the game is the trademarked BIG BuildUp game mechanic which works in tandem with the Falling Banana feature which can trigger randomly on any spin. Up above the reels, bananas appear, swaying in the breeze. When the Falling Banana feature triggers, a monkey swings past on a vine knocking the bananas on to the reels. Up to 3 per reel are possible, revealing either a cash prize or wild symbols. When all prizes have been revealed, the feature concludes. With Big BuildUp, any spin can grow more bananas, adding potential for your next Falling Banana feature.
Look out for the octagonal leaf scatter - 3 or more in view award 7 Banana Drop Bonus Spins. Here, the Falling Banana feature is heavily involved since it is now triggered on every single spin. Moreover, a bunch of different coloured monkey symbols known as Full Stacks may appear which, contrary to the name, don’t actually cover a full reel.
Whenever a full stack symbol lands, it increases the number of bananas on the tree above it to a maximum of 3. The numbers of bananas in the trees remain constant throughout the bonus; they don’t reset as they do on a regular spin.
Banana Drop: Verdict
For some cheerful swinging through the trees, Banana Drop isn’t a bad option. There’s a bit of zane thanks to its jovial monkeys, yet it’s far from the trip you often get from Crazy Tooth Studio. In fact, it’s pretty conservative, which may upset those looking forward to the studio’s next mind bend.
The most confusing aspect is the Big BuildUp. Okay, it adds bananas to the foliage, so what? Not sure if it really needed to be trademarked, but there you have it. On the bright side, Banana Drop has a nice, relaxing, cartoon look full of charm making it easy to like.
Potential-wise it's not bad either, offering wins of up to 6,031 times the bet. You might not think that would be possible after browsing the depressing symbol values on the paytable. But the stacked symbols, wilds from Falling Bananas, and the high number of win ways work well. Combine them all, and good things can happen during Bonus Spins.
Overall, Banana Drop is one of those slots that are easy to overlook. It doesn’t have major x-factor, plus the Big BuildUp mechanic is pretty anticlimactic. Yet, for a middle ground jungle romp with a couple of handy features, some may be able to peel Banana Drop open to find satisfaction.
Banana Drop is a fairly mediocre creation, yet it’s not without a certain homegrown charm that should appeal to players who don’t expect too much.