Gorilla Go Wilder (NextGen Gaming): Review
After a four year hiatus, Gary the eccentric blue gorilla is back - bigger, better and wilder. Released in 2015, the original Gorilla Go Wild was a pioneering work at the highest merit. With four bonus features to unlock, plenty of action and with outstanding potential on offer, it became one of the most played slots of its time. The iGaming landscape has changed dramatically since then and though still sufficiently engaging to overcome the rather ancient graphics it's a slot that has taken a backseat.
So fast forward to today, and NextGen Gaming has decided to bring new life to one of its true classics. Set in a tropical scenery with the reels flanked by palm trees and a beach in the backdrop, Gary the Gorilla is once again back to serve as your host. With vibrant cartoonish graphics and a Calypso style sound loop on repeat, Gorilla Go Wilder comes with an array of features that includes twice as many bonus features as its predecessor.
Compatible with all devices and played using 5 reels and 25 paylines that can extend to 200 paylines, the game accepts bets from between 0.30 to 75 EUR per spin. Dominated by A, K, Q, J, 10 and 9 royals, you'll also see higher value skunks, toucans, monkeys and gold coins on the reels. The wild symbol is represented by Gary himself and substitutes for all symbols except the scatter. He's also the most lucrative, giving you 50 times your stake for 5 across a payline.
Gorilla Go Wilder (NextGen Gaming): Features
Gorilla Go Wilder is a gamification type slot that is all about making progress in order to unlock features and functions. For example, the RTP starts out exceptionally low at 92.03% and increases as you collect shells.
In the main game, a randomly triggered Shell Respin feature may come into play. It's all about landing shell symbols in order to retrigger the feature, which it does as long as new shell symbols appear on the reels. It continues this way until no new shells land or until all 15 positions on the reels are occupied by shells. The Shell Respin feature ends with a cash prize based on a calculation combining the value of each shell and the number of retriggers. There is a maximum payout of 83.33 times your stake on offer here.
The highlight in Gorilla Go Wilder is the free spins bonus, known as the Bonus Island feature. It can be accessed through the randomly triggered Gary's Gift feature or by landing 3+ bonus symbols. The bonus includes a bundle of features played on 8 different islands, each with its own unique setup. Initially, only the first island is available, the rest remaining locked until having met the requirements to gain access which happens when you have triggered bonuses accordingly:
- 1. Tiki Bar: available from start.
- 2. Crystal Cave: can be played from 4th bonus trigger.
- 3. Green Jungle: can be played from the 7th bonus trigger.
- 4. Waterfall: can be played from the 10th bonus trigger.
- 5. Volcano: can be played from the 15th bonus trigger.
- 6. Spooky Jungle: can be played from the 20th bonus trigger.
- 7. Purple Jungle: can be played from the 25th bonus trigger.
- 8. Sunset Beach: can be played from the 30th bonus trigger.
There is a large variety once you have unlocked all islands which deliver extras such as 200 paylines, mystery symbols, stacked symbols, expanding wilds with 10x multipliers, wandering wilds, extra wilds and multiplier zones with multipliers of up to 25x. There is exceptional potential on offer as well with a chance to win over 10,000 times your stake in the bonus.
Gorilla Go Wilder (NextGen Gaming): Conclusion
Gorilla Go Wilder is a competent sequel that delivers a welcome ramp-up in intensity through its progressive features. It's quite an ambitious undertaking and anything but a traditional slot offering entertainment on a large scale, similar to Gorilla Go Wild when it was a trending slot way back when. Some hardcore gamblers and veteran punters might find it a bit silly and extravagant but if you're willing to give it a chance and invest some time (and money), there is a lot to explore. If, on the other hand, you're not into slots that involve collective features, Gorilla Go Wilder is probably not for you.
Game title: Gorilla Go Wilder
Game description: 5 Reels | 3 Rows | 25-200 Paylines | RTP: 92.03%-97.04% | Max Payout: 10,000x | Volatility: M/H | Bets: 0.30 - 75 EUR | Features: Shell Re-Spins, Gary's Gift Feature, Bonus Island Feature | Release Date: February 27, 2019