I am a huge fan of Planet of the Apes. My interest originally came when I saw the original 1968 film on cable when I was a teenager. Since that time I've seen every single Apes movie, be it on cable or in theater. Heck, I've even seen the terrible version with Mark Wahlberg. When the franchise got a reboot in 2011, I thought we were headed for disaster, but I was pleasantly surprised when I skipped out on work to head to the theater. Rise of the Planet of the Apes and its sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes are both spectacular. The movies spell out how the apes came into power, and make you empathize with them more than the humans. NetEnt has developed their Planet of the Apes slot based on both of these films, tying them together to create a game that's full of action.
Planet of the Apes is a 5 reel, 40 payline video slot that has double reels. The game has its left side based on Rise of the Planet of the Apes, while the right is based on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Symbols vary in both, but do share the similar low paying icons (10, J, Q, K, A). You'll also find Caesar on the reels, some of his human allies, and the ape Koba, who almost serves as a Judas in the sequel.
Planet of the Apes has a Dual Feature, which can see symbols sticking if the feature is activated. There is also a Rise Feature, which pays out extra for every human and ape symbol that is uncovered on the left set of reels. The Dawn Feature can activate and transform human and ape symbols into one like symbol to create big wins. The game also has stacked wilds, standard wilds, and a free spins bonus round. The combination of paylines, reel layout, and features combine to give this slot a 96.3% return to player percentage. This is competitive with other online slots, but falls in slightly below some other NetEnt slots we've seen released recently. We think that the lower RTP may be due to the licensing cost that the company had to pay to get the rights.
If you're looking for a great movie-themed video slot to play, then I highly recommend Planet of the Apes. The game is a bunch of fun, has unique features, and manages to pack in some footage to make you feel like you're a part of the blockbuster. This slot is the perfect excuse to "go ape" for a few minutes.