After a year in which several promising works saw publication, 2019 has been less fruitful. Pragmatic has not only stopped moving forward but has also regressed into an unchallenging rut. It looks like we’re in for another bland Pragmatic product, since their newest slot has a Chinese theme.
This 5×3, 243-ways slot from Pragmatic Play is inspired by the legendary monkey fighter Sun Wukong from the ancient Chinese novel Journey to the West and has a Free Spins game in which only premium symbols appear on the reels. In addition, there is a Respin function that can result in jackpots worth up to 200 times your initial wager. It may be played for anything from 25 cents to 125 euros each spin across all platforms.
In terms of presentation, Monkey Warrior is flawless. The graphics are top-notch, the setting is beautiful, and the music fits the mood well for this type of game. But we can’t help but feel that it’s all too straightforward and uninteresting. When not even the game’s structure is distinctive from other Pragmatic slots, this starts to become an issue. There are three characters from the book, as well as the royal A, K, and Q symbols, potion bottles, scrolls, and more. Holy monks are the most lucrative, paying out 20 times your bet for 5 on a line. The Money Warrior himself serves as a wild, standing in for any other regular symbol.
Advantages of the Monkey Warrior (Reasonable Play)
There are just two main aspects to the gameplay in Monkey Warrior. As an example, the Money Respin feature is activated when 6 peaches (the money symbol) appear on the reels at the same time (according to the mythology of Sun Wukong, peach trees only yield fruit once every 3000 years, and consuming its flesh would provide eternal life). You may now win 30, 50, 100, or 200 times your wager by matching a money sign with the Mini, Minor, or Grand prize. Starting with 5 respins on a reel set with only peaches and vacant places, the peaches lock in position once they hit, ensuring the monetary value as a consequence.
After a spin, three treasure chests will emerge at random; choose one to reveal further respin opportunities. When the number of respins is exhausted or all 15 spaces are filled with a peach symbol, the Money Respin feature ends and the total cash value of all symbols is tallied up and paid out. If all 15 slots are filled, your award will be doubled.
The Free Spins feature is activated when the bonus symbol appears on reels one, three, and five simultaneously. All low-value symbols will be removed from play for the first eight spins, and more retriggers are possible indefinitely. It’s a shame that the wild card wasn’t preserved, though.
The Case Against the Monkey Warrior (A Pragmatic Play)
Free spins games with no low-paying symbols on the reels seem wonderful at first, but when you factor in the presence of the money and bonus symbols, which both act to obscure potential winnings, the reels still end up feeling very packed. The regular symbols seldom pay out in a stack, even if they appear stacked on the reels. Theoretically, you could win 4,860 times your bet if you got a complete screen of the top symbol, but the odds of that happening are enormous. Therefore, the 6,000-times-your-bet maximum win stated seems like a bit of a stretch, so don’t count on it.
The potential rewards of the Monkey Warrior slot machine, which has a medium volatility, are not insignificant. The problem is that Pragmatic’s music is becoming increasingly predictable and repetitive, therefore we’d love it if they’d break out of their usual soundscape for a change. What you get from Pragmatic Play is a slot based on a tale that is a spring of spiritual insight and enlightenment, which is a surprising amount of concavity given that it may be unfair to expect a slot to convey a meaningful story (it is a virtual gambling machine and not a video game, after all).