Among the many exclusive slot machines which are designed for Microgaming in 2019, we find Banana Odyssey as well, a game which was created by Slingshot Studios. It features space themed graphics, with monkeys in the roles of the astronauts, and it’s one of the higher quality titles available in Microgaming’s portfolio right now.
The setup of the game, as modern as it may look, is actually a bit on the retro side. It only offers 10 active lines on 5 reels, but it does pay both ways, so that’s one way that the game manages to get to the 96.31% RTP which is mentioned for it. It’s not the payouts that look great here, they only go up to 400x ($160,000), but the features (re-spins and free spins, both with sticky wild reels).
Betting and Prizes
While you don’t get the option to select the number of lines, as you always play with 10, you may change the total bet as you need to. This changes the amount going to each line, in a range of RM0.01 to RM40 (RM0.10 to RM400 per spin).
I’m not happy about the prizes which the game promises us, as the best that a spin can do is 400x total stake. On the other hand, having up to three sticky wild reels during re-spins and free spins, could potentially bring us a lot of great combinations, so it’s understandable in a way. You can also form 3-4 symbol combinations both from left to right and right to left, so this also gets you paid more in the long run.
The medium volatility of the slot, coupled with a 96.31% RTP, makes it an OK choice for a player that wants to win often, even though most of the cash appears to come from the free spins.
Banana Odyssey Slot Features
Banana Odyssey will give you wild reels, in a couple of different ways. Either way, these symbols are available only on the middle three columns, and they have the ability to expand there, being used in whatever regular combinations you form.
The appearance of an expanding wild on a reel gets you a re-spin feature automatically. This means that for each wild reel, there is one free re-spin offered, with the substitute locked in place. Should you get additional wild reels, there will be more re-spins as well. At most, you can get 3 re-spins this way, with up to three wild reels.
With scatters visible on three reels, the game can give you 10 free spins. The best thing about this feature, which you can’t retrigger, is the fact that any expanding wilds that appear will be locked on their reels for the rest of the feature. With three wild reels in the middle, this gives you 10 winning combinations each round.
Theme & Design
The space themed game is not a surprise, and the fact that a slot has monkeys as main characters isn’t new either. The two being mixed up in a space themed slot with monkey astronauts, is more of a surprise. It’s not unheard of, there have been others doing the same thing, but Banana Odyssey probably does it best. With excellent graphics, this slot offers several monkey characters as symbols, along with ray guns, logos and jars with nuts. On the list of low value symbols, we discover Royals.