The story of King Kong has been handled in so many different ways that it's hard to keep up with them all, but Pragmatic Play (formerly known as Topgame) has developed a strong slot version in their Mighty Kong game. This video slot has all of the characters and themes of the story tied into the graphics, symbol set, background, features and every other aspect of play. Overall, this is an excellent game with great graphics and a strong soundtrack.
Format and Layout
While the most popular format for video slots is 5x3, this game is its close cousin with five reels and four rows. This allows for a bit more screen real estate to offer up more ways to get paid 50 paylines available on every single spin. These paylines are locked in and can't be changed, and there are several different options for manipulating your bet size as well.
Up to 10 coins can be used on every single payline, and with coins ranging from $0.01 to $0.50 in size, the minimum bet size is just $0.50 per spin. The maximum bet size per spin is $250, however, and with plenty of options in between, it's clear that it's designed to allow players to hone in on the precise bet size they want for their bankroll.
The five character symbols offer the largest payouts available in the game. The redheaded woman pays 1,000x for five of a kind. This is the largest normal jackpot allowed in regular play. The man with the brown hair and tan jacket pays 500x for five of a kind, which isn't bad at all, and the captain with the white beard pays a comparable 250x when you get five on an activated payline. Five of the man in the eye patch pays 150x, and five of the man in the hat and glasses pays 100x.
It's worth noting that these payouts are pretty flat, and this helps the overall volatility of the game. When you combine the fact that there are 50 paylines on each spin, it's easy to see how there's a fairly high hit-rate that drives the normal gameplay.
Stylized characters for the A, K, Q, J and 10 symbols round out the lower end of the pay table. The A and K symbols have the same pay schedule as each other, as do the Q, J and 10 symbols. For the A and K, you'll get 80x for five, 60x for four and 30x for three (25x for the K). With the Q, J and 10, it's 75x for five, 50x for four and 20x for three. Something to note is that the drop-off for these lower symbols isn't that big between the three-, four- and five-of-a-kind wins, which also helps the volatility of the game overall.
Wilds and Features
The wild symbol shows up on all reels, but it doesn't have its own payout. However, it expands when it shows up on the middle reel, and that gives players a lot more chances to hit several smaller wins together at the same time.
Kong himself is scattered, and he gives you a chance for free spins if you can pick up three or more of him at the same time. You have four options for your free spins. You can get 40 free spins with no multiplier, 13 free spins with a 3x multiplier, 8 free spins with a 5x multiplier or 5 free spins with an 8x multiplier. It's important to note that the 40-spin, 8-spin and 5-spin options all give you the same amount of value, but the 13-spin option gives slightly less value, so you should avoid it.
Mighty Kong is a good example of how Pragmatic Play can put together a solid game based on a somewhat generic theme and still have the features and overall feel of the game stand out as being pretty good overall. The key thing to remember about this game is to avoid the 13-spin option during the free spin selection sequence. Everything else about this game is all about giving players a low-stress, low-volatility, high hit-rate experience that still gives players jackpots worth up to 8,000x in the free spins, depending on which multiplier you decide to pick.