Based on the 16th century Chinese folk tale of Sun Wukong, a stone monkey that developed supernatural powers, Monkey Warrior is a 5 reel game, 243 ways to win at Pragmatic Play slot machines. Highlights include the bonus spin, which gives free spins where the reels are made up only of symbols of higher value. There is also a respite function where you can win cash prizes or one of the 4 jackpot prizes. Play between 25p and £125 per turn.

The design here is pretty good. Against a backdrop of an enchanted garden, the gold reels bear the symbols A, K and Q as well as a bottle of potion, a parchment and 3 characters from the story. The best of them 1, 2 or 20 times your total bet if you place 3, 4 or 5 on adjacent rolls. The Monkey King is the savage of the game. It replaces all standard symbols. Monkey Warrior comes with 2 cartridges of features.

Free Spins – this turn is triggered by the landing of the Bonus symbol on reels 2, 3 and 4 of the same turn. You will then receive twice your bet before you play 8 free games. The reels are only filled with higher value symbols and bonus symbols. An unlimited number of re-triggers is also possible.

Money Respin functionality – the pink fruit is the symbol of money. Land 6 of them on the same turn to trigger the Money Respin function. Once payment is made, the standard symbols are removed with the fruit symbols locked in place. Each fruit symbol is accompanied by a monetary value or a Mini, Minor, Major or Grand Jackpot. You will then receive 5 respins where the coils contain only fruit and blanks.

After a round, you can choose between 3 treasure chests. This can add additional respite to your total. The function continues until you have no more respite or you fill all 15 coil positions. All cash values are then added together and that’s what you’ll get. This amount is doubled if you can fill the entire screen with fruit symbols. Jackpot prizes are equal to 30, 50, 100 or 200 times your total bet.

Monkey Warrior is a typical Pragmatic Play slot machine. It’s not very innovative, but all the elements are well assembled. This is true both for the design and for the features that are perfectly solid without being too flashy. The variance here is in the medium to high range with earnings 6,080 times higher than your total participation in the Money Respin function! You can also win 4,860 times your bet if you fill the reels with the highest value character symbol.

We liked this story from a classic Chinese folk tale. The simple gameplay works well and is volatile enough to keep things interesting. If you like the Asian theme, then Monkey Warrior is a slot machine to consider – another one I’d like to play is Yggdrasil Gaming’s Legend of the Golden Monkey.