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When you first open Playtech's Epic Ape, you see some beautifully drawn animals, including a frog, a lizard and panther. There's a diamond and a Free Games scatter. Just one thing: where's the ape? He seems to have gone AWOL!
Start spinning, and he soon shows up - a huge gorilla on a red background with a mean look about him. His habitat is a misty and mysterious forest, with thick plant tendrils draped across from one tree to another and light filtering through the tree canopy to the ferns below, while insects flutter through the air.
Although the setting is primeval, this game is full of modern thrills! For a start, it's a six-reeler with a total of 4096 ways to win and stacked wilds. Let's take a look.
The ape's not wild - it’s just a bit irritable!
The gorilla isn't wild, but he's not exactly tame, either. There is simply no way he is going to be confined to one or two measly reels. He can rampage his way onto any of the six reels, and when he does, he can stack himself up, both in the main game and in the free games feature. As he's quite clearly the boss, he's the highest paying symbol, paying out as follows: 6 = 300, 5 = 250, 4 = 200, 3 = 150 and 2 = 40.
One good thing about this game is that the animal symbols all pay out when they appear anywhere from two to six times; that's five chances, compared to the four seen in five-reel games. The leopard and the jaguar pay as follows: 6 = 250, 5 = 200, 4 = 150, 3 = 50 and 2 = 15. The frog and the lizard pay as follows: 6 = 200, 5 = 150, 4 = 80, 3 = 40 and 2 = 10.
When it comes to the playing cards, Ace and King pay: 6 = 150, 5 = 100, 4 = 40 and 3 = 20. The Queen and Jack pay 6 = 120, 5 = 80, 4 = 30 and 3 = 0. The ten and nine pay: 6 = 100, 5 = 80, 4 = 20 and 3 = 10.
The Free Games Scatter
The sign "FREE GAMES" must appear in any position on reels three, four, five or six. This will trigger the free games feature, where you can win a possible 100 free games. The number of free games you get is defined by the number of scatters you have when the feature is triggered. During the free games, you can win more free games, which is always a favourite feature with gamers.
In the base game, the free games amount is tied to the number of times the "Free Spins" appears; 3 = 8 free games, 4 = 15 free games, 5 = 25 free games, and 6 = 100 free games.
During the free games feature, the extra free games you can win are also dependent on the number of times "Free Spins" appears; 2 = 5 free games, 3 = 8 free games, 4 = 15 free games, 5 = 25 free games, and 6 = 100 free games. In Epic Ape, you can trigger free games infinitely. That's Playtech's own word - "infinitely". Of course, you'd have to eat at some point or they'd find a skeleton hunched over the phone.
Free spins on free spins is a great feature and one that Playtech Slots often include. Other games designers should copy it because players always feel a bit shortchanged when a game stops you winning more free spins during a free spins feature.
During the free games, the spins are automatic. Look at the Free Games Win display box above the game area to see how the free games total is adding up. To the left of this, the Multiplier box tells you the total multiplier value. To check the number of free spins you have remaining, look at the Spins Left box on the right side above the game area.
At the end of all of this, you'll get some stats that you can check. The Game Win is the total winnings you got from the spin that triggered the Free Games feature. Feature Win is the total winnings from the free games, and Total Win is both of these figures added together. Click OK to go back to the main game.
The Diamond Wild in Epic Ape
The Diamond wild also has a role during the Free Spins game. When it substitutes for a symbol, it can multiply any of your wins by two, three or five. This is a really great feature that will definitely have players coming back for more.
In the main game, the Diamond doesn't appear on reel one, but it can appear on all or any of the others. The diamond substitutes for any other symbol except the "FREE GAMES" scatter and will be used to give you the best possible win.
The balance is always shown at the bottom left of the screen next to the cherries symbol.
The Return to Player (RTP) is 95.96%, but Playtech rightly points out that this a theoretical return percentage. You'd have to play thousands - if not hundreds of thousands - of times to get exactly that figure. In one playing session, you may do much better or worse.
How to bet on Epic Ape
There's a fixed number of betting lines at 40. This means that your coin value multiplied by 40 equals your total bet. Although you can't alter the number of lines you bet on, you can alter the total bet using the + or - buttons below the "Total Bet" sign. You can also alter the coin value that you're wagering with, from 0.01 to 2.00. Again, the control buttons to do this are underneath the Coin Value display. If you're at the top value, the + button is dimmed; if you're at the bottom value, the - button is dimmed.
All 4096 bet ways are activated on all six reels. Any combination of winning symbols on reels that are next to each other, counting from left to right beginning with reel one on the left, will pay. The position on the reel doesn't matter; the only exception to this is the FREE GAMES scatter. Wins are calculated by multiplying coins bet by the multiplier listed in the paytable.
Setting the Epic Ape game options
The Autoplay button allows you to respin automatically. You can set it from 10 spins to 99 spins. In the free spins version, Autoplay will stop when a feature is activated. This is welcomed because no one wants to miss the fun, even if the feature doesn't require any input. You can also use Turbo Mode with or without the Autospins option.
To set other game options, click the Settings icon at the top right of the game area and select "Options" from the menu. You'll be able to skip the intro video and the Playtech splash screen. You can also adjust the volume or untick the "Game sounds" box if you don't want any sound.
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Great Blue is another great offering from Playtech, but this one has just five reels. It's full of sea creatures, including angel fish, seahorses, starfish, a killer whale, a shark, a turtle and an oyster with a pearl in it. Even the playing cards have bubbles rising from them! The gameplay has some similarities to Epic Ape, so if you enjoyed the free spins and multipliers in this game, you'll love Great Blue. However, one difference is that Great Blue has a Gamble game as well; choose the colour of a playing card and you're in a game of double or quits in a great extra feature.
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Buffalo is the slot that really helped to establish Aristocrat as a major force in the gaming world, and although it's been around for ages, it's still extremely popular. It started out on physical machines in bricks-and-mortar casinos, but when games started moving online, Buffalo led the charge. The scatter is a gold coin. When this shows up between three and five times, there are up to 20 free games. During the free games, when sunsets appear on reels 2 to 4, there's a win multiplier. You can retrigger free games during free games, and get extra free games if two of the coins show up during a free game. With its nice theme of North American and Canadian wildlife and great gameplay, it’s no wonder it has remained so popular. Join the stampede and give it a go!
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Epic Ape on the go
Playtech have started using the word "omni channel" quite frequently when promoting their games. When it comes to mobile and tablet, they do deliver a completely mobile-optimised playing experience on Android, iOS and Windows phones, so we'll forgive the jargon.
Epic Ape is a great slot with a brilliant Free Games feature that will grip you like a gorilla!
Epic Ape Slot Graphics
As you would expect from the expert team at Playtech, this game doesn’t disappoint when it comes to its look and feel. The graphics are really top of the range and crystal clear. The reels are set against a lush jungle background, which is complete with fluttering fireflies floating across the screen. The rich green vegetation, thick jungle vines, winding stream and rising mist all add real atmosphere, and you can almost imagine a panther padding out or the epic ape himself suddenly appearing.
The soundtrack adds to the overall exotic and engaging theme too, with gentle pipes, drums and authentic animal and bird noises taking you right into the heart of the jungle. There is no doubt about it, you are in the mighty gorilla’s kingdom now.
Epic Ape tactics and strategy
As always with online slots, there is only so much of a strategy that players can have. Old hands may say differently, but whatever way you look at it, there is always a large element of luck and chance involved. However, one really good tip is to play for free before betting any cash. This allows you to familiarise yourself with a game, work out some tactics and also see how often bonus features are likely to be triggered. Even when you do start to bet with real money, it is always wise to start off small and work your way up when you are comfortable with a game’s unique twists and turns.
Epic Ape Free Play
This game can be played completely for free at a range of sites, including here at Slots Temple. Doing this is always a great idea. Even if you are a very experienced player, it is good to get to know a game before parting with any of your hard-earned cash. This is especially true for higher volatility games and those with as many bonus and free spin combinations as Epic Ape. Playing for free also lets you enjoy the story, theme and graphics of a game more, without the pressure of winning or losing!
Epic Ape FAQs
Can I play Epic Ape for free?
Yes, you can play this game for free at a number of sites, including here at Slots Temple. Simply search for Epic Ape free play and then get to know the game before betting any real cash
Does Epic Ape have free spins?
This game has a phenomenal free spins offering that is hard to beat. If you’re really lucky, you can win up to 100 free spins, so if free spins are your thing, then this is definitely a slot you should check out
Can I win real money playing Epic Ape?
You certainly can win real money, by playing this game at a number of well known and reputable casinos online. Make sure you only bet what you can afford to lose though!
Is Epic Ape available on mobile and tablet devices?
Playtech has optimised this game to be played on all mobile and tablet devices, including Android and iPhone, so you can enjoy it on the go wherever you like!
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|Game Name:||Epic Ape|
|Features:||Bonus Games Free Spins Wild Symbols Multipliers Scatter Symbols|
|Min Bet (all lines covered):||0.25|