First thing we thought of when we laid our eyes on the latest NextGen title is the famous Monsters Inc. animated movie, released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2001. Maybe because the logo and the animated monsters used in this slot much look like the ones used in the film.
Even though monsters were always used to frighten children especially right before bedtime, the ones used in Monster Wins slot are too damn cute to frighten anyone, thanks to the colourful graphics and lots of smiling faces.
The reels are set in an alien-like environment, in front of a big hole where the Boss Monster waits for his chance to appear and award gamers with some lucrative payouts, since, as the developers say, “Monsters can be your best friend” in this game.
Monster Wins slot is brought to us by NextGen, members of the NYX Gaming Group since 2011. The company was originally established in 1999 with headquarters in London and operational offices in Stockholm and Sydney. NextGen developers have been busy little bees lately, releasing a bunch of new slots like King Kong, Giant Gems, Wolfpack Pays and Robin Hood Prince of Tweets. Over the years, they managed to create more than 600 games available in casinos all around the world.
How To Play It
The 2016 release offers 1024 ways to win with a fixed bet of 50 coins per spin. Coin value can be altered and it goes from $0.01 to $2.00, meaning that the minimum bet is $0.50, while the maximum stake is $100. To start winning simply try to land a winning combination on consecutive reels starting from the leftmost reel, since the game pays left to right. Autoplay offers up to 100 automatic spins whenever you get tired of spinning the reels.
You will be pleased to know that there are no playing cards symbols in Monster Wins slot, since the reels are populated with some cute-looking monsters. Most important of them is the Monster Boss presented as a five-eyed monster that comes in stacks and is the highest paying symbol in basegame. The four-eyed violet monster and the three-eyed orange monster are also important to mention, while all the other creatures function as low-value symbols.
The Wild symbol appears only on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5 and will substitute all symbols except Scatter, which is the highest paying symbol in the game and is crucial for the Bonus Round.
Unleash the Boss Monster feature will be triggered every time players manage to land a full-reel stack of Boss Monster symbols on reel 1. When this occurs, several other symbols on different reels will be turned into Boss Monster symbols, rewarding gamers with some nice Boss Monster wins.
If three or more Bonus Scatter symbols appear anywhere on the reels, the Free Games feature will be triggered, awarding you with 3 free spins during which a stack of Boss Monster will appear on reel 1 and stick there throughout the entire feature, allowing the Boss Monster to turn random symbols into Boss Monster symbols, creating opportunities for a number of winning combinations. Free Games can be retriggered at any time.
A Gamble feature is available after every winning in which you can multiply your winnings in a card game, picking a correct colour or the suit of the hidden card. Take great care while gambling, because, even though you can be awarded with a decent amount of money, you can easily lose everything, since it is quite hard to predict the pattern of the hidden cards.
As already mentioned, Bonus Scatter symbol pays the most, awarding players with 2500 coins for a five-of-a-kind combination. In the base game, Boss Monster is the highest-paying icon, and, thanks to the 1024 ways to win and the Unleash the Boss Monster feature with stacked Boss Monster symbols, gamers can be awarded with some lucrative payouts.
Due to colourful cartoon-like animations, we had the sense of watching our favourite Monster Inc. animated movie while playing this NextGen title. Even though they seem friendly enough, these funny-looking creatures tend to eat lots of your coins, since winning combinations, although landed often, are not as high as the initial bet in most cases.
The betting range can be attractive to a wide audience, while the maximum possible win seems quite lucrative, but very hard to reach. Taking everything into consideration, the visual appearance and some interesting additional features make Monster Wins slot a decent game, fun for playing, but we were far from impressed when it comes to payouts.