It’s one of the better designs that I’ve seen lately in Microgaming’s slots collection, and it’s an exclusive slot machine, which was designed by Slingshot Studios. The game looks like the kind of modern design that I’ve always expected Microgaming to deliver, but almost never got from them. It’s time to see if the slot machine can stand up to scrutiny in other areas as well.
First, it’s a small number of lines that you can use, 10 being used on 5 reels. The slot doesn’t pay a lot either, the biggest potential jackpot being worth just 400x total stake. Even so, it manages to offer a 96.31% RTP, which means that it’s as fair as a slot gets overall, even though it doesn’t look like the rewards are well thought out. Among its features, I’d mention the free spins which have sticky wild reels, but also its re-spins with expanding wilds.
Betting and Prizes
Betting can be very cheap in Banana Odyssey, as the game lets you spend as little as $0.10 for one spin. The maximum bet goes to significantly higher values though, even up to $400 per spin ($40 per line).
With the game offering medium volatility, the rewards should’ve had more room to grow, but unfortunately they’ve been limited to a potential of up to 400x total stake in one round. It’s more of a low volatility kind of top payout, not fit for a medium title. Given the size of the wagers possible here, you could get as much as $160,000 back.
The RTP, which has been mentioned at 96.31%, is at an acceptable level. I’d consider it a plus for the game, even though most slots offer a similar percentage these days.
Banana Odyssey Slot Features
While the presence of only 10 active lines inside doesn’t give you great reason to celebrate, the game will form winning combinations starting from the right as well, not just from the leftmost reel. It increases the chances of winning combinations forming.
A Banana Planet wild will be found in the game at times, delivering an expanding wild on one of the middle three reels. This locks the reel in place, re-spinning the others. You can get additional wild reels, and more re-spins as well. The best possible result is getting three re-spins, with up to three wild reels by the end of it.
As for the free spins, you get those through scatters appearing on the same middle three columns. 10 free spins come next, where wilds have the ability to expand and remain sticky for the rest of the feature. Get those wild reels fast enough, and you could have three matching columns in the middle, to guarantee the formation of winning combinations on all lines.
Theme & Design
It’s a monkey and space themed slot machine, a mix that is not unique to this game. We’ve seen others in the past, and I’m sure more will follow in the future, but it will be tough to beat the quality of the design that we’re seeing here. The game is one of the best looking titles I’ve seen this year, and way better than what Microgaming is typically offering. It’s a good job done by Slingshot Studios here. While the Royals from the low value icons don’t give us much, the high value symbols with monkeys, jars of nuts, ray guns and other themed symbols, look quite impressive.
Banana Odyssey is a good game in a lot of ways, with superb graphics and interesting features, but I’m not happy with its 400x top payouts.