Banana Odyssey Slot Machine
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Developed exclusively for Microgaming by Slingshot Studios, Banana Odyssey is the long-awaited slot announced for the first time at a gaming conference at the beginning of the year 2019. It is a slot that offers 10 paylines which will provide you with a fun gaming time. It is also one of the most visually appealing games designed by the award-winning developer in the last few months.
The Banana Planet is the Wild in the slot. It only appears on the middle reels, but when it does, it triggers the Expanding Wilds feature. This feature makes the Wild cover an entire reel. The Wild replaces for other symbols on the reels, so this feature really comes in handy in the formation of the most lucrative winning combos.
When the Wild is expanded on the reel, it locks in place and rewards you with a Respin. If you manage to land another Wild, the same chain-reaction will repeat. Basically, the most you can get with the Expanding Wilds is three fully Stacked Wild Reels, providing you with the best wins.
The slot also offers Free Spins. You will need to land 3 Scatter symbols on the middle reels in order to get 10 Free Spins. Any Wild that will appear in view during the Free Spins will again fully expand. And again, it will remain locked in place throughout the feature. The Free Spins are not retriggerable, though.
Theme & Design
As mentioned in the introduction, the game is one of the best looking slots by Microgaming for this year. It presents to you the Astro-chimps, called Chip and Buck. The two are floating through space, and are surrounded by planets, including the Banana Planet. With the funky soundtrack in the background, the slot is really entertaining.
On the reels, you will see the lowest-paying multi-coloured playing cards from J through A. The more rewarding ones are the zap guns, in addition to the Astro Nuts and the protagonists Astro-chimps. The two chimps will give you 10x the stake for a 5-of-a-kind combo.
Wagering & Paylines
There are only 10 paylines in the slot, but you can form winning combos from both directions, and this will essentially double your chances. The bets start at $0.10 and go up to $400.00, meaning the betting range is suitable for both low and high-rollers.
As mentioned, the highest-paying symbols Chip and Buck give you 10x the stake for the best combo. Provided you place the maximum bet of $400.00, this means that the two Astro-chimps will provide you with $4,000.00. The maximum you could win playing the slot, though, is 400x the stake. Therefore, for the $400.00 max bet you could pocket $160,000.00.
The pay-both-ways mechanics may improve your chances for creating winning combos, but regardless of how many of them you form, the 400x the stake payout is all you can get. This max win may discourage the high-rollers, especially because you’ll need to invest $400.00 in order to get the $160,000.00.
This also means that low-rollers would not be comfortable wagering the max bet, which on the other hand means that they won’t have the chance to get to the $160,000.00. Anyways, you should try out Banana Odyssey at least once, because it is a medium variance slot, therefore, it will give you decent frequent wins for the stake you’re comfortable wagering. Thanks to its visuals and special features, you should at least try it out and see whether the payouts will work well for you.