Banana Odyssey slot review (MicroGaming)
Banana Odyssey is a Slingshot Studios online video slot with some all-too-familiar features
The theme of this slot is entertaining and also beautifully executed. It’s taken a while that we have been positively surprised by a new Microgaming slot. The visual effects, animations and design are stunning.
In Banana Odyssey, you join two tough space chimps (called Buck and Chip) in their adventures as real astronauts. Rather than Space Odyssey, it is called Banana Odyssey.
When you play the game, it won’t take long before realizing that it looks very familiar to the Starburst slot.
But fortunately, Banana Odyssey is not a complete Starburst clone. You can also win a free spins bonus. It makes this slot so much more attractive to play.
In true Starburst style, Banana Odyssey has:
- 10 paylines
- Win both ways
- Expanding wilds with retriggers
- Low to medium variance
How does the Banana Odyssey slot work?
Banana Odyssey is played on 5 reels with 3 rows of symbols. 10 fixed paylines pay from left-to-right as well as right-to-left.
The minimum bet is $€0.10, and the maximum bet is a high $€400 per spin.
The maximum prize, theoretical RTP and the variance of Banana Odyssey
The payout rate is 96.31%, which is just above the average RTP for an online slot.
The slot has capped the maximum win to $€160,000 per spin. As the maximum bet amounts to $€400, we expect that the maximum win is limited to 400 x the total bet.
The maximum win is not too high. Clearly, this slot is not a slot for those players who love to play the high variance slots.
We qualify this slot to be low (at the most low/medium). You should be over the moon if you get a prize above 200x the total bet.
You will find out quickly that the slot pays out many tiny prizes.
Symbols and payouts
Our two brown coloured monkey friends, Buck and Chip, are the highest paying symbols in the game. They are both worth 10 x the total bet if you get a 5-of-a-kind.
The laser gun and the jar filled with nuts are the medium symbols and yield, respectively 8 x and 6 x the total bet (for 5-of-a-kind).
Finally, you have the lower card symbols J, Q, K and A. If you get 5 of those, you get paid out between 2 x and 3.5 x the total bet.
These are all relatively small payouts, so aim for the two bonus features to get yourself higher prizes.
Expanding wilds with respins
On reels 2, 3 and 4, wild symbols can appear. What is so appealing here is that these wilds expand and cover the entire reel. You also get a free respin, in which all wilds remain.
You can earn up to 3 respins and 3 reels with wilds. In that case, you should hope to get one of our two monkey friends on the first reel!
Free Spins Bonus
Three scatters give you the free spins bonus: 10 free spins.
If you spin a wild, it becomes sticky. It stays for the remaining free spins.
It is not possible to retrigger the free spins.
Do you want some massive wins with this free spins bonus? In that case, hope for the sticky wilds in one of the first spins.
Our verdict on Banana Odyssey
Banana Odyssey looks very good and is well balanced.
It is not too over the top when it comes to visuals and sounds, but just right. The theme is original, and it is worked out beautifully, from the beginning until the end.
The game itself does not score high marks for originality. We have seen the same features many times before.
If you like Starburst with a twist (a free spins bonus), you will have a lot of fun with Banana Odyssey.
The slot is low to medium variance: ideal for players who prefer to avoid too much risk.
3.5 out of 5 stars.
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