Banana Odyssey is a video slot from Slingshot exclusively developed for Microgaming with 5 reels and 10 paylines that pay both ways. Released in July 2019, this game can be played at online casinos such as Twin Casino, Spinit or Dunder.
Banana Odyssey takes the monkeys in space theme, which is not brand new, and makes it look pretty good. Monkey were, of course, among the first living animals that were sent to space and as such, this theme is not too far-fetched. The two heroes here, however, look like fully fledged astronauts and seem quite enthusiastic about the mission to go to the Banana Planet. Their names are Buck and Chip, one looks like a goofball and the other looks rather fierce.
The animated space in the background is also cool to look at and the game manages to impress with a great soundtrack to enhance the theme. Honestly, among the recent slots released by smaller studios under the Microgaming umbrella, Banana Odyssey stands out and is one of the better-looking games.
Buck and Chip are the two most valuable symbols on the reels, both paying 10x our stake for a win of 5 on a payline. The remaining symbols such as a jar of nuts and a ray gun are worth less than that. We also get playing card symbols from J to A. The banana earth is the wild in the game.
You can play this game from 0.10 per spin to 400.00 per spin, which makes it suitable for all budgets.
The wild lands on reels 2, 3 and 4 only. When that happens, it expands on its reel and we get a free re-spin. Should another wild land during that re-spin, it would also expand and award another re-spin.
Since we can only get a maximum of 3 wilds on the three middle reels, we could then land the final wild and receive a final re-spin with all three wilds in place. Since the slot pays both ways, payouts can be decent when that happens.
Landing three scatters on the reels will award 10 free spins. During the free spins, the expanding wilds are also in play, however, instead of receiving a free re-spin to catch another wild, the expanding wild will now stay locked in place for the remaining free spins.
If you manage to catch a wild at all, chances of getting more are not too bad. But you can absolutely play a free spin round without catching any wilds at all, which may result in wins of no more than 4x or 5x your stake.
Also, free spins cannot be re-triggered.
The theoretical RTP (Return to Player) of Banana Odyssey is 96.31%, which is good and since this game is of medium volatility, paying both ways, it does feel as if you are regularly winning. And perhaps that is true, but overall, the payouts in this game are dreadful. We know no other game that celebrate a win of 10x your stake as a big win. And the maximum winnings in this slot are 400x your stake.
With tons of games now offering 5,000x to 100,000x your stake in a single win, you have to wonder who plays a game with such small payouts?
Sure, the theme is charming, and the animations are well done. The three expanded wilds will display our two chimp astronauts with the Banana Earth in the middle. Casual players may just opt for this game, if they are simply happy with a bunch of regular wins here and there. But any slot player who is after riskier games and bigger wins, will give this one a pass.
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