Our laws and systems work under the assumption that nobody can cheat them so effectively that they can put so much pressure on the aforementioned system that they can evade consequences for their actions. It works, for the most part, but sometimes, things don’t work out. Such is the case with the evil Mr Romano, whose wealth and connections allowed him to kidnap an innocent monkey – and so it’s up to the crew of Lake’s Five to save him. The game offers gamblers a medium to high volatility, with a jackpot worth 2,160x the wager, as well as two special features – a free spins round with a lot of Wild bonuses and a re-spin feature.
Yet again, it’s the little things that we find draw our attention when playing Elk video slots. The backdrop is entirely static, except for a few elements, which are used rather cleverly to bring life to the visuals. The large spotlights pierce through the sky, drawing your attention towards the massive Romano tower which dominates the city beneath it. The second small detail is the very small animation of the city smog slowly shifting and moving, being carried by the wind. If you have a real eye for detail, you may notice cars on the street flash their lights at each other as they’re trying to escape that never-ending traffic jam. The symbols are entirely unique, which we quite liked. You have a first aid kit, a fish-bowl with a priceless diamond inside of it, five members of the Lake’s Five group – the elephant, the crocodile, the bird, the goldfish and the monkey all make an appearance. On the gameplay side of things, the slot relies on its offered bonuses to help make it more exciting. Regular spins usually don’t result in anything solid, which is due to the fact the title has a medium-to-high variance.
Collecting two Scatters on the same turn will make Mr Lake, the moose, appear and transform the Scatters into re-spin Wilds. The reels that contain Wilds slowly lower themselves by one step each turn while the rest of the reels re-spin entirely. This continues until you trigger the Heist free spins or only one Scatter remains on the playing field. The extra turns are triggered when you have three Scatters up at the same time. The group attempts to break into Mr Romano’s office to break their monkey comrade free. You’re awarded ten free spins, and your task is to collect keys on the first, third and fifth reel. Collecting three keys on the first reel rewards Walking Wilds, which move once to the right on every free spins. Three keys on the third reel created sticky Wilds which stay in place and three keys on the fifth reel triggers Climbing Wilds, which move upwards one row at a time on every free spins. Once all three features are unlocked, the monkey escapes and gives gamblers 9 more free spins to celebrate.
We liked the theme and the use of animals helped give it a slight comedic tone that we think ELK Studios was going for. While the graphics were good, the real star of the show, in our opinion, was the gameplay. The features are fun, but rare enough for gamblers to appreciate them and pay handsomely for your troubles. With an RTP of 96.3%, players will find themselves enamored with this ELK Studios release.