You may come to Lemur Does Vegas for a primate in a suit, but you will probably be leaving promptly for the low RTP (95.06%) and medium volatility.
Off the back of the iconic success of King Julien of Madagascar, Spinomenal made themselves a copyright-free version, by dressing him up in a suit and sending him to Vegas.
This unusual combination of character and setting works for the most part, largely on the account of the charming character of the lemur himself. Dapper as Bertie Wooster from the P G Wodehouse novels, and even more prone to theatricality, the lemur guides the play through each of the transitions the game undergoes between spins, from the base game to the bonuses and even on the start menu.
It doesn’t make sense, but it sort of works.
The animations are the game's major visual attraction. The reels themselves and the backgrounds are somewhat lacklustre but are brought to life by the amount of three-dimensional movement the animators have woven into the game.
The music is a little underwhelming given the level of detail in the peripheral animations, but it does the job of setting a scene sufficiently well.
The gameplay is perfectly solid. The base game of five reels, three rows and twenty-five win lines is augmented with a selection of randomised features including random multipliers on winning spins and additional Wilds which may also come with multipliers.
The bonus game is a little too basic to do much for the gameplay; you can read the full details below.
The Wild symbol substitutes for all symbols except the Bonus symbol.
When the Bonus symbol lands on a reel, it lights that reel up and triggers a counter which records the bet per spin of that round at the top of the newly lit reel. This light stays in place until the Bonus Game is triggered, when all reels reset.
The Bonus Game is triggered when all five reels are lit up. The amount of the free spins and cash prizes are determined by the average of the five counters at the top of each reel.
The Bonus Game opens on a wheel of fortune, which the lemur will spin for you three times. Each spin awards either a multiplier or a number of free spins. At the end of the spins, the multiplier is applied to the counter average and a cash prize of this amount is paid out. If the number of free spins you win on the wheel is higher than zero, then the Free Spin Bonus is triggered.
During the Free Spin Bonus, any winning combination triggers a free respin. The winning symbols are locked in place and the rest of the symbols are respun. This continues until a re-spin adds no new winning symbols then the win amount is calculated.
The return to player of this game is 95.06%, this is substantially below our yardstick for average of roughly 96%.
The range of bets on the site we tested ran from a minimum bet per spin of $/£/€0.25 up to a maximum of $/£/€250.00 per spin, which is not a bad spread, though it may exclude some of the more penny-wise players.
The volatility of this game is medium, which makes it a mostly poor match for our preferred slot machine strategies, which tend to target high volatility slots.
The tragically low return to player and high minimum bet make this slot a more expensive prospect than we can recommend. The volatility is not high enough to make up for this, nor is the gameplay or visuals.
On the whole, this one is best packed up in a box and sent back to Madagascar.