Kong Scratch

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In 2005, Universal Studios updated one of cinema’s all-time classics, “King Kong.” The new blockbuster, starring Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody, Jack Black and Thomas Kretschmann, was actually the third version of the epic story, following in the huge footsteps of the 1933 original with Fay Wray as the heroine and the 1976 makeover with Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lane. The tale of Kong’s capture on Skull Island, his transport by sea to New York for display as the “Eight Wonder of the World,” and his eventual escape and death has delighted the movie-going public for generations.

In March of 2011, software developer Playtech released a five-reel, 20-payline slot game for online casinos entitled “Kong: The 8th Wonder of the World.” The title was just one of many ways the game tied directly into the movie. The characters played by Watts, Brody, Black and Kretschmann were shown on the game reels, along with clips from the actual film. Considerable fanfare accompanied the slot as it was unveiled at Bet365, PaddyPower and casino after casino.

Playtech certainly know success when they see it, so the game developer rushed into production a new online scratch card based upon the popular slot. Today, “Kong Scratch” can be found at virtually every gaming web site where the reel version of Kong spins. In fact, a directly link is typically available on the scratch game to take players directly to the slot if they have a desire for more action that this game can provide.

As the Kong Scratch game loads, the mighty ape can be seen in his element, roaring out of the jungle foliage on Skull Island. Then the scene turns to the game itself, with the Logo in the left corner of the display, the six scratch cells on the right, Kong glaring out of the vegetation in the middle and the game controls running across the bottom of the screen. Background music from the film begins to play, punctuated by a steady drumbeat with the sound of birds singing in the distance.

To play the game, a wagering amount must be selected at the lower left corner of the screen. Using the +/- toggles that flank the “Card Value” indicator, the bet can be set between £0.50 and £10.00. To the right of the indicator is a “Shuffle” button that can be used to randomly change the card in play up to three times. Clicking on “Play” in the bottom right corner of the screen will activate the card for scratching.

There are two ways to reveal the symbols hidden beneath the card’s six scratch cells. The cursor, which resembles a gold coin, can be positioned on the cell desired. Clicking will then cause the coin to rotate and “scratch” the cell open to display its contents. Cells may be opened in any order. There is also a blue “Prize” circle immediately to the left of the cells, which must be scratched to determine the value of the prize being played for. Alternatively, clicking on “Scratch All” will instantly reveal all cells and the Prize simultaneously.

If one or more of the symbols hidden in the cells matches the Prize symbol, a cash award is paid, equivalent to whatever value is displayed for the winning symbol. There are nine different symbols in all, including three illustrated dinosaurs, the Kong Logo, a photo of Kong and the four members of the movie’s cast— Watts, Brody, Black and Kretschmann. Any time a symbol wins, it animates, the winnings are displayed in red below the game Logo and the payout is added to the “Balance” at the bottom left corner of the screen.

Kong also has an Auto Play function for up to 99 automated scratches, as well as toggles for controlling the sound and speed of play. The top prize possible is 10,000 times the stake or £100,000 at the at maximum betting limit.

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