South Park Reel Chaos is the second instalment in NetEnt's officially licensed South Park slots series and, like the original, it's a whole lot of fun. This time around, the game draws on the antics of the boys taking on the role of heroes and villains like The Coon, Mintberry Crunch and Professor Chaos.
There's no doubt that the visual style and sense of humor is a bit on the silly side, but we'd expect nothing less from a South Park slot. The game's jackpot isn't quite on par with NetEnt's original South Park title but, at over half a million coins, it's still a biggie. So, is this a sequel that's worth ditching the original for or not?
South Park Reel Chaos is the follow-up to the hugely popular officially licensed NetEnt South Park slot. This time around, the boys are playing superheroes and supervillains (as they have done in the show in seasons 12 and 13) and the mini-games, background music etc. all reflect this.
The game's 600,000 coin jackpot is a little lower than the original South Park slot, but still pretty impressive, and Reel Chaos has only 20 paylines instead of the 25 lines that appear in the first game of the series.
South Park Reel Chaos's format is about as simple as it gets – 20 paylines, 5 reels and 3 rows. For the most part, play feels very much the same as the first South Park slot but there are times when you feel like a result should result in a win but doesn't.
For example, during standard play we landed 3 wilds on reels 2, 3 and 4 but didn't come away with a win because of the relative shortage of paylines. This can be a little frustrating if you're used to playing games with 50 or more paylines, but it's not a huge problem as it only makes things more exciting when you do land a win.
The game itself looks great and everything from the reel icons – featuring Kenny, Stan, Kyle, Cartman, Butters and all of the rest of the gang – to the bonus rounds and even the slot's background look like they've been pulled straight out of the show. And, as you'd expect from an official slot, all of the original voice actors from the show contribute to the game's audio.
In any other situation, five bonus features would be something to celebrate. But, because the original South Park boasted a huge eight of them, you might find yourself wishing for just a little more variety.
Several of the game's bonus features – Kenny's Multiplier, Stan's Multiplying Re-spin, Kyle's Overlay Wilds and Cartman's Stacked Wilds – appear randomly during the main game, which is always a nice surprise.
It's pretty obvious from their names what each of these features does – with the possible exception of Kyle's Overlay Wilds, which randomly generates between 3 and 5 wilds on the reels – but it is worth pointing out that they can result in some very nice wins.
Stan's Multiplying Re-spin in particular has huge potential, as a progressive multiplier can build up to 10x with every losing re-spin that's triggered. It's just a shame that you can't predict when these features are going to strike, or have more choice over which feature to go with.
The game's main bonus feature is the Mintberry Crunch Epic Bonus Spins round (what a mouthful!). Here players receive free spins while Mintberry Crunch battles up to four enemies, ultimately facing off against the evil Professor Chaos. With each enemy defeated, a multiplier builds up to a possible 4x.
What's interesting here is that the original South Park boasts several dedicated bonus rounds with a couple of in-game extras, while the focus here is on the in-game features with only one dedicated bonus round. What you want out of your bonus features will therefore have a huge impact on whether you prefer this sequel or its predecessor.
As we've already mentioned above, the jackpot in South Park Reel Chaos is a big step down from the original game. At 600,000 coins, it's actually just shy of half the first South Park slot's jackpot.
However, we can't imagine anyone complaining all that much if they do manage to land what's still a very respectable jackpot! With this lower jackpot and more in-game features, the slot is also a little less volatile than the original game so you might well prefer it if you like to rack up lots of smaller wins than chase one huge prize.
Whether you prefer the first slot in NetEnt's South Park series or South Park Reel Chaos will most likely down to a few key factors including size of jackpot, how volatile you like your games and whether you prefer in-game features or dedicated bonus rounds.
The good news is that, whichever you prefer, one game is sure to make you happy. Changing up the classic formula that seems to have worked so well in making the first South Park slot might seem strange, but it's actually a very sensible move when you consider how it opens up the franchise to different styles of players.
A hefty jackpot, plenty of bonus features (Mintberry Crunch's Epic Bonus Spins in particular are a lot of fun) and simple, straightforward mechanics mean that this is a very worthy follow-up to the original South Park slot.