Fri, Oct 26, 2:26pm by William Brown
Last Updated Wed, May 13, 4:18am
Wildlife themed pokies are popular in both online casinos and live. Panda Magic takes the iconic bears – and includes them in the Dragon Link pokies range. This is not the only animal on the reels. You’ll find a tiger and a rooster on the reels too.
Bonus features include a free spins round. During this, the lower-paying symbols are removed from the reels – boosting your shot at a big win. There is also a hold and spin bonus. This awards cash prizes and jackpots. If you fill the entire grid of reels the linked ‘grand’ progressive will be coming your way.
Aristocrat has not made its Dragon Link range of pokies available for online casino play. It is hoped that they will come online in the future. This would allow you to play Panda Magic and many other titles either for real money or in demo mode on your desktop or mobile devices.
Dragon Link pokies including Panda Magic have a setup which is both simple and flexible. The simple part is the 5 reel, 3-row setup. Wins are triggered by hitting 3 symbols from the left (only the tiger needs 2) on a win-line.
Flexibility comes in selecting how many win-lines and what coin size you want to spin for. Panda Magic has a choice of coin size between 1c and 10c, with 25+ win-lines. At the lowest denominations, you’ll need to spin at least 50 lines. $1 and $2 denominations can be played with only 5 win-lines.
Panada symbols are wild. You can’t create wins with these alone, as they don’t appear on reel 1. Instead, these are used to substitute for the other regular symbols. They often cover entire reels – triggering multiple pay lines. Look out for the animation when these symbols get involved in a win. You’ll see the pandas thoughtfully chewing on a bamboo shoot.
The unique symbols all share a top prize. These are the tiger, rooster, traditional sailing boat and flower. Bold playing card symbols kings down to nines trigger smaller wins.
All pokies in this range have 2 features. One – the hold and spin – is the game that brings the range together. This is separate from the main pokie. It involves fireballs which award cash prizes and progressives.
The second feature is a free spins game. This is the same game that you’ll find on some other Dragon Link slots. During this bonus, all the lower-paying symbols disappear from the reels. This gives you a better shot at both big wins and triggering the hold and spin bonus.
While you spin the reels, one or more glowing fireballs will often appear. These show either numbers or the name of the jackpot prizes. Often, these simply block wins with the regular symbols. When you get 6+ on a single spin, you’ll trigger an exciting bonus feature.
Hold and Spin features see the regular symbols get greyed out. Your objective is to fill as much of the screen as possible with fireballs. You are given 3 spins, which reset back to 3 each time you hit a new fireball.
You keep on spinning until one of two things happen:
1) You run out of spins, in which case all the prizes showing are awarded.
2) You fill the entire grid of 15 spaces with fireballs. Now you win both the prizes shown and the biggest (Grand) progressive jackpot.
Hitting 3+ of the pot symbols awards the free spins bonus. You also get a scatter win, based on the number of pots in view. The top scatter prize is 100x your triggering spin.
6 free spins are awarded, with 3+ pots retriggering for 3 more spins each time. During this bonus, the lower-paying playing card symbols are removed from the reels. This gives you a better shot at lining up big wins. Proportionally, there are more wilds and more high paying symbols. There are also more fireballs. This gives you a better shot at triggering the hold and spin bonus from within the free spins.
You can win 4 jackpot prizes on Panada Magic. The biggest of them are progressives. The grand progressive is shared between all the Dragon Link pokies in a casino. This starts at $10,000 and often goes much higher. The major progressive increases on an individual machine. You might see 3 Dragon Link games next to each other with different amounts for the major. When this hits $1000 it stops increasing. You can win this by getting a fireball with ‘Major’ on it during the hold and spin.
Two smaller prizes will change depending on which denomination you play for. These are won by getting balls with ‘Mini’ or ‘Minor’ on during the hold and spin. You can win multiple jackpots in a single hold and spin bonus round.
Wilds on Aristocrat pokies often appear on all 5 reels. Panada Magic only features them on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5. This means you can’t create wins with wilds on their own. Big wins will come your way in Panada Magic those times you cover entire reels and link up the higher paying symbols from reel 1.
No. At the moment the Dragon Link pokies, including Panda Magic, are only available in live casinos. When they move online casinos, a demo / free-play version is expected to be available.
Only stacked wilds make the base game different to many other pokies. The interesting parts of the gameplay for this pokie are the 2 bonus features – a hold and spin and separate free spins feature.
This game features bright and clear graphics, making it ideal for playing on an iPhone or Android smartphone. It is not yet available online. You can enjoy many classic games from the Aristocrat pokies catalogue in mobile slot format.