Thu, Jul 18, 1:19am by Charlotte Lee
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:12pm
The Panda is one of the most loved creatures in nature, the distinctive markings of the bear around its eyes and ears making it instantly recognisable. The Panda is native to south central China, which gives this Ainsworth pokie the Asian theme. Joining the panda on the pokie reels are a series of other Eastern symbols such as the Yin and Yang symbol, a gold coin, a lotus flower, a pagoda, gold ingot and a picturesque waterfall.
Panda King is a unique Ainsworth slot which includes one of the more interesting bonus features you’ll find at the casino. You get to choose how many wild symbols appear on the reels. Here’s a look at the highlights:
Look out for the Yin and Yang scatter symbol which appears on all five reels during the base game. Land 3, 4 or 5 scatters anywhere on the reels and you’ll win 3x, 20x and 100x your total stake respectively, as well as activating the free spins.
Before you start the free spins, you’ll have the following choice to make:
These make for some interesting options. The high risk, high reward option is the 8 free spins, where there are now effectively 6 wilds in play – yes, you’ve got fewer spins, but when you win, you’ll win big. The 12 free spins are the ‘safest’ of the options, with effectively 4 wilds on the reels.
During the free spins you’ll also see the addition of a new ‘fortune’ symbol. This new symbol is an interesting one, as any wins you land with 2 or 3 wilds included will be multiplied by 2x or 3x respectively.
The free spins can be retriggered at any time. Land 3 or more Yin and Yang symbols during the free spins and you’ll win the same number of spins as awarded originally in your chosen option.
Panda King is a five-reel pokie with three rows of symbols on each reel and 20 win-lines. Each spin comes at the cost of 20 credits, bet multipliers can be added for larger cost spins.
The panda plays an important role in the game. First it acts as the wild symbol, substituting for any other symbol on the reels apart from the scatter. Second, it’s the highest paying symbol, worth 1,000 coins for the maximum five in a row. The panda is also the only symbol to offer a pay-out for landing just two in a row. The waterfall is next on the pay table, paying 300 coins, followed by the gold coin at 200 coins. The lotus flower, the pagoda and the gold ingot complete the themed symbols, joined by the playing card symbols 9, 10, J, Q, K and A on the reels.
The setting for Panda King shows a clearing surrounded by large bamboo shoots. In the middle of the clearing is a large rock, and this is clearly where the Panda feels at home. The panda itself appears above the spin button, as well as on the reels, where you’ll see the creature happily munching on bamboo any time you land a win.
The reels are made of bamboo and are transparent, ensuring the colourful symbols and the eye-catching backdrop can both be seen clearly.
Ainsworth has produced a fun and strategic pokie in Panda King. This 20-line game offers up big win opportunities in the base game, especially with that panda wild on all five reels and the wins associated with it. The slot offers up a level of strategy too, on entering the free spins bonus feature. Do you want to be bold and take the six wilds, or enjoy more free spins? Whichever option you take, the feature is sure to be a money spinning one.