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Multiway Xtra Winning Setup and Multiplier Wilds
IGT have used a popular setup for this pokie, with a new jungle inspired theme. Multiway Xtra pokies have reels in a diamond configuration. There are 5 reels, different numbers of rows on each – in a 3-4-5-4-3 shape. With all-ways wins in place, you get 720 potential combinations from left to right, at the cost of just 50c per spin and up. The symbols on this game are exotic – with parrots, toucans and panthers sharing the reels. As well as multiple winning opportunities, you’ll find multiplier wilds and a free spins game which can keep going for a long time.
Highlights of this Multiway Xtra pokie
The main appeal of this pokie is your potential for a huge (and profitable!) free spins bonus. With golden panther symbols needed on all 5 reels to trigger this – you might think this is rare. This is not the case, as those symbols appear frequently. You will often see more than one on each reel, which plays a significant part in determining how many free spins you get.
You’ll get 8 free spins for one golden symbol on each reel. With all-ways wins in play, you’ll effectively add 8 more spins for every additional panther. The maximum number of spins you can trigger from the base game is an impressive 96.
You’ll hear the music change from the ambient jungle track in the base game to an intensive tune – and see a counter for your spins on the top left (in the live pokie). You can keep retriggering every time you hit a golden panther on each reel, with those extra panthers adding 8 spins each.
On the middle 3 reels you will see symbols with a turquoise background saying ‘2x’. These are wild symbols – and as usual substitute for regular symbols to create extra wins. These double your wins, effectively counting as 2 of the substituted symbols when they form winning combinations.
You’ll find these wilds active in both the base game and the free spins. If you get them on all 3 of the middle reels, you will trigger multiple wins with the symbols on reel 1.
There are a lot of pokies with the Multiway Xtra setup these days. Popular titles include Fire Opals and Siberian Storm. Some of these games have wins in both directions, though Prowling Panther only pays from left to right.
You’ll bet in increments of 50c, with 720 winning combinations. Any sequence of three or more symbols on consecutive reels (starting on the left) will trigger a win.
As you might expect, panther symbols have the biggest single prize. These show a majestic panther facing you. There is an animation and roar effect when you win with them. 5 panther symbols will pay 500 coins, with this the only symbol paying all the way down to just 2 from the left.
The other high paying symbols show birds. There is a toucan (250 coins) and red parrot (175 coins). Playing card symbols are used for the smaller prizes.
As you could expect from IGT, the production of this poker machine is top quality. Around the reels is a bright green jungle scene, with sunlight piercing the canopy. The logo shows the dark outline of a panther, which appears to be stalking prey right on top of the wording.
All the animal symbols are nicely drawn, though they do get a little swamped by the playing cards on many spins. Only the panther symbols are animated. This is an effective animation which might make you jump the first time you see it!
Ambient jungle sounds and mellow music play while you spin for the base game. As usual, the free spins bonus sees the music change and become more intensive.
This is part of a group of pokies from IGT with very similar game play and different takes on exotic themes. While there is not much in terms of features to set it apart from other Multiway Xtra games, the theme is nicely produced and is bound to have its fans. Multiplied wilds add interest to the base game. If you can line up the bigger paying symbols with 2 or 3 of these, the potential for giant hits is there. With up to 255 free spins every time you hit the feature, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to line up those big cats!