Panda Bear Themed Online Slot Games

Published on: July 4, 2013 

The panda draws curiosity all around the world. It is a species of the bear that has a small localized natural habitat. Also it is often the news because it is endangered and battling for survival. Online casino software developers look for subjects that would interest a large section of people and the panda fits the bill perfectly.

One of the earliest software providers to explore the panda theme was Cryptologic. It launched a slot game titled Double Panda. The background to the reels consists of a bamboo forests, which is the natural home of the pandas. As expected, the panda is the key symbol. It acts as a wild and also awards the highest line payout of 10,000 coins. The bamboo is the scatter symbol and awards scatter payouts. The bamboo symbol also activates the free spins bonus round. The number of free spins is awarded randomly but all are payouts are tripled. Because Double Panda was released quite some time back it does not have the slick animations of the modern day slot game. The other symbols used in the online slot game include other creatures that are also local to China. These include the snow leopard and the fox. The high value card symbols also bear a Chinese look and this enhances the thematic value of the slot game.

Playtech has recently released a panda themed online slot game titled Lucky Panda. This is an all ways slot game, in which all payline combinations pay out, but with some differences. There are four rows of symbols across the reels and players can decide the number of reels that they want to activate in any given spin. If the player activates all five reels then the Lucky Panda slot game offers 1,024 ways to win. As in the Cryptologic panda themed slot game, the symbols are based on the Chinese habitat of the panda. The Lucky Panda logo is the wild symbol, which appears only on reels 2, 3 and 4. In this game the panda is the scatter symbol. It awards scatter payouts and activates the free spins bonus round. The player is awarded 15 free spins with doubled payouts. Another unique feature of Lucky Panda is the second chance scatter. Normally three scatter symbols trigger the free spins bonus. However if there are only two panda symbols, then the reels with the panda symbols are held fixed and the remaining reels spun once again to give the player an additional chance to activate the free spins.

The software provider Microgaming has a series of online slots titled Untamed that is based on endangered species. Giant Panda is one of the slot games in the Untamed series. This is also an all ways slot game. However, it does not offer the option to select the number of reels, but has fixed 243 ways to win. Giant Panda offers a number of innovative features. In the Collect-A-Wild feature the wild symbols are accumulated on each reel. When a reel has four wild symbols it turns entirely wild for the next four spins. In the Brilliant Wilds feature, which is a part of the free spins bonus round, the wild symbols that are appear on the reels are held in place for the remaining free spins. A more interactive gamble game has also been added.

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