Panda Power Slots Machine
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Stacked Animated Pandas Feature on this Classic Asian Casino Slot
When it comes to solid Asian themed slots, you can trust Konami to deliver. The Panda Power slot machine is not the most complex game – though the game play and animations are top class. Central to the theme are panda symbols, which give you a cute cartoon-style roar every time you win with them. You will also find other classic Asian symbols on the reels. These include water lilies, koi carp and traditional turtles.
Stacked symbols are key to big wins from Panda Power. These come in long strips on the reels, meaning that you’ll often cover entire reels with them. There is a free spins bonus game, triggered by special gold coin symbols. With a few retriggers, you can easily end up with a big win!
How Panda Power Works – In Black and White
40 win-lines is the default for this game, though it is possible to configure it for 10, 20 or 30. The reels use the regular 5 by 3 format. You can bet from 1c per line (40c per spin minimum) and up from there as high as your casino will allow.
Pandas are both the highest paying symbols, and are wild – replacing any of the other regular symbols to create more wins. Being stacked on the reels, you will often hit multiple wins from the same spin with the pandas. You’ll be treated to a cute (mock-fierce!) animation when those wins occur. If you are lucky enough to cover all 5 reels in panda symbols, you are looking at the max win x40. This is sure to trigger the big win animation where coins spew in from either side of the reels.
High paying symbols include a goose in mid-flight, koi carp with a curved tail, cheerful looking turtle and a bright pink lily. Smaller wins come from the playing card symbols. These are standard designs, though they work quite well to balance the more colourful / complex symbols.
Gold Coin Scatter / Bonus Symbols
Bonus games are triggered by gold coins with Chinese writing on them. These are scatter symbols, meaning that they are not tied to the win-lines. You need 3 of these anywhere in view on the reels to trigger the free spins bonus game. That gets you 10 free spins, with additional spins (as well as bigger scatter wins) for 4 or 5 on the triggering spin.
Those free spins move fast, and stacked symbols can help you to trigger a lot of wins. If you get 3+ scatters during play, you will get an additional 10 free spins. There is no smaller retrigger for 2 symbols like you will find on some other Konami slots.
What I like about this bonus game is that you are literally just 1 spin away from covering the screen. This can be with 1 stacked symbol, wild (panda) symbols – or a combination of the two. While it does increase the volatility a little, you will balance this with the excitement of a potentially big win.
Mock-Fierce Panda Animations
The main attraction for the design is the panda symbol. This is over-sized compared to the others, and has a cute animation when you hit a win. The Panda will raise its head, roar (well, half roar, half smile!) and then go back to it’s resting position. If you have a lot of these on the screen, this can be an entertaining effect.
This is the only animated symbol, with flashing and win-line markers the only other effects for regular wins. These symbols are smart enough, though they do not stand out from a graphics or design perspective. Production for spins, wins and the bonus game trigger is professional and smooth as you would expect from Konami.
Can the Panda Power Slot Deliver You a Giant Win?
This game ticks all the right boxes for a classic Asian themed slot. At the same time, it does nothing to stand out from the crowd, in terms of either the features or the design. The cute panda animation is sure to have some appeal. Even if you are not into furry bears, the fact that these pandas come stacked on the reels (and are wild) can only be a good thing. If you are lucky enough to get more than one stacked reel in place at the same time – you can trigger a lot of wins from a single spin.