The tropical jungle of the Far East is the setting for Rich Panda, a wild animal-themed slot from Genesis Gaming. Played using a 5 reel, 4 row game engine, it offers 1,024 ways to win. The game also comes with a bonus feature that awards up to 40 free spins complete with wild multipliers that can combined to boost payouts by up to 64x. Play from between 40p and £100 per spin.
Green bamboo trees form the backdrop to the reels in Rich Panda which have a slight Asian feel – symbols on show include lower value playing cards which are joined by a cast of cartoon-style wild animals. In order of value, look out for a pair of koi carp, a furry rodent and a leopard.
The panda is the most rewarding standard symbol. 5 of these on adjacent reels will get you an award of 7.5 times your total stake. The black and white Tao symbol is the game’s wild – it doesn’t offer any payouts but it does replace everything apart from the scatter.
The water lily is that scatter – 3, 4 or 5 of these anywhere on the reels awards 2, 10 or 20 times your total stake. You’ll also trigger the Rich Panda Free Spins feature and get 8, 15 or 20 free spins. This is where the game gets potentially much more interesting.
Thrown into the mix during the feature are a series of multiplier wilds – they can land on the middle 3 reels only and can double, treble or quadruples payouts. Better still is if multiple wild multipliers land on the same free spin as their values are combined.
For example, the 2x multiplier and 3x multiplier would result in a 6x boost for all wins on that free spin. Of course, what you’re hoping for is a hat-trick of 4x multipliers which would combine for a 64x rocket! Land 2, 3, 4, or 4 scatters during the feature and you’ll receive another 5, 8, 15 or 20 free spins taking your potential total to 40.
We often say that a game is all about the feature and that’s certainly the case with Rich Panda – the base game action is solid enough but Rich Panda comes into its own in the Rich Panda Free Spins feature thanks to the multipliers.
The design is simple but effective – the wild animals are nicely done and there are some nifty animations to herald big wins. The gentle soundtrack has a lilting Asian flavour too. This isn’t the most complex slot you’ll see as far as design or features go.
It’s an entertaining one though, combining nice imagery with a potent feature. Get lucky there and the Rich Panda can live up to its name if the fortune gods are pointing in your direction. Pandas seem to feature on many slots with NextGen Gaming’s Pandamania recommended.