A cheeky, kung-fu-loving, cartoon bear takes centre stage in Panda Pow, a Chinese-themed offering from Lightning Box Games. Boasting the developer’s usual visual flair, it comes with a bonus round that awards up to 40 free spins with extra stacked wilds added to the reels. Play from between 25p and £1,000 per spin.

We usually have little cause to grumble about the design of slots created by Lightning Box Games and Panda Pow! is another good-looking affair. The reels are set against a deep red backdrop, embossed with Chinese-style lettering. Joining the lower value K, Q, J and 10 symbols are 5 items traditionally associated with the Asian giant.

Look out for fans, lanterns and gold coins, each of which offer payouts of up to 100 coins per payline. They’re joined by a goldfish which pays up to 200 coins. Most lucrative of the standard symbols is the baby panda – perched on a tree branch, he’ll get you 2, 5, 50, 125 or 500 coins if you land 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 on 1 of the game’s 25 paylines.

There’s a second panda to keep an eye out for too – sporting a red headband, he’s a much more animated character. He serves a dual purpose too. As well as acting as a wild and replacing all other symbols, the panda is also the bonus-triggering scatter. He can land on the middle 3 reels only and hit 1, 2 or 3 symbols high. 5 or more of these panda symbols hitting on the same spin trigger the Free Games feature.

  • 5 panda scatters = 5 free spins
  • 6 panda scatters = 8 free spins
  • 7 panda scatters = 12 free spins
  • 8 panda scatters = 15 free spins
  • 9 panda scatters = 20 free spins

You’ll see special gold panda symbols added to the reels throughout the free spins. These can hit on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5 and appear in fully stacked formation. Land multiples of these on the same spin and some big rewards are possible. Finally, 5 or more scatters on a free spin will retrigger the feature with a possible 40 free spins on offer.

As we’ve come to expect from Lightning Box Games, Panda Pow is a glossy affair as far as design is concerned. The cartoon-style images are well drawn and have a nice, HD sheen. The backing track is a nice complement too, combining the developer’s standard soundtrack with the occasional hint of Asia.

This slot doesn’t hit the heights as far as innovation is concerned. The features aren’t particularly interesting but the stacked wilds make the free spins round worth hitting. It’s a perfectly solid effort though. Well designed and with a decent feature round, Panda Pow still manages to pack a decent punch. By the way – my favourite slot of theirs is Silver Lion which is definitely worth playing.