Big Bear is a Playtech-powered slot with 5 reels and 243 ways to win. Playable from 10p to £500 a spin across all compatible devices like smartphones and tablets, you enter a mystical world of new experiences as it benefits from a choice of 3 free spins features which each offer a hold and extra spin feature where wilds can give you multipliers up to 36x!

Set against a dense forest, symbols on the reels include A, K, Q, J, 10 and 9 playing cards as well as fish, otters, lynxes, wolves and eagles – the latter is the most rewarding symbol giving you 10 times your stake for 5 across a payline. The big bear is the wild symbol and appears only on reels 2 and 4 – it performs the usual duties of replacing all symbols bar the scatter.

Big Bear is all about the Free Games feature which is played when 3 or more drum scatters appear anywhere on the reels – 3, 4 or 5 will reward you with 5, 10 or 40 times your stake. You then get to choose from 3 free spins options:

  • Option 1: 20 free spins. If you get a win with a wild on reel 2 or 4, you’ll benefit from a 2x multiplier. If you get a win with a wild on both reels 2 and 4, you’ll get a 4x multiplier.
  • Option 2: 15 free spins. If you get a win with a wild on reel 2 or 4, you’ll benefit from a 3x multiplier. If you get a win with a wild on both reels 2 and 4, you’ll get a 9x multiplier.
  • Option 3: 10 free spins. If you get a win with a wild on reel 2 or 4, you’ll benefit from a 4x multiplier. If you get a win with a wild on both reels 2 and 4, you’ll get a 16x multiplier.

Now, the good news is that you can retrigger the Free Games feature meaning you could play with up to 40 free spins (with a 2x or 4x wild multiplier).

Furthermore, the Hold and Extra Spin feature comes into play when a wild appears – the reel the wild appears on is held and 1 extra spin of the other reels is awarded. This means the extra spin will give you the chance to get another wild (on either reel 2 or 4) to benefit from a much bigger multiplier:

  • Option 1: a wild (on reel 2 or 4) on the extra spin will give you a 3x multiplier whilst getting 2 wilds (on reels 2 and 4) will give you a 9x multiplier.
  • Option 2: a wild (on reel 2 or 4) on the extra spin will give you a 4x multiplier whilst getting 2 wilds (on reels 2 and 4) will give you a 16x multiplier.
  • Option 3: a wild (on reel 2 or 4) on the extra spin will give you a 6x multiplier whilst getting 2 wilds (on reels 2 and 4) will give you a 36x multiplier.

Big Bear is a medium to high variance slot – in theory, you can win 2,430 times your stake on every spin if you fill the reels with the eagles. If you apply the potential 36x multiplier, you could taking home a life-changing amount. All that’s left for you to do is channel the bear and go on a journey to this mystical setting. If you like the theme, Blueprint Gaming’s Grizzly Gold is highly recommended.