Pandamania is a 5-reel Video Slot game from the NextGen Gaming stable. The game offers 25 paylines and has a 95.53% RTP. Desktop and mobile devices both support the software, so players can access this entertainment from wherever they are. The coin value range is 0.25 to 50.00 with 1 coin bet per activated payline so the highest Jackpot is 3000 coins, but the game can also be enjoyed for free. This gives players a chance to try it out and see if they like it enough to put money down, and to practice their spinning skills.
Pandamania Theme, Look and Feel
Pandamania is set in a zoo-like landscape that features cages and a waterfall, with the reels themselves set in a big top tent. The Panda protagonists are trying to escape captivity, and this forms the central idea for the game. The bears themselves appear in the introductory sequence pulling ice-cream carts that they have taken control of, while the Zookeeper appears tied up on the reels.
The other 3 higher symbols are a bag of sweets, the same ice cream cart without the Panda and some zoo tickets. The 6 lower-value symbols are the 9, 10, J, Q, K and A which are depicted with an animal print on the font. There are also eye-catching animations, including coins raining down whenever a winning spin occurs. The introduction comes complete with atmospheric animal sounds, and all other action in the game has enhancing sound effects.
Special Symbols and Features in Pandamania
The game’s Wild Symbol is the Panda itself, and it can substitute for any regular icon to create winning combinations. In addition to Wilds coming up on their own, the Escaped Panda Feature sees the bear peddling across the screen to the sound of the ice-cream cart and adding 1 or more Wilds to the reels. The combinations on screen are then re-evaluated for wins.
The Pick Me Feature involves images of padlocks on bars with the words Pick Me above them, which the Wild cannot stand in for. These appear on Reels 2, 3 and 4 only and when 3 appear at once they trigger the Bonus Game. Players get to choose one of the Padlock pictures and, taking the idea of the escaping Panda even further, a bear will appear and remove the lock and bars. This will award a simple cash prize relative to the player’s stake, a cash prize plus the chance to pick again or both of these resulting in 3 cash prizes.
The other symbol that the Wild can’t substitute for is the Pandamania sign Scatter Symbol. At Jackpotcity NZ when 3 or more appear anywhere on the reels, players are awarded 10 Free Spins. Any wins in this round are subject to a 2x Multiplier, and all Bonus Symbols are more common now as well. This means more Scatter Symbols can retrigger more Free Spins, and more Padlocks and Escaped Pandas appear.
Optional Gamble Feature
At the end of a round, the Gamble Feature can provide the finishing touch for players. Here, correctly guessing the colour of a playing card will double their winnings, while correctly guessing the suit will quadruple them. The gambling aspect comes in the fact that an incorrect pick means the player has to forfeit everything. Players should think carefully about using this feature, but it can be a great way to round off some exciting spinning.