Have you watched the live feed of panda cubs from China or the animated movie “Kung Fu Panda”? This bamboo-eating, peace-loving cuddly creature is all the rage right now. Microgaming celebrates these giant pandas in the newest game in its Untamed video slots series – the Untamed Giant Panda Slot. Don’t let the panda’s cute looks fool you though – the game is as action packed as the Untamed Bengal Tiger slot. There are Lucky Nudges and Brilliant Wilds, as well as a thrilling Your Gamble feature game. All of these features add up to quite an exciting gaming session.
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|Release Date||January 2016|
|Casino||Big Fat Slots Casino|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Platform||Android App, iPhone App, Browser|
|Return to Player (RTP)||96.5%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||5 reels/ 243 paylines|
|Min/ Max Bets||30p – £4.50|
|Free Spins||Up to 10 free spins|
|Features||Free Spins, Collect a Wild, Lucky Nudge|
|Pros||Fun Lucky Nudge feature, high frequency payout|
|Cons||Theme could have been more vibrant|
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Untamed Giant Panda is a 5 reel online slot. You can choose from 15 betting levels, which ranges from £0.30 to £4.50 per spin. The game does not employ the traditional concept of paylines. Instead, there are 243 possible ways to win activated at all times.
Wins are awarded for adjacent symbol combinations, which start from the left-hand side from the screen. The paytable looks quite promising, with wins ranging from 1x to 20x your wager. You could technically score multiple ways to win in a single spin!
My favourite element of the Untamed Giant Panda slot is the Your Gamble feature. A Gamble button appears above the Spin button every time you hit a winning combination on the reels. Then, the reels make way for the Your Gamble screen.
It’s effectively a wheel of fortune, fashioned like an explorer’s radar. You’ll select how much you want to wager by toggling the + or – button. You can bet up to 20x of your winnings in the previous round, or just a portion of it. Once you’ve decided, you’ll hit spin and watch the needle go around the radar. If the needle stops in the green-coloured section of the radar, you’ll win the amount you wagered. Of course, no gamble comes without its risks. If your needle comes to rest on the red part of the radar, you’ll lose the amount gambled and exit the game.
By adjusting the amount you want to wager, you’re effectively adjusting your odds of winning. Your odds are increased by decreasing the amount you want to wager; this causes a larger portion of the radar will be coloured green. There’s one feature in this Your Gamble feature game that you should definitely make use of. There’s a “Bank” button, which allows you to save 50% of your winnings before joining the round.
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First off, there are free spins to be given away. If more than three eye/compass symbols appear anywhere on your reels, you’ll win 10 free spins. There are higher chances of netting big wins during the free spins rounds too. This is all thanks to the Brilliant Wilds feature – any Wild symbols that appear will be held sticky for the remainder of the free spins round. This dramatically increases your chances of winning!
If you’re one scatter symbol short, then there’s the Lucky Nudge feature. This feature makes sure that a scatter symbol that is only partially visible will be pushed back onto the reel. The Lucky Nudge increases your chances of triggering free spins.
The next feature in Untamed Giant Pandas slot is called “Collect a Wild”. Whenever a Wild symbol appears on the reel, it’s added to one of the boxes at the bottom of the reel. Once you collect four wild symbols, the entire reel wild will turn wild for four whole spins. One thing to note though: it takes quite a long time to collect four Wild symbols on a single reel and you can’t leave and pick up where you left off earlier. It’s almost like working for Stacked Wild symbols, while in other games like Ace Ventura, Wild symbols are programmed to appear in groups!
Being a Microgaming slot, Untamed Giant Panda slot functions excellently. The photographs of the Giant Pandas and its natural habitat are quite tastefully styled and would not look out of place on a WWF poster. It isn’t the most beautiful slot by Microgaming, although I much prefer it to the childish illustrations and hasty animations on most slots in the market. Finally, the game is built on Microgaming’s Quickfire platform, which means that it is available on both desktop and mobile.
The Microgaming Untamed series pays homage to the endangered animals. They’ve covered the Bengal tiger, the crowned eagle and the wolf pack. All of the features in this Untamed series are patent protected, which means you wouldn’t find them in any other game or with any other slot developer. However, all of the games in this series are very similar to each other, save for the animal featured on the reels and slight adjustments to how the free spins work.
Untamed Giant Panda is a spectacular slot. The base game pays out decently while the bonus features are triggered fairly often. I loved taking a spin on the Your Gamble radar every few wins as it was really quite exciting. Profitable too, if you juggled your risks and rewards well. The portraits of pandas and its habitat printed on the symbols are also a refreshing change from the cartoony slots in the marketplace. Overall, all of these elements combined give a really enjoyable gameplay experience.