For a slot which is based on one joke (cold climate birds on a tropical beach), this game has plenty of entertainment value. It is not the newest design, though not a retro slot either. Penguins are wearing garlands of flowers, and tiki masks are involved. This indicates that the paradise the penguins found is Hawaii.
You can win money via a penguin surfing bonus game – where you will choose tricks for your penguin to perform. There is also a free spins bonus game which sees any wins tripled. Add in some wild and scatter wins and you’ll find Penguins in Paradise to be a fresh and entertaining game.
It is often possible to judge the age of an online slot by the number of win-lines crossing the reels. This one has 25, which ties in nicely with the graphics (not too old, not new either). These lines can be adjusted, as can your coin size. You can use a fully configurable auto-play if you wish.
As you might expect, penguins are the highest paying symbols. A female, wings up as if dancing and wearing a flower necklace is the single best paying symbol. She will bring you 5,000 coins for 5. A chilled-out penguin wearing sunglasses and enjoying a drink is next at 1000 coins for the full set. Both of these symbols pay all the way down to 2 of a kind. The tiki mask and 2 palm trees symbol complete the set of higher paying images. These are worth 500 for 5.
Playing card symbols, some of which are decorated by tropical flowers, make up the smaller ‘filler’ wins.
A big penguin, wings folded, is the wild (substitute) and the bonus symbol. This only appears on reels 2, 3 and 4. It completes wins with all the regular symbols listed above. When you win with this wild, you will see a short animation where he surfs. If you hit all 3 of these in a single spin, the second screen Penguin Surfing bonus game is triggered.
Scatters are a cocktail which includes a fish (I’m guessing this is delicious for a penguin!). This scatter has two roles. First, 2 or more trigger a win, which is based on a multiplier of your total spin amount. You will get 100x that bet for 5 of a kind. Second, 3 or more will trigger the free games bonus feature. As an extra treat, any wins with this symbol will see the fish jump out and do a backflip.
The surfing bonus is a simple picks game. You’ll see the big penguin come into view, surfing ahead of a giant wave. Your task is to click one of 3 buttons, which show tricks (think 360 or Ariel). You get to choose 2 of these. After each trick 3 penguins pop up from the bottom of the screen holding placards with scores on them. These are multiples of your bet amount. If you wipe-out during a trick, you get a smaller consolation prize instead.
Free spins see the background of the reels turn to a night view. There is also a tune playing for these, though it did not sound particularly tropical for me! You get 10 free spins, with a 3x multiplier on any wins. You can retrigger this bonus with 3+ scatters during play.
Around the reels you will see a vivid blue sea, with the beach of a tropical island off to the right. The reels are set in a bamboo frame, adorned with yellow flowers. The penguins are reasonably detailed – enough to bring out a little character in each one. They certainly look like they are enjoying the tropical experience.
The cocktail is my favorite symbol, thanks to the animation of the fish jumping out. This lands with a splash sound. The main penguin is also animated. Most of the sounds are generic electronic win noises – though you do get some effects for the surf game and free spins.
This Amaya slot is an entertaining enough game to want to return to. The ‘joke’ works well thanks to characterful penguins and enough going on to keep you engaged. There are extra wild wins during the base game, plus two bonus rounds. While the surfing penguin game might be unique, it is the free spins with tripled wins which will probably give your bankroll the bigger boost!