Picnic Panic Slot

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Some friendly looking ants are causing quite a stir in this entertaining online slot from Amaya. The theme revolves around a picnic, which has been invaded by ants. They try to carry off the food, while you are trying to line up the winning symbols. These ants look cute compared to the real thing, though the reaction of the guy eating the picnic suggests that they are anything but cute!

There are two bonus games to enjoy. The first sees you picking food items, which are then carried off by a small army of ants. The second is a free slot game – with a variable number of spins triggered by ants crawling over the reels.


Packing Your Picnic: How the Game Works

Symbols in this game are a mix of ants and food. You can see a huge ant waving at you from the top left of the reels. Those reels follow a very standard setup – 5 reels, each with 3 rows of symbols. There are 25 win-lines, and a wide range of bet sizes too.

A cool ant wearing sunglasses is the symbol you’ll want to see most. This is both the highest paying image, and the substitute symbol. You’ll get 7500 coins for 5 of a kind, 1500 for 4 and receive prizes all the way down to 2 from the left. This symbol will also substitute for any regular symbol to create extra wins. The only exception is the scattered sneaky ant.

An ant wearing glasses with grass behind is next in the list of prizes. This is worth 1000 coins for 5. Another ant, this one with a tie, comes next at 500. The guy panicking at a picnic table, plus 2 ants together complete the higher paying symbols. Both are worth 250 coins for 5.


Food items replace playing card symbols to make up the smaller wins.

The Sneaky Scatter Ant – Either the sneaky ant is huge, or the slice of cake he is carrying away is very small! This happy looking ant is a scatter symbol, and will pay for the total number in view on the reels. You only need 2 to trigger a win (1x your total bet). 5 of these will get you a generous 100x your total bet amount. Best of all, 3 or more of the sneaky scatter ants consecutively from left to right will trigger the Picnic feature.


Bonus Games: Picnic Feature and Free Spins

The Picnic feature is a second screen bonus which has some entertaining animations. You see a picnic blanket, with 5 plates of food. Your task is to select 3 of them, one at a time. When you click on one, a small army of ants appear and carry the food (plate and all) away. This reveals a prize, which is a multiple of your total spin amount. After you collect 3 plates, a board appears adding your wins together.

Free spins starts with all of the food and drink symbols on the reels for the triggering spin changing to reveal a number of free spins. These are added together to reveal the total number of spins. These then start automatically. You can see your total (accumulated) wins below the reels.


Cute Ants and Cartoon Design

Everything about the design for this game is bright and vibrant. Above the reels the red logo is surrounded by fruit, and grass and trees can be seen around the reels. A smiling ant waves at you from above the reels. The symbols are cartoon-like and colorful. The ants stand out, with some real character! I like the scatter ant, who looks very pleased as he runs away holding that giant slice of cake. There are small animations within the symbols.

It is the Picnic feature where the animations take on a new level. This is worth checking out the slot for alone. A small army of ants taking away the food might not be so realistic, though it is very entertaining.

Sounds include some ‘plink plink’ noises that go with the ants – though are mostly generic. There is a tune that plays during the free spins game too.


Should You Risk a Picnic Panic?

I enjoyed this slot, which has a light and endearing look and feel. You’ll have plenty of chances of making your picnic a big payday too. The top prize of 7500 coins is good for a 25 win-line slot. You can also accumulate wins during the free spins feature. The best feature is the Picnic bonus, where you can win multiples of your bet when ants carry away the food.

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