There are already a huge number of Asian themed slots in the portfolio of Aristocrat. Wild Panda does offer a little difference in game play, with 100 win-lines at the top end of the standard for this brand (they also have the reel power games of course). Unusually, there are no wild symbols during the non-bonus play. With ‘Wild’ in the name of the game, I am not sure whether this was some kind of in joke from the developers.
This is a solid and playable pokie, though nothing exceptional, even within the genre of Asian themes. Other pokies in this range include the popular Choy Sun Doa, the modern 50 Dragons and the big paying Imperial House.
You’ll find the standard Aristocrat hallmarks are all present. The reels make a galloping clicking noise when they stop, the playing cards are here and the crazy electronic tunes come up when you win. You will also have the opportunity to gamble your wins on the flip of a playing card if you wish. Your main aim in this slot is to spell out ‘Panda’ across the reels, and enter the free spins bonus round.
You can choose from up to 100 win-lines for this game. I recommend you stick with the full number to take advantage of the stacked Pagoda (house) symbols, and to maximize the chance of spelling ‘Panda’ too. You can select the coins per line, starting at just 1x ($1 for max lines) and going up to $5 for a huge $500 per spin. As on all Aristocrat pokies, you will find an auto play option so you do not need to click for every spin.
The top symbol is the pagoda, which is also stacked on the reels (you can get up to 4 on a single reel, covering all the lines). This pays up 1000 coins for 5 of a kind. The golden carp is the next big symbol, this is worth 750 coins for 5, with the sun-shade and bamboo plant next. The gold coin is the scatter, which is worth up to 200 coins for 5. The scatter does not trigger the bonus feature in this game. Instead you need to spell out the word ‘Panda’ using playing card symbols with letters on them. This is a refreshing change compared to many games by Aristocrat.
Astute readers will have noticed the lack of a panda symbol in the game so far. This appears during the bonus round. The basis is 5 free spins, with all of the card symbols which made up the word Panda to trigger the bonus becoming Pandas themselves. These are wild, and substitute for any symbol except for the scatter (gold coin).
5 Pandas on any line pay the top prize of 2000 coins. Remember that this slot has 100 lines in play, so this can potentially get you a lot of winning combinations with several of the old playing card symbols wild. Unfortunately, the free spins are restricted to 5 and cannot be retriggered while inside the bonus feature.
There are a few differences in this game compared to the large number of other Asian themed slots from Aristocrat. Whether they are enough to keep players coming back to this game I am not entirely sure. The 100 lines and stacked symbols adds a little interest, however the rare bonus rounds are only 5 spins long and might not be a huge incentive to keep on playing.
A solid slot, based around a theme which has proven to be a winner. If you enjoy Aristocrat slot games then you should check this out for yourself soon.