The developers have employed a four-row layout for the slot, so the gameplay involves 20 symbol positions, instead of 15 symbols used conventionally in many five-reel slots. The theme of the slot is centered around China and its culture, with the panda being the main character. The set of symbols incorporates a lotus, a Chinese musical instrument, a potted bamboo, an umbrella, a golden fish, an ancient temple nestled on a cliff, etc. Besides, the themed icons are supplemented by traditional playing cards from Nine through King.
In a normal game, you will have the best return of x1000 for five Chinese Temples. The second-largest payout (x750) comes for five Golden Fish symbols. And the third in the ranking are four Chinese Temples or five Umbrellas, granting a win of x500 times a line bet. The temple icon always comes stacked covering two, three and even four positions on a reel. Playing cards award the lowest payouts ranging from x5 to x100 for 3, 4 or 5 matching symbols.
There are two bet size settings that can be configured before every spin. A coin value comes in a range of $0.01 and $1. Another adjustable value is the number of credits per spin that varies from 10 to 50. Betting ten credits, you activate 20 paylines. Every subsequent ten credits that you wager enable 20 more paylines until you reach a total of 100 paylines. If playing with all the win lines active, your bet may start with $0.5 and reach $50.
Jack, Queen and King symbols can eventually appear on the reels with letters P, A, N or D superimposed on them. If the word PANDA is formed across the five reels, with “P” being on reel 1, “A” being on reel 2, etc., then you win five non-retriggerable free spins.
During the free spins round, all symbols that have formed the word PANDA morph into wilds that are depicted by the Panda symbol. The Panda can substitute for other regular symbols to help complete a winning combination. Furthermore, these five produce the slot’s grand prize of x2000, and four pandas pay out x1000, which is not so bad actually.
The slot has a scatter represented by a round coin with a square hole in the center. Unlike many other casino slots online, in Wild Panda a scatter does not trigger any feature whatever. It just produces regular payouts of x4 to x200 if three+ of them land anywhere on the reels.
Wild Panda is a great addition to the suite of Aristocrat slots, featuring a 5x4 configuration, 100 paylines and a fixed jackpot worth x2000 times a bet. A versatile bet amount will take the fancy of low-rollers and high-rollers alike.