I’ve always wanted to visit China and observe the giant pandas in their natural habitat, but for now I will just have to settle with playing Microgaming’s realistic giant panda-themed online slot game. The game, named Untamed Giant Panda is set within a lush, humid forest which oozes bamboo and greenery. The graphics are fantastic, displaying a range of panda icons across the 5 reels, and there is traditional Chinese music playing as you spin. Untamed Giant Panda offers 243 ways to win, a 90,000 coin jackpot, a bonus feature and unique gamble feature.

The beautiful reel symbols consist of an adult panda (the most valuable), a gorgeous panda cub, a panda surrounded by bamboo shoots and a jaw-dropping view of the Chinese forest. The lower value symbols are standard card symbols from Ace through to 10.

The Untamed Giant Panda icon is the wild, and this substitutes all symbols except for the scattered Panda Eye. There is an interesting feature called Collect a Wild; this involves every wild that lands on the reels activating a wild icon beneath the reel. Once a collection of these icons is complete (4 wilds in total for that reel), the entire reel will become wild for 4 spins.

The scattered panda eye will award you 10 free spins if 3, 4 or 5 of them land. Untamed Giant Panda also offers a Lucky Nudge feature, where a panda eye may randomly nudge from above or below the reels to activate a free spins session. During the free spins, the wild icons will become sticky, which Is an enormous help and should constitute the majority of your bonus winnings. The free spins unfortunately cannot be retriggered.

Finally, Untamed Giant Panda offers a gamble feature, but not the run-of-the-mill playing card gamble. In this game, you are spinning the needle on a wheel and hoping to win on the green area. You can adjust the odds, if you wish, by using the plus/minus signs and changing the wheel area sizes accordingly. If the needle lands in the green area, you will increase your win, but if it lands in the red, you will lose the money that you have gambled.

Verdict

Untamed Giant Panda is an enormously impressive game with great graphics, music, fascinating theme and top quality features to boot. I like the unique spin on the gamble feature, plus the scatter eye Lucky Nudge (which triggered free spins for me on various occasions). I’d highly recommend this entertaining and striking slot game.

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