A most welcome addition to free online pokies must be Panda, developed by expert designers Gameplay Interactive. Players are led to the middle of a jungle where baby pandas frolic next to an oasis surrounded by lush bamboo plants. These cubs are a gorgeous depiction of the famous symbol of China and remind gamers of this national treasure.
The accompanying music is a mixture of Chinese timpani and the subtle trickling sounds of running water, which add to the forest environment.
The simple 3-reel design, which is bordered with painted bamboo, sited slightly to the left of the screen, allows players to absorb themselves in the full experience. A hidden haven where the panda cubs frolic, there are three cute baby panda icons. In the background, there is a calm stream leading to a still, tranquil pond. An ornate archway of gold and blue frames a gentle waterfall.
A waterwheel fills bamboo pipes and replenishes a stone carved well to the side. The three cubs are all bashful, playful and bouncy. A comprehensive play table displaying all the winning combinations is in the top right-hand corner, watched over by a mischievous looking golden capuchin monkey.
On the left-hand side, there are two cubs, one on top of the other, smiling beguilingly, with some bright blue and pink coloured flowers. At the top of the screen there is a parrot resplendent with bright purple plumage and a long tail.
The gameplay is simple, mirroring the attractive design. Play is instinctual, with buttons showing options to bet one, bet two or bet max. In addition, to speed up the game, there is an autospin button which allows for up to 100 spins. The wager is set by players at the outset. In keeping, the bets are unpretentious and the denominations are $0.20, $0.50, $1.00, $1.50 and $2.00.
There is a single win line and players win when three of the cubs are in alignment. When this happens, the cheeky babies play a game of hear no evil, speak no evil and see no evil. The three baby pandas can generate winnings of up to 350x their original value. Another adorable feature is as soon as a win is triggered a little panda pops up, does a victory dance, and then shimmies away waving.
Just like these gorgeous babies, this game is fun and easy to play. It is the attention to detail that has made this pokie a stand-out game, and extremely popular with gamers, experienced or not. As with other games, Gameplay Interactive has created two modes in which to play.
The Fun mode allows the gamer to enjoy Panda without spending a cent, a fantastic way to learn the different combinations that trigger a win. All features are the same as in the Live mode but without any risk and with all the charm. This pokie game is sure to be a delight to all who play it, and to become a favourite with many.
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