Lighting Box’s Panda Pow slot, distributed by NextGen, is a strong addition to the Eastern genre of games. Panda Pow is a mild-mannered animal who has another side to his friendly character- that of an armour wearing warrior panda!
As someone who is a fan of the Eastern themed slots, Panda Pow’s appearance alone is enough to make this game something pretty awesome, and that’s before we look at the free spins feature.
The graphics of the game are sumptuous with an oriental red patterned background to the reels with light-covered traditional temples and bamboo plants on each side of the reels. The frame of the reels is in gold with a high quality Eastern style.
The game’s icons are beautifully drawn with tiny elaborate details. The background sound consists of melodic gongs, strings and a few clicks and electronic sounds to accompanying the play.
Panda Pow is a 3 rows, 5 reels and 25 pay-line slot.
The high value icons of Panda Pow are all from the playbook of oriental gaming including a panda in a bamboo tree, a lucky goldfish, 3 tied golden coins, a paper lantern and a blue fan. The lower value icons are the K, Q, J, 10 and 9 of the card deck.
The game’s base game Wild is our panda pal transformed into his ninja incarnation; here the panda wears a red headband, and to add to the drama this icon doubles up as a Scatter in this mode too. This icon substitutes for all symbols except for the bonus mode icon. Watch out for the little dude on reels 2, 3 and 4.
Away from the base game there is another icon to keep your eyes open for and that’s the bonus icon which is the panda transformed into a golden armoured panda in full battle dress. This shiny icon substitutes for all icons except the double Wild and Scatter of the red headband panda. When the player is in the free games mode this tough-looking creature makes his presence felt on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Free Wheelin’ fun
The bonus mode is the game’s main attraction, if you can land 5 or more of the red panda icon that doubles for the Wild and Scatter on reels 2, 3 and 4. Depending on how many red pandas you can lure onto the reels there are generous portions of free spins up for grabs. 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 red pandas will produce 5, 8, 12, 15 or even 20 free spins respectively.
When you’re in the free spins mode landing the fierce golden armoured panda icons start to appear on reels 2,3 4 or 5 and are stacked to make more wins.
Panda Pow Summary
Panda Pow is a good addition to the genre of Far Eastern games with its beautiful graphics and kung fu action. The generous free spins make it an enjoyable place to spin the reels in relative peace, and with a great view!