Untamed – Giant Panda is a new online slot game developed by Microgaming. This new five reel video slot features 243 ways to win, a free spins bonus with what they call ‘brilliant wilds’ which are basically sticky wilds, plus the collect-a-wild and lucky nudge features which were first introduced by the Untamed – Bengal Tiger slot.
This slot supports coin sizes from $0.01 to $0.05 and as many as 15 coins can be played on each payline. Even though there are 243 ways to win on this game, it is considered to be a 30 payline slot, so the maximum bet for a single spin on this game is $22.50.
The collect-a-wild feature is a great addition. The wild is the Giant Panda symbol and when these appear on the reels, a token will be added to the counter beneath the reel. When the counter reaches four, the entire reel will become wild for the following four spins. It is possible to fill up more than one reel at a time, which can lead to some very nice wins.
The scatter symbol in the game is the bejewelled eyes, which overlap the symbols a little bit above and below. When three or more scatters land on the reels, it will trigger the free spins bonus. If two of these scatters land, and one of the scatters is just off screen (which you can see due to the overlap), the lucky nudge feature can nudge that symbol on to the screen and the free spins feature will be triggered.
When the free spins feature is triggered, you will be awarded 10 free spins with sticky wilds. When a wild symbol lands on the reels during a free spin, the wild will stick in that spot for the remainder of the feature. Obviously some big wins are possible during this feature if enough wilds land on the reels.
I have a love/hate relationship with these new Untamed slots. It seems to be tough to win anything without the features. Once enough wilds are collected to start turning some reels wild, you can hit some really nice wins, but you can also go without hitting much. Obviously there is luck involved with all slot machines, but with this slot it seems that you need luck and a feature to really get anywhere. I still play it once in a while because the potential for a big win is there, I just run away faster than other slots when I’m not doing well.
Try it out for yourself at these Microgaming online casinos (not available to US residents).